Blue Duck Packrafting offer a lot of options on our packrafts. Here are some questions to help you decide:
Still can't decide? Talk to us.
FEATURES OF BLUE DUCK PACKRAFTS
DESIGN & MANUFACTURE
The designs are a collaboration between Blue Duck Packrafting and the Frontier factory designers. We know our rivers and lakes and we have paddled most of them and result is a top quality, fit-for-purpose range of state-of-the-art packrafts.
The design features are oriented to our conditions:
We took a lesson from whitewater rafts where the best rafts have a raised floor design that keeps the floor off the bottom of the gap between the tubes. Some packraft models have this feature and we like it for NZ conditions. Our floors wrap right around the tube bottoms so you get a double layer where the most wear occurs.
What it also does is reduce the span by a third, increasing the tension and making the floor very tight and flat. You don’t have your butt bulging down to hit every rock and the boat is just that much quicker across the water. In self-bailing models there is less water in the boat.
MULTIPLE COLOUR OPTIONS
SINGLE OR DOUBLE-COATED NYLON
ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN - TPU VS PVC?
Packrafters. by the very nature of the activity, will want to know they are making the right environmental choices when considering their purchases.
This is a technical comparison of the two most common materials used in inflatable boats.
All our packrafts are made from TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) by a sophisticated welding process. Some joints, due to access during manufacture, are glued using a specialised 2-part adhesive. TPU, under the right heat for the right time, joins to TPU and the resulting bond is molecular and permanent. There are other considerations when considering the bigger picture.
However, to work around this, most PVC product manufacturers apply DWR (durable water repellent) on the outer surface of their products, or they add anti-UV chemicals that stabilize the coating agent by absorbing and dissipating the UV light as heat. TPU, on the other hand, offers solid protection against the damaging impacts of the UV rays.
The big reasons why TPU is used in all our packrafts?
SLIPPERY WHEN WET
LESS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT