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At just 690g this ultralight raft from Supai Adventure Gear makes an ideal trailboat for adventures with an emphasis on hiking.
The Supai Flatwater Canyon II is an ultra lightweight trail boat that weighs just 690g - the lightest packraft on the market by a long margin. The Supai emphasises the ‘pack’ aspect of 'packrafting', rolling up to the size of a rain jacket. Construction and configuration is basic but reliable. It features a durable very light weight ripstop polyester fabric assembled with high quality heat welding. The floor and tubes are from the same lightweight material so needless to say it should be handled with care! As ‘Flatwater Canyon’ suggests, it is best limited to calm water applications.
Boat, repair kit, inflation tube with valve
Tubes and floor from 75-denier ripstop polyester with single, innerside urethane coating
Hull narrows in height and width, flat bow, relaxed width, 1 reinforced tab, main dump valve and inflation extension tube with mouth valve, single chamber
Workmanship: heat welded seams
Speed: 2 km/h
Buoyancy: max. 95kg
Weight* Boat: 690g, Repair Kit: 10g
Width: 17 - 41cm
Tube diameter: 22-28cm
Packing size: 20 x 10 cm (consider rainjacket)
Pictures in use
Review by Forrest McCarty,
Review by Chris S.
Best for: Minimalists
With a design honed on trips down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, where every ounce saved means one less to hump back out of that deep, steep ditch, the Flatwater Canyon II is a watercraft stripped down to the bone. A single layer of lightweight nylon (available in red or black) is welded using a process that makes the seams stronger than the fabric. The seven attachment points around the edge are extra tabs of material with holes through them, and there's a single air chamber.
One clever design feature is the attached hose valve that lets you fine-tune the inflation while you're still floating, so you don't have to pull over every time you need to add or release air when the air or water temperature changes.
What you get: a 24-ounce raft that packs down to about the size of a widemouth Nalgene water bottle. I wouldn't take it down a snag-strewn glacial stream in the Yukon, but the ultra-simple Flatwater is hard to beat on, well, flat water. (And for what it's worth, the kiddos took to the traditional oval "raft-y" design the quickest, playing Whitewater Madness in the campground stream in no time flat.)
This is what a pack raft should be: small and light enough to bring along "just in case," but useful enough to get you to some very cool places.
Author: Robertjan K. on 04/05/2019Evaluation:
Back when I bought this packraft, it was the lightest and most compact of them all. Ive used it to try out packrafting, alongside with an appropriate paddle. In my case, the Supai paddle. Ive also tried paddling it with a regular paddle (Anfibio Multipower), but the left-right sway movement was ridiculous. Too much propulsion.
The pack size makes it perfect for hiking, with an incidental crossing of flat water. Watch out for anything just below the water level, waiting to tear up the floor. Its really really light. With recent developments and my experience in mind, I would probably go for the Anfibio Nano SL instead for this kind of use. Much more durable in the floor and underside of the tubes, while maintaining the lighter weight in the upper tubes.
Also, keep in mind that you dont have a seat. Icy cold water freezes your butt, so dont stay in icy cold water for too long without protection under your buttocks!
If youre lightweight yourself, you could attack some waves with this packraft. But only if youre skilled! And you should definitely keep the weather forecast in mind.
Also, never expect any high speeds, and expect some serious sway (left-right movement) even on flat water... Crossing a shipping lane/river might not be a good idea, especially in windy and rainy conditions. Crossing an alpine lake without boulders under the water level is the perfect use though! Or what about one of those numerous lovely lochs in Scotland! (In lovely weather...)
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