Originally Posted by shappattack
Nice, Maybe someone at Aire can chime in and let us know when it will be out for sale, so I don't have to buy the damed Kokopelli. Releasing it this summer, say at the August gear show, means most of the stuff that would be great to use it for won't have any water left, until this next winter or spring.
Hi all, figured it was time to chime in on a few points.
1) Thank you, Zach, for working with us on the prototype. The whole point of prototype testing is to put it through the paces and Zach was in a better place to test it out then we were here at the factory.
2) We are definitely NOT going with the white fabric that tore a gash. Obviously. Failed prototypes are a huge win, they help us make better quality and vendor decisions. Trying out new fabrics is part of the fun when designing a new boat.
3) The BAKraft series is definitely a different Packraft. It's more like our traditional IKs. Open cockpit, self-bailing, dual layer etc. Different boats for different floats and personal preferences. Other packrafts go with a more tradition kayak feel with a spray skirt, they're awesome, but not everyone's cup of tea.
4) Spectra and Dyneema are brand names, the green boat Zach used is Spectra, however, we are using Dyneema moving forward. Same look, same feel, same color, same weave, same coating, just different brand name. Just thought I would clarify that point.
5) The BAKraft Expedition pattern is pretty much finished. We anticipate launching the boat for the 2017 season. Sales and Marketing would like to launch it sooner, naturally, but we are dotting our i's and crossing our t's with the fabric supplier. Our Spectra / Dyneema supplier has been awesome to work with, we have high quality standards for the fabric and they have been up for the challenge. Supply chain management, fun, fun!
6) Yes, the BAKraft comes with thigh straps. Originally, they didn't but it comes standard now.
We are stoked on the BAKraft series! It has been a fun challenge working with a new market, new suppliers, and improving our sewing capabilities here at the factory.
Let me know if you have any other questions.