Alpacka Raft Classic Series

(1 customer review)

£875.00£1,455.00 Inc. VAT

The Classic – The Iconic Original Alpacka Raft

The gold standard by which everything else is measured, the Classic delivers adventure driven fun from your backyard to the backcountry. All of the quality materials and workmanship that we’ve built our reputation on, with minimalist features to take us back to our roots and budget friendly pricing to boot.

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Product Description

All of our packrafts are made to order and ship from Alpacka in the USA. Current delivery time is 3/4  weeks. If you order a packraft and gear your entire order will ship when your packraft ships. If you need a rush order, you will need to contact us prior to ordering to determine whether we can meet your timing.

Way back in 2000, after suffering through endless tears and repairs of our cheap “pool toy” quality boats, we had a dream of making a true wilderness worthy packraft—a boat that was light enough to fit in a backpack yet would not let you down in the cold, rocky rivers of the Alaskan Arctic. Thus, the original Alpacka Raft was born and a new era of packrafting began. Little did we know packrafts would not only change backcountry travel, but also deliver a fun and easy new way to enjoy your local rivers and lakes. As packrafting has evolved, so has our original line-up of the Alpacka, Yak, and Llama. We decided to return to our roots with the Classic, a simple, elegant packraft with options to fit every budget.

The Classic keeps it simple with our adventure tested Classic Hull, a no fuss seating system, minimalist attachments, and bombproof materials and construction. Configure it exactly to your liking with Open, Cruiser Deck, Whitewater Deck, Removeable Whitewater Deck, and Self Bailing options. You can also add our innovative Cargo Fly zipper internal storage system with or without internal dry bags. Feeling the need for additional tie downs? You can add factory installed grab loops, strap plates, D-Rings, and handles or check out our high-performance Expedition models, which include double D-Rings and handles standard.


Have an older model Alpacka Raft you’d like thigh straps in? We are now offering our patented 4-point thigh straps as kit that you can install yourself with a quality polyurethane glue.

Alpacka Classic series owners manual

1 review for Alpacka Raft Classic Series

  1. Mark Bellchambers (verified owner)

    I bought an Alpacka Yak from Andy and have paddled the Spey and various lochs in and around Aviemore. The craft is easy to inflate/deflate. Use of a backrest pushes you up aroung 6 inches forward in the cabin, forcing you to have your legs bent, stopping you fitting the cruiser deck. Paddling without the backrest means you are at the back of the cabin, that reduces the bend on your legs and allows the cruiser deck to be fitted. Paddling seems un-affected. I am very happy with my craft.

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  • Manufacturing: Made to Order in Mancos, Colorado
  • Shape: Classic Hull
  • Tube Diameter: 11.7-inch
  • Fit: Relaxed (See sizing and specifications)
  • Valve: Temper assist valve for inflation and deflation
  • Attachments: 4 bow grab loops, 2 stern grab loops, and 2 strap plates
  • Seating: Classic Seat Bottom and Inflatable Seat Back
  • Build Configurations: Open, Self Bailer, Cruiser Deck (Redesigned for 2019), Whitewater Deck, or Removable WW Deck
  • Cargo Fly: Optional (roll-top internal dry bags sold separately)
  • Materials: Proprietary 210-denier high count nylon hull and 840-denier ballistic nylon floor (Made in USA). Sorry, no custom multi-color or Vectran options.
  • Includes: Inflation Bag, Stuff Sack, and Basic Repair Kit
  • Open: The Open configuration is our simplest, lightest, and most economical build configuration. It’s perfect for anything where you don’t need the extra protection and performance of a spray deck or self bailer.Cruiser Deck: The new Cruiser Deck is ideal for paddling easy waters in temperate and cool climates. The Cruiser Deck functions as a splash guard and will keep you drier and warmer than an open boat in splashy water, wind, and rain, but is not as dry as the whitewater decks. The deck features a Velcro closure along the left side which easily comes apart in the event of a wet-exit. When not in use, the deck rolls away to the right and is secured with a low-profile slot and toggle system but is not removeable.Whitewater Deck: The most popular option, the standard Whitewater Deck is our driest and warmest configuration for the Classic. It is ideal for all water types in cool climates and the highest performance option for whitewater. The Whitewater Deck features a large kayak style cockpit, one-piece pex coaming, and an ultralight secure fitting spray skirt.Removable WW Deck: The Removable WW Deck features the same cockpit as the standard Whitewater Deck, but with a perimeter zipper for converting to an open boat for more relaxing days. The Removable WW Deck maximizes versatility for the broadest range of paddling conditions.  It is drier than the Cruiser Deck, but not as dry as the standard Whitewater Deck in waves, splashes, and whitewater.Self Bailer: The Self Bailer configuration is ideal for warmer climates, frequent entry and exit, and anyone that prefers a self-bailing style setup. Our self bailing design features a lightweight 3/4 length 7-inch thick seat in the rear that is protected by a sleeve and a heavy-duty baffled foot brace in the front that keeps your feet up and out of the water.Cargo Fly Zipper: The Cargo Fly is the ultimate packraft gear storage solution, which features an airtight zipper installed in the stern of the boat to allow you to load your gear inside the tubes. The system provides drier and more secure gear storage and improved paddling performance due to a lower center of gravity. The Cargo Fly is perfect for expeditions, whitewater performance, and keeping your gear dry in any conditions. Roll top internal dry bags are an optional upgrade on all Classic models with a Cargo Fly. The dry bags clip in place along each side of the tubes with a side release buckle and allow for better organization and weight balance than placing the contents of your pack loose inside the Cargo Fly. They also act as additional balanced air chambers to make it easier to get to shore in the event of a puncture.
  • Hull:  Proprietary 210-denier high count nylon, single side laminated with pigmented polyurethane film (Made in USA.)Floor: Proprietary 840-denier ballistics nylon, laminated on both sides with polyurethane film (Made in USA).Seat: 200-denier oxford nylon, with single side polyurethane laminate (Made in USA).Accessories: All grab loops and similar attachments are manufactured in house in Mancos, Colorado out of scrap floor materials and USA made webbing. Small parts and fasteners are Made in USA, when available, and sourced from industry leaders like Duraflex, YKK, and ITW-Nexus.

