The whole point of these boats is that they weigh next to nothing (under 5 lbs.). They are made for people going on treks that need to make some big river crossings or want to do some down river travel on class I or II. Think about a week or two week trip through the bush in Alaska. The rivers up there are often to big to cross without a boat. It the 'Into the Wild' kid had one of these boats he would have been able to get out pretty easy.