Explorer 42 (Small 2-Person)

From: $40.00

Whether you’re looking to take your dog along on your next adventure, introducing a kid to the world of packrafting,  looking to cut pack weight on your next two-person adventure race or maybe try to hunt a remote area and want to maximize your load capacity while minimizing pack weight the Explorer 42 might be the answer.  It is the lightest two-person option and with an open boat configuration it provides flexibility for hauling a variety of cargo/passengers.  It can easily by paddled by one person as well.

If the raft you want isn’t available for your desired dates, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly as it may be an error in our system. Contact info: 406-272-6468 backcountrypackrafts@gmail.com

The Explorer 42 is lightweight and easy to paddle for one person but with extra space in the bow, which makes it our best boat for bringing kids and pets on adventures. It’s also about half the weight of carrying two single packrafts, which makes it a great choice for two adults doing long traverses that involve shorter days on the water or adventure races that require you to carry your boats for long distances.

Raft includes: adjustable backband for front paddler and T-Zip Cargo Fly internal storage (two 40L clip-in dry bags are $3/day add-on).


Shipping is auto calculated at check-out.  Round trip shipping is $40/1 raft, $50/2 rafts, $60/ 3 rafts and $70/4 rafts for rafts shipped in Montana.  Rafts shipped outside of Montana start at $50/1 raft and go up from there depending on the shipping time and number of rafts.   If shipping is incorrect at checkout, your card will be refunded/charged accordingly.  Please see shipping rate chart in FAQ for more info.

When in Doubt, Contact Us About Availability

Because of the variability in transit days our business model creates unique challenges for booking software and makes it difficult to display a 100% accurate availability calendar.  If the raft you want isn’t available for your desired dates, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly as it may be an error in our system.  In many cases we can also ship the day after you book and override the default 6 day transit buffer.  We highly recommend contacting us directly for groups of 4 or more as well.  Contact info: 406-272-6468 backcountrypackrafts@gmail.com  


Sizing and Specifications

Exterior Length 110in | 279cm
Exterior Width 38in | 97cm
Interior Length 62in | 157cm
Interior Width 15in | 38cm
Rear Cockpit Length 41in | 104cm
Front Cockpit Length 28in | 71cm
Weight w/o Cargo Fly* 8.0lb | 3.63kg
Weight with Cargo Fly* 8.3lb | 3.74kg
Packed Size** 19×7.5in | 48x19cm
Max Capacity*** 600lb | 272kg

*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.

**Weight includes all components except inflation bag, repair kit, and internal dry bags for Cargo Fly.

Additional information

Weight 4.15 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 24 in

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