Here is a selection of the best packrafting gear (at least the best for us) which we are using on our trips or which we are planning to use on our trips. We are frequently updating this list if we find a new interesting product so bookmark this page and visit us again in the future. If you want to buy one of the items just click on one of the pictures and you will be redirected to Amazon (you will also support our blog as we will receive a small commission when you buy something). Use the gear mentioned on this site at your own risk.
The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide gives an good overview on hiking gear which you can take on your trip and how you can use it. If you are new into hiking or want to get inspired then this is a nice book to read.
Need some outdoor inspiration? Then Into the Wild is probably one of the classics you can read. It’s about a 24 years old who donated all his savings to a charity and went to Alaska to experience nature. He was found dead 4 month later.
If you are new into packrafting or need some tips and tricks then Packrafting! An introduction and How-To Guide is probably one of the books which should be in your bookshelf. It was one of the first books about Packrafting on the market.
The MSR Windburner is our stove which we take with us on hikes where we want to boil water fast and where it is very windy. The faster you can get water boil the less gas you may need on your trip and the less weight you need to carry.
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm mattress is our go-to sleeping pad through all seasons as it features great insulation and low weight. If you only want to buy one sleeping pad then the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm is the sleeping pad you should definitely have a look on.
If you look for a light with a solar panel, battery and a USB socket to charge your devices then the LuminAID should be on your list. It features 150 lumens of LED light (50 hours of light on low mode) and can be recharged through its solar panel within 12-14 hours. It also features a USB port to charge your electronic devices while you are on the trail. Moreover, it is waterproof and durable.
There is no need to carry a big and bulky towel with you on the trail. The PackTowl Personal Packtowl for example can hold up four times its weight in water and dries quickly. It features a leightweight fabric and is durable. It comes in different sizes. During the summer months a smaller towel might be even sufficient on your trips if you are into gram counting.
Under our drysuite, on trips to colder places or sometimes just as a casual shirt we have the Icebreaker Everyday Long Sleeve Crewe Top. During winter trips we also use the Devold expedition baselayer beside the Icebreaker baselayer. The advantage of those baselayers is that they are made of Merino wool. Merino wool keeps you warm even so when it is wet.
As a baselayer underwear we are wearing the Icebreaker Anatomica underwear. They are made of Merino wool and also keep you warm when they are wet. They are great for packrafting, hiking or winter activities.
The Icebreaker Men’s Hike+ Lite Crew Socks are our socks during the summer months. However, in most cases we prefer to Mid Crew since they are more durable than the Lite Crew.
The Saywer Mini Water filter is always in our backpack. It is a leightweight water filter which can be also used without any additional bottle which you need to fill up. Just fill the plastic bag with water and let the water flow through the filter straight into your mouth. That’s an easy solution especially when you sit in the packraft and need treated water.
The Hilleberg Unna is our favorite one person tent. It might be a bit on the heavy side but it’s very versatile and you can also use it with the Inner Mesh Tent during the warmer months for improved air circulation.
The Hilleberg Inner Mesh tent is perfect for star gazing if you use it without the Unna outer tent. You need to buy it separately but it’s really worth it. I have replaced my yellow standard inner tent completely with the Inner Mesh tent.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to have an additional shelter when it’s very windy or rainy when in camp or if you need a temporary shelter. You may also just sleep under it with a sleeping bag or use it in combination with an Inner Mesh Tent.
The Garmin InReach Explorer Mini is going to replace our Garmin InReach Explorer+ in the future. It is smaller and offers similar features as it’s bigger brother. A GPS messenger should always be in your backpack (or better attached to you) when adventoureing in areas where there is no phone reception.
Lundhags offered us the Makke Pants for a reduced price and we quite like those pants. They are very durable, have stretch material on important parts of the pants and side zippers for better air ventilation. What’s also nice with these pants is that you don’t need a belt because there is a velcro strap which helps to tighten the pants.
The Western Mountaineering VersaLite is our go-to sleeping bag throught the seasons. It feels comfortable to sleep in it and it’s really warm when used during 3 seasons. you can also use it during the winter months when you layer it with another sleeping bag. Just make sure that you test such a sleeping bag combination before you go on a longer trip.
The Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody is one of the wind jackets we are using. A wind jacket is very useful when you are exposed to cold winds but no rain. It breathes better than a rain jacket and is also lighter. This means you won’t sweat that much as in a rain jacket. It also feels good on the skin. Another model we are using is the Patagonia Houdini Jacket.
The Sweet Protection Strutter helmet is one of our favourite helmets since it is quite lightweight and looks amazing on pictures. If you are more into seriours whitewater you should however consider a helmet such as the Sweet Protection Rocker Paddle Helmet or the Sweet Protection Rocker Fullface Paddle Helmet
The Astral V-Eight Kayaking Life Vest PFD is a nice PFD which offers lots of breathability and is lightweight too. Since it’s foam is positioned on the upper part of the PFD it’s also a good choice if your packraft or kayak has a seat. Moreover, it has 2 mesh pockets where you can store items such as snacks or a river pass. Moreover, you can also attach a river knife such as the NRS Co-pilot knife.
The Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG is a rescue whistle which also works in wet conditions. It is advertised as the most efficient whistle in its class. If you need an emergency whistle then this is probably the one to get.
The Astral Buoyancy YTV Life Jacket is a life jacket which is more suitable for whitewater and also offers you more movement than traditional PFDs. You can also attach for example the NRS Co-pilot knife to it.
The Astral Buoyancy Dyneema Throw Bag is a leightweight throwbag which you can take with you during your packrafting adventure. Attach it to a place where it is easy accessible during your trip e.g. on our life jacket.
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