SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — After years of development, TRAFT, the first hybrid tent packraft, today launches its Kickstarter campaign, targeted to anyone wanting to escape into nature with a highly packable, lightweight, resilient raft that doubles as a tent.
The patent-pending TRAFT is the first tent packraft system of its kind, which combines the fun, excitement and utility of packrafting with the comfort of camping in a single lightweight system.
TRAFT is made for recreating on rivers, lakes, whitewater rivers and ocean surf. Designed for traveling lightly to destinations, the hybrid TRAFT provides adventurers with a durable, high-performance survival vehicle to access off-grid destinations with confidence.
“TRAFT was born from our passion to explore nature with a personal multi-functioning vehicle durable for outdoors but light enough to easily manage,” said Evan Glassman, TRAFT inventor. “The 420 Denier thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material ensures it can withstand rigorous use on both land and water.”
TPU is an ultra-durable, lightweight, abrasion-, tear- and puncture-resistant material that is environmentally responsible, unlike PVC, which is heavier and non-recyclable. TRAFT can be used as a shade shelter while lounging or paddling and also be deployed as a tent, providing protection from the elements and overnight accommodations.
“We are planning more research and development of a carbon fiber hybrid TPU, which has many applications across the sporting goods industry, for its additional strength and durability.”
Available in 101-inch and 95-inch models, TRAFT includes packraft, orthopedic seating-sleeping pad, back support inflation bag and tent, and weighs between 10-12 lbs. TRAFT can be purchased as a packraft, whole kit or in components that can be retrofitted to other packraft models.
“Our mission at TRAFT is to provide advanced, adaptable systems for people to get out and explore in nature,” said Glassman.
“Because of its design, TRAFT also becomes your temporary home, where you can immerse yourself in nature by rafting, hiking, sleeping and living in amazing, remote locations not accessible with standard rafts and tents. When you are in nature on a TRAFT away from distractions, you can have a profound and rejuvenating experience.”
TRAFT will leverage its outdoor industry position to promote environmental causes related to our waterways and contribute part of its proceeds from sales to those causes.
For early-bird, discounted pricing, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1681769627/traft-the-tent-raft-hybrid# or www.tentraft.com.