►How to Choose Your Boat Size

The chart below shows our recommended size based on your sit length and the Classic’s fit profile. To determine your sit length, sit against a wall with your legs flat (wearing your preferred paddling shoes) and measure the distance from the wall to your heels. The Classic is sized for a relaxed fit, meaning that a typical paddler in the recommended size can fully extend their legs and not touch the bow unless they point their toes when sitting in the boat. You can size up or down for a more performance or relaxed fit.

Sizing Chart

Small (Alpaca) Medium (Yak) Large (Llama)
Paddler Sit Length 35-39in | 88-99cm 38-42in | 97-107cm 41-45in | 104-114cm
Exterior Length 89in | 226cm 92in | 234cm 95in | 241cm
Exterior Width 37.25in | 95cm 37.25in | 95cm 37.25in | 95cm
Interior Length 43in | 109cm 46in | 117cm 49in | 124cm
Interior Width at Hip 14.5in | 37cm 14.5in | 37cm 14.5in | 37cm
Max Capacity* 400lbs | 181kg 400lbs | 181kg 400lbs | 181kg

*Max Capacity is the maximum total weight (paddlers and cargo) that the boat can reasonably carry in flatwater under ideal conditions. Actual capacity for any given trip will vary widely based on the paddler’s skill and water conditions. Please review our weight carrying capacity guide for further details.


Small (Alpaca) Medium (Yak) Large (Llama)
Build Option Weight* Packed Size** Weight* Packed Size** Weight* Packed Size**
Open (OP) 5.5lb | 2.51kg 16×6.5in | 41x17cm 5.7lb | 2.58kg 16x7in | 41x18cm 5.8lb | 2.65kg 16×7.5in | 41x19cm
Open (OP) | Cargo Fly (CF) 5.8lb | 2.62kg 16×6.5in | 41x17cm 5.9lb | 2.69kg 16x7in | 41x18cm 6.1lb | 2.76kg 16×7.5in | 41x19cm
Cruiser Deck (CR) 6.7lb | 3.04kg 17×6.5in | 43x17cm 6.8lb | 3.06kg 17x7in | 43x18cm 7.0lb | 3.18kg 17×7.5in | 43x19cm
CR | CF 6.9lb | 3.13kg 17×6.5in | 43x17cm 7.0lb | 3.18kg 17x7in | 43x18cm 7.2lb | 3.27kg 17×7.5in | 43x19cm
Whitewater Deck (WW) 7.0lb | 3.17kg 17x7in | 43x18cm 7.1lb | 3.23kg 17×7.5in | 43x19cm 7.4lb | 3.33kg 17x8in | 43x20cm
WW | CF 7.2lb | 3.28kg 17x7in | 43x18cm 7.4lb | 3.35kg 17×7.5in | 43x19cm 7.6lb | 3.45kg 17x8in | 43x20cm
Removable Whitewater Deck (WR) 7.3lb | 3.31kg 17×7.5in | 43x19cm 7.4lb | 3.35kg 17x8in | 43x20cm 7.7lb | 3.49kg 17×8.5in | 43x22cm
WR | CF 7.5lb | 3.40kg 17×7.5in | 43x19cm 7.6lb | 3.46kg 17x8in | 43x20cm 7.9lb | 3.58kg 17×8.5in | 43x22cm
Self Bailer (SB) 6.3lb | 2.86kg 17×6.5in | 43x17cm 6.5lb | 2.95kg 17x7in | 43x18cm 6.8lb | 3.08kg 17×7.5in | 43x19cm
SB | CF 6.6lb | 2.97kg 17×6.5in | 43x17cm 6.8lb | 3.07kg 17x7in | 43x18cm 7.0lb | 3.19kg 17×7.5in | 43x19cm

*Weight includes all components except inflation bag, repair kit, and internal dry bags for Cargo Fly.
**Packed size is a reference measurement based on folding each lengthwise edge of the boat to the center and rolling from the bow. There are many other methods of rolling and folding boats that will result in a different packed size that may be more or less efficient for packing depending on the situation.

