Anfibio was founded by two old friends, Marc Kreinacker and Sven Schellin, who have shared a passion for the outdoors and water sports for many years. Their mutual love of the outdoors led to countless trips and a lasting friendship that still inspires them today.
In time, Marc and Sven became interested in ultralight hiking and saw packrafting as the perfect combination of their two passions for paddling. Their reports in magazines and blogs helped to inspire a growing community of like-minded individuals, and together they explored new ideas in materials and construction.
The name “Anfibio” reflects the brand’s commitment to amphibious activities and perfectly characterizes the versatility of packrafting. More broadly, the term “amphibolism” refers to something that has multiple meanings or uses, which is an apt description of packrafting and the work that Anfibio does as bloggers, specialist dealers, and packraft developers. Additionally, the Greek alphabet finds its way into the names of many Anfibio models, from Alpha to Omega, adding a unique touch to the brand’s product offerings and reinforcing its connection to Greek mythology.
In 2011, Anfibio was officially registered as a business, laying the foundation for Marc and Sven’s exciting new venture. The company is based in Leipzig and Dresden. Anfibio strives to empower people to experience new and creative adventures both on land and in water. Anfibio is committed to integrating responsible practices into their business and prioritizing social and ecological responsibility. They respect human rights in their global supply chains and are dedicated to protecting nature. Transparency is important to them, as they provide clear information about their actions and future plans. Anfibio’s actions are guided by the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact, which supports sustainable and responsible corporate governance and the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Anfibio Packrafting differ from other packrafts?
What are some of the features of the Anfibio Packrafting?
Some of the features of the Anfibio Packrafting include:
- High-grade materials that are lightweight and durable
- Easy-to-use inflation and deflation valves
- A unique shape that makes the raft more stable and maneuverable
- Multiple attachment points for gear and accessories
- A range of sizes and styles to suit different types of adventure travel
What materials does Anfibio use in their products?
Anfibio uses state-of-the-art lightweight materials such as fiberglass, carbon, TPU, and nylon in all components of their products. Most are composite structures such as coated nylon for boats, clothing, and bags, laminated fiberglass for paddles, and fiber-reinforced injection-molded plastic for accessories.
Anfibio exclusively uses TPU-coated nylon fabric with varying fiber strengths and coating thicknesses for their boats and many accessories, depending on the requirements and area of use. This material class provides excellent basic properties for packraft construction. Anfibio uses a translucent TPU coating for their tube materials to save weight and cost by reducing the use of color pigments. The color comes exclusively from the colored nylon base fabric, which is colored anyway. The smooth and shiny surface of the transparent tube coating is especially scratch-resistant.
Anfibio's special textile fabric with different yarn thicknesses and weave densities achieves high tear resistance. The interaction of these properties results in a unique ratio of weight to durability, which is demonstrated through continuous measurement and test procedures to verify adhesion and tear resistance.
What advantages does TPU nylon have over other materials used in packraft construction?
How can I determine which packraft is the best fit for my needs?
Selecting the appropriate packraft is highly dependent on individual preferences. It is recommended to consider the following questions before making a decision:
- Will I be paddling alone or with a partner, or do I need a packraft that accommodates both?
- What is my height and weight, and how much gear do I plan to carry?
- How will I transport the packraft (backpack, bike, public transport, car), and how small and lightweight does it need to be?
- What kind of water conditions (calm, saltwater, whitewater) and seasons am I planning for, and do I need a spraydeck?
For an initial overview of the packraft range, you can refer to Anfibio's packraft comparison chart, which provides a summary of the essential information for all packrafts. For more detailed information on each model, it is recommended to review the respective product descriptions.
How can I identify if my boat is losing air and why is it no longer staying firm on the water?
Air loss is not impossible, but very unlikely. Usually this is the result of the effect of the cooling water (tempering). If the difference between air and water temperature is significant, the warm air used to fill the boat cools and contracts on contact with cold water. As a result the air pressure inside the boat drops and it feels less firm. In this case, you should simply inflate the packraft again a little after the first half hour on the water or temper it already before starting to paddle.
If you are still unsure if your boat is losing air, a leak test can be conducted. First, fully inflate the boat and ensure all valves are tightly secured. Then, leave it overnight in a temperature-controlled room. The following morning, it should still be fully inflated. If not, there may be a leak that needs to be identified and repaired.
Why is my spray skirt not fitting tight?
Why does the spray deck keep coming off the side tube?
Can hitting a rock cause damage to a packraft?
Do the packrafts have resistance to salt water?
Can you provide recommendations for the most effective methods of transporting luggage while packrafting?
What packraft would be suitable for bikerafting?
Is it possible to bring a dog along in a packraft?
What is the process for attaching a fin or skeg to a packraft?
How can I perform repairs on my packraft?
What are some important safety instructions to keep in mind while using a packraft?
What is the proper way to pack a packraft for storage or transport?
There are different ways to pack up a packraft depending on your preference, purpose, and time. However, we recommend the following procedure to take advantage of the packraft's small pack size:
- Start by deflating the packraft, releasing the air from the main chamber first, followed by the floor.
- Fold the packraft in half lengthwise and then in half again.
- Fold the ends towards the center to form a compact bundle.
- Secure the bundle with the straps or the bag provided.
For packrafts with an integrated luggage zipper (ISS), you need to be extra careful. Make sure to dry the zipper thoroughly after each use and avoid packing it wet for more than 48 hours as this can cause mold growth that can damage the zipper coating and lead to leakage. By following proper care instructions, the ISS system can have a long lifespan.
Can you suggest some tips for storing and caring for my packraft?
To ensure your packraft lasts a long time, proper storage and care are important. After use, rinse the packraft with clean water and let it dry completely before storing it. This prevents mold growth and unpleasant odors. When storing the packraft for an extended period, choose a dry place out of direct sunlight. Keep the valves open to prevent moisture buildup inside the boat. Avoid exposing the boat to heat sources and solvents. When folding or rolling the boat, be sure to do it loosely to avoid creating pressure points that could cause damage. Lastly, keep sand and dirt away from the valves as they could cause leaks.
If your packraft has an integrated luggage zipper (ISS), it requires extra care. The TiZip zipper needs to be greased periodically on the port (slider) and the outside (but not on the teeth). Use the original TiZip sliding grease included in the delivery or a comparable product.