Recon Self-Bailing 2020

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The Kokopelli Recon is not your traditional packraft.

Engineered from their toughest and most bomber material, the Recon is perfect for road-to-river whitewater and after-work laps. With the exact same shape as the original Whitewater Series Nirvanas, the Recon is self-bailing and weighs in at 8.2 kg and is constructed of the toughest packraft material ever. Featuring 210 Diamond-Ripstop Nylon full length Inflatable Floor with Integrated Seat, a Leafield D7 valve, and thigh-strap attachment points, the Recon is built for whitewater performance.

* Read about our Kokopelli pre-order policy below


The Recon is built from the toughest packraft material ever, featuring 0.9 mm PVC sidewalls and 0.9 mm PVC floor. 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 3 in (7.6 cm) of floor material coverage on the the sidewalls for extra reinforcement and protection.

The Inflatable Floor with Integrated Seat is made from 210 denier Diamond-Ripstop Nylon and uses a Leafield D7 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 features a Leafield D7 valve, the most durable and bomber valve on the planet. Used in all full-size rafts, the Leafield 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 Leafield D7 also easily integrates with the all new TRiB airCap and Foot Pump with Pressure Gauge.

Shape & Design
The Recon 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 1 – Class 4 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 Backband offers superior back-support while increasing paddling power.

The Self-Bailing design has several advantages including reduced weight (compared to a spraydeck-sprayskirt system), easier self-recovery, faster accessibility for scouting, or in and out extreme-low-water sections, and it opens up the entire interior of the packraft for gear storage.

Thigh Strap System
All Whitewater Series packrafts have our proprietary 3-Point Thigh-Strap System which when combined with the optional 3-Point Thigh-Strap Kit 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.

NOTE: The 3-Point Thigh-Strap Kit is multi-purpose and also functions as the Shoulder-Strap Kit for the Animas River Bag.

TiZip Storage
Not enough? Add our 21 in (53 cm) Tizip to make your raft even more versatile. The Recon with the optional Tizip zipper increases storage giving you access to the inside of the packrafts pontoons. The Tizip compartment storage also integrates with our Delta Inflatable Dry Bags (Set of 2) which are perfect for protecting your gear or adding extra chambers of air.

NOTE: Lightly lubricate your Tizip zipper with the included silicon lubricant every single use. For more instruction on lubrication and Tizip care, see the Tizip Lubricant (8 g) or the Product Manual.

Attachment Points
There are four strategically placed nylon loop d-rings on the front of the packraft to allow secure storage of gear or fatbike which also integrates with the Animas River Bag. Additionally, the Recon has two d-rings on the stern of the packraft allowing you to run a safety-line or store more gear.

NOTE: Always follow the Clean Lines Principles.


Rivers, Creeks, Extreme-Low-Flow (ELFing) - Class 4

2 TOTAL Main Pontoon
Inflatable Floor with Integrated Seat

High Volume

4 Front-External
2 Rear-External

3-Point Thigh-Strap Kit is NOT INCLUDED

Folded Size:
28 x 12 x 8 in
Rolled Size:
32 x 9 in

Packraft: 8.2 kg
Backband: 0.17 kg
Inflatable Floor with Integrated Seat: 0.54 kg
Compression Straps (Set of 2): 0.03 kg each, 0.06 kg TOTAL

136 kg

Sidewall: 1000 denier / 9 mm Reinforced PVC
Floor: 1000 denier / 9 mm Reinforced PVC

Packraft: Leafield D7
Inflatable Floor: Leafield D7

Packraft: 3.0 PSI
Inflatable Floor: 1.0 PSI

228.6 cm

144.8 cm

94.0 cm

39.4 cm

Ground to Bottom:
7.6 cm
Ground to Top:
53.3 cm

Ground to Bottom:
5.1 cm
Ground to Top:
50.8 cm

30 cm

3 Year

Ordering your packraft

For 2020 we will be running a rolling pre-order for rafts on a bi-weekly basis.

Ordering Kokopelli packrafts - how it works:

  1. You place your pre-order
  2. We check stock with Kokopelli and charge your card if your raft is in stock (or send direct to you if we have stock). Kokopelli keeps healthy stock levels on hand.
  3. Your raft is sent by UPS from the states - usually about 10 days to arrive in NZ from when we place the order.
  4. We clear your raft through NZ customs - about 2-3 days normally
  5. We receive your raft and ship to you with Aramex Couiers.
  6. You go and have awesome adventures!

Feel free to contact us for more info.

About Us

Good Rotations is an independent online bikepacking and adventure cycling store. Our aim is encourage the use of bicycles for everyday journeys and bigger adventures!

Get in touch with us: hello@goodrotations.co