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Old 05-26-2018   #1
 
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IK - Aire Bak-raft Expedition

Has anyone used an IK Aire Bak-raft Expedition ?
Comments, etc.?

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Craig W
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Old 05-26-2018   #2
 
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I've got one and really like it, handles well in whitewater and can carry a lot of weight. There are pros and cons to the different pack rafts out there, really depends on what you're looking for. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
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Old 05-26-2018   #3
 
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It's a good boat and performs fine in whitewater. If weight is a factor then nothing else even compares to the BakRaft. Here's a more comprehensive review:

https://www.nwrafting.com/river-equi...edition-review
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Old 05-27-2018   #4
 
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Old 05-27-2018   #5
 
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Referring to Zach's comment about weight: The Bak Raft weight is pretty similar to other pack rafts from Alpacka and Kokapelli. Seems like the big questions are whether you want a self-bailer vs spray skirt and the AIRE hull construction (if you are looking for a packraft).
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Old 05-27-2018   #6
 
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Zach,

I enjoyed your article about your test runs w/ the bak-raft.
When you are not back-packing in to a put-in, and weight is not so much of an issue, what IK's are your favorites (for self-support and gear-carry) in white water 3+ to 4- ?

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Old 05-29-2018   #7
 
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It's the best and most versatile boat I've ever paddled, although there are a couple of design cons:
1. While it's weight is good, it does not pack down very small, primarily due to valves and bladders.
2. Dyneema welding requires specific machine and skill, so Aire chose to stitch their seams. Both due to the location of the seams and exposure, the stitching can be rubbed or abraded to the point of failure. To counteract this I applied liquid stitch guard and don't run on boney or sharp surfaces, like travertine, etc.
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I would lose it if I could get a Puma or some other R2 setup constructed like this.
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