I don't work for Alpacka, nor can I speak for them, but I have spent a lot of time in the boat you're referring to over the past 6 months.Any of you with friends at Alpacka have any info on the progress of the latest whitewater packraft? I'm still hoping it will become available someday soon. What kind of improvements are getting incorporated?
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.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.
Neither d-rings nor thigh braces per se, but yes rigging is included. I'd never go back to the d-ring setup after using what they're building these boats with.Are D rings for thigh braces being included now, or are they still a retro fit? Ive seen the backband/thigh braces set up & feel like that would be a great option to be included in production.