Alpacka Gnarwhal XL

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Alpacka Gnarwhal XL

$3,000.00 $1,600.00

Second hand Alpacka Raft 2018 Gnarwhal in XL 

The boat comes with the following configuration:

  • Cargo fly
  • Removable white water deck

Best suited for folks taller than 188cm

 

 

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Powerful or playful, addictive or intimidating, enlightening or terrifying, clean or chaotic. Whitewater can be the ultimate in contradictions, but the Gnarwhal will be there when you need it most so you can get to the bottom of the run with more laughing and less swimming. Advanced paddlers get the most from the Gnarwhal by setting up early and paddling hard, making it ideal for high volume rivers and messy features that require speed, power, and stability to clean. Novice and intermediate paddlers will get the most from the Gnarwhal’s unmatched stability and forgiveness, which makes rapids fun so that you can focus on honing your technique and building confidence without worrying about getting flipped every time you make a mistake.

The Gnarwhal is built with our Rally Hull, high-performance whitewater rigging, Cargo Fly zipper internal storage system, and either a Whitewater Deck or Self Bailing configuration. The Rally Hull is our highest performance whitewater hull with a center panel stern for stability and forgiveness and a rockered bow for punching over holes and carving eddy turns. The Gnarwhal is a higher volume than the Wolverine to maximize stability, forgiveness, and weight capacity. The whitewater rigging includes an adjustable foam backband, ¾ length seat and foot brace and patented 4-point thigh straps.

Trying to choose between the high-volume Gnarwhal and the mid-volume Wolverine? You’ll love the Gnarwhal if you want a forgiving and easy to paddle packraft that takes the intimidation out of paddling moderate whitewater, if you want to charge hard in bigger water and features, or if you need to carry a large cargo load on a long trip. You’ll love the Wolverine if you want to squeeze as much as you can out of every run with our most engaging whitewater packraft that likes to hit every eddy and play feature, and boof off every lip. Both the Wolverine and Gnarwhal can be reliably rolled by skilled boaters with thigh straps, but the Wolverine roll is a bit easier for most people.  The Gnarwhal and Wolverine are sized to fit most average-sized adults, but larger and heavier (over 6’0” and 200lbs) paddlers will fit better in the Gnarwhal while smaller and lighter paddlers (under 5’7” and 150lbs) will fit better in the Wolverine.

The Gnarwhal is available in Self Bailing and Whitewater Deck configurations. (See the other tabs for additional details and recommendations). Removable whitewater decks are available by special order.

Features

  • Handmade in Mancos, Colorado
  • Patent-pending high-volume hull design (New for 2017)
  • New one-way valve that provides high pressure inflation and easy deflation with a quick twist of the valve core
  • Cargo Fly with Standard Internal Dry Bags standard (Ultralight Internal Dry Bags available on request).
  • Custom Foam Backband and patent-pending 4-Point Thigh Straps standard
  • 4 bow grab loops and 2 stern grab loops
  • Available in 210d High Count Nylon, 100/200d Vectran®, or 400d Vectran®Tubes
  • 840d Nylon Floor with extended stern coverage
  • Includes: Inflation bag, stuff sack, and basic repair kit.

Configuration

  • Self Bailer – The lightest configuration, the Gnarwhal Self Bailer features a 7-inch thick seat and is ideal for warmer conditions, quick entry and exit, and anyone that prefers a self bailing setup.
  • Whitewater Deck – The driest and warmest configuration, the Gnarwhal WW Deck features a 5-inch thick seat and a new deck design with a larger cockpit, one-piece coaming, and a more secure spray skirt/deck interface.
  • Removable WW Deck – The most versatile configuration, the Gnarwhal Removable WW Deck features same cockpit (seat, coaming, and skirt) as the standard WW Deck but with the increased flexibility of a water resistant perimeter zipper allowing you to convert to an open boat for more relaxing days. However, the regular WW Deck is a substantially drier and warmer choice for significant whitewater paddling.
  • Cargo Fly – The Cargo Fly is the ultimate packraft gear storage solution. The three piece system utilizes an airtight and watertight zipper installed in the stern of the boat together with two gear storage dry bags which are clipped in place along the inside of the raft tubes. The system provides drier and more secure gear storage, improved paddling performance due to a lower center of gravity, quicker transitions from packrafting to hiking, and the internal dry bags act as additional balanced air chambers for increased safety (even over a two-chamber packraft) in the event of a puncture. All Gnarwhal models come standard with the Cargo Fly and our Standard Internal Dry Bags (you can substitute our Ultralight Internal Dry Bags by including a note on your order at checkout).

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