If you think pack rafts are just pricey pool floats, you've never tried one. Mine has gotten me into more adventures than any other piece of gear I own. I've used it to navigate everything from bass ponds to unexpected rapids during turkey season, but it really shines for big-game hunting. The raft is light, inflates in minutes, is customizable (e.g., dry cargo storage inside the tubes), and is the only boat I know of that's suitable for backcountry scouting and hunting, and hauling out meat—besides a canoe, that is, but you can't roll up one of those and stuff it in your pack. The company just introduced a new line with camo prints and hunting configurations—all made in the USA. —N.K.