Klymit LWD packraft

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Klymit LWD packraft

Postby doogs » Wed 01 Jun, 2016 8:16 am

I've noticed a few folks asking about these on the forum. Not recommended for remote exploration but fine for river crossings, lake fishing and probably a bit of day fun on easy river rapids *Note prices are in US dollars.https://www.massdrop.com/buy/klymit-lwd-packraft
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby philm » Wed 01 Jun, 2016 11:21 am

What type would you recommend? Are these too fragile?
Looking to use in SW Tassie but don't want anything too heavy
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby icefest » Wed 01 Jun, 2016 1:17 pm

I've used it for for crossing the Franklin at Irenabyss, with homemade Frisbee hand paddles.
Works well and almost keeps you dry. Also carried it across the Gordon incase of flooding on the way back from Rhona. It's pretty sweet for river crossings, but I wouldn't want to do more than a grade 1 rapid in it.
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby Son of a Beach » Wed 01 Jun, 2016 4:18 pm

Great for still water - but even then, you should expect to get a wet seat.

Not appropriate (and possibly dangerous!) for any rapids more than grade 1, I reckon.

Here is my review of the Klymit LWD pack raft

I really enjoy using my LWD up in the highland lakes and have taken it out a few times. Well worth the money for my purposes.
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby doogs » Wed 01 Jun, 2016 5:16 pm

philm wrote:What type would you recommend? Are these too fragile?
Looking to use in SW Tassie but don't want anything too heavy

Can you be a little more specific as the SW is a big place? As others have suggested, lakes and grade1 rapids are its forte.
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby philm » Thu 02 Jun, 2016 12:32 pm

Looking to head up to vanishing falls from new river lagoon up the New river and Salisbury rivers
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby eggs » Thu 02 Jun, 2016 12:49 pm

I have heard off folk coming down from Vanishing Falls using lilos, but the impression I got was a lot of potential bottom scraping hazards.
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby doogs » Thu 02 Jun, 2016 4:49 pm

Big trip! Awesome. The klymit might be a bit awkward with a pack to get up to vanishing falls. There are Alpacka, Kokkopelli and other rafts which are suitable for attaching a pack to and build for flat water. I'll try and find some links later
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby doogs » Thu 02 Jun, 2016 11:22 pm

These rafts are much more suited to your trip as you can fit your pack in the raft and remain (mostly) dry. Both manufacturers make excellent and tough rafts. The price is quite high but they are amazing toys and can get you to some outstanding places :)
http://www.alpackaraft.com/scout-series/
http://www.kokopellipackraft.com/advent ... ornet-lite
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby philm » Fri 03 Jun, 2016 1:15 pm

Thanks doogs I was trying to avoid the high one off purchase when I may not use the pack raft much again
This looks like an epic trip
Do you know if anyone hires them?
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby philm » Fri 03 Jun, 2016 1:21 pm

Thanks Eggs will do
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby FootTrack » Fri 03 Jun, 2016 2:38 pm

philm wrote:Do you know if anyone hires them?

G'day Phil,

I think there is a small company based in Devonport that hire them out, called "Wildabout Packrafting". Haven't had any experience with them myself but I've heard of others recommending them...

Edit: I just had a quick google and you can hire one for $50 a day or $200 for a week. That's with a helmet, pfd, paddle and 60 lt waterproof pack. They've got two sizes available. Number is 0467 648 989 and I think the bloke's name is Shane...
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Re: Klymit LWD packraft

Postby philm » Fri 03 Jun, 2016 2:59 pm

Great - thank you this might be a good option for a one off usage.
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