Keep swimming when you should be rafting? Share or beg for tips and technique .
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I was wondering about the comparative ease of rolling the various Alpacka rafts. Models I'm considering include the Llama, Gnarwhal (long), and the Alpackalypse (long). I've paddled kayaks for the past 5 years so I've got a decent kayak roll but I've never tried to roll a pack raft. I've paddled a Yak and Forager on multiple trips but the Yak did not have thigh straps. Do 12" tubes make the gnarwhal a lot harder to roll than the Llama or Alpackalypse? I realize I would need to add thigh straps to a new Llama. Thanks for any input and advice.
I called Alpacka and they said the Alpackalypse is probably the easiest to roll due to its smaller tube diameter. They also said the newer vectran material is more rigid and can be inflated to slightly higher pressures making the raft stiffer and easier to roll.
Is rolling a practical, valuable skill for packrafters? In other words are there many people out there who can combat roll a packraft when they capsize in a rapid? It seems like even really good, capable boaters are swimming/ wet-exiting when they capsize, not rolling how a hard shell boater would. Just curious if anyone has input on this. I know there are quite a few people who are experienced kayakers and packrafters.
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