It's been too long since I've been on the water, therefore my mind goes where it always does..."I should buy another boat!" ...it says. That all too often tends to be my ill-advised rememdy to cabin fever.
So packrafts- They will fill a niche I do not have covered. I am a fisherman first and a boater second (although do both most weeks at the same time) and I think one could
serve me well for a few certain areas. These streams would be mostly class I maybe II with shallow shoals for the most part. I envision the packraft expediting my exit back to the car or accessing the otherside of streams in spots I cannot wade nor effectively traverse.
I don't feel like I can justify the cost of an Alpacka to myself...so I look towards the NRS packraft.
The NRS Pros I see:
-2 tube chambers (vs 1 for the alpackas)
-Comes with floor, doubles as sleeping pad
-Larger than most (all?) alpackas
-Alot cheaper than Alpackas
200lbs I fear the tube design will have me floating "wheelies" all the time- alpackas have the pointy area in the back for the extra flotation for the torso
-Fewer options/ accessories, like no sprayskirt (not sure I want a sprayskirt tho)
-Apparently the NRS D-rings are total crap
-NRS is 7.4 lbs, slightly heavier than the alpackas (I'm no ultralite backpacker though)
-Maybe too large (being 5'9" I prolly will have trouble bracing against the front tubes.)
-Sounds as if they pack larger than Alpackas
So as you can see, many of the cons are "trivial" to a point. Anyone own an NRS packraft that would care to chime in?
Do you use it more or less than you thought, are they fragile etc. Talk me into or out of one of these. (or sell me one of yours)
Thanks as always buzzards