The LiteWater Dinghy is a gamechanger. It is an advanced pack raft that will beckon adventurers toward new horizons. Designed with input from pro kayakers and packrafters, Klymit’s first entry into the paddle sports market has been made, and made with vigor. Featuring an advanced boat shape that tracks water and an ergonomic seating position that allows comfortable, upright, and well supported paddling position, the LWD paddles well and feels good on the water. Weighing in at 35 oz and packing down to 4 x 9 inches, you will forget you had it in your pack. Alpine lakes and rivers are now part of your backcountry playground, stay dry canyoneering, go camp on an untouched island with the LWD…why not?
- The smartest comfiest packraft ever
- Packs to the size of your 32 oz bottle
- Two valves for quick inflation & deflation, includes dry sack pump
- Six tie off zones
- Provides back support for better stability and comfort while paddling
- Arrow shape design increases maneuverability
- Ideal for canyoneering and backcountry water
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
- one of the most fun things I've thrown in my backpack in some time! Review by Patman
This product is well suited for anyone wanting to enhance their backpacking experience by floating or paddling mild rivers and flat water lakes without adding excessive weight to their backpacking kit. This ultra-light product works as advertised with some small caveats. This is one of the most fun things I've thrown in my backpack in some time!
See the full review and videos here: http://www.trailspace.com/gear/klymit/litewater-dinghy-lwd/?review=31490 (Posted on 5/29/14)
- Converted to the LWD Review by Steve
When I originally saw the LWD, to be honest, I dismissed it. At 35oz, its svelte profile looked more reminiscent of an inflatable from the local float scene than a wilderness heavyweight. When the size 11 shoebox came in the mail, I thought it was incomplete--that I'd only received an inflatable mattress. I rolled its flat profile out onto the living room floor and inflated it. Like flies to a picnic, the kids immediately gravitated to its 'bouncy house' appearance. Unlike the competition, its material is supple and pliable. Also unlike the competition, the LWD weighs in nearly 4 pounds less than its river ready counterparts, which is what originally piqued my interest in the boat. I wasn't running rivers; I was bikepacking the Oregon Coast and using the boat to floating streams, flat water and estuaries. So I was less concerned with staying dry than popping a sidewall or flipping it under an obtuse load.
Several test runs in my house and at the local reservoir slowly gained my confidence that it could support the load. In fact, the boat was more stable with the fatbike than with me just me in it.
The boat has some ingenious and thoughtful design going for it. It comes with an inflation bag that doubles as a dry bag. At the bottom of the bag is a tooth-lipped valve that tightly connects to the unidirectional valve in the boat. The boat inflates quickly and the valve prevents air from backwashing out. The sidewall inflates to about 10 inches with the floor about 1/4 of the way off the bottom. It has six tie points: two in the front, two in the middle and two in the back. And the boat has a robust backside, providing compensating buoyancy for the weight of the paddler. Even loaded with the bike and kit, it felt surprisingly stable.
As an 'in case of emergency' Plan B, I threw Klymit's Inertia X-Lite Recon over head and strapped it around my torso as a make-shift PFD (it doubled as my pad at night). The pad fit like it was developed with this use case in mind.
In the end, we paddled a gamut of water: swiftly flowing streams dumping into the ocean, a six-mile estuary from its muddy backwater source to its broad mouth at Coos Bay, and the busy Umpqua river, ladened hyperactive fishermen in their 30' ocean going vessels.
I'm an absolute convert. For non-technical water where weight is a premium, the LWD provides a dependable option. I'm looking forward to pushing the limits of what it can do in more technical terrain.
(Posted on 12/2/-1)
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