The Alpaca Racing Gnu Pack Raft is the go to kayak for the world’s best adventure racers. Adventure Racing is all about speed and efficiency. On the one hand, the boat has to be light enough to not slow you down when you are carrying it on overland stages. On the other hand, any extra speed that you can maintain on the water is critical. Built locally in Mancos, CO, the Gnu features the same hull shape as the Oryx canoe but utilizes a long, inflated center seat to provide a keel and allow both paddlers to sit with their legs extended and feet below the hips. This is the optimal position for maintaining power and efficiency over long distances with a kayak paddle. The higher volume hull also produces less draft, which further increases paddling efficiency.
The top speed of the Gnu is not noticeably faster than the prior versions, but it is much easier to maintain over distance which can dramatically reduce stage times. While the Gnu is optimized for most adventure racing courses, the Forager is a better option for courses that are mostly whitewater and the Explorer 42 is a better option for courses with very short paddling sections that require you to carry your boats for long distances.
Sizing and Specifications
|Exterior Length||129in | 328cm|
|Exterior Width||40in | 102cm|
|Interior Length||74in | 188cm|
|Stern Interior Width||14n | 36cm|
|Bow Interior Width||12in | 30cm|
|Weight w/o Cargo Fly*||10.6lb | 4.82kg|
|Weight with Cargo Fly*||10.9lb | 4.93kg|
|Packed Size**||18x8.5in | 46x22cm|
|Max Capacity***||800lb | 363kg|
*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.
***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.