DIY Packraft Overview

Kits

DIY Packraft kits are available in several different sizes and weights. Check them out in the shop for more details!

 

Fabrics

The best packraft manufacturers make their packrafts out of polyurethane coated nylon fabric, and that is what DIY Packraft kits are made from too. We use fabrics of several different strengths and weights to make packrafts similar to commercially available models, and also ultralight packrafts that aren’t available anywhere else. These fabrics feature a heat-sealable polyurethane coating, called thermoplastic polyurethane, or TPU for short. When TPU bonds to itself, the joint becomes stronger than the fabric, so sewing or gluing would be redundant. Learn more about fabrics here, and see how strong the DIY Packraft fabrics are in the video below. You can also order a fabric sample pack to test them yourself (now with free shipping worldwide).

 

 

Tools

The only specialized tool required to make a DIY Packraft is a heat-sealing iron. You can buy the one pictured here for about $25. Learn more here.

 

 

 

 

 

Learn More

If you want to learn more about making your own packraft, browse the How-To menu (above), watch the DIY Packraft videos, and check out the items in the DIY Packraft Shop. Use the search bar (above) to find answers to specific questions, and if you have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQ or elsewhere on the site, post a comment on the relevant page, join the DIY Packraft Forum, or send us a message through the Contact page. Thanks!