Kayaking is one of the most fun and peaceful ways to explore a body of water, but schlepping those things around on dry land is a royal pain. Just getting it into the water is a whole thing, typically requiring a car with a roof rack, and some serious brute strength.
That's the beauty of the Justin Case Kayak, a new ultra-portable personal watercraft that folds up neatly into a lightweight shoulder bag the size of a yoga mat, and can be assembled in under 10 minutes. Essentially, you can now carry your very own boat just about anywhere.
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The kayak, which incredibly weighs less than six pounds, was dreamed up by an outdoorsy health policy analyst in Canada, who couldn't fit a traditional kayak in her studio apartment. After conferring with designers and engineers on how to create one that could pack up small like a foldable chair, she devised this version, which consists of a collapsible carbon fiber shell wrapped in a water- and tear-proof fabric skin.
In terms of functionality, it's essentially a normal kayak, and can carry up to 250 pounds. It's a cinch to put together, too -- the frame assembles a bit like an ultra-durable and sophisticated KNEX set, and the shell slips on quite easily. Really, the only real thing you need to worry about is how best to pack a paddle.
If you're interested, sign up here for the chance to be among the first to pre-order one, which will likely set you back about $600.
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