Mule Self-Bailer

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The Alpaca Mule Self-Bailing Pack Raft is the perfect option for the big and tall guys! Made locally in Mancos, CO, the Mule is a spacious and super stable backcountry packraft that will comfortably carry a 250+ pound paddler and 100 pounds of gear without feeling bogged down. Built with the 11.7-inch diameter Cargo Hull, which features a center panel stern and late rise bow to maximize stability, buoyancy, leg room, and cargo capacity, the Mule sure can carry a load. The Mule is available in multiple configurations (self-bailing model shown and priced here) that can be tailored to fit your specific needs. Contact us for options and pricing. 

  • Shape: Cargo Hull
  • Tube Diameter: 11.7-inch
  • Seating: Classic Seat Bottom and Inflatable Seat Back
  • Build Configurations: Open, Self Bailer (priced and shown here), Cruiser Deck, or Removable WW Deck (contact us for other build prices)
  • Cargo Fly Zipper: Included (roll-top internal dry bags sold separately)
  • Fit: Relaxed (See sizing and specifications)
  • Valve: Temper assist valve for inflation and deflation
  • Attachments: 4 bow grab loops, 2 stern grab loops, 1 bow handle, and 2 strap plates
  • Materials: Proprietary 210-denier high count nylon hull and 840-denier ballistic nylon floor (Made in USA). Custom Vectran upgrade available.
  • Includes: Inflation Bag, Stuff Sack, and Basic Repair Kit


The Mule is sized to comfortably fit the biggest people (over 6’2” and up to 280 lbs), plus plenty of cargo for a multi-week trip. However, smaller paddlers may prefer the Mule to the Explorer 42 for carrying heavy loads or paddling with a child or dog due to the Mule’s shorter length.

Sizing Chart

Boater Height 6'2"-6'8" | 188-203cm
Exterior Length 100in | 254cm
Exterior Width 38in | 97cm
Interior Length 52in | 132cm
Interior Width 15.5in | 39cm
Max Capacity* 500lb | 227kg

*Max Capacity is the maximum total weight (paddlers and cargo) that the boat can reasonably carry in flatwater under ideal conditions. Actual capacity for any given trip will vary widely based on the paddler’s skill and water conditions. Please review our weight carrying capacity guide for further details.


Build Option Weight* Packed Size**
Open (OP) 7.0lb | 3.18kg 18x7in | 46x18cm
Open (OP) | Cargo Fly (CF) 7.3lb | 3.29kg 18x7in | 46x18cm
Cruiser Deck (CR) 8.3lb | 3.74kg 18x8in | 46x20cm
CR | CF 8.5lb | 3.86kg 18x8in | 46x20cm
Removable Whitewater Deck (WR) 8.8lb | 4.00kg 18x8.5in | 46x22cm
WR | CF 9.1lb | 4.11kg 18x8.5in | 46x22cm
Self Bailer (SB) 8.0lb | 3.63kg 18x8in | 46x20cm
SB | CF 8.3lb | 3.74kg 18x8in | 46x20cm

*Weight includes all components except inflation bag, repair kit, and internal dry bags for Cargo Fly.
**Packed size is a reference measurement based on folding each lengthwise edge of the boat to the center and rolling from the bow. There are many other methods of rolling and folding the boats that will result in a different packed size that may be more or less efficient for packing depending on the situation.