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  • Polyurethane-coated ripstop polyester with welded seams offers a compressible, tough hull
  • Easy to use Twistlok™ and one-way valves offer easy inflation
  • Includes a rubber molded handle, on-deck gear storage, and D-rings for tie downs
  • The Advanced Elements PackLite Inflatable Kayak includes a mesh storage bag that doubles as an on-deck gear bag

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Best Use Flatwater Kayaking
Material(s) Polyurethane-coated ripstop polyester
Length 7 ft. 10 in.
Width 35 inches
Depth Unavailable
Weight 4 pounds
Cockpit Size Unavailable
Seat Type None
Number of Paddlers 1
Weight Capacity (lbs) 250 pounds
Tracking System None
Foldable Yes
Packed Dimensions 11 x 11 x 5 inches
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a kayak; glorified lightweight float Pros: Very light weight, easy to travel, easy to carry in a back pack. Easy to setup up. Cons: Although it's shaped like a kayak this is not a kayak. I had some minor wind wake or wake from distance boats and was getting splashed all over the place. Overall: If you're out in a remote back country lake that is 100% calm and you just want to 'float' around you should be fine. However, prepared to get wet if you encounter any wake or get wet once you start rowing. I have owned similar weight lrafts (the ones you can get from major department stores in the toy section) that are far safer/out perform this boat. This was a disappointment.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from first thoughts Okay here’s a review from an ocean-goer on Oahu. Took it out for a test fly from Kamaaina Beach around mid-day. There was no parking of course (doesn’t anyone work anymore?!), but this just highlighted one of the Packlite’s advantages: I parked at Kapiolani park and set it up and just strolled over to the beach. Only 1/10 of a mile, but it was so easy; this thing weighs nothing. I have to say this does not assuage the feeling that you’ve got a pool toy. Set up was also incredibly easy. I used a foot pump but needed to ghetto-up some ¾” tubing (hardware store) to fit the two main valves. On the water: this thing moves along and is incredibly maneuverable. I mean turns on a dime. That’s also a downside, though, since the nose follows the paddle about a foot with every stroke (yawing?). I got into a rhythm of sorts after a while and I’ve read that having a weight in the front helps with this. So if you’re geared up it might be a non-issue. I had to adjust my paddling as the shaft would hit the sides of the raft when using my usual stroke. Had to not pull as deep and use more of an angle. Longer paddle might help (think mine’s a medium length). I’m 5’11” on a good day and feet were still around 6” short of touching the nose. Overall, I’d be really stoked with the combination of portability and performance, but I’m really unsure how this thing will hold up. I have a Innova Sunny which seems bullet proof for comparison, but it’s also 10-times heavier. For a first time paddle I was apprehensive about going out into Scary Blue Water—it just feels flimsy. I’ll give it a 4 for now and maybe update after I’ve gone through some scrapes or bounced off some rocks. (Hey, REI return policy is one of the reasons I pulled the trigger on this.)
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from picture doesn't do it justice I have worked at REI Anchorage for 13 years in the paddling department. I was writing up the received boat paperwork and decided to buy this boat before I even got the paperwork done. The fabric is much higher quality that what it appears to be in the picture, great coated ripstop. The way the seams are sealed makes it look like a pool toy but are solid. (If they used the same glue on the boat as they used on the box the thing is never going to come apart.) Plenty of room in it for a tall paddler and some gear. I'm planning to use it as a travel boat to take to Hawaii and Mexico to snorkel out of. Not as rugged as the Alpackas but 1/5th the price, and how many of us really need an Alpacka? Wouldn't put my dog in it but wouldn't put him in an Alpacka either. If you want an inflatable dog boat, get the Aire. I have that one, too. Easy to inflate (does requite a foot pump, my bag pump from the Alpacka didn't provide enough pressure so you do have to carry a pump with you), and comfortable. Obviously I haven't gotten it into the water yet but as soon as I can drop it in Westchester without it landing on 2 feet of ice, I'll update my review.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent for calm water. Pros: Light, handles great on the water, tracks better and is faster than a packraft, does fine in slightly choppy water, can be inflated by mouth in a reasonable amount of time(but their packlite pump is worth the purchase). Lots of leg room, I have a 36" inseam and have room to spare in front of my feet. Cons: Low weight limit, back end has limited abrasion resistance compared to other rafts in it's weight class, 'ripstop' fabric has no ripstop properties(see below). I took this raft out on a local, mellow creek. The water level was low, and I dragged the back end across a few shallow gravelly sections and a couple of logs. On the last log I dragged it across, the back end, which sits low in the water, caught something and the raft tore. ENTIRELY MY FAULT! However, the tear was in a dead straight line, and when I gently pulled on the two sides of the tear it tore further very easily. The grid of reinforcing threads did nothing to stop the tearing. Repairing the raft was actually pretty easy. I repaired it myself, instead of contacting Advanced Elements, because the tear was definitely my fault, not theirs. I reinforced the inside with regular Gorilla Tape, then Aquasealed the split. Once the Aquaseal cured, I applied a layer of clear Gorilla Tape across most of the bottom of the back end of the raft. I recommend anyone purchasing this raft apply a layer of Clear Gorilla Tape in that area preemptively as well. It will prevent what I feel are inevitable leaks from abrasion dues to occasional shallow water, especially while launching. Since the repair, the raft holds air just fine, holds my 215 lb + clothing weight just fine, even when my 35 lb dog is added. I still like the way it handles and tracks, I just wish it had actual ripstop fabric(hence the deducted stars). If Advanced Elements is listening: Use a more durable floor material, especially in the back end of the raft! Make the tubes slightly bigger as well to increase weight capacity. Even at a pound heavier, these improvements would up my rating to 5 stars, and make the raft a lot more versatile.
Date published: 2015-08-21
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does this kayak come with paddles and a pump?

Asked by: victor parra
No, the PackLite does not come with a paddle or pump. Advanced Elements recommends their UltraLite Pack Paddle AE 5005and their PackLite Foot Pump AE5001. These products can be purchased from their web site. REI does carry two hand pumps from Advanced Elements, as well as a number of kayak paddles from different manufacturers. http://www.rei.com/search.html?ir=q%3A750495|887309&page=1&q=750495|887309 http://www.rei.com/c/kayak-paddles
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-06

Can this kayak be inflated by mouth or with an inflation bag?  If you want to use it backpacking or at a remote pond, you wouldn't want to have to carry a pump.

Asked by: Weisenhiker
We would not recommend inflating the PackLite Inflatable Kayak by mouth. This could take a really long time. Most of the pump bag for sleeping pad will not have the proper attachment. Advanced Elements does however make PACKLITE™ Bellows Foot Pump for lightweight travels. It weighs 15.2 ounces and measures 9"L x 6.25"W x 3"H. It also comes with all of the proper adapters for the kayak. It can be purchased directly off of their site.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Any idea how the PackLite holds up to occasional scuffs on rocks, logs, or river bottoms? I'm a little worried about the durability. 

Asked by: kayaker10
The material is reinforced and has rip-stop to give it durability. You don't have an outer cover so it is exposed but as long as you are aware of your surroundings and conditions, you'll be fine. Because there are 3 chambers, you are better protected in case one does get punctured. The Packlite is suitable for class I and II rapids.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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