Smaller White Water- Wolverine Small/Expedition Medium

From: $45.00

For smaller paddlers who want to get all they can out of each rapid, the Expedition medium and the Wolverine small offer the best performance options available.  All wolverine/espeiditon rentals include 12Liter Alpacka dry bags standard, along with cargo fly, in-tube dry bags, adjustable backband, whitewater spray skirt, thigh straps and foot brace.

2021 dates unavailable

Wolverine Small- 3/9-4/16, 6/23 to 7/9, 7/16 to 7/22, 7/29 to 12/31

Expedition Medium- 4/5-4/16, 5/13 to 6/1, 6/23 to  7/28, 8/16 to 9/1

See sit length for sizing.

Shipping

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.

The following sizes are currently unavailable for the specified dates in 2021

Wolverine Small- 3/9-4/16, 6/23 to 7/9, 7/16 to 7/22, 7/29 to 12/31

Expedition Medium- 4/5-4/16, 5/13 to 6/1, 6/23 to  7/28, 8/16 to 9/1

Also, our booking system isn’t working perfectly, so if the days you want are unavailable, it doesn’t hurt to call or email us to double check that it isn’t an error on our website!  406-272-6468 backcountrypackrafts@gmail.com

Think of the Wolverine as a mashup of the stable, forgiving, high-volume creeker inspired Gnarwhal and the quick, responsive, low-volume river runner inspired Alpackalypse, with a few new school kayak features like a slightly shorter stern and a more pronounced bow rocker. The result is a new standard in whitewater packraft performance that provides both the confidence to hit difficult lines with style and the predictability and stability to ride out the rough stuff when you make a mistake.

The Expedition is higher performance than the Classic, but is lighter and more packable than the Wolverine. It earns its name by combining our high-performance Rally Hull with classic seating, backband, thigh straps and foot brace and our special performance fit. The result, Alpacka Raft’s most versatile packraft, for big backcountry adventure miles, weekend excursions, and your local whitewater runs—The perfect packraft for every type of trip you take.

We list them on the same ticket because they are very similar and offer the best options for smaller paddlers looking to take on more intense whitewater.

The Wolverine and expedition both feature Alpacka’s Rally Hull, high-performance whitewater rigging, Cargo Fly zipper internal storage system, and Whitewater Deck. The Rally Hull is the highest performance whitewater hull with a center panel stern for stability and forgiveness and a rockered bow for punching over holes and carving eddy turns. Both are lower volume than the Gnarwhal for quicker engagement and predictable edging. The whitewater rigging includes an adjustable foam backband, and foot brace and patented 4-point thigh straps.   The biggest difference is that the Wolverine features a 3/4 seat that adds a little extra stiffness to the center of the raft while the expedition features the standard Alpacka seat.

The chart below shows our recommended size based on your sit length and the Wolverine and Expedition’s fit profile. To determine your sit length, sit against a wall with your legs flat (wearing your preferred paddling shoes) and measure the distance from the wall to your heels. The Wolverine is sized for a whitewater fit, meaning that a typical paddler in the recommended size will be able to deeply bend their knees for maximum engagement in the thigh straps for the most secure high-performance fit.   The expedition is sized for a performance fit, meaning that a typical paddler in the recommended size can press their feet against the bow when straightening their legs which provides better control than a relaxed fit and more all-day comfort than the whitewater fit. You can size up or down for a more performance or relaxed fit.

A bow bag is included in both options to store the stuff you may need throughout the day without having to access the internal storage.

Sizing

Wolverine Small Expedition-Medium
Paddler Sit Length 36-41in | 91-104cm 36-43in | 91-109cm
Exterior Length 90in | 229cm 94in | 239cm
Exterior Width 36in | 91cm 36in | 91cm
Interior Length 42in | 107cm46in | 117cm
Width at Hips 15in | 38cm 15in | 38cm
Max Capacity* 350lb | 159kg 350lb | 159kg

*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.

Specifications

Wolverine Small Expedition Medium
Weight* Packed Size** Weight* Packed Size**
Wolverine Small 8.7lb | 3.95kg 20×9.5in | 51x24cm 8.1lb | 3.66kg 17×7.5in | 43x19cm

*Weight includes all components except inflation bag, repair kit, and internal dry bags for Cargo Fly.  On the Expedition, weight does not include the thigh straps and the foot brace.

**Packed size is a reference measurement based on folding each lengthwise edge of the boat to the center and rolling from the bow. 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 depending on the situation.

 

 

Additional information

Weight 3.75 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 24 in