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The Foldable, Briefcase-Sized Kayak

Kayaks are less unwieldy than most boats, but they still almost always require a corresponding car and copious storage space. That is, until the Oru Kayak was invented.

Launched on Kickstarter in 2012, the Oru Kayak provided a folding, portable alternative the size of a small portfolio, allowing one to take advantage of all the urban waterways that warrant exploring. A few years after its initial design success—it destroyed its Kickstarter goal by 5x and won design awards—there's a new Oru Bay+, packed with some key improvements.

The original Oru Kayak was being modified by its users, and taking those modifications as critiques, Oru sharpened its original design with better buckles, an adjustable foam seat, and a waterproof chamber for the essentials. It also has some deck rigging for holding extra gear, and a sweet new print pattern.

 

Still, what remains the coolest aspect is that this is a full-size kayak that folds up and can still be rolled with a spray skirt. That inflatable raft in your closet or below the deck of your sailboat (you lucky bastard) can't do that, now can it?

The new Oru Kayak is $1,495 (paddle and box not included), 28 pounds, and 12 feet long, and it collapses into a 32-inch by 13-inch by 28-inch box. But the most important number...

 

...is five—five minutes from trunk to water.


Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He has had a near death experience with a kayak. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.