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Wherever water roams.
Klymit's Light Water Dinghy packs down to the size of most water bottles so you can take it on all your adventures. Stuff this packboat into your backpack for trips into Havasupai Falls, treks across the Wind River Range, or fun days on Lake Erie. Its unique arrow-shape design stays upright in class II rivers, and ensures maneuverability for plenty of fun on flat waters. There's an inflatable seat for additional back support, two valves for quick inflation/deflation, and six tie-off zones for convenience on river trips.
- Highly packable inflatable boat
- Two valves with dry sack pump
- Inflatable seat included
- Six tie-off zones
- Custom patch kit included
- Item #KLT000C
- Q & A
Secret spot in Oregon
Out for a paddle with the dog!
Glacial lagoon in Montana
Hood life in the summer!
My favorite addition to my kit in years!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Cooper D. was totally right, packrafts can be expeeensive and a big commitment if you're not sure you're going to be into it. That's exactly why I got the LWD as well. I've owned it for a year now and have used it in several different states on everything from glacial lagoons to rivers and I have to say that it is absolutely the best thing I've added to my backpack since they invented hydration bladders!
First off let's talk about the weight, or really the lack thereof. This thing weighs in at just a hair over 2lbs and packs down to about the size of a couple of nalgene bottles (less if you really roll it up tight). It takes up such little room that you can ever chuck it into a daypack and not feel a difference.
The superfuntime-to-weight ratio is off the freakin' charts. The LWD has added a whole new dimension to hiking and backpacking. One of my favorite things to do is hike/backpack to lakes and rivers because I loooove water. And that in itself is fun, but being able to actually go out and play IN the lakes and rivers is exponentially more rad!
The inflation system is so cool. You use the bag that it comes it, which doubles as a handy drybag when you're paddling, to inflate it. You just connect the male valve at the bottom of the drybag to the female valve on the LWD and shake a bunch of air into the bag then smoosh it into the raft - super easy and I can get the whole thing inflated in about three minutes. The deflate valve is just a big dump valve so it deflates in less than a minute.
I was a little worried about durability since it's so light, but I have been really pleasantly surprised! I was a little precious with it at first, but now I whomp on it like all the rest of my gear and it's held up like a champ! I've gone over quite a few rocks while holding my breath and crossing my fingers and she still looks brand new!
All in all, I cannot sing the praises of the LWD highly enough... I would recommend it to anyone who likes to play on the water and wants to add a whole lot of fun to hiking and backpacking!
A dirtbag must have
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
For someone wanting to test the waters with the sport of pack rafting the price can be prohibitive. Enter the light water dinghy. For its price it is incredibly rugged and once you get over the fact it looks like a pool toy you realize it actually has a pretty clever design. The seat is roomy, cushy, and the pointed front makes tying a pack on easy. Though I was cautious about my financial entrance into the sport , that was not my approach to hitting my first river. 2 friends and I, all on LWDs, struck out on the Colorado River floating the flat water from Moab to Spanish Bottom (approx 75 miles) to gain access to the Maze in Canyonlands NP. The LWD held all of our gear easily and even loaded down still maneuvered smoothly and didn't feel like there was too much drag. Bring a bail cup because you will get water in your seat. We left the rafts inflated the whole trip and found that blowing it up with your mouth is an easy way to stay inflated. In hot weather the inflation varies greatly so you always need to keep the boat wet along the sides to avoid over inflation. Over 5 days, a few small rapids, and plenty of cactus we only had one occasion where a boat was losing air. It turned out to be a misalignment of the inflate valve and a few seconds of tinkering fixed the issue. We got our fair share of looks from motor rigs cruising by and the obligatory "you are going to die" letter from NPS, but we had an awesome time. Some real Ed Abbey stuff. When it was time to hike out up Red Lake trailhead the LWD was the lightest thing in my pack after a drenching the night before.
Overall it is a great investment for the casual pack rafter wanting to mix up some trips by hitting flat water sections of rivers. It is clearly outstripped by alpacas, but I feel it does everything a 400 dollar NRS or Supai flat water raft can do.
Also Klymit is an awesome company with great customer service and a commitment to innovation. When my order was incorrect they threw in a bunch of freebies. Including an extra LWD. Not sure if it was on purpose, but they rock.
Be sure to name your boat! And wear a PFD!
Looks awesome! If I'm really careful getting in, can I do so without getting any water inside? I'm 170lb. Or does the weight always let some water in at first?
Hey Mark - If you get in on the shore or from a dock you can easily get in without any water. I was able to get in from swimming with minimal water and I weigh 185 lbs. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead