Idaho backcountry lakes and streams call to us. Our goal was to answer back with the perfect packraft. Starting in our kitchen with painter’s plastic taped together in a raft shape that was then inflated by a blow dryer, we set out to do the impossible.
After several months of failure, with a little luck and a lot of divine intervention, we called and got through to speak with Greg Ramp, President of AIRE Industries Inc. A conversation led to a relationship and over time he got excited about the project, as he “saw [himself] 30 years ago” in us. Working on it from home and on weekends to find the time, he used a computer program that cost more than the whole house we had been working out of and helped us design the ideal self-bailing pack boat. His expertise in designing the best rafts and kayaks in the world shone through as we covered every detail always with the adventure seeker’s best interest as our goal.
Over the course of two and a half years, we sat side by side balancing weight and cost vs. durability and performance and finally feel we have found the perfect balance in the BAKraft.
BAKraft is now a brand of AIRE. They are proudly manufactured in AIRE’s Meridian, Idaho factory.