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Packrafting packs

Custom made backpack to your size and specification. Have a good think about what you really want in a pack and what you will be using it for and get in touch. We can discuss ideas and make the best pack for your needs. Below are a few things to think about and once you are ready to make an order download and fill in the form under the Order tab at the top of the page. The costs are on the form.

Fabric selection

Packrafters are a colourful bunch and the standard EPX200 comes in a range of great colours and makes a good light pack option. For the toughest pack then upgrading to the ultra weave is the way to go. Its the lightest and strongest fibers commercially available, with a tensile strength 15x stronger than steel. Great for bush bashing your way to remote rivers and scrabbling through tight rocky spots.

colourfull backpack

Frame upgrade

The std 12mm frame, 10mm foam and load lifters do a great job at transferring the weight to the hip belt. I find 27kg comfortable but if you do a lot of big multi day adventures then you may want to up the frame size to 25mm to add some extra stiffness to the back panel.

backpack loadlifters


The standard 38mm hipbelt takes the weight of the pack better then the 25mm forwards pull. I can now also do the 38mm as a forwards pull to make it easier to adjust. I find adding hip belt pockets really handy for snacks, bug repellent and sunscreen.

phone pocket for backpack

Other options

Most of the options are on the order form but if you are wanting something extra just let me know. Maybe you want the side pockets higher to fit a cooker better or a removable day pack that attached to the front for side trips without your big pack.

Dyneema backpack

Pocket selection

A mesh front pocket is great for drying wet gear and seeing what you have in there. But if your plan on a lot of bush bashing trips then a solid fabric might be better as the mesh can catch on stuff if not on formed tracks. If your worried about loosing stuff from the front pocket then you can add a G-hook or flat for security. You may also want to upgrade the pocket fabric to the ultra 200 for added abrasion resistance if you are really hard on gear.

best packrafting backpack

Pack size choice

Packrafting has a lot of very bulk items so a larger volume is best and most people choose the 85L pack. But if you plan to use your pack mostly for just one night tramping trips and don't want a pack that large for most of the time then the 65L is the smallest size that can fit paddle blades in the side pocket.

fully loaded packrafting backpack

Top compression upgrade

This adds a strap on each side to clip to the roll top and compress the pack from the top. Its fully removable and help keep larger volume packs neat and small when not fully loaded. Great for packrafting.

custom made backpack

Tizip friendly size

Most large packs are very rigid and tight to fit through the Tizip on packrafts. My packs roll length way very easily and will fit though the opening with no problem at all. The side compression straps can also clip to the other side so compress the pack even more.

very packable backpack
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