nortik LightRaft – even smaller and even more lightweight
Big adventure in an even smaller bag! The little brother of the two TrakRaft types is the brand new nortik LightRaft. With its just 2.1 kg it is a pack for real weight optimizers and minimalists. Of course it also generates a maximum of fun on the water! The small and agile raft is a real gain in the nortik family of packrafts. Packed is the LightRaft in a small bag which has rather the size of a toilet bag than one would assume a full Packraft in it.
The high-performance and environmental-friendly Polyurethane (PU) material with a reinforced bottom allows nearly every kind of usage. The price is quite affordable in comparison with the few (heavier) competitors. We dream of giving people a tool to go outside and experience great Microadventures all around on the water! You can attach your LightRaft to every kind of backpack or put it inside easily. Combined with a light-weight 4-part Paddle (also available from nortik) and a (inflatable) vest, you can start having much fun and great new experiences everywhere you have water around – and this is normally very closed to you, no matter where you live.
Just walk a river upstream or cross-country to a river or lake, make a short break with a picnic and then paddle back. Or just combine the next hike with a few units to water. Take your LightRaft with you on a several days lasting trekking tour. Just paddle large parts of your planned route on a river or cross the lakes and fjords. There are also more and more explicit routes that combine trekking and rafting. These are only a few selected examples of a huge range of possible and never-ending activities.
Until now, these special light weight and high-performance packrafts have been very expensive and mainly interesting for specialists. With the nortik PackRaft series these things change and it becomes an affordable hobby for almost everyone. The favorable price and the high quality speak for themselves. Let yourself be inspired by this fascinating trend sport and get into the raft! By the way: The nortik packrafts are expedition proven. There have been expeditions through Scandinavia or over the Andes Mountains with them.
Microadventures with your nortik packraft
“Perhaps the greatest accessory to a Microadventure is a river.” This quote from Alastair Humphreys you can find in his incredible Book “Microadventures” (p. 108) where he describes several trips on the water, also and especially with Packrafts. A Microadventure is explained by the author as being “close to home, simple, short and 100% guaranteed to refresh your life”. That hits the nail on the head. If you want to plan your own Microadventure with partly or only being on the water, the nortik packraft series is your perfect companion. No matter if it is a calm river, rough white water or a lake in your area or elsewhere. With a nortik packraft your own Microadventure can start right now.
The LightRaft is made of 10 segments and we added D-Rings to fasten your gear. The shape follows the best possible behaviour in the water. There are two colours: a striking colour of bright orange that can be seen at once. But some prefer the more discreet colour dark green, e.g. hunters, fishers, etc.
We use a high-performance and environmental-friendly Polyurethane (PU) material for the nortik packrafts. This very strong and durable material demonstrated its strength in many field tests. It is double coated from the inner and outer side which is also a special feature and by far not standard.
We use a CAD construction and computer based cutting process that guarantees us the best cutting scheme and minimizes the need of material. It is a double coated PU-Material – means on the outside and on the inside you have a PU coating for best durability. The nortik packrafts are welded with hot air as far as possible. Some parts like the D-Rings are attached by high-frequency welding. Only what is necessary is glued (bottom parts).
PU is much more environmental-friendly than PVC and many other materials you find in the water sport segment. We searched a long time for a very durable and high-performance material that fits to the needs. In the end it can be recycled (energy recycling / material recycling).
In our view, this really fun and enjoy generating kind of activity has to be affordable for a wide audience. The few Packrafts you can find on the market have normally more weight, bigger packing size and are much more expensive and show partly more than twice the amount a nortik packraft costs. The nortik LightRaft e.g. costs not more than a good three-layer Jacket (and it can save you from the rain, too ;-)!
Weight and packing size
Unbeatable for its size: 2.1 kg for the LightRaft itself. Complete set of raft, seat, inflation bag, carrying bag it is only 2.55 kg. Packing size is incredible small with 38 x 18 cm (yes, really!)
Length: 180 cm
Width: 91,5 cm
Inner space: 116 x 39 cm
Payload: 115 kg
Weight: 2.55 kg (complete set)