Gnarwhal – Next Generation Performance

Gnarwhal – Next Generation Performance

from 2,325.00

Our listed pricing on all Alpacka Raft packrafts is in Australian Dollars ($AUD). We save you the headache and complete customs clearance and all import paperwork for you and deliver to your door. Our pricing is inclusive of all applicable import duties, taxes & customs broker/clearance fees.

The Gnarwhal is a custom fit, performance packraft so we let you choose what's right for you, and place build orders direct with with our mates over at Alpacka Raft.

Hand crafted with utmost precision and pride in Mancos, Colorado, USA,  your new packraft is totally worth the wait.

*** All packrafts are built to order and will be delivered to you within 4-6 weeks.***


The Gnarwhal combines an all new patent-pending 12-inch diameter high volume hull with a Cargo Fly and our latest innovations in seating, backband, and thigh straps into a new level of performance and comfort that will change the way you think about what a packraft can do.

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  • Handmade in Mancos, Colorado

  • Patent-pending high-volume hull design (New for 2017)

  • New one-way valve that provides high pressure inflation and easy deflation with a quick twist of the valve core

  • CargoFly with Roll-Top Internal Dry Bags as standard

  • Custom Foam Backband and patent-pending 4-Point Thigh Straps standard

  • 4 bow grab loops and 2 stern grab loops

  • Available in 210d High Count Nylon, 100/200d Vectran®, or 400d Vectran®Tubes

  • 840d Nylon Floor with extended stern coverage

  • Includes: Inflation bag, stuff sack, 2 x internal drybags and basic repair kit.


Gnarwhal – Next Generation Performance

Dreams do come true! Far more than adding thigh straps to a standard Alpacka Series packraft, the Gnarwhal is an evolutionary leap in packrafting performance.

The heart of the Gnarwhal is Alpacka Raft's new patent pending 12-inch high-volume stern and hull design that maximises stability, predictability, and foregiveness in challenging whitewater. No other packraft comes close when taking on steep creeks, fast glacial rivers, and high flow Snowy River sized waves, boils, and eddy lines.

The Gnarwhal cockpit comes standard with the Alpacka custom foam backband mounted to lightweight stainless d-rings, patent pending 4-point thigh strap system, and Alpacka's whitewater seating system with a 3/4 length inflatable seat and an inflatable footrest, all of which add up to a combat rollable boat with extraordinary comfort. Alpacka Raft's Cargo Fly zip system also comes standard on the Gnarwhal, and the high-volume hull allows you to carry more gear than ever before without compromising balance.

The Gnarwhal is available in Self Bailing, Whitewater Deck, and Removable Whitewater Deck configurations


  • Self Bailer – The lightest configuration, the Gnarwhal Self Bailer features a 7-inch thick seat and is ideal for warmer conditions, quick entry and exit, and anyone that prefers a self bailing setup.

  • Whitewater Deck – The driest and warmest configuration, the Gnarwhal WW Deck features a 5-inch thick seat and a new deck design with a larger cockpit, one-piece coaming, and a more secure spray skirt/deck interface.

  • Removable WW Deck – The most versatile configuration, the Gnarwhal Removable WW Deck features same cockpit (seat, coaming, and skirt) as the standard WW Deck but with the increased flexibility of a water resistant perimeter zipper allowing you to convert to an open boat for more relaxing days. However, the regular WW Deck is a substantially drier and warmer choice for significant whitewater paddling.

  • Cargo Fly – The Cargo Fly is the ultimate packraft gear storage solution. The three piece system utilizes an airtight and watertight zipper installed in the stern of the boat together with two gear storage dry bags which are clipped in place along the inside of the raft tubes. The system provides drier and more secure gear storage, improved paddling performance due to a lower center of gravity, quicker transitions from packrafting to hiking, and the internal dry bags act as additional balanced air chambers for increased safety (even over a two-chamber packraft) in the event of a puncture. All Gnarwhal models come standard with the Cargo Fly and our Standard Internal Dry Bags (you can substitute our Ultralight Internal Dry Bags by including a note on your order at checkout).


Small, Medium, Large, Extra Long

Paddler Inseam - S - 25″-28″ - M - 28″-31″ - L - 31″-34″ - XL 34″-37″

Exterior Length - S - 249cm - M - 254cm - L - 264cm - XL - 272cm

Exterior Width - S/M/L/XL - 99cm

Interior Length - S - 104cm - M - 112cm - L - 119cm - XL - 127cm

Effective Cockpit Length - S - 66cm - M - 74cm - L - 81cm - XL - 91cm

Width at Hips - S/M/L/XL 38cm

*The Gnarwhal fit does not correspond to the standard Alpacka Series. The Gnarwhal uses the paddler’s inseam, as the sizing is based on the effective cockpit length. Proper fit is based on achieving sufficient knee bend between the backband and the foot brace to fully engage the thigh straps.  If you are on the border of sizing, we recommend sizing down to the smaller size as the backband is easier to adjust to a longer inseam.


(Configuration - Weight - Packed Size)


Self Bailer - 3.52kg - 20x56cm

Whitewater Deck - 4.05kg - 23x56cm

Removable Whitewater Deck - 4.20kg - 23x56cm


Self Bailer - 3.34kg - 20x56cm

Whitewater Deck - 4.22kg - 25x56cm

Removable Whitewater Deck - 4.37kg - 25x56cm


Self Bailer - 3.63kg - 23x56cm

Whitewater Deck - 4.39kg - 28x56cm

Removable Whitewater Deck - 4.54kg - 28x56cm

*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 the boat in half lengthwise and rolling it up to fit in the stuff sack. 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.