Most kayakers cite storage and transportation as the biggest challenges of owning a kayak. The traditional kayak measures around 12-feet. Considering that most of these kayaks cannot be folded or collapsed, their massive size makes them unideal for kayakers that live in small spaces. Similarly, it’s almost impossible to transport a 12-foot, unfoldable kayak in your regular travel van.
This explains why most kayakers would rather rent than buy their own kayaks.
But renting a kayak can set you back thousands of dollars over time. It also means abiding by the rental companies’ often overbearing terms and conditions.
Some of these challenges are the reason kayak manufacturers are now keen on designing kayaks that are not only small but also packable for ease of storage and transportation. One such kayak is the Oru Folding Kayak.
More About Oru
Oru Folding Kayak is a kayak designed to fold down to around a 25 lb backpack. That makes it easy to store in relatively small spaces like under the bed, or to transport in your car trunk.
Oru combines the durability and stability of traditional hard-body kayaks with the small storage footprint of inflatable kayaks. The boat is available in different options, including the Inlet, the Bay ST, the Coast XT, the Beach LT, and the Haven.
Foldability and Durability
Foldability is Oru’s strongest selling point. The kayak measures 33 inches by 12 inches by 29 inches and weighs between 25 and 40 pounds. Therefore, Oru is large enough to fit people of various heights while in use and small enough to tuck into tiny spaces for ease of storage and transportation.
The kayak’s lightweight design and sturdy body make it possible to store in small spaces like under your bed or the back of your closet. You can also carry it with you on a plane, in a car, or on a train.
In terms of durability, Oru Folding Kayak is made from a single sheet of the highly-durable polypropylene plastic.
Assembly and Disassembly
Oru Folding Kayak features an origami-inspired design that allows it to go from a compact, rectangular shape to a full-sized, single-person kayak in around three minutes. The product comes folded up in a neat backpack.
When ready to use, you can easily assemble the kayak into a 12 – 16-foot sea vessel. There’s a manual that makes assembling and disassembling it even easier. Not to mention tons of instructional videos on the correct procedure to follow while assembling or disassembling the kayak.
For first-time users, it will take about half an hour to put the unit together or take it apart. Then that duration reduces as you continue using the kayak.
After folding your kayak, pack it inside the Oru Pack. The pack is sold separately. It features a hip belt, shoulder straps, compression straps, a large zipper, and handles for ease of carrying.
A word of advice – always allow your Oru Kayak to dry properly before assembling it. Beware of folds and creases where water may collect. It’s also advisable to disassemble the kayak on dry pavement to avoid packing up debris or grit.
Oru Folding Kayak is an excellent purchase for kayakers who prefer owning to renting their kayaks. The boat is designed to support a full-sized person while in use and folds into a small, portable package for ease of storage and transportation. It’s also incredibly easy to assemble and disassemble. Plus, there are several variations available depending on your tastes and budget needs.