New material for 2019.AIRE BAKraft hybrid raft kayak paddled like an inflatable kayak. Is it an IK or a raft? Let's all buy one and find out! It's very cute looking and reminds me of taking the Innova Junior down Class II III & IV in Taiwan!
AIRE wanted to beef up the rip resistance on the Backcountry series, both with tougher material and by doing away with stitched exterior tube seams. They accomplished this with a new 400 denier Vectran material that resembles a pvc-urethane hybrid. The new fabric is blue rather than the pale lime of the previous fabric, so if you are still seeing images in lime the new color is close to the Tomcat series blue. The current model is 8.5 pounds.
Self-Bailing Floor: Inflated floor with drain pockets that drains quickly and efficiently. This design also adds hull rigidity from bow to stern. This stiff I-beam floor creates a 4.5” solid cushion between you and the rocks and water beneath.
Hybrid: By taking the traditional inflatable kayak and making it shorter and rounder, we’ve gained the storability and lightness of a pack raft, but kept the sleek aerodynamic qualities that make a kayak slice effortlessly through both rough and calm water.
Whitewater Valves: Even though other valve types may be lighter, we’ve refused to compromise on valve style or quality. Using the same valves you’d see on a full size raft, inflation time, deflation time and durability are non-negotiable.
Ultra Light Weight: The BAKraft and it's longer brother, the Expedition, are some of the lightest self-bailing pack rafts on the market.Dual-Membrane Design: A 100% air tight urethane bladder provides superior air retention (0% loss over 48 hours when tested). Two layers provides backcountry confidence through added durability. If you do happen to puncture both layers, this system also lends to easier in field repairs; just unzip to expose the urethane bladder, stick on the patch and go.