Paqualife Ltd was set up as a UK based family business, founded on a passion for boating. We have always been close to water, be that paddling on a lake, a river or the sea. We just love being in the great outdoors, using the best quality tools to maximise opportunities to experience our natural environment.
We also have a passion for Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS) and wanted to find something that could be multipurpose; used as a tender to go from boat to shore (as we moored the boat offshore where there were no harbours), able to be stowed away on the RIB out of the way when on longer trips, and something we could take with us when using it as a tender from boat to shore rather than leaving it on the beach.
Our former inflatable kayak weighed around 17kg, took up a large section of the front of our RIB and was quite cumbersome to move around. It required a separate large pump to inflate the multiple air chambers. What's more, notwithstanding the difficulty moving our former inflatable kayak around, it had to be left on the beach while we went on excursions, vulnerable to damage and theft. We needed a more convenient solution.
For us, MRS packrafts provided that perfect solution. Small enough to store in the boat seat storage, no extra pump to store (as MRS packrafts use nylon inflation air bags) and compact/light enough to take with us in a backpack once we had paddled to shore from our RIB. This took away the fear of theft or damage. The light weight and compact design of MRS packrafts meant that we could take it wherever we went without it feeling like a burden to carry. What's more, once exploring our new surroundings we would then have endless possibilities for more fun on the water; inland rivers, lakes, coastal or harbour paddling, our MRS packraft is there "just in case". There is nothing like an MRS packraft to fulfil such a wide array of on-the-water activities.
MRS packrafts have such amazing attributes that perfectly matched our needs and vastly expanded our opportunities to spend more time on the water, we decided to open that opportunity to others. It is then that we set up Paqualife Ltd; a company set up by boating enthusiasts for boating enthusiasts.
Paqualife Ltd are official UK distributors of MRS packrafts and the reasons that we chose MRS packrafts as our preferred partner are quite simple.
Choosing a preferred packraft manufacturing partner had key requirements; the quality and design had to be market leading, tried and tested, well respected and dependable. There simply aren't packrafts like MRS on the market today. Whilst many more recent manufacturers have sought to copy the MRS design, only MRS who developed that design have it perfected. The hull designs are shaped more like a traditional kayak at the front, with an elongated waterline for improved tracking and paddling performance yet the stern is oversized to maximise weight carrying capacity and whitewater performance. MRS also include a removable skeg on all models which vastly improves tracking performance and paddling efficiency.
MRS have also been at the forefront of packraft design for many years, constantly innovating new designs and improving in response to feedback. Their packrafts are not a basic design, mass produced to a generic market but are expertly designed then manufactured to order.
Not only do MRS provide an unrivalled range of high quality professional grade packrafts, each packraft can also be customised with additional grab loops, D rings and fixing points where you need them, accessories and custom colours.
Crucially, MRS packrafts focus on quality and performance as primary objectives, so if you want the best, MRS packrafts are the premium choice. Paqualife wanted to partner with the best market leaders in packraft design and so are delighted to work with MRS packrafts to deliver these amazing craft to the UK market.
If you would like to understand why MRS packrafts are the best choice for versatile, high quality packrafts then please get in touch. Please also feel free to browse our website and see what MRS packrafts have to offer.
An MRS packraft is so light and compact you can carry it all day with ease in your backpack, carry it on your bike, or take it with you in your hand luggage when flying abroad.
In contrast to other inflatable kayaks, SUPS and hardshell craft; an MRS packraft can be used in many more situations without the concern about the logistics of hauling your craft to and from the water. Many keen paddlers have enjoyed the idea of hardshell canoes/kayaks, then traditional inflatable kayaks but then find those craft are left for extended periods in storage when the hassle of transporting to and from the water becomes a logistical challenge; this isn't the case with an MRS packraft.
You can simply take your MRS packraft with you wherever you go. More convenience means you will use your MRS packraft so much more; more time on the water equals more value for money.
Aside from the far greater usage, there are other reasons why an MRS packraft is not just your average inflatable kayak:
Materials; each MRS packraft is manufactured using high quality thermoplastic polyurethane coated nylon (TPU). The combination of nylon with polyurethane results in a strong, airtight, waterproof and UV resistant fabric that retains its strength at even very low temperatures. Cheaper craft, such as those available in supermarkets, often use cheaper PVC which requires heavier grade fabric to achieve the same strength. PVC is also weaker when comparing with the same weight TPU material and can become brittle when cold. Also, TPU has superior scratch resistant properties compared to PVC and holds it's colour better when exposed to UV.
Whilst there are higher quality PVC products on the market, a TPU MRS packraft should not be confused with the vast array of cheap mass produced inflatable kayaks and canoes available today. Another key difference is that PVC must be glued around the seams, and glue fails over time. MRS packrafts, being TPU, instead are able to use heat welding to the seams thereby creating a much stronger, permanent bond. The TPU that MRS use in their packrafts is what carbon fibre is to the biking world; superlight and strong. This enables less fabric to be used in making an MRS packraft thereby giving it its compact, rollable shape and lightweight form.
It should also be noted that not all TPU fabrics are created equal, and MRS only use the highest quality TPU fabric. Each MRS packraft is expertly manufactured by hand to ensure a high quality finish.
In addition, MRS continually innovate their packraft designs. In purchasing an MRS packraft you can be confident that you are buying the very cutting edge in packraft design, a result of vast amounts of research, customer feedback and constant product innovation. There is a reason why MRS packrafts are renowned around the world and used extensively by professionals; if you want the best, then an MRS packraft is for you!
Whilst an MRS packraft will cost you more than the basic mass produced inflatable kayak, these craft are so much more. You literally get what you pay for, and if you purchase an MRS packraft you will not be disappointed - long gone will be the days of heavy cumbersome inflatable kayaks! Paqualife are delighted to partner with such market leaders in packraft design and we believe all MRS packraft products provide brilliant value for money!