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Kokopelli Recon 18lb Inflatable Self-Bailing Whitewater Tizip PackRaft


In transit, available 8/7, accepting preorders.
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A rugged, bombproof whitewater kayak with open, self-bailing ports - now with a tizip option.

In transit, available 8/7, accepting preorders. AirKayaks Special: FREE Accent Carbon Paddle ($159 value) with purchase of a 2019 Kokopelli Packraft. Automatically included at checkout.

New for this year, Kokopelli's 7.5 foot Recon Self-bailing PackRaft - part of the Whitewater Series - is an exceptional choice for paddlers needing durable river-running options. Weighing in at 18 lbs, the Recon is modeled after the Nirvana Self-Bailer.

Like the Nirvana models, the Recon is designed 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. The inflatable floor with integrated seat is constructed from 9mm diamond ripstop nylon. 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.

All Kokopelli packrafts now come with upgraded Leafield D7 military valves. The Recon 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. Designed for intense whitewater or rugged conditions, the Recon sidewalls and hull features a robust 0.9 mm PVC construction.

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

Accumulated water passes through 15 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.

The Recon 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.

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 Recon is perfect for rapid water environments through Class III. While heavier than the other Kokopelli Packrafts, it can still be backpacked to remote locations, taken on camping trips, tossed on a plane or stashed in an RV. With the foot pump and gauge, the Recon 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: 18 lbs for packraft alone. For individual measurements, see below.
  • Two Leafield D7 military valves - one on the main chamber, one on the floor.
  • Sidewall and Hull Construction – 0.9 mm PVC construction
  • Includes packraft, foot pump, gauge, repair kit, instructions, inflatable floor with integrated seat, backband, two compression straps for easy storage.
  • Three year limited warranty.
  • For more details, read the Instruction Manual
  • Please note: The Recon Self-Bailing PackRaft does not have a tracking fin, nor does it come with an inflator bag.


  • Packraft: 18 lbs
  • 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)
  • Foot Pump with gauge: 2 lb 11 oz


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How to Pack and Care for your Kokopelli Packraft by Caveman Collective (02:36)

This is a how-to video on how to store, pack and care for your Kokopelli packraft. It offers general tips for care and maintenance and also a brief overview on how to most efficiently pack your packraft.


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