The Kokopelli Recon Self-Bailing is not your traditional packraft. Engineered from our toughest material, the high-pressure design of the Recon increases stability and rigidity out on the water. It is engineered with a narrow trim, aggressive rocker on the bow, and a large-volume stern. 


We’ve engineered the Recon Self-Bailing to be packed with features like our first-in-class diamond ripstop floor system, high-pressure pontoons, Stainless-Steel D-rings, and optional TiZip.


Engineered with commercial-grade durability, the 1,000d reinforced PVC Recon is the most durable whitewater packraft ever made. Self-Bailing packrafts are engineered to keep you above the water by automatically draining water from the boat via the combination of the inflatable floor and drain-holes.


The Self-Bailing design excels at minimizing weight, setup complexity, and most importantly a faster self-rescue time when compared to a spraydecked packraft. Additionally, because PVC constructed packrafts can be inflated to a higher pressure compared to traditional TPU packrafts, the Recon won’t flex while plugging bigger holes and features on the river. 


This 18lbs (8.2 kgs) boat is perfect for road-to-river whitewater, after-work laps, and rated up to Class IV. 


New for 2020 


The Recon Self-Bailing has several (very) exciting updates for 2020, check them out in detail below!


  • External D-Rings changed from 0.75in (1.9cm) Nylon Webbing to 1in (2.5cm) Stainless Steel D-Rings (bound by 1in (2.5cm) Mil-Spec Webbing). Changed across all 2020 boats to improve durability over the life of the d-ring and increase the strength of the d-ring for attaching heavier loads.
  • 3-Point Thigh-Strap attachment points changed from 0.75in (1.9cm) Nylon Webbing to 1in (2.5cm) Stainless Steel D-Rings (bound by 1in (2.5cm) Mil-Spec Webbing). Redesigned to improve Thigh-Strap retention, ease of installation, durability, and tension against the legs. Compatible with the 3-Point Thigh-Strap Kit (2020) or NRS 2-Point Thigh-Straps.
  • Drain-Holes are now reinforced with a second layer of 1000d Reinforced PVC to prevent potential tears from spreading if the drain-hole is caught by a stick.
  • Compression Straps changed from 0.75in (1.9cm) Nylon Webbing to 1in (2.5cm) Mil-Spec Webbing.
  • New EVA Backband offering greater support, comfort, and a small-pocket for that clutch-Snickers.




The Recon features our 1,000d Reinforced PVC sidewalls and 1,000d Reinforced PVC floor, the same material used in commercial rafts. 


The seams are welded and the pontoon-to-floor attachment point is glued to the sidewall and then reinforced with v-seam tape around the entire interior of the packraft.


Whitewater Series packrafts also have an additional 3in (7.6 cm) of floor material coverage on the sidewalls for extra reinforcement and protection.


The Inflatable Floor with Integrated Seat is made from 210d Diamond-Ripstop Nylon and uses a GRI Push-Push valve. Starting at 7 in (17.9 cm) thick in the seat area, the floor tapers to 4 in (10.2 cm) thick from the knees to the bow. This keeps you comfortable and improves paddling position which allows for deeper, more efficient paddle strokes.


For the main pontoon, the Recon Self-Bailing features a GRI Push-Push valve, the most durable and bomber valve on the planet. Used in all full-size rafts, the GRI is made from roto-molded plastic and is threaded and screwed together, not welded or glued. Meaning your valve will never come un-welded or fall apart. The GRI Push-Push valve also easily integrates with the Nano Barrel Pump.




The Recon Self-Bailing is the same shape as the Nirvana Self-Bailing packraft. The high pressure design improves on water performance, giving it the maneuverability of a kayak and the stability of a raft. Higher pressure makes it responsive in technical water and easier to punch through holes. 


The Recon Self-Bailing features two-chambers (Inflatable Floor with Integrated Seat + full-pontoon) for added safety, a moderate trim, aggressive rocker on the bow, and a large-volume stern which gives it great Class I to Class IV river handling capability and stability. Combined with the extra-large 12 in (30 cm) diameter pontoons and higher floor-to-sidewall attachment point, the Recon is perfect for crushing whitewater.


The adjustable kayak-style EVA Backband offers superior back-support while increasing paddling power.


The self-bailing design has several advantages including easier self-recovery, faster accessibility for scouting, or in and out extreme-low-water sections. 




All Whitewater Series packrafts have our innovative 3-Point Thigh-Strap System. When combined with the optional 3-Point Thigh-Strap Kit it provides the paddler additional control over the packraft. The additional control allows the paddler to fully engage their core and leg muscles, which is especially important on challenging whitewater. For more advanced paddlers, they also present the opportunity to roll your packraft like a traditional kayak.




There are four strategically placed 1in (2.5cm) Stainless Steel D-Rings (bound by 1in (2.5cm) Mil-Spec Webbing) on the front of the packraft and two on the stern. Securely store your gear with our Delta Deck Pack, attach your bike to your packraft, or run a safety-line. 

NOTE: Always follow the Clean Lines Principles.




Do you need more storage space? Add our 21in (53cm) TiZip, an airtight watertight zipper, to increase storage space and give you access to the inside of your packraft pontoons. The TiZip compartment storage is perfect for protecting your gear and keeping centre of gravity low.




For model specifications, please see the images.


NOTE: All Kokopelli Packrafts are special orders and will take approximately 1.5 weeks to dispatch. Manufacturer stock may vary.

Kokopelli Recon Self-Bailing

SKU: KR-001