Expedition report: 5-days through the stunning remote landscapes of Lochcarron, Scotland. Three friends take on packrafting, hiking, and paragliding. Built during a creative pursuit, the DIY Iron Raft becomes their vessel for a challenging sea loch crossing and paddling on Loch Monar. Despite forgotten supplies and encounters with nature’s challenges, the trio explores Torridon’s mountains, camping high for breathtaking views and a beautiful paragliding descent…
Tips & Tricks
To enhance the functionality and safety of packrafts, one essential accessory is packraft tie-downs. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of packraft tie-downs, discussing their purpose, usefulness, and the different types available.
Understanding Packraft Tie-Downs: Packraft tie-downs are versatile straps or attachment points designed to secure your gear to the packraft. These tie-downs play a crucial role in ensuring that your equipment, such as dry bags, paddles, and other essentials, stay in place during your journey. They provide the means to carry additional gear and prevent it from shifting or getting lost in the water.
The Importance of Packraft Tie-Downs:
Gear Organisation and Safety: Packraft tie-downs allow you to strategically secure your equipment, keeping everything organized and easily accessible. By properly securing your gear, you minimize the risk of losing valuable items during rapids or rough waters.
Stability and Balance: Packrafts are relatively small and lightweight, making them susceptible to shifting weight distributions. Tie-downs help distribute the load evenly, enhancing stability and balance while navigating water bodies. This stability ensures a smoother and more controlled experience, particularly in challenging conditions.
Increased Carrying Capacity: Packraft tie-downs expand the capacity of your packraft by enabling you to attach larger items to the exterior. Whether it’s camping gear, additional provisions, or photography equipment, you can conveniently carry more supplies without compromising space inside the raft.
Packraft tie-downs are invaluable accessories for any packrafter seeking to maximize the functionality and safety of their gear. By effectively securing your equipment, these tie-downs enhance organization, stability, and carrying capacity.
Before embarking on your next packrafting adventure, make sure to equip yourself with the appropriate packraft tie-downs and familiarise yourself with their usage. With these reliable attachments in place, you can focus on the thrill of exploration while knowing that your gear is securely fastened, ready to accompany you on unforgettable journeys into the wild.
WASHING YOUR PACKRAFT:
Cleaning it with mild soap is essential for keeping your boat in good condition and preventing the spread of invasive species in waterways.
Ensure proper drying of your packraft: Storing a wet boat can lead to damage to the TIZIP and the development of persistent odors that are challenging to eliminate. It is recommended to hang your boat to dry after each trip before storage. Another excellent option is to let it dry while inflated.
STORAGE OF YOUR PACKRAFT:
Once it is clean and dry, store your packraft in a cool, dry place with good ventilation. Hanging it, loosely rolling it, or loosely folding it are all suitable methods. To prevent UV damage, avoid storing your packraft in direct sunlight.
Avoid using “UV-Protectant” or similar sprays on your packrafts: These sprays create a hard outer coating that hinders the adhesion of repair materials and glue to the packraft. If you accidentally apply a UV-Protectant spray to your boat, it will wear off over time.
TIZIP CARE AND MAINTENANCE:
After each trip and regularly while in the field, it is crucial to clean, dry, and lubricate your TIZIP. Keep the zipper chain clean and free from sand, dirt, and debris. Avoid applying lubricant directly to the chain, as it may attract sand. To clean the zipper, start with a small brush, such as a used toothbrush, and use warm soapy water for tougher cleaning.
It is important to allow the zipper to dry before closing it. Failure to do so can result in rotting and cracking of the zipper. For long-term storage, it is recommended to clean, dry, and close the zipper.
Proper lubrication technique: The TIZIP-zipper should always move smoothly and effortlessly. If your zipper is difficult to operate or feels sticky, it requires lubrication. Before applying lubricant, ensure that the zipper chain is clean.
- Close the zipper and apply lubricant to the cloth. Use the cloth to spread the lubricant onto the urethane laminated exterior of the zipper. Avoid applying lubricant to the zipper teeth.
- Keep using the cloth until the entire exterior surface of the closed zipper is coated with lubricant.
- Wipe off any excess lubricant from the zipper, as it can attract sand and dirt.
- Open the zipper and lightly lubricate the chain and sealing edges using the cloth.
- Apply a small amount of lube to the docking end.
- Open and close the zipper multiple times. It should now move smoothly and close easily. If necessary, repeat the above steps.
The goal is to maintain a thin layer of lubricant along the length of the zipper, ensuring smooth movement and easy docking of the zipper head.
The difference between our Paddle Ready and Paddle Ready + Iron Raft Packrafts is the removable spray deck that is built into the Paddle Ready + design.
Do I Need a Spray Deck?
A removable spraydeck on a packraft is a detachable cover that seals the cockpit, preventing water from entering during paddling. It offers versatility, allowing users to choose when to use it based on conditions or preferences. However, it’s important to note that a removable spraydeck is not a substitute for a dedicated whitewater spraydeck.
Looking for a packraft with a spraydeck? Check ours out here!
With an inflation bag – a lightweight alternative to pumps.
To explain how inflation bags work, imagine holding a bin liner/ large bag open towards the wind and catching all the air that blows inside. You simply catch the air, twist the top of the bag shut, and squeeze the air out of a valve at the bottom of your inflation bag and into your packraft.
As you get towards full inflation, you’ll need to remove the inflation bag and finish off inflating by mouth as hard as you can.
When you enter the water the coldness of the water will cool down the air in the tubes and it will sightly decrease in volume. No problem, just top up by mouth. again to achieve the right pressure. It takes between 8-10 bags to fill the packraft, you’ll be ready to go in minutes!
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