Originally Posted by jmacn
Thanks, Mike. I looked at your blog-awesome trips! Is the boat you took on the Chetco one of the prototypes? The bow and decking look different than other zippered Alpackas. I almost bought a Denalilama last year until I heard about the R & D happening for more challenging whitewater. I've been itching and occasionally twitching thinking about packrafting for way too long.
Yep, the black boat on the Chetco is a *very* early proto. Pretty much zero in common with where they are now--they just keep evolving the rigging to make it lighter, easier on initial setup, and less complex. I could be very happy with the (red) boat I have now, but there are several improvements that have happened since then. Hoping to have the newest iteration on the Salt in a few weeks.
Few more pics in my last few blog posts. Oh--and lots of pics and vid of it here:
Big Wheel Building: Reckoning.
The boat in the above linked post is also an older iteration, but it gives you some idea of where things are and where they're going.