Klymit LiteWater Dinghy Packraft
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- Designed with input from Pro kayakers and packrafters, the LWD is an advanced pack raft tracks well, is stable, and allows use of canoe or kayak paddle - ARROW SHAPE DESIGN increases maneuverability - IDEAL FOR for canyoneering and backcountry water
- EASY TO INFLATE: Pump is efficient and easy to use, converts to a dry sack for gear storage and protection
- TWO VALVES for QUICK INFLATION & DEFLATION, includes dry sack pump, and 6 tie-off zones for lashing gear or securing the dinghy on shore
- ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT: Weighs only 35 ounces making it one of the lightest rafts of its kind
- ERGONOMIC PADDED SEATING: Built-in inflatable seat is comfortable and provides insulation from cold water
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Klymit LiteWater Dinghy
An Advanced Lightweight Inflatable Boat
The LiteWater Dinghy is a gamechanger. It is an advanced pack raft that will beckon adventurers toward new horizons. Designed with input from pro kayakers and packrafters, Klymit’s first entry into the paddle sports market has been made, and made with vigor.
Featuring an advanced boat shape that tracks water and an ergonomic seating position that allows comfortable, upright, and well supported paddling position, the LWD paddles well and feels good on the water.
Weighing in at only 35 oz and packing down to 4 x 9 inches, you will forget you had it in your pack. The LWD inflates quickly, maneuvers easily, and delivers a supportive ride making it agile, stable and comfortable enough for canyoneering, finding your own private island, or just spending a day bobbing on a remote alpine lake.
- Weight: 35 oz
- Dimensions: 76" x 45"
- Pack Size: 4.5" x 9"
- Capacity: 350 lbs
- Raft Rating: Class 2; We recommend the LWD for conditions of mild flat water to small waves
- Fabric: 210 D ripstop polyester top and bottom
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime
The Dinghy has an arrow shape design that increases maneuverability of the craft and makes paddling even easier.
Need to tie up: the Dinghy comes with Six tie off zones.
Have you been out backpacking or hiking and encountered a water source that impeded your progress? Well, Alpine Lakes and rivers are now in play.
The Dinghy is made from tough 210 D ripstop polyester top and bottom, which should stand up to whatever you throw at it.
Weighing in at 35 oz and packing down to 4 x 9 inches, you will forget you had it in your pack.
Storage Pack is included for long term storage.
We Got Your Back!
The advanced boat shape creates an ergonomic seating position that allows comfortable, upright, and well supported paddling position for your back!
A tough storage pack is included for long term storage. This should ensure you can use the Klymit LiteWater Dinghy for years to come!
Get on the Go
Ever get caught up fiddling with your Rig putting things together and seemingly taking too long? The LiteWater Dinghy has a simple and effective Two valve system for quick inflation & deflation.
Klymit is a solutions company that challenges traditional approaches to the conception and fabrication of outdoor goods. Klymit was conceived under the idea that the experience of outdoor enthusiasts can be enhanced with new technologies and a different approach that yield quantifiably comfortable products.
The LiteWater Dinghy is a gamechanger. It is an advanced pack raft that will beckon adventurers toward new horizons. Designed with input from pro kayakers and packrafters, Klymit’s first entry into the paddle sports market has been made, and made with vigor. Featuring an advanced boat shape that tracks water and an ergonomic seating position that allows comfortable, upright, and well supported paddling position, the LWD paddles well and feels good on the water. Weighing in at 35 oz and packing down to 4 x 9 inches, you will forget you had it in your pack. Alpine lakes and rivers are now part of your backcountry playground, stay dry canyoneering, go camp on an untouched island with the LWD...why not?
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I verified the scale that I used is working properly, weighing common items that I know the weight of (empty fuel canisters, soup can, my iPhone).
1 star for the weight discrepancy, but I'll give it four stars for the actual product.
One thing I want to try is leaving the stuff sack on this while paddling. Hopefully I will be able to reach back and add some more air while on the water since the water is usually colder than the air causing it to shrink a bit.
First let me say this is no way an alpacka raft but that being said its no way near as heavy and for the price its great. Secondly you will get wet. Don't expect this to be as dry as a kayak... its not that. packrafting is not a dry sport anyhow.
However, This thing is extremely packable (loaf of bread size), and can be blown up and taken down in mins. I've had this thing out on ponds and some rivers. It actually can be paddled. Again, not a kayak but way better than swimming.
