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LWD-UL Pack Raft
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Josh Leavitt
(Joshleavitt) - F

Locale: Ruta Locura
LWD-UL Pack Raft on 03/26/2013 19:01:58 MDT Print View

As many of you know, I have tried to get a light weight pack raft to market, for several years now. Here it is!

Presale price is good through the 8th of April.

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
Re: LWD-UL Pack Raft on 03/26/2013 20:06:32 MDT Print View


What is weight capacity?


Josh Leavitt
(Joshleavitt) - F

Locale: Ruta Locura
weight on 03/26/2013 20:31:46 MDT Print View

Good question, ~250lbs, maybe more.

Charles Jennings
(vigilguy) - F

Locale: Northern Utah
Raft on 03/26/2013 20:36:01 MDT Print View

Klymit told me 350 lbs, enough for person and their gear.

Good job, Josh! Glad you had a lot to do with this! Flyfishermen have needed something like this ever since Curtis Designs quit making a decent light raft for alpine lakes.


Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
LWD-UL Pack Raft on 03/27/2013 01:18:18 MDT Print View

Any trekking pole/paddle options?


Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

LWD-UL on 03/27/2013 06:01:11 MDT Print View

Hard to argue with 25oz - that's amazing for a calm water boat.

Regarding paddles, Alpacka's trekking pole blades are darn light (3oz) and good for fishing. You can figure out ways to make them work with other brands of poles, or use Alpacka's full 'Ninja' setup for 15oz.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
LWD-UL Pack Raft on 03/27/2013 07:18:52 MDT Print View

That Alpacka paddle is almost as much as the raft.....ouch.
That said, looks perfect.


Curt Peterson
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
LWD-UL Pack Raft on 03/27/2013 08:27:18 MDT Print View

Is your UL version the same exact dimensions as the Klymit one, but just in a lighter fabric?

Josh Leavitt
(Joshleavitt) - F

Locale: Ruta Locura
Size, Capacity, paddles on 03/27/2013 09:33:08 MDT Print View

Exact same size, and features, as the regular Klymit LWD, just constructed with lighter fabric. The Klymit LWD uses 210 denier fabric, while the LWD-UL uses 75 denier fabric, similar to what the old Curtis designs rafts were constructed from.

I would say that 350lbs number is a very top end number.

The Alpacka paddles would be an awesome way to go. I plan on doing some hand paddles in the future also.

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: LWD-UL Pack Raft on 03/27/2013 11:16:15 MDT Print View

Josh, this looks great.
I'm glad I waited (held off on a Flyte, it had the same issues you are trying to solve).

I do wish you would add a couple tie off loops fore and aft, for a bow or stern anchor line. the slightest wind will blow these things all over the lake. You need a bow or stern option so you don't have to cast backwards and have to look over your shoulder to fish, if the wind is blowing the wrong direction; and I'm not talking about very much wind (even a small breeze will turn the boat around).

And some "Velcro like" hold downs for the rod or paddle when not in use. I use a real paddle because I like to be able to move quickly when the fish move (or when they are not where I'm at but I can see where they are and want to get there before they move again)

I know these kinds of things add weight (though minimal) they are necessary (unless you are just looking for a pool toy). Kind of like having a baseball cap without a brim, though it is functional is doesn't serve its intended purpose.

Josh Leavitt
(Joshleavitt) - F

Locale: Ruta Locura
Tie offs on 03/27/2013 12:07:24 MDT Print View

There are 2 stern tie offs, and 2 bow tie offs, along with 2 more that are near the bow. They are not easy to see in the pictures, because they are integrated into the seam. They get welded into the seam, and are reinforced. I like the Velcro, hold down idea. It should be pretty easy to seam grip Velcro onto the raft where needed. Would not add very much weight at all.

Christopher *

Locale: US East Coast
Re: Tie offs on 03/27/2013 14:40:47 MDT Print View


This is no good.

I read somewhere that cottage manufacturing was dead. Why are you still innovating things I want to buy?

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Tie offs on 03/27/2013 14:44:01 MDT Print View

Thanks Josh- the tie off seem to be well thought out.

Todd Ler
(Toddler) - F

Locale: PNW
reviews? on 07/10/2013 17:18:51 MDT Print View

currently in stock.

any earlier adopters care to give a quick review? thanks

Christopher Chupka

Locale: NTX
Paddles and sleeping pad on 07/20/2013 11:00:07 MDT Print View

Anybody know what the paddles in the pic are on Ruta Locuras site?

Can this be used as your sleeping pad as well? Is it Multiple air chambers?

And E
(LunchANDYnner) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
one chamber on 07/21/2013 10:12:18 MDT Print View

From the looks of it, I think it only has the main perimeter chamber plus a little seat cushion section. You could probably just use a torso length pad and semi inflate/fold the dinghy to use for your bottom half.

Matt Allen
(zeroforhire) - MLife
looks very cool on 07/21/2013 13:14:29 MDT Print View

Thanks for posting about this.