Review: Alpacka’s Alpackalypse

The most capable whitewater packraft on the market

Alpackalypse Now: Alpacka's latest and greatest on Washington's Elwha River.  Photo by David Spiegel.
Alpackalypse Now: Alpacka’s latest and greatest on Washington’s Elwha River. Photo by David Spiegel.

ALPACKA ALPACKALYPSE
(alpackawhitewater.com, $2000)

At close to 12 pounds, the Alpackalypse is far from the lightest packraft available, but it blows the others away when it comes to whitewater performance. The tubes zip open, allowing you to store all your gear in the body of the boat itself; this keeps your lap clear and your center of gravity low. Equipped with sprayskirt, footpegs, knee straps and an inflatable hip support system, the boat is easy for a competent kayaker to roll, even in whitewater.

"I was able to carve in and out of eddies, even boof," one tester and experienced packrafter said. "I would feel comfortable relying on this boat on remote Class IV. That's something I've never been able say of another packraft." With a $2,000 price tag–thanks in part to Alpacka's expensive but remarkably rugged Kevlar material, designed specifically for the Alpackalypse–this isn't an entry-level boat. But for those addicted to tracing rivers through blank spots on the map, it could be a game changer.

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–This review first ran in the June 2015 issue of Canoe & Kayak.

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