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 nylon 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 inflatable boats 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.
This particular model works best on still water, so it's great for exploring lakes and fishing. This product 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 (only the Tulo is lighter), making it a perfect option for backpacking.
The Ponto model is the slightly larger version of the Tulo.
The Ponto has been called the fat bike and pontoon of packrafts because of its generous width, perfect for carrying a bit extra and a feature that makes it super-sturdy and rugged. You will have enough space in a Ponto to carry extra luggage or even a small child. This feature makes it a favorite with hunters, anglers, cyclists, backpackers, dog parents and families. It is also an excellent option for people who are extra tall or too large to fit comfortably in a single packraft and aren’t planning any whitewater adventures. Another distinctive of the Ponto is that it doesn’t have a spray deck. This is an advantage for some, especially if you aren’t concerned about cold water splashing into your packraft or if you are trying to lighten your overall weight (a spray deck adds about 600-700 grams or 1.3-1.5 lbs).
- Weight: 2.9 kg (6.3 lbs)
- Capacity (Person): 1
- Inner Length: 135.5 cm (53.3 inches)
- Outer Length: 254.5 cm (100 inches)
- Inner Width: 33 cm (13 inches)
- Outer Width: 91 cm (35.8 inches)
- Tube diameter: 29 cm (11.4 inches)
- Pack size: 40 x 60 x 20 cm (15.7 x 23.6 x 7.8 inches)
- Recommended capacity: 102 kg (225 lbs)
- Maximum capacity: 138 kg (304 lbs)
- Speed: 2 (out of 6)
- Seat cushion & backrest: 1
- Spraydeck: no
- Grab loops: 8
- Thigh straps: no
- Repair material: 20 grams (0.7 ounce)
- Inflation bag: 130 grams (4.5 ounces)
- Pack strap/bag: 25 grams (0.8 ounce)
Includes: seats, backrest, inflation bag, repair patches, strap
- Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green
MRS offers a three-year warranty.
This is a seasonal product, and shipping will vary accordingly. During the summer months, shipping will take longer. Please note that shipping could take up to 4 weeks, depending on supply.