Packraft Europe

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We are passionate packrafters and provide high quality packrafts and packrafting gear, as well as Whitewater Rescue courses certified by Rescue3.
Packrafts are inflatable boats that pack down to the size of a small sleeping bag and only weight 2-3 Kg, which makes it easy to take them hiking or biking. At the same time, they are robust, sturdy and whitewater capable.
We view business as a tool, and as such we choose to use this tool to create positive change in the world. To help protect the places we love and inspire people to get outside and connect with nature. Once you have paddled a pristine river, or explored a wilderness area you can’t help but want to protect and care for it.
A packraft is an amazing piece of gear that makes it easier for us to reconnect with ourselves and the natural world. When we go packrafting we discover places untouched by humans, rivers that still flow wild and free, we realize too few still exist, and too many are under threat. We aim to inspire people to protect the remaining rivers and river landscapes that are still in a natural and relatively free flowing state. We use our business to raise awareness and much needed funds to support the organizations that are working hard to establish long term permanent protection of Europe's last wild and free flowing rivers.
OUR STORY -
We are Seon and Michaela Crockford-Laserer, outdoor enthusiasts at heart and passionate about being in nature. We are equally in love with both mountains and rivers, land and water. We came across the concept of packrafting in 2014 and we knew then that this would be a game changer.
A packraft opens up endless possibilities for exploration, adventure and new ways for us to connect with nature. Our imaginations ran wild as we looked at maps and wilderness areas in a new way.
Packrafts allow us to go further, longer, and to places that would otherwise be out of reach, this is especially true now that we are a family with young children. Since we began packrafting we have paddled, hiked and biked our way through New Zealand, USA and Europe. We are now based in Gosau, a small mountain village where Michaela was born in the Salzkammergut region of the Austrian Alps.
When we first discovered packrafts, Seon (being a bit of a self confessed gear nerd) did what he always does when he discovers a new passion: Hours, days and weeks were spent researching everything there was to know about these little inflatable boats. It became clear very quickly that there was only one packraft to get if you were serious about quality, performance, durability and safety. In 2014 we bought our first Alpacka, a red Yak with a whitewater deck and cargo fly which we very quickly added thigh straps to. Needless to say we fell in love.
Before we began our packrafting store, we were very clear about why we were turning our passion into our profession. We view business as a tool, and as such we choose to use this tool to create positive change in the world. To help protect the places we love and inspire people to get outside and connect with nature.
It starts with quality. If you are far away from civilization, paddling with children or in technical whitewater you have to be able to depend on your gear. When it comes to choosing our own personal outdoor gear we refuse to compromise on quality, performance, durability or safety. We apply the same philosophy to the products we offer our customers. Quality gear is also more enjoyable to use, and lasts longer, meaning ultimately there are less resources used and less burden on our planet.
A packraft is an amazing piece of gear that makes it easier for us to reconnect with ourselves and the natural world. When we go packrafting we discover places untouched by humans, rivers that still flow wild and free, we realize too few still exist, and too many are under threat. We aim to inspire people to protect the remaining rivers and river landscapes that are still in a natural and relatively free flowing state. We use our business to raise awareness and much needed funds to support the organizations that are working hard to establish long term permanent protection of Europe's last wild and free flowing rivers.
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Gosauseestr. 23
Gosau, Upper Austria 4824
Austria
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