When buying a new packraft there are a few things to consider, one of the first is material: TPU or PVC?

TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane), a type of thermoplastic elastomer, has gained traction in the outdoor industry for its exceptional durability, flexibility, and environmental friendliness. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) has been a staple material in the inflatable industry for decades due to its affordability, durability, and abrasion resistance. 
TPU packrafts like our Rogues and Nirvanas are going to be the lightest option. These are best if you are going to be hiking into the backcountry or if you just want the lightest, most compact packraft. TPU is also thinner than PVC which is another reason why it is lighter and more compact.
PVC packrafts like the Recon and XPD are going to be heavier and won't pack down as small. If you are mainly only walking a short distance down to the water, the PVC packrafts will be a good option for you. PVC is more durable and also less expensive, making it a great choice as a first packraft or when you want something as tough and durable as possible. PVC packrafts are also more rigid than TPU packrafts due to the thickness of the material. PVC packrafts also make a great second boat to have as an extra one for friends and family to borrow.
The Nirvana and the Recon are the exact same shape and design, but since they are made of different materials, the weigh and pack sizes are different. 

PVC packrafts can also go to a higher psi which is why we included a pump with the Recon and XPD. For PVC packrafts we recommend 1-3 PSI. For our lightweight TPU packrafts like our Rodeo, Rogue Lite, Nirvana, and Twain we recommend 0.75-1.5 PSI. Our TPU packrafts can be inflated with a pump, but we recommend using a TRiB aircap so you can keep an eye on the PSI. 

For repairs, PVC to PVC, TPU to TPU, or PVC to TPU Stabond is best glue. Another good choice is the Cliftons 4123. HH-66 is another option, while not as strong, it is a 1 part glue that is easier to work with. Our glue is either TPU or PVC specific and is similar to HH-66 since it is an easy to use 1 part glue.

April 26, 2024 — Tristan Burnham