MRS packrafts have become our number one best-selling item, and it’s easy to see why. They are fantastic on so many levels: quality of material, lightweight, easy to assemble and pack up, great warranty and FUN! Our family loves spending time exploring mountain lakes and canals near our home around the Rocky Mountains. While we have not personally gone through any rapids yet, lots of our customers have, and they love MRS packrafts for whitewater.
If you aren’t familiar with packrafting, one of the newer sports in North America, it can seem like these boats are too good to be true! They fit into a backpack (no more carrying around a big bulky canoe or kayak, thank you) and are surprisingly easy to inflate with the screw-on airbag where you “catch” air and compress it into the boat. After about ten scoops of air from the airbag, the vessel is 90% inflated. A few more puffs from your mouth or an optional (not-included) pump, and your raft is buoyant and ready to go. Another surprising feature of these beauties is how sturdy they actually are. When people first see them, they think that they are going to rip easily, but they are actually very strong. And in the improbable event of damage to the material, MRS offers a three-year warranty. Our good friend had his stuck in an underwater cave for months, and even after that crazy adventure, he was able to use his MRS packraft.
The material is hand-made from high-quality urethane-coated nylon, (not PVC or hypalon like other cheaper boats on the market). This material is light, abrasion-resistant, UV tolerant, non-ageing and maintains flexibility at low temperatures. It has been specially treated to make a smooth, scratch-resistant surface. This creates a supple material for easy packing and folding. It is also very easy to repair in the unlikely event that the packraft should need a patch.
MRS fully supports sustainable development and is deeply involved in the research and development of TPU coated fabric. The TPU fabric in the MRS packrafts are all Swiss Bluesign®-certified, meaning that they are environmental-friendly and manufactured in a safe workspace.
The Nomad S1 series is great for speed because of its streamlined shape and longer waterline. It is the fastest single person packraft that we carry. This is the new and improved model after the designers responded to customer feedback on the previous model. The narrow hull reduces water resistance and also lets you paddle the packraft with less effort. The detachable skeg reduces water resistance and increases the overall stability when you want to do so. This reduces lateral swing and increases the speed of the vessel. Although it has a narrow hull, it is specially equipped with a high seat cushion so that you will not be squeezed between the tubes. You will have plenty of space as you sit on the high-set seat.
This particular model works best on still water, and it's excellent for exploring lakes and fishing. You could also easily take the Nomad down a river with no rapids. If you think you might be paddling in a lot of rivers, you might want to consider the Nomad S1D because it comes with a spraydeck, or you can now order the Nomad S1 with a spraydeck. The Nomad S1D comes with thigh strap mounts, while the Nomad S1 comes with an adjustable footrest.
The Nomad S1 opens up a whole new realm of hiking possibilities and adventures for you to explore. It is one of the lightest of the packrafts we carry, making it a perfect option for backpacking. Many people love the Nomad Series for it's sturdy, reliable feel.
The Nomad S1 ISS series comes with an optional internal storage system (ISS), where the stern of the boat can be accessed with a water-resistant zipper, and the side tubes can be stuffed with more storage. This actually proves to be an advantage in handling the boat and does not affect buoyancy. However, once you open the zip, the craft deflates, so you will want to be strategic about what you store in the side tubes. Using a dry bag will make it easy to access your gear from the side tube.
- Weight: 3.60 kg (7.9 lbs)
- Capacity (Person): 1
- Inner Length: 171 cm (67.3 inches)
- Outer Length: 289 cm (113 inches)
- Inner Width: 30 cm (11.8 inches)
- Outer Width: 83 cm (32.6 inches)
- Tube diameter: 26.5 cm (10.4 inches)
- Pack size: 40 x 60 x 30 cm (15.7 x 23.6 x 11.8 inches)
- Recommended capacity: 85 kg (187 lbs)
- Maximum capacity: 118 kg (260 lbs)
- Speed: 6 (out of 6)
- Seat cushion & backrest: 1
- Spraydeck: no (optional)
- Grab loops: 8
- Thigh straps: 3 point
- Repair material: 20 grams (0.7 ounce)
- Inflation bag: 130 grams (4.5 ounces)
- Pack strap/bag: 25 grams (0.8 ounce)
- Includes: seat, backrest, inflation bag, repair patches, straps, skeg, user's manual
- Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green
MRS offers a three-year warranty.
Your friends will wonder where you got this fun, affordable, inflatable boat. Order yours today!
Please note that this product is in high demand during summer, and shipping could take up to 4 weeks.