Alpacka Refuge WW/CF + Thigh Straps

Alpacka Refuge WW/CF + Thigh Straps

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The Whitewater Refuge is exactly what it sounds like—the ultralight Refuge is souped up with whitewater rigging and a full strength 840d floor. The final package comes in at right around 7lbs, which is lighter than a similar Classic that has no whitewater rigging.

This version has all of the same great features as the Refuge, but adds whitewater thigh straps, whitewater foot brace and a stronger floor, combining all of our best features into the lightest possible package for ultimate landscape traverses that include backcountry whitewater.

Skilled paddlers will find the Whitewater Refuge a joy to paddle in wilderness class III. It’s also an outstanding little surf boat for the local play wave.

Medium Large
Paddler Sit Length 38-42in/97-107cm 41-45in/104-114cm
Exterior Length 87in/221cm 89.5/225cm
Exterior Width 34.5in/88cm 34.5in/88cm
Interior Length 46.5in/118cm 49.5in/126cm
Interior Width 15in/38cm 15/38cm
Weight 7.0lbs/3.2kg 7.2lb/3.3kg
Packed Size 15x8in/38x20cm 15x9in/38x23cm
Max Capacity 250lb/113kg 275lb/125kg


*Weight includes all components except inflation bag, and repair kit. The Whitewater Refuge base weight (without seat, backrest, coaming, and skirt) is under 7lbs.

**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.

Manufacturing: Made to Order in Mancos, Colorado

Shape: Classic Hull

Tube Diameter: 10-inch

Valve: Temper assist valve for inflation and deflation

Attachments: 4 Bow Grab Loops, 2 Stern Grab Loops, 2 Strap Plates, and 1 Seat Toggle

Seating & Rigging: Scout Seat, Thigh Straps, Whitewater Footbrace, Inflatable Back Rest Included

Build Configurations: Whitewater Deck (Includes include one-piece PEX coaming and ultralight spray skirt)

Cargo Fly: Standard (Internal Dry Bags sold separately)

Includes: Inflation Bag, Stuff Sack, and Basic Repair Kit

Materials: Proprietary lightweight 210-denier high count nylon hull and 840-denier nylon floor (Made in USA).