Kayaks are not portable. Kayaks are long, bulky, and they usually take 2 people to lug one around. I don’t know how many times I’ve been on a hike in the wilderness, come across a hidden dropping-in point for a kayak along the river, only to realize that getting a kayak to that point would be a nightmare. Oru Kayak is changing that. Oru's motto is to “make the outdoors more accessible”, and with the Oru Kayak,they are doing just that.
The Oru Kayak is inspired by Origami. These kayaks fold from a box (or backpack) to boat in just minutes. When folded into the box, the Oru Kayak weighs around 15-25 pounds and is portable enough it could be an airplane carry-on. Right now Oru is selling 3 kayaks: the Beach LT, the Bay ST, and the Coast XT.
The Beach LT is the easiest collapsible boat in the world to put together. The Beach LT has a 28" width which makes it both stable and comfortable. Oru recently increased the cockpit size, to make access a breeze for paddlers of all shapes and sizes. This boat is perfect for casual, fun days on the water yet is still built with Oru’s usual high standards of strength and durability.
The Bay ST is the original Oru Kayak. The Bay ST is even in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This kayak has been updated for 2017, making it easier to assemble, more comfortable to use, and more graceful than ever. The Bay ST is stable enough for beginners, while the length and contouring make it sporty enough for expert kayakers. In this kayak, there is additional room to stash gear as well.
The Coast XT is the largest and most expensive option. The size and form are inspired by traditional Arctic kayaks, giving it outstanding quickness and handling. The Coast XT is capable of pro-level performances. Equipped with extra deck straps and lines which let you store gear, and assist with possible rescues. This kayak also has adjustable thigh braces which give you great control and comfort. These features are custom designed and up to Oru’s exceptional standards for function, aesthetics, and innovation.