Turn blue lines into trails.
Those blue lines that cut through contours of your topo map don't have to be an obstacle to avoid when you're packing the Aire BAKraft Hybrid pack raft. Weighing just over seven pounds and built with a self-bailing floor, the BAKraft is the first boat of its kind: one that's been specifically designed to pack down tightly for easy carrying into remote and wild rivers. It's packable, sure, but the BAKraft will still deliver a solid and stable feel whether you're navigating remote rapids or cruising down meandering rivers in the grasslands.
The main thing setting the BAKraft apart from other boats in its class is its inflatable drain-pocket-outfitted floor. Once inflated, the floor creates 4.5 inches of cushioning between the paddler and the river bottom, and has a stiff I-beam floor to increase the overall rigidity of the hull and resist folding in more technical rapids. Aire didn't just take the basic design of an inflatable kayak and cut materials to save weight, either, but tweaked the shape of the boat to give the BAKraft the clean lines needed to cut through both flat water and rough rivers smoothly.
In order to keep the boat durable as well as light, Aire implemented a dual membrane design, which consists of airtight urethane air cells and a proprietary Dyneema and Spectra fabric shell. The dual air chambers can be quickly inflated via the Summit II whitewater valve and topped off with the included hand pump. The BAKraft also comes with an inflation bag, seat, and cargo bag for easy carrying when you're heading to the remote and rarely paddled rivers that will quickly become your playground.
- Dual membrane design
- Inflating self-bailing floor
- Urethane air chambers with a Spectra and Dyneema cover
- Sewn seam construction
- Summit II whitewater valves
- Inflation bag, seat, and cargo bag included
- Top-off hand pump included
- Repair kit included
- Q & A
Hull Failure Upon 1st Flatwater Paddle
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I finally got my Aire Bakraft out on the water yesterday for a local quick flatwater paddle to work out any issues before taking it on the road. Decided might as well make a few casts and brought my pole. Paddled across the lake all was fine, impressed how light it was. Got to the spot to starting fishing, made a big cast, and the entire left side bladder blew open from the zipper. Water rushed in over gunnel filled the outer compartment and I went to the drink. Lost my $100 trout spinning rod, creel with $100 plus of tackle, and a bit of waterman pride. Grabbed the remaining gear got to shore and surveyed WTF happened. It appeared all of the stitching in rear of the boat failed and somehow released the zipper. Please see attachments.
I'm a product manager for Connelly Skis and from my professional experience I'm 100% sure that this is a manufacturer defect. Used a hand pump and followed the owner's manual psi. This happened on first use, on basic flatwater - hull failure. I can only imagine what could of happened in a potential whitewater application. Anyway, I'm not wanting a replacement. No way. Full refund is absolutely required. I've heard both good/bad stories on the Bakraft quality on the Seattle whitewater FB forums and now I've seen the "bad" first hand. Too bad, I've owned both a Tomcat and Strike for many years without a single problem.
Now it appears Backcountry will not honor my request for a return! I hope I can get this resolved for a full refund ASAP.