The material seems fairly solid... its not a pool toy but not as tough as my zodiac boat either. Also its not that pool material madeout of PVC, its feels more cloth like. Definately durable and light (did I say VERY Light... cuz it is). The shape is just plain odd, but it works. You look like a dork in the thing, but i gotta say i was grinning ear to ear.
Its definately a niche product, but a blast for when you want something to float around on, fish from, camping / hiking and need to cross pond, river, or lake. I weigh 200 lbs and floats me more than fine. Its a really well thought out package w/ its bag that doubles as an inflator. I'm sure this thing will be fun for quite some time. Being out 5-6 times I already feel like i have gotten my moneys worth.
Also, it adds to the variety of hiking / camping you can do drastically. hike up river, float back down... camp on islands, cross rivers ect.
Along came the Klymit which looked very well made and without oar yolks so it looked like a winner. It was also very lightweight and compact - so I purchased it and was ready for my first packraft adventure in it.
Admittedly, I made a very serious mistake in that I did not actually try this out on anything but a small body of calm water before I hit a larger river with it. I also did not have anyone else look at me when I was in the water to see my riding position. Upon inflating it, and putting it next to all my crew's Explorer 200's, we all noticed it was smaller and floor of it was very shallow. I am 6'2 and weigh 180#, I also routinely carry a 40 pound backpack in Grand Canyon - full of rope, technical gear, water, food, bivy, etc. All which was well under the published load rating of 350#
We all hit the water together, packs in our laps, as we have many times before without incident. My friends all said the raft looked top heavy and floated much higher than the explorers. There was little room for my pack, it was sitting high (and yes, I was sitting on the right side of it) I'm a strong guy and very experienced, I figured it was no big deal, I'd handle it. We get into the first minor rapid (again, not a named rapid, this is more like a sub class II) within seconds I was in trouble - the Klymit did not handle well at all - in fact it was horrible. I fought the current and struggled to keep it straight and immediately a small wave (one that would not have even bothered the explorer) upset my position in the raft and my pack went overboard. As I attempted to recover the pack, the boat flipped and I went in.
Fortunately, the rapid I went through was not dangerous and as I emerged from the other side, my buddies had already recovered my gear, paddle and raft. The next several miles were a living hell as I fought to keep this thing straight and attempted to keep up with everyone else. I was doing twice the work and getting half the speed. Keep in mind our last trip I was the first one down the river to the take out by a significant margin. This thing sucks for anything other than still water and very light weight payload.
I STRONGLY advise anyone who is considering this item to follow the following advice :
1> This packraft has a "flat" design - perhaps that helps make it easier to make therefore less costly - but in doing so, it significantly raises the seating position or center of gravity, putting you further out of the water. The floor is located in middle of the float, rather than at the bottom of the float like all other packrafts. As a result, the payload is shifted up and a pocket is created under it - it is VERY easily tipped over in even small waves or ripples. They are not kidding when they say "light water".
2> Due to the same flat design, the drag through the water is nearly double that of a traditional design. I am one of the strongest paddlers amongst my group of friends - yet I had zero chance of keeping up with any of them on our last trip - AND I was completely worn out from paddling which has never happened to me once on any trip. At one point I simply gave up paddling and drifted just to conserve energy. It really was THAT bad !
In addition, due to the position it puts you in, it is very difficult to use a traditional kayak paddle. You are nearly laying, instead of sitting like you do in an Explorer or Supai raft. Try paddling from a laying position and see how fast it wears you out and ineffective your stroke is.
3> The Explorer 200 is far better suited for true packrafting, despite its weight and bulk, its a far better design and a lot more stable. Cut off the oar yokes and carry some duct tape and a good patch kit. The Supai is good, but only for total weights under 200 pounds + its a lot more $.
4> The weight rating on this raft is 350 pounds. That is nonsense. If you put that much weight on this thing you'll drown. I was more than 100 pounds under that max with my backpack - it was unstable and dangerous in all but the smoothest water.
I really wanted this to work - it has a lot of great features and it appears very well made. Unfortunately, the design has its limitations and its poorly suited for anything but calm waters and light payloads.
I am only writing this for two reasons, to save someone else the expense and to possible save your life. It is a somewhat unstable design, in the unsuspecting hands, you might be tempted to think it handles like a Supai or Explorer, and like I did, go on a trip with it and get into trouble. I have a lot of water experience, I did not panic - others may or may not have the same experience.
Be careful out there!