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Gnarwhal Packraft with Self Bailer - 420D Heavy Duty

Alpacka Rafts

Gnarwhal Packraft with Self Bailer - 420D Heavy Duty

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Gnarwhal Packraft with Self Bailer - 420D Heavy Duty is available to buy in increments of 1

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. 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 Alpacka Raft'smost 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.


  • 420d nylon hull for a heavy duty option. 420d models will be ~6-8oz heavier and slightly bulkier, but with improved rigidity and durability.
  • The Gnarwhal Self Bailer is perfect for warmer conditions, quick entry and exit, and anyone that prefers a self bailing setup. It is slightly slower than the WW deck version when punching through waves and small holes, but it tends to stabilize in these situations which helps boaters navigate through tricky spots. If you swim, no dumping is required and you can just self rescue right back in. The seating systems in the Self Bailer and Whitewater Deck are identical except the Self Bailer features a 7-inch thick seat versus a 5-inch thick seat on the Whitewater Deck. Please note, there is a gap between the seat and the footbrace where your feet may be wet.
  • Alpacka Raft's innovative Cargo Fly internal storage system comes standard on the Gnarwhal. The Cargo Fly features an airtight zipper installed in the stern of the boat to allow you to store your gear inside the tubes. The system provides drier and more secure gear storage and improved paddling performance due to a lower center of gravity.
  • Internal Dry Bags may be purchased separately and are designed to work with the Cargo Fly system. The bags clip in place along each side of the tubes with a side release buckle and allow for better organization and weight balance than placing the contents of your pack loose inside the Cargo Fly. They also act as additional balanced air chambers to make it easier to get to shore in the event of a puncture.

Material: Proprietary 210-denier high count nylon hull and 840-denier ballistic nylon floor (Made in USA).

Tube Diameter: 11.7"


Size Medium Large X-Large
Paddler Sit Length 39" - 43"
(99 - 109 cm)
42" - 46"
(107 - 117 cm)
45" - 50"
(114 - 127 cm)
Length 94" (239 cm) 97" (246 cm) 100" (254 cm)
Width 38" (97 cm)
Cockpit Length 43" (109 cm) 46" (117 cm) 49" (124 cm)
Width at Hips 15" (38 cm)
Max Capacity 450 lbs (204 kg)
Claimed Weight 7.9 lbs (3.57 kg) 8.1 lbs (3.69 kg) 8.4 lbs (3.82 kg)
Packed Dimensions 20" × 7.5"
(51 × 19 cm)
20" × 8"
(51 × 20 cm)
20" × 8.5"
(51 × 22 cm)

*420d models will be ~6-8oz heavier and slightly bulkier, but with improved rigidity and durability.