ORU kayak folds into a compact suitcase in under 5 minutes ORU kayak folds into a compact suitcase in under 5 minutes
jul 14, 2014

ORU kayak folds into a compact suitcase in under 5 minutes

ORU urban kayak folds into a compact case like origami
all images courtesy ORU kayak

 

 

 

originally conceived as a kayak for urban apartment dwellers, the ORU kayak has been conceived to be stored and transported anywhere. paddlers can keep the portable boat in the trunk of their car for last minute expeditions or hike along with it through the backcountry to remote waters. it can even be or checked on airplanes as luggage, carried on the back of a bicycle, or transported by train or bus.

ORU urban kayak folds into a