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Klymit Light Water Dinghy

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Light Water Dingy

  • Weight/Mass: 35 oz / 992 g
  • Color: Sea blue/ Fire orange
  • Fabric: 210 D ripstop polyester top and bottom
  • External Dimensions: 76 in x 45 in / 203 cm x 114 cm
  • Internal Dimensions: 41 in x 18 in / 104 cm x 45.7 cm
  • Capacity: 350 lbs / 158.8 kg
  • Packed Size: 4.5 in x 9 in / 11.43 cm x 22.9 cm
  • Includes: Inflation Stuff Sack, Custom Patch Kit
  • Rating: Class 2: We recommend the LWD for conditions from mild flat water to very wavy water with easy avoidable obstacles.
  • Features: 6 tie off zones, 2 valves for quick inflation/deflation, inflatable seat for extra comfort and insulation from the water
  • MSRP: $225

Klymit is a brand that is moving constantly shaking things up! From their Kinetic Vest that insulates using Argon gas, to their body mapping Inertia X Frame pad Klymit seems to be a company on the rise. We received a Light Water Dingy from Klymit to review and could not be more pleased with this product.

See more Klymit reviews  from UpaDowna here

Pack rafting is a niche market that is slowly gaining popularity and with a product like the LWD I see it becoming more and more accessible to backpackers and adventurers alike.

The LWD is a simple inflatable raft that is designed to be carried in your pack when not in use and provide transportation across bodies of water in an efficient manner. I used the LWD in the ocean surf and on rivers swollen with spring runoff that were producing solid class 2 rapids. 

Inflating the raft is simple using the stuff sack as the pump and I found it took between 15-20 pumps of the sack to fully inflate the raft. The inflation times and rates are based on how effectively you trap the air in the stuff sack. Once you have captured the air you simply roll down the open mouth much like you would any stuff sack and the air is forced into the raft's one way fill valve.

The LWD features a fill valve, quick release valve for deflation and a inflatable "seat" built into the bottom of the raft. The "seat" is simply a separate air chamber meant to keep you up out of any water that makes it into the raft, but to be honest its effectiveness was questionable. As far as flotation is concerned we pushed the limits of the LWD and loaded it up with 2 grown men one weighing 160 and one tubby weighing in at 210…yes a total of 370lbs! We floated just beyond the break water and had no issues with flotation, once we hit the waves crashing on the shore things got interesting and if I hadn't fought the wave we more than likely would have made it with out flipping! And while the weight rating is only 350lbs we were confident at 20 lbs over that!

As for the rivers, I used the LWD as a pack raft to haul my pack and bike down the Merced river and was stoked at how well I could get myself, a few beers, full 30L pack and my bike on the raft. Steering was a bear with out a paddle and I found it to be easiest to maneuver by paddling with both arms hanging over the back of the raft and effectively back stroking, the only down side is that it is hard to see where you're going when facing upstream. The raft slid over submerged trees and rocks with out any indication on the material. But if it had happened the handy patch kit would have solved our woes. The LWD also has a few tie off points but I did not use them for fear that if I was lashing my gear to them I would be creating a potential disaster if I flipped. The stuff sack that the raft is stored in doubles as an amazing dry bag and I was able to fit my pack and a few other items in it to stay nice and dry. One dig against this product is that after the second use I inadvertently tore off the seal cap for the inflation port and almost lost it. Perhaps a more bomber connector would help knuckle heads like me break them! 

For those that have not pack rafted or have been on the fence about getting a boat, the LWD should be next on your list. I see many years of use with this thing and at only 35oz it should not be left behind on your next adventure!

 

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