I have designed and built some really funtional and lightweight kayak carriers. I wasn't interested in paying for a yakpack and had some ideas that I thought would work.
Ultimately, they work real well. They fold up to the size of a cantelope mellon and have padded shouldler straps as well. I wouldn't want to walk much more than 5 miles with them (which I have done in cali), but that is simply due to the weight of a kayak and full gear.
I made ten of them and I think I have two left.
I live in Boulder, let me know if you have interest. I sell them for $35...
Ray, from Tough River Stuff, also makes them -- it's really a kayak bag with backpack straps. That's what I used to put my kayak in when flying, and to carry the boat from/to airport and between bus stations, etc. Not sure how it'd do for real hiking... but you can get in touch with Ray through http://www.toughriverstuff.com/. Hope this helps,
The best, most simple and compact kayak backpack design can be found at www.lazeelizard.com. They are located in the U. K. I haven't tried one but they do appear to be a quality item and quite simple to use.
If you can post any pics, that would rock. I imagine I'm not alone in thinking a small pack like this would be nice. All the other ones cost something like $100 and seem too big to stuff into the boat at the top of a run.
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