The Alpacka Raft Series is our original model and namesake. Our founders Sheri and Thor Tingey built the original Alpacka Raft in the basement of their Chugiak, Alaska home in the fall of 2000.  Thor had just completed 39-day 600-mile packrafting traverse of the Brooks Range. Thor fell in love with the concept of packrafting and the ability to travel light, fast, and low impact across virtually any terrain, but was disappointed in the design, durability, and quality of the boats they were using.  Sheri had been a boater and outdoor clothing designer for 35-years and was looking for a new challenge.

Their first finished Alpacka Raft, the “White Boat,” was made out of heavy white nylon with a urethane coating on one side with 12-inch diameter tubes and an upturned bow all sealed together using a hot air gun, a roller, and a lot of Aquaseal®. They only had enough of the white fabric for one boat, but they made a few more that winter out of different colors with PVC and urethane coatings. The first testing came in the summer of 2001 when Thor took the White Boat to his summer job as a fisheries biologist for Katmai National Park and made multiple descents of the Aniakchak River. Local Anchorage packrafters like Roman Dial started testing the other prototypes and everyone was thrilled with the performance and durability of the new designs.We started our first production of the Alpacka Raft series the winter of 2001/2002 with two sizes, the Yukon Yak and the Denali Llama, and started selling them in the Summer of 2002.

Over the next 5 years, with Sheri running the company and pushing the design envelope, we continued to improve the designs.  In 2003, we added a third size, the smaller Alpaca, and began testing a spray skirt. The first skirts stretched over the entire boat and hand an inflatable rim to keep the boat from filling as quickly in the waves, but they were dangerous in swims.  In 2004, Sheri developed a method to permanently attach the spray skirt to top of the raft which saved weight and made the skirt safer.  From 2005 to 2007, we continued to make the skirt system drier and warmer by adding various Velcro® closures to cockpit that secured around the paddlers waist.In 2007, we moved our operations out of Alaska and opened our own manufacturing facility in Mancos, Colorado where we still make every boat today.

In 2008, a group of Alaskans pushing the boundaries of whitewater packrafting started installing thigh straps in their packrafts. Thigh straps provided new levels of control and whitewater performance, but put Alpacka in a challenging position of not being able to offer thigh straps as a factory option due to the liability risks of entrapment. However, the strong community interest in a better performing whitewater packraft led Sheri to begin development of the Alpackalypse.  Although the Alpackalypse took 6 years to complete, the design ideas that came out of its development were critical to the significant improvements of the Alpacka Series during that same time.

In 2011, we modified the hull and introduced the first extended stern packraft–aka the “Big Butt”–which significantly improved the comfort and performance of the boats. We continued to extend the stern slightly over the next two years to where it is today. Almost every full size packraft on the market today has adopted this design.

In 2012, we made two major improvements to the design. First, we added the first kayak style cockpit in a packraft with our Whitewater Deck which provided an almost completely dry paddling experience.  Like the extended stern, we have continued to make small modifications to our Whitewater Deck over the years to improve durability, weight, and skirt retention in whitewater. Second, added our innovative Cargo Fly internal gear storage system, which allowed paddlers to get their pack off the bow of the packraft which significantly improved performance, handling, and gear capability. Like the extended stern, both of these innovations were developed through the Alpackalypse project.

Other than the improvements in the spray decks and stern extensions, the Alpacka Series remained largely unchanged until 2016 when we introduced our first self bailing model. Alpacka was definitely not the first to develop a self bailing packraft, but we did take a different approach from the other brands by focusing on a two piece seating system that optimized durability, lightweight, and whitewater paddling performance.

2017 represents a new level of refinement and performance from the Alpacka Series. We added 100-denier, 200-denier, and 400-denier Vectran® as custom fabric options. We changed to a new one-way valve that offers both high pressure inflation (without a pump) and easy deflation with a quick turn of the valve core. We added lightweight stainless D-rings for attaching a custom foam backband for added comfort and control. We added ultralight handles to the inside to make carrying and portaging the boat easier than ever. We modified the Whitewater Deck to have a larger cockpit with a deeper one piece coaming and a Velcro® free interface between the cockpit and spray skirt that offers the best spray skirt retention available in a packraft.  We’re even offering our 4-point thigh straps as a factory option in our new Whitewater Series packrafts or as a DIY installation kit for our Alpacka Series.

We don’t yet know what future design and materials advancements will bring to packrafting, but you can always be assured that Alpacka will remain 100% committed to Made in USA manufacturing quality, industry leading design and innovation, and the best materials available.