Our huge in the water, tiny in your pack packraft, the LWD, received a GEAR OF THE YEAR AWARD from Gear Junkie!!!! We are stoked!!!! Thanks to the wise folks over at Gear Junkie, and for the support of all adventurers who are looking at a map a little different with the LWD in hand. Literally, it is the size of your favorite Tolstoy novel when carefully folded!!!
We are enthused by the pick and the thought that something that we playfully named the Light Water Dinghy has the potential to make real packrafting accessible to everyone that can find it in a retail location or online. The 2 pound tax is nothing when compared to the copius amounts of fun you will have at your own lake in the backcountry, or on your own creek, or getting to where no one else can by easily crossing just about anything. We had a ball testing and developing the LWD, using a little geometry and not a small amount of “Kentucky Wind”. I remember one time when Matt, Cory, and I took a 50D nylon version over a 3 foot drop in the Ogden Kayak park….all on it at the same time. We did it 3 times and were just amazed at the bouyancy. The fourth time we got cocky and chose a bad line. The bouyancy of the LWD is unmatched in all light packrafts. That was about 450 pounds on the boat, and it rocks. Hunters can float their game out like the trappers of old, 2 careful hikers can cross in one pack raft. The possibilities are endless, and the LWD just screams potential.
It has been said that the peaks and the trails of the world have all been tread upon and carved, but there is so much more to discover. The LWD is among our most unique contributions to the pursuit of exploring the rest. Thank you for giving it a try Gear Junkie, and seeing the vision while having a blast. We are hopeful that the LWD continues to have an impact; and that impact is generating toothy smiles and finding new places to be inspired by and connected to.