BAKraft Expedition

  • ITEM# 110-002200
  • $1,499.00
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At 10.5 pounds, the 10' 2" AIRE BAKraft Expedition will take you further into the backcountry. Light enough to pack into remote locations and big enough to bring a bunch of gear. The dual-membrane design is made with tough Dyneema hull fabric and a urethane AIREcell inside. This creates a light weight, packable boat with superior air retention and simplified in-field repairs. Whether rough whitewater or alpine lakes, the AIRE BAKraft is adventure ready.

Comes With:

  • BAKraft Expedition
  • Seat
  • Inflation bag
  • Top off hand pump
  • Thigh Straps
  • Repair Kit

Specs

  • Length x Width x Height: 10'2" x 40"
  • Tube Diameter: 12.5"
  • Bow Rise x Stern Rise: 9"
  • Weight: 10.5 Lbs
  • Load Capacity: 350 lbs.
  • 2" Waterline: 90"
  • Aire Chambers: 2
  • AIREcell Material: Urethane
  • Fabric Denier x Material Weight: Dyneema
  • Seam Construction: Sewn
  • Valve: Summit 2
  • Warranty: 3 Year Limited
  • Other: Prop65 WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including DEHP which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Average Rating

4.7 out of 5 stars

Daniel

3800, Bern

I have looked into any possible packraft before deciding to buy an Aire Expedition the Self bailing and the size made the decision in the end. I have taken it down a few rivers and feel ready to write a Review. Beforehand I must say that I have not yet gone down anything more than class II water. My brother and I both 6 foot tall and a total weight of 340 punds plus some backpacks in the raft worked well on the river, like the other Reviews say this is the upper Limit of what you should put on the boat. However at this weight it still performed very well. It helps to have the weight well distributed to get a straight running line. I just recently went bikerafting in Italy with the Aire Expedition I only had to remove the front Wheel and could strap down the bycicle and the gear behind the seat. When the water got super shallow I slid over a few rocks with the raft which fortunately didn't leave any scratch :) The raft might not be as packable in a backpack as other rafts but certainly can haul a ton of gear and still perform very well. It is also on the heavier side for a packraft but still very light for what you get (self bailer/ double Shell/ can carry 2 People) On longer trips it can get a Little straining on the back, as the backrest does not Support very far up. Solution to this Problem is to strap down a sturdy drybag (full with gear or air) behind your back to lean on. <- worked very well for me. One Thing I wished is a bigger Inflation bag as with the one included in the package it takes 20 minutes to fully inflate the boat. A little trick i figured out at the end. When pumping up with the highpressure pump from Aire make sure to blow up the pump with your mouth and then push the air in the raft by squeezing the pump <- This will safe you a lot of time and get the boat very stiff !! Greetings from Switzerland

eddie

Buena Vista, CO

I rarely ever review products online but I'm so excited about this boat I thought I would share my experience so far. First a little back ground on me.. I've been floating rivers on various craft for over twenty years but had never tried a pack raft. Did a lot of research and based on what I know I like in whitewater and what I thought I would want in a pack raft chose the Bakraft Expedition. So any comparison to other pack rafts is only my theory but based on fairly extensive river experience. Also note that I have so far only used this boat in class II water. The main things that drew me to this boat were the longer water line and the true self bailing floor. So far they have both lived up to my expectations. I watched 100's of videos of different boats and always felt like the more tradition models looked like paddling around in a bath tub. While this boat is obviously not as fast or nimble as a hard shell it does paddle very well. It's relatively quick and will hold a line well through waves. The self bailing floor seems to work very efficiently as well. I haven't totally buried the boat yet but through small waves it drains super fast. I feel confident that it will drain fast enough in bigger water. Now here's what is exciting me the most about this boat so far. It has far exceeded my expectations about carrying weight. The thing seems to drive better the more weight you put in it! I tried it out with the gf through our class II play park and it handled great. With a few more pounds in there it drove through waves without getting tossed around and still felt totally stable. That experiment worked so well it got me thinking. I called Aire and they told me that the recommended maximum payload was 350 pounds. Well, I don't really like being told what to do so the gf and I loaded up our packs and hiked into the Dolores river. Our total weight when floating out, humans plus gear, we estimated to be 440 pounds. It still handled great! Slightly tippy but less so than any hard shell canoe. Ran some class II there with no problems. I should mention that it floated that weight high enough that there was still no water visible in the floor. I would say that I felt like we had gotten near the high end of what I would be comfortable running a trip with but I would have no qualms about planning a multiday class I/II float with that set up. Over all I would feel very confident running class III/IV with just the two of us in the boat but I would not plan a III/IV trip with the two of us and gear at this point. The boat could probably do it but I felt like we had reached the upper limit of what it handled well. Plus my gf is not a boater, she's scared of water, and I'd like to keep her around:). Love the boat so far! I can't say anything about the durability yet. I'll baby the thing for sure but I also feel good about Aire's reputation. I know they did plenty of R&D on this thing and from what I've heard it should be about as durable as possible for the weight. If you chose this boat I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Tom Horn

Kernville, CA

Small Boat Goes Big! Just took this boat to play in on the Grand Canyon. It has ample room for multi-day gear in the bow and stern, which I used to add a little more weight and stability. The highlight, of course, was running Lava Falls and I was able to pick a clean line through at flows near 14,000 cfs on the first attempt, even though I had serious doubts it was possible. At just 10 pounds and rolling up to the size of down mummy bag, it was a perfect addition to the trip to challenge some of the canyon's rapids and sizable waves! As ideal as this boat is for the backcountry, it's become my go to inflatable kayak for any river. I hope to upload the Lava Falls footage to share for the Aire Community soon.

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