The last few reactions I've had from hiking buddies when I inflate the raft at the end of a day's hiking and tool around in the lake have been priceless. "You carried a boat for two days, just to float around the lake after a hard day's hike?" I've taken my raft on 2 backcountry hikes and camping with the family so far. I'll have it with me next week on another 4 day trip as well to a couple of off-trail lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It's been a blast to pull it out at the end of a days hiking, float on the lake and catch my dinner. I caught 6 fish from the raft in half hour while the guys fishing from shore never even got a bite. There's a bit of a trick to make sure there aren't creases as you roll the water-proof air scoop, but other than initial deflation due to water temp being colder than the ambient air I rarely have had to use the top off valve. Thanks for a fun product!
I haven't used this device yet, but it fits nicely on my E-Bike without increasing too much its weight and provides a convenient mean to cross rivers and ponds without damaging the electric circuitry (use tent footprint to protect the fabric of the boat). Turned upside down, it can also provide a waterproof shelter for the bike or its pilot. And some fishing or rafting can be part of the fun. This is a must have for e-bike travelers !
I bought two rafts just before a trip into the Unita Mountains of Utah in June. Only one was sent and to get the other one I had to prove the box I received was only big enough to hold one. Luckily they were able to send the second one just in time for the trip. The rafts were great although being 6' 1" I wish they were slightly larger but then of course they would weigh more. The location of the inflation tube is awkward for adding air while you are in the raft. It's just too far back to reach unless you are as flexible as Gumby and you must be able to add air periodically while using. What we did was I blew up my girlfriends raft and she did mine while we were along side each other out on the water.
*** UPDATED *** I received a raft with a hole in one of the seams. After writing a harsh review and initiating a return, Seth (the designer of the raft) reached out to me for more details. He was also kind enough to answer in great detail some of my questions about design, manufacturing, and quality control, and I sent the raft to him so that he could check it out and rectify the quality control issue that allowed that raft to pass inspection. I was blown away by how much he cares about the product and about customer satisfaction. The design of the raft is awesome--it's quick and easy to inflate and stores in a shape that's easy to pack. The two-way valve is in a good spot and can be used to easily release pressure if the raft is in the sun or if you are on a warm body of water on a cold day. I didn't test it on the water, but judging by its rigidity and shape when inflated I would imagine that it will be very stable and track about as well as a boat of this size can be expected to. When I receive my replacement I will update this review if it performs better or worse than expected. The one problem that remains is the disparity between the advertised weight of 3 lb and the actual weight of 3 lb 10 oz. It's still a great raft at that weight and cost, but being transparent about the actual weight and dispensing with the goofy marketing (e.g. "lightest, most packable raft the world has ever seen") would foment trust in the Uncharted brand.
Seems to provide an excellent, very light weight, backpackable option in having water access capability on hikes. I would say, as originally designed for, it's best targeted for emergency use, light use in calmer water, or in the event of needing to make a deeper stream or river crossing during back country hikes. I would not see it as a viable, long term use option if navigating faster flowing rivers or potential rapids.