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Kokopelli Nirvana SB 8.6lb Inflatable Self-Bailing Whitewater TiZip PackRaft


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A lightweight, whitewater kayak with open, self-bailing ports, perfect for travel and remote locations - now with integrated TiZip storage and upgraded valves.

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At a mere 8.6 lbs, Kokopelli's new 7.5 foot Nirvana SB Self-bailing PackRaft - part of the Whitewater Series - is an exceptional choice for paddlers needing lightweight, durable river-running options. The Nirvana Whitewater PackRaft received a 'Best in Show' by the Gear Junkie at Outdoor Retailer in 2015. 

All Kokopelli packrafts now come with upgraded Leafield D7 military valves. The Nirvana Self-Bailing PackRaft features two main chambers - one perimeter and one on the floor. The two-chamber design provides greater safety than traditional one-chamber packrafts, while one-inch seam welds with reinforced tape ensure durability and the highest-quality, air-holding properties. The Nirvana sidewalls are now constructed from a 210 denier, double-coated nylon, while the floor features a beefed-up 840 denier material - both have slightly increased TPU coatings for greater durability.

Twelve-inch diameter tubes ensure stability on the water as well as providing some protection from swells. Six integrated nylon d-rings serve as convenient gear-tie downs.

The Nirvana models have been redesigned with 30% more volume in the stern. This provides more buoyancy and a slightly lower waterline, eliminating water pooling issues while a new bottom hull construction makes the packrafts more rigid. By repositioning where the hull bottom attaches to the side chambers, the paddler sits a bit higher, and doesn’t sag down in the boat. New this year, the inflatable floor with integrated seat is now constructed from diamond ripstop nylon, with a slightly thicker 8-inch seating area, while the front portion of the floor remains 4-inches thick. This also provides extra buoyancy - which allows the paddler to sit higher and keep out of the water. This in turn improves the backband support (it is now positioned lower on the back), as well as making it easier to paddle over the side chambers.

Accumulated water passes through 14 one-inch open ports, strategically placed around the bow and stern.  The open design also offers quick entry and exit when scouting rapids, and a higher paddling position to allow deeper and more efficient paddle strokes. Use of a wetsuit or drysuit (depending on temperature) is recommended when using self-bailing packrafts due to water coming in and out of the packraft.

One 19-inch TiZip zipper provides waterproof access inside the rear chamber - simply zip open the chamber and store camping supplies such as tent, sleeping bag and medium size dry bags. There are 2 d-rings placed inside the cargo area for attaching optional Delta Inflatable Dry Bags. 

The Nirvana is part of Kokopelli's Whitewater Series. The narrower trim allows for a more fluid carve into and out of eddies while the increased rocker makes surfing your favorite hole that much easier. Whitewater Series packrafts are two chambered, have extra thick floor and sidewall material, and extra floor reinforcement on the sidewalls. They also feature a 3-Point Thigh-Strap system (sold separately). Thigh-Straps allow for a more responsive handling whether you are carving into an eddy, surfing a wave or even rolling your packraft.


The Nirvana Self-Bailer is perfect for rapid water environments through Class III and can easily be backpacked to remote locations, taken on camping trips, tossed on a plane or stashed in an RV. With the included inflation bag, the Nirvana Self-Bailing PackRaft can be ready for the water in less than five minutes.



  • Outer Dimensions: 90 x 37 inches
  • Tube Diameter: 12 inches
  • Interior Dimensions: 57 x 15.5 inches
  • Load Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Weight: 8 lbs 9 oz for packraft with TiZip alone. For individual measurements, see below.
  • Two Leafield D7 military valves - one on the main chamber, one on the floor.
  • Sidewall Construction – 210 denier double coated nylon, 1” seam welds, reinforced seam tape over all seams
  • Floor Construction – 840 denier double coated nylon, v-tape floor construction for added durability
  • Includes packraft, inflation bag, inflation tube, repair kit, instructions, inflatable floor with integrated seat, backband, two compression straps for easy storage.
  • Three year limited warranty.
  • Please note: The Nirvana Self-Bailing PackRaft does not have a tracking fin.


  • Packraft: 8 lb 9 oz with Tizip
  • Inflatable Floor with Integrated Seat: 1lb 3 oz (0.6 kg)
  • Backband: 6 oz (0.2 kg)
  • Compression Straps (Set of 2): 2 oz (0.1 kg)
  • Inflation Bag: 3 oz (0.1 kg)
  • Inflation Tube: 2 oz (0.1 kg)


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