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992 grams - Designed with input from Pro kayakers and packrafters, the LWD is an advanced pack raft that will beckon adventurers toward new horizons.
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?
Awards: Gear Junkie: Best of Show 2013
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
The Mad Science behind the Klymit LWD
We were talking about product development one day, and Josh from Ruta Locura gave us a challenge. Can we re-create and ultralight pack raft similar to that of the venerated Curtis design model, something that weighs and packs little, but adds a very large slice of adventure for a paddler or fisherman. Needless to say, we were intrigued. The gauntlet had been thrown down, and after a little geometry (Yes, Mrs. Damron we really did use math in our professional life, you were right!) we had an oval boat shape that mimicked traditional designs but could be manufactured in 2D. It was an adequate shape, that gave you good flotation, but the ergonomics, paddling position, and water trackability were not optimal. Now that we knew we could accomplish the classic template, it became time to do what we do, articulate it, use shapes to focus air pressure where we want it to go, and see if we could make it better.
The shape of the LWD is the resultant composite of the careful targeting of problems with classic lightweight pack raft designs: We try to observe problems as challenges, and these are the way we came to the solutions:
A huge, shaped section moves the center of buoyancy directly under the paddler.
The shape pushes directly into your lower lumbar, elevating your paddling position and supporting your lower back for comfortable paddling over long periods of time. The angles of the sides are specific to allowing you a strong paddle stroke with your favorite kayak paddle. There are even notches shaped specific for your J strokes and control strokes, to easily rudder, surf, and stay where you want in the water.
The angles of the LWD are specific to allow you to use your favorite kayak paddle that you know and love, webbed gloves, or stay tuned as we are working on a trekking pole solution.
The paddling position is surprisingly supportive and stable, and very upright. It is perfect for a good, strong stroke….or a nice, long cast.
The last several iterations of this product were built entirely focused on interior ergonomics. We revised the position over and over so that you feel “locked in”.
The pointed shape and centered weight help this pack raft track water surprisingly well. In no way does this track like a kayak, but it does track better than classic oval rafts.
Klymit is a solutions company that challenges traditional approaches to the conception and fabrication of outdoor goods and apparel. Part engineers, part gear junkies, part mad scientists, and all outdoorsmen, Klymit was conceived under the idea that the experience of outdoor enthusiasts can be enhanced with new technologies and a different approach that yield quantifiably superior products.