Originally Posted by Phil U.
Way to get after it! For those of you using packrafts... How are they holding up? How often are they requiring patching?
Most folks (raises hand) are amazed at what these boats can and will endure. I have a veritable fleet of friends with them and I've seen one ripped tube and lots of scuffed floors. That includes many multiday trips down the Dirty Devil, Cataract Canyon, Gunny Gorge, Main Salmon, Middle Fork Salmon, Labyrinth/Stillwater (with bikes and climbing gear), as well as a whole pile of III/IV steepish creeks in the Brooks Range last summer. Several day runs down Shoshone/Moab Daily/Animas thru DGO, Gunny whitewater park, BV ww park, GJ ww "park", etc...
Most common repair is patching the floor beneath the seat, due to dragging butt in low flow creeks.
Patching is easy--using aquaseal or vinyl mender with duct tape or tyvek tape (in the field) or stabond with a small piece of tube fabric (at home). Most people I've heard of with ripped tubes have simply slapped a piece of tyvek tape over it til they got home. And often they forget to patch it "proper" for a few weeks, at which point they learn that the Tyvek has made itself permanent to the boat. Ugly but effective.