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WHAT IS A FOLDING ORU KAYAK?
The origami-style folding Oru kayaks are made from a single sheet of hard, corrugated plastic (polypropylene, to be exact). They come folded up in a backpack and are pretty easily assembled into 12-16 ft long, seafaring vessels. Oru is a Kickstarter success story, launching in 2013 and reaching its goal almost immediately.
The 25-40 pound, made in California origami kayaks pack down to medium suitcase size that can be carried on your back (their exact packed down dimensions are 33 in x 12 in x 29 in).
Since the original launch, they’ve added and redesigned models to their lineup, which currently sits at six different options: the Bay ST, the Beach LT, the Coast XT, the Inlet, the Lake, and a tandem model, the Haven TT.
Traveling with an Oru is pretty straightforward. If you’re flying, these boats can be checked on a plane, and in most cases, will count as carry-on baggage (with no extra fee). But, to travel with your kayak, you’ll need to purchase the Oru Pack or the Inlet Pack, which is a heavy-duty nylon backpack that fits the kayak and other accessories.
Even if you’re not planning on flying, the Oru Pack makes any kind of traveling or hiking with the kayak more effortless and convenient. They truly are a portable kayak. Note that the pack is not compatible with the tandem model, the Oru Haven TT.
SHOULD YOU BUY AN ORU KAYAK?
For city dwellers without storage space or a way to transport a large kayak, they are well worth considering. If you frequently rent kayaks, over time, it might pay itself off (Editor’s note: we researched kayak rental prices and found rates that ranged from ~$50-100 per day. If you’re going to a lake that caters to tourists, prices can be as low as $25 per hour. If pricing is part of your decision, think about where you’re likely to kayak, how long you want to boat, and whether rental resources are available there. If you’re going abroad, depending on where you go, it may be difficult to find kayak rentals.)
If you’re a traveler and want to take a kayak with you to destinations where renting a kayak isn’t an option, they travel well and won’t cost you any additional money to check on a flight.
For adventurers that live out of an RV, an Oru will tuck nicely away, making it great for life on the road. However, before you purchase, it might be worth it to see if you can’t test one close to where you live.
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