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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014
Lightweight packraft is also durable.
Hike-and-paddle journeys have become increasingly popular in recent years, and the boats required are improving with demand. Exhibit A: The NRS PackRaft, which at 7 pounds, 4 ounces strikes a sweet balance between portability and paddlability. “I carried it 3 miles over the shoulder of Emerald Mountain outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to float the Yampa River (Class II whitewater) back into town,” says one tester. “I barely noticed its weight in my pack, and when paddling in September’s low flows I found it nimble and dry.”