10 FT (3m) Foldable Self Bailing Touring Packraft
Your boat will be your most important and expensive equipment. Therefore, you should consider what you need your ship to do and what kind of water you need to paddle.
Packaging design seems to be welcoming the Renaissance moment. Now you can dream of almost any type of trip, from long-distance bicycle rafting to wild hunting to severe white water.
The biggest difference you find in the box is that some are built for white water and some are not. White water ship “armor” or “self-rescue” model. Deck boats are more like kayaks. They have a sturdy top deck that can be closed with a spray skirt to prevent water and warmth. The self-service dam is more like a traditional large white otter, with a rigid floor open to reveal small holes and drain when the cockpit is full. If you are going to row in white water in British Columbia, you may want a deck boat because many of our rivers and streams are glacier or snowmelt and can be very cold. If you are just planning to row on a hot summer day, you can definitely choose a self-service style. This is all personal preference.
Boxes that are not built for white water will have an open deck. In other words, they look like any inflatable shackles you’ve seen before. These boats are lighter than light boxes and can carry more equipment more easily. Some larger ones can even carry multiple people. If you spend most of your time using flat water packaging, just like crossing the Lake of Garibaldi to do some alpine climbing, you can do well on an open boat. FRONTIER offers two options for this, a detachable white water deck and a cruiser deck, and velcro velcro. This is a good middle ground, but it will never stand up like a proper white water deck in a serious white water.
While most cases, regardless of deck configuration, can achieve Class III white water (with the exception of some ultralight models), some designs are made for more severe white water.
FRONTIER’s white water collection features thigh straps, kayaking straps and other features to help you stay in control in larger, more technical water. And we all have kayaking backhand and the option to add a thigh strap. I own and paddle the CW-300 and like it, but I have a lot of fun in the FRONTIER Class IV rapids, without the extra white water.
In addition to severe white water, ships designed for a variety of sports adventures will also enter the market. The FRONTIER has a slender bow and ultra-light design for bicycle rafting, and FRONTIER’s CW-300 seems to be designed for wild hunters and anglers.