|News from Pakboats|
Quest 150 Assembly video
If you want to know more about the new Quest 150, here is a video that shows you how it goes together. It really is the simplest touring kayak we have ever made - and it does not skimp on function!
New Kayak Paddle
Our friends at Accent Paddles introduced the Accent Air, "the lightest injection molded paddle in the world". The Airs are black, but some white blades were made. They gave me a special price to take the white paddles as 4-piece ones that fit inside a bag with a Pakboats kayak.
Our white 4-piece Air is priced at $185 (Accent's price for the standard 2-piece one is $199) - and while supplies last, we offer the 4-piece at $120 when purchased with a kayak (limit, one paddle per kayak seat, so you can get 2 with a Puffin Saranac).
New Quest 150 for 2017
After four years it is time to give the Quests a facelift, and the 150 draws on everything we have learned. The new Quest replaced the 135 and the 155 and improves on them in several important ways. Assembly is easier, the materials are tougher, the hull is stiffer, the 150 is lighter - and the price is over $200 lower than the 155 was in 2013! The new Quest is also more versatile because it can be paddled without a deck when the weather is good. Of course, the deck is included so you will be prepared on a more blustery day. Please click here for more information.
Did you know?
Many Pakboats fans did not buy their boats because they can be packed in a bag. They simply treat their Pakboats as very lightweight replacements for the plastic boats that are too heavy. The fact that Pakboats seats are much more comfortable is an added bonus, and so is the generous amount of secure built-in flotation.
Pakboats ride on top of a car just as easily as hard kayaks, but their lighter weight makes it easier to get them up there. Paddling performance is similar to hard kayaks (and much better than inflatables), except that the light weight makes a Pakboat more responsive.
Try one - you will like it.
We have found that our customers prefer kayaks that can be used equally well by one or two paddlers. The Saranac is our best seller, and it can be used with or without a deck, by one or two paddlers. Unlike other kayaks where a solo paddler has to paddle from the stern cockpit, Pakboats solo/double kayaks can be purchased with a solo or double deck - or both. This way, you can always get your kayak trimmed properly.
With the XT-17 we are offering an unbeatable package deal: You can get a very solid 17 ft kayak that can be configured as a solo or double, including a solo deck and a double deck, all for $1995! For an evaluation of the XT-17, click here. And read about a challenging trip with XT-15 and XT-17 on Lake Superior.
A few words about Packable Boats:
Canoes and kayaks that you can pack for travel are generally folding or inflatable. Both have their special advantages, and Pakboats combine the best features of both. In each Pakboat, a complete aluminum frame provides efficient lines and rigidity, while inflatable tubes provide tensioning and flotation. The combination of frame and inflatable tubes make a much more compact structure than air alone, and a Pakboat has much more interior space than a similar size inflatable canoe or kayak. The unique Pakboats structures are also much lighter and pack smaller. Similar size inflatables weigh about 50% more than a Pakboat.