Alpacka Raft Yukon Yak

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Alpacka Raft Yukon Yak, Wavesport Ethos, Jackson Karma     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Wilderness adventurers.

THE TEST: Rolled up, the 4.9-pound Yukon Yak could be mistaken for a sleeping pad. But in just over ten minutes of dedicated blowing, it transforms into a 7.5-foot-long craft with 12-inch tubes. Our 170-pound tester loaded it with two nights’ worth of camping gear, attached the optional whitewater spray deck ($250), and survived Class III whitewater (though Alpacka rafts are routinely piloted down more difficult water). The Yak’s new storage system allows you to pack gear inside inflatable drybags in the stern tubes—the added weight acts like a keel, making for more stable (if less agile) paddling.

THE VERDICT: Remarkably packable and adventure ready. 4.9 lbs.

STABILITY: 3.5
MANEUVERABILITY: 3

Brand: Alpacka Raft $850

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