Alligator 2S (by MRS)

from 1.199,00 EUR

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excl. Shipping costs

Product no.: 1-MR-A-2S

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Alligator 2S (by MRS)

The packraft with a sporty, elegant design. High-tech fabric and quality construction, it features a fully enclosed spray deck and six-point, padded thigh straps. Suitable for all-purpose packrafting as well as serious whitewater. Also with Internal Storage System (ISS) available.


 "I was thrilled – these new models behave more like a rigid kayak – incredible. If the water had been warmer I’d have tried an eskimo roll. I was impressed by the details and solid construction."

Antonio Piro, Chief fire fighter at CNVVF (Italian Department of Fire Services, Public Rescue and Civil Defence), Administrator of 'Packrafting Italia', Testing a packraft from our new range on River Brenta in northern Italy, December 2015.

These (whitewater) boats in our range feature a sophisticated geometry with smart details for high performance packrafting. The Alligator 2S is part of the MRS StreamlineSoptimization. It is also with Internal Storage System (ISS) available!

Character and use

The general configuration of the boat, along with an exceptional robustness and racy design defines its packrafting potential. Extreme whitewater, remote wilderness expeditions and anything in between are all possible with the sturdy 3-kilo Alligator 2S.

This fully enclosed boat responds more like a kayak without compromising its versatility. The spraydeck is handy against rain, cold and splashes, and is a must for more turbid whitewater. The Alligator 2S expands the range of uses without restricting classic packrafting: combined trips on water and land. One can still transport bikes as well as paddle across fjords and mountain lakes. No less than twelve grab loops support secure gear lashing for touring.

Shape and construction

The classy look comes from the narrow, tapering geometry based on 27-cm main tubes – hence the name: Alligator 2S – 20 Seven. We think this is the optimal tube size to combine the benefits of agility and nimbleness while retaining comfort and stability. 

The well-balanced rocker is especially refined, with a moderate bow upturn catching eddies effectively, while keeping the boat boof-able thanks to the small stern raise. The pointy, upswept nose climbs over or punches through waves and a relatively long waterline provides good speed and acceleration. 

Spray deck and Thigh straps

The deck features a cockpit which houses flexible aluminium poles that form the coaming rim. The paddler’s spray skirt is secured over the rim. The spacious hatch/cockpit almost feels like an open boat, so can be enjoyed without a sprayskirt in calm or warm conditions. Then, when needed, the seal is absolutely leak proof and secure, while opening reliably and effortlessly when you need to bail out fast.

A core feature in the Alligator’s handling are the padded and fully adjustable six-point thigh straps. Along with the boat’s close fit, the internal rigging helps it to responds and edge like a kayak, while still being easy to escape. The thigh straps are removable, thus an advanced feature and without them the Alligator paddles just fine.

Size and fitting

At 132cm, the interior length suits users up to 195cm. If prefered, users can fit a spacer/foot brace such as an inflatable device, foam pad, strap (loops provided) or any other bag.

Additional hull pressure and stiffness can be achieved with a foot pump (besides inflating with a nylon bag), so there is no need for longside bracing (tension against the bow and stern for rigidity) for added response and control in whitewater. However, the boat also works fine at regular, bag pressures.

The Alligator features a snug fit. Technical boaters will like the superior hip connection to the boat which greatly improves performance and response, especially in whitewater. However, the give in the air tubes won’t restrict bigger users. Tall persons bear in mind the narrow foot box won’t be suited to big boots.

Design and manufacturing

The Alligator 2S is a collaboration between the Packrafting Store and MRS (Micro Rafting System). Combined with MRS’s manufacturing expertise and fabric know-how, our years of packrafting experience as well as feedback and testing results all helped refine the design of the final product.

Serial production takes place in the Far East with manufacturing carried out in small, hand-built batches. All MRS products have an extended three-year warranty.

Material and repairability

The Alligator 2S is made from urethane-coated nylon. The floor features an Aramid fibre for exceptional tear resistance – partly cut fabric cannot be torn by hand. The excellent adhesive qualities of the TPU coating makes the boat extremely durable, enhanced by a special treatment for a smooth, scratch-resistant finish. Being light, UV-tolerant, non-ageing and flexible at low temperatures, this packraft is a lot tougher than its weight and packed size would suggest.

In the unlikely event of sustaining damage, repairs can be done in the field with LifePatch, which bonds to the urethane surface extremely well. Small pinholes can be sealed with Stormsure, a liquid urethane sealant. Just any major damage, should they happen, can be repaired with spare fabric and contact glue at home or in our workshop. 

Alternative

A less sporty variant (without thigh straps) and with more space (being wider) but with the same construction of the spraydeck can be found in the MRS Microraft model with fixed spraydeck.

 

Accomplished design and intelligent details

Very good workmenship: sewn and welded seams

Sporty character with pointy geometry

Absolute tight and reliable spraydeck

Pack size comparable with a sleeping bag

Available in: Luminous Red, Forrest Green, Royal Blue and Yellow

 

Ships with

  • Pack strap
  • Inflation bag
  • Coaming poles (4 pcs)
  • Spray skirt (detachable)
  • Thigh straps (adjustable)
  • Seat and backrest (removable)
  • spare tube and floor material

Material

  • Tubes: 210-denier nylon fabric (UPN35) with multiple urethane coating (2mil 67T*55T 90 A Ester TPU)  and surface finish
  • Floor: 420-denier, high tear resistant Aramid-fibre with multiple urethane coating (4mil 67T*55T 90 A Ester TPU) and surface finish
  • Spray Deck: 70-denier Ripstop nylon with single-sided urethane coating, velcro and zips
  • Seat and Back rest: 210-denier Weave Nylon with single-sided urethane coating

Construction

Racy design with tapering bow and well-balanced rocker. Upturned, pointy bow, elongated/extended stern, slim body fit. Six stern grab loops, four bow grab loops, two long loops inside, six-point thigh straps. Main, non-return valve. 

The Alligator 2S is part of the MRS StreamlineSoptimization and also with Internal Storage System (ISS)  available.

Workmanship

Triple construction: sewn with high-tensile thread; heat-welded tubes; contact glued floor with taped edges. This creates a bond that ‘s stronger than the hull fabric. Heat-welded and taped spray deck.

Weight*

Boat: 2950g (incl. cover)
Skirt / poles: 380g / 160g
Seat and backrest: 170 / 60g

Boat complete: 3720g

Pack strap: 25g
Inflation bag: 130g
Repair Kit: 20g
Thigh straps: 180g

Dimensions*

Inner
   Length: 132cm
   Width at hips: 33cm

Outer
   Length: 256cm
    Width: 87cm

Waterline: 190cm

Tube diameter: 27cm
Packing size: ~ 40 x 25cm (like a two person tent)
Longest pole segment (Spray deck coaming): 60cm

Speed: 5km/h

Buoyancy: 140kg

Colours: Luminous Red, Forrest Green, Royal Blue, Yellow

*verified

Our test and trip report from Italy

Chris S. introduces the Alligator 2S

Expditionary Kit List of Secret Compass.

"Our team got back from Gabon last week. They had a truly epic expedition and it is probably one our remotest and challenging trips we have run so far. The [Alligator] packrafts worked out perfectly and they got to paddle everything from wide open flat jungle rivers, to grade 3 rapids, and portage around up to grade 5. It is a place where only packrafts could work and they were the first people to paddle a lower part of the river which was only made possible because they had packrafts" Tom McShane, secretcompass.com

 "Damn the Alligator is awesome boat! The added control makes paddling easier and also more dry. When you can actually edge and tilt the boat you tend to get a lot less water on the deck and on yourself. Plus I feel that the deck is a lot drier. The coaming lifts little higher and the deck is little tighter making pooling water less of an issue. Simply put: great boat." Jaakko Heikka playing with his new toys in Finnland.

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