Introducing the RuckRaft®.
A simple, two-piece kit to transform any rucksack into a raft to tow across water.

 
 
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The Ruckraft (PATENT PENDING)

We’ve been opening up new routes across land and water for years – mixing together different bits of kit from hiking, swimming, sailing and boating to get us from A to B. But nothing quite worked.

Waterproof rucksacks aren’t great for proper hiking and many don’t float. Swimming tow floats are often too small to carry the kit (and picnic) you need for a good day, overnight adventure.

So we created the RuckRaft® – a simple, two-piece kit that transforms any rucksack, of any size, into a raft you can tow across a tarn, lake, river or bay.

For the price of one night in a fairly average hotel, you can open up a whole new world of swimming adventures!

 
 
 
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What people are saying about the RuckRaft

 

“We’ve never seen anything as smart and as purpose built as the RuckRaft...Everything about this product screams well made quality”

KATE REW - OUTDOOR SWIMMING SOCIETY

“FitandAbel Highly Recommended. It’s so simple to transport, use, inflate, assemble and to deflate when finished. It really is a multiplier for the swim. You can literally tow the kitchen sink”

DAN ABEL - FITANDABEL

“Pop your belongings into this drybag and inflatable combo and you can tow your picnic across to the other bank. Neatly packable and capable of transporting 70 litres of goodies from A to B and back again”

MONOCLE MAGAZINE

“For the price of a night in a fairly crap hotel room a whole new world of swim adventures just opened up”

Pete Cross, proprietor of The Union Club in london town

 
 
 
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RUCKRAFT FEATURES

Why is RuckRaft® the next generation tow float?

 
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EXTRA BUOYANCY SUPPORTS FULL 70L,
THREE DAY EXPEDITION PACK.
Yet remains easy and comfortable to tow

 
 
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TOUGH, MARINE-GRADE, RIVERTEX® MATERIALS

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XL DRYBAG holds ANY SIZE RUCKSACK,

KIT STAYS 100% DRY

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TWO-WAY VALVE,
INFLATES IN 30 SECONDS

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PACKABLE & LIGHTWEIGHT
AT ONLY 1KG

 
 
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High-frequency welded seams

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SUPERIOR HARDWARE

 
 
 
 
 

USING THE RUCKRAFT


Below are some points of guidance on water safety and maintenance of your RuckRaft.

 

Be safe

The RuckRaft is for experienced, competent open water swimmers. Those who know the risks, their limits and also know the terrain and water. Before each use:

— Check the local weather conditions.

— Check the condition of the body of water - the temperature, the strength and direction of flows or tides.

— If you don’t know the body of water well, try to check with someone local who does. Or just be very conservative in your ambition.

— Make sure you abide by any local conditions for swimming.

If you are new to open water - don’t use the RuckRaft quite yet. Get more experience and confidence and start slowly.

The Outdoor Swimming Society has useful guides to safety:

https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/summer-safety/

https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/is-it-safe/


Using the Ruckraft

— Pack your dry bag and make sure you can roll the open top down 3 or 4 times.

— Place the bag on the raft with chevron lines pointing the way you swim and with the open (but now rolled down) end sitting on the nose of the RuckRaft.

— Adjust and secure in position with the vertical strap so the raft is evenly balanced in the water, generally with more weight over the nose which is more bouyant.

— Now secure the whole package and strap in your drybag in with the X straps (you can clip water bottles to the straps for easy access).

The RuckRaft can float up to 15kg but start with less and build up as you become more confident and experienced with the kit.


Maintenance and care

The RuckRaft is made of tough, marine grade, durable Rivertex materials with high frequency welded seams. The Drybag has no zips to go wrong. However, cross country swimming can be rough and tumble and takes place across all sorts of terrain. This means we can’t give you any guarantees unfortunately. But here are a few basics in terms of how to look after your kit.

— Do not leave the RuckRaft in the sun any longer than necessary.

— Rinse, hose down the raft in freshwater after a swim (especially if in the Lake District as there is a risk of transferring invasive species).

— Dry the RuckRaft and bag dry out of direct sunlight before rolling up and packing away until your next adventure.

Punctures. Given the RuckRaft is inflatable, there is a risk of puncture (although with the Rivertex material this should be very rare). Two fixes are available:

Gorilla tape - quick and dirty. The Gorilla Tape ‘handy roll’ is described as ‘Perfect for: traveling, camping, boating, sporting and more!’. And they can add RuckRafting to the list, this a good portable solution that stays adhered in water.

For longer term, better looking repairs we will soon have a kit of patches that adhere and bind in water.

Also, the RuckRaft is reversible to some degree so if your puncture is waterside then we recommend patching it up, flipping the raft over so that the puncture side is not submerged.

If the puncture is more of a rip and tear then drop us a line. There are a few solutions with the Bostik 3206 Glue but those are more likely to require a fix by us or the factory.

Happy Cross Country Swimming!


 
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Follow the RuckRaft® journey from idea to reality.