The PackLite is a 7’ 10” long kayak designed to be an extremely compact and lightweight recreational inflatable kayak. Several unique features to make it the perfect ultra-light kayak for paddling in the most remote locations. It has 3 chambers for optimum safety and packs down to 11”x11”x5”, and features easy to use Twistlok™ and military style valves for easy inflation. When out on the water, the mesh carry bag doubles as an on-deck gear bag for securing smaller items. Paddling a remote alpine lake or stream has never been this easy!
The Packlite Inflatable Kayak by Advanced Elements is great for paddling your favorite hidden alpine lakes. Designed to be an extremely compact and lightweight recreational inflatable kayak, it is equipped with several unique features that make it perfect for paddling in remote locations.
Constructed from fabric reinforced polyurethane with welded seams, the ultra-light Packlite will be your go-to source for fun on the water. Featuring easy to use Twistlok and one-way valves for easy inflation, it compresses down for optimum packability to a mere 11 inches by 11 inches by 5 inches. The mesh bag can be clipped to the body of the kayak allowing it to quickly convert to an on-deck gear bag when out on the water, conveniently securing smaller items.
Reinforced polyurethane construction
Three chamber design provides maximum on-water stability & reliability
Welded perimeter seam
Rubber molded handle
Mesh carry bag douples as on-deck gear storage
Military style valves valves
D-rings for gear tie-down
PVC free eco-friendly fabric
Length: 7′ 10″
Weight: 4 lbs. (1.8 kg)
Maximum Weight: 250 lbs. (113 kg)
Folded Size: 11” x 11” x 5”
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Pros: Light, handles great on the water, tracks better and is faster than a packraft, does fine in slightly choppy water, can be inflated by mouth in a reasonable amount of time(but their packlite pump is worth the purchase). Lots of leg room, I have a 36″ inseam and have room to spare in front of my feet.
Cons: Low weight limit, back end has limited abrasion resistance compared to other rafts in it’s weight class, ‘ripstop’ fabric has no ripstop properties(see below).
I took this raft out on a local, mellow creek. The water level was low, and I dragged the back end across a few shallow gravelly sections and a couple of logs. On the last log I dragged it across, the back end, which sits low in the water, caught something and the raft tore. ENTIRELY MY FAULT! However, the tear was in a dead straight line, and when I gently pulled on the two sides of the tear it tore further very easily. The grid of reinforcing threads did nothing to stop the tearing.
Repairing the raft was actually pretty easy. I repaired it myself, instead of contacting Advanced Elements, because the tear was definitely my fault, not theirs. I reinforced the inside with regular Gorilla Tape, then Aquasealed the split. Once the Aquaseal cured, I applied a layer of clear Gorilla Tape across most of the bottom of the back end of the raft. I recommend anyone purchasing this raft apply a layer of Clear Gorilla Tape in that area preemptively as well. It will prevent what I feel are inevitable leaks from abrasion dues to occasional shallow water, especially while launching.
Since the repair, the raft holds air just fine, holds my 215 lb + clothing weight just fine, even when my 35 lb dog is added. I still like the way it handles and tracks, I just wish it had actual ripstop fabric(hence the deducted stars).
If Advanced Elements is listening: Use a more durable floor material, especially in the back end of the raft! Make the tubes slightly bigger as well to increase weight capacity. Even at a pound heavier, these improvements would up my rating to 5 stars, and make the raft a lot more versatile.
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Hi anrothardonn, thank you for your feedback! We’ll forward it to the manufacturer!
I have been so pleased with this kayak. I have a favorite spot I have been going to for years that is a hidden lake up in the Sierra’s that you can only get to by hiking and I have always wanted to take a boat out on the lake. Thanks to the Packlite I was finally able to do just that and had the time of my life!
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I got the Packlite because I thought it would make a certain kind of Adirondack backpacking more interesting, and I haven’t been disappointed. I use it mostly as a packraft that fits into a large backpack, and I use it to get to secluded campsites where dragging a canoe or kayak would be impossible. It’s opened up a world of backcountry camping for me.
One of my favorite ways to use it is to load it into a backpack, and hike along a trail upstream, then float back downstream. There are lots of places in the Adirondacks where this is possible. It makes the planning part of the trip more interesting, too.
I would NOT bring it into the ocean, or across an open lake that’s wind-whipped or even really breezy. I think that would be a frustrating paddle. But for a certain niche use, there’s nothing like it (especially for the price).
I haven’t had any trouble with tears after three years of ownership. I’ve floated down extremely shallow, rocky streams with no problem.
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