Pack rafts and skim ice?
So its october and the lakes are starting to freeze, but not real hard. How are the pack raft type rafts holding up to the ice. Last year I went out in a cheap box store raft in the dark and when I hit the skim ice I chickened out. I Could break it with my paddle, but it still rubbed and I had a ways to go to get across the lake.
I notice some of the one person catarafts have a pontoon within an additional zip/velcro skin. I'm thinking that may be the way but didn't want to mess with a rowing frame If I didn't have to.
So if you had to deal with skim ice what would you use? Weight is a concern, but not sinking is a bigger concern. Do the high end pack rafts tolerate the ice? I'm open to any type of inflatable. Just want it to be manageable on a back pack and at a minimum be able to float 300 pounds no problem... 400 would be better.