Racing Gnu

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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.

  • Hull Design: Cargo
  • Tube Diameter: 13.1-inch
  • Seating: Inflatable center keel seat for two sitting paddlers
  • Build Configurations: Open
  • Cargo Fly Zipper: Optional (roll-top internal dry bags sold separately)
  • Valve: Temper assist valve for inflation and deflation
  • Attachments: 4 bow grab loops, 2 stern grab loops, 2 single D-rings, and 1 bow handle
  • Materials: Proprietary 210-denier high count nylon hull and 840-denier ballistic nylon floor (Made in USA). Custom Vectran upgrade options available (contact us for pricing)
  • Includes: Inflation Bag, Stuff Sack, and Basic Repair Kit


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.