The Revo XL is part of the Revos concept: the interplay of (lockable) self-bailing, profiled floor and the innovative TwinTailTM. Thanks to the bailing effect (splash water runs off through the bottom), the boats does not require a spraydeck and can also be configured as a lightweight, minimalist single. This results in a unique range of uses from whitewater to touring. For this purpose the packaft uses the following constructions:
The Revo XL model is a closable self-bailer, i.e. the sealable bailing hose (VenturiTube) can be closed or opened. Due to the bailing function (overflowing water can drain off by itself) the boat does not need a spraydeck.
The self-bailer has many advantages, including free exit and entry, e.g. when transferring, sighting or capsizing, although capsizing is very rare with this type of boat. As a self-bailer the Revo is designed to minimise the amount of water left in the boat. Depending on the load there are no more than a few liters in the stern. The boat remains agile and fast. The tight floor mat is a necessary requirement for self-bailing (sitting above the waterline), but it also gives the boat excellent handling characteristics.
The visually distinctive TwinTailTM, the V-shaped notch at the stern of the boat, is borrowed from the design of special surfboards. This "V" creates two points of contact at the stern instead of one. This provides stability and balance (as it is relatively wide), preserves agility (as it is relatively short) and creates support/guidance (due to the double edges) for good maneuverability and glide in running water. This is noticeable when bracing, edging, sweeping and accelerating. The rising bow and the sophisticated keel bounce of the rest of the hull support these handling characteristics.
The Comfort BackBand is a hybrid of an inflatable backrest and an adjustable backstrap. The backrest can be supported by the boat/seat as well as individually adjusted. It combines stability and comfort.
5P thigh straps
The classic thigh straps each have four attachment points and a grab handle. They can be ergonomically adjusted and provide a secure but detachable connection to the boat.
The mount for a skeg (directional fin) is standard on the boat. The skeg (fin) can be added for use in calm water for more tracking and paddle efficiency. Please note: Do not use the fin together with the bailing hose (VenturiTube). Firstly, the hose blocks the fin (no effect or even drag) and secondly, the fin can damage the bailing hose. With fin, one need to insert or roll up the hose.
Setup with floor mat
To set up the boat, first it is important to position the uninflated floor mat in the uninflated boat centrally and as far forward as possible. Then inflate first the mat and then the boat (with inflation bag and hand pump). The bailing hose can be kept open (turned outward, self-bailing) or closed (turned inward).
Since the floor mat already reaches a certain build-up height (to ensure the steering function), there are various options as a seat (depending on preference). The included PackSeat light is comfortable but may be a bit tippy (high center of gravity). The optional FoamSeat is lower and supports the drainage of water very well (through channels). which is our recommendation in white water. Tall people (but under 100 kg) can also sit completely without seat directly on the mat.
Setup without floor mat
Without a floor mat the bailing hose must be closed. The bailing hose of the boat is turned inwards, rolled tightly at least three to five times and plugged together, ideally before inflation. However, it also works when the boat is assembled.
Seat options include the PackSeat light (included), luggage (additional), FoamSeat (optional) or the Anfibio WideSeat (additional).
For detailed instructions on set-up and configurations please refer to the user supplied manual.
The Revo XL can be optionally equipped with TubeBags
. The two centrally positioned and IPX7 waterproof luggage zippers with directly backed, airtight inner pockets result in a luggage storage space of 70 l each directly in the tube.
- the system is highly resistant to dirt and wear due to its design, it cannot leak via the zipper
- luggage is automatically positioned correctly and secured against slipping
- the transport inside ensures a low center of gravity as well as protection against moisture and wind compared to exterior bags
- the transport capacity of the boat is significantly increased
For assembly first stow the luggage (load the inside pockets), then close the zippers and then inflate the main air chamber. When dismantling first open the main valve! Then open the zippers and unload the luggage.
Differences: Revo XL versus Revo CL
The XL variant relies on a larger outline. It is 10 cm longer, which creates space and speed. It has a tube diameter of 28 cm, which increases buoyancy and stability. TubeBags* (tube pockets) are available in the Revo XL, which ensures sufficient payload. In addition, there is a stronger floor and the Plus(+) material, which is appropriate for potentially high loads. The boat is a good choice especially for large and heavy riders, multi day tours or when extra comfort is needed. In the XL version even large people to a load of 120 kg can sit up entirely without seat directly on the mat.
Two centrally positioned and IPX7 waterproof luggage zippers with directly backed, airtight inner pockets result in a luggage storage space of 70 l each directly in the tube. The system is highly resistant to dirt and wear due to its design because it cannot leak via the zipper. Luggage is automatically positioned correctly and secured against slipping. The transport inside ensures a low center of gravity as well as a protection against moisture.
Paddling characteristics and application
The self-bailer has many advantages in general, including free exit and entry e.g. when transferring, sighting or after a capsize, while it is generally very capsize resistant. The floor mat is designed to fill the interior well, leaving little room for residual water. As a result the raft is very agile and maintains speed in turbulent water, e.g. when catching eddies. Even in massive waves, minimal water gets into the boat because the wide hull and high bow provide plenty of buoyancy.
This could be interesting e.g. for bikerafters, who prefer an open boat (without spraydeck) due to the bike transport, but are still on moving, splashy water. The Revo XL finds its application in long (and short) ventures with mixed uses such as whitewater (luggage) tours, expeditions and long-distance travel.
Like all Anfibio Packrafts the Revo XL is made of a special urethane (TPU) nylon fabric which has a high tear and abrasion resistance combined with low weight. The smooth and shiny surface of the tube coating is particularly scratch resistant. Our TPU nylon used in its main version has proven itself for many years.
The Plus(+) material of the Revo XL is is +17% heavier, but thanks to higher weave density, stronger fibres and increased layer thicknesses, it is even +80% stronger.
The Revo has an overlapping, double welded bottom, which additionally protects the side tubes. All the boat’s seams are fully welded and the tube seams are additionally sewn, making it a completely glue-free construction. This saves weight, costs and the environment! We are so confident with our build that we provide an extended 3-year warranty on materials and workmanship.
Further background information on our technologies and materials can be found here.
Of course, no inflatable is indestructible, but in the (unlikely) event of damage field repairs can be made within a couple of minutes with LifePatch. Small pinholes can be sealed with Aquasure, a liquid urethane sealant.
All Anfibio Packrafts produced since 2018 have been carbon offset through selected climate protection projects. Learn more.
Anfibio pays attention to safe and fair working conditions during the production. How we check social standards during manufacturing, we describe here.