A small, light fin that aids in boat tracking and speed. It is recommended to attach to the stern of the boat. It is simple to attach and detach. Specifically designed for flatwater packrafting and long-distance touring. Paddling efficiency can thus be increased. 85g is added (floating).
A skeg or fin improves boat tracking and speed, increasing paddling efficiency. Even if you stop or slow down your paddling, it helps to keep the boat pointed in the right direction (for taking pictures, snacks, put on clotths etc.). It is best used in open, calm waters. A skeg (better three) helps to avoid drifting to the side, much like a metal edge on skis!
The Anfibio Skeg is a small and light fin designed specifically for packrafter needs. It has been trimmed specifically for lightness and effectiveness. The surface, shape, and weight of the Anfibio Skeg are all balanced, with a minimum weight of (floating!) 85g. This produces the desired effect while paddling, but the fin is still easily transportable and can be carried on backpack tours. Because of its unique shape, it is also suitable for packrafting in shallower waters.
The Anfibio Skeg, on the other hand, should be dismantled before entering too shallow water, where grounding is possible. The easy assembly/disassembly allows for a quick switch to different waters.
Excursus: Skeg in White Water
In white water, a skeg? Yes, as long as the water is open, deep, and of a large volume. Every surfboard has multiple fins for a reason. However, the fin is useful for more than just surfing. In contrast to canoeing paddles on both sides or even a motor driven propeller in the stern, propulsion with a double bladed paddle always causes a rotation of the boat in the longitudinal axis, so the energy is only partially converted into propulsion (with packrafts typically about 60 percent ).
A forward stroke is always a combination of rotation and forward impulse (the typical packraft swing). A steep paddle position can reduce the effect, but in whitewater, bracing bow strokes are frequently required, which causes increased rotation, reducing the efficiency of the paddle strokes even further.
Now the fin or skeg comes into play, which minimizes the rotation of the boat regardless of stroke, giving you more propulsion (about 20%) or a faster speed in whitewater. The sensation of riding (open) white water changes dramatically. It opens up completely new packraft routes, maneuvers, and whitewater sections. The effect is magnified because packrafts are short, easy to turn, and thus somewhat slower. So, if the circumstances permit, just give it a shot!
Mounting: Easy to mount on and off, once the adapter is glued
Material: Polyethylen (PE)
Weight: 85g (self floating)
Maximum length: 24,5cm
Maximum depth: 8,5cm
Anfibio, founded by friends Marc Kreinacker and Sven Schellin, shares a passion for outdoor activities and water sports. Their mutual love for the outdoors led to a lasting friendship, and their interest in packrafting, combining ultralight hiking and paddling, inspired a community of like-minded adventurers. The brand name “Anfibio” reflects their commitment to versatile packrafting and their multifaceted roles as bloggers, specialist dealers, and packraft developers, incorporating Greek alphabet names into their product offerings for a unique touch.
Established in 2011 in Leipzig and Dresden, Anfibio empowers people to embark on land and water adventures while placing a strong emphasis on social and ecological responsibility. They prioritize human rights in their supply chains, advocate for nature protection, and maintain transparency in their actions and future plans. Guided by the United Nations Global Compact's ten principles, Anfibio supports sustainable corporate governance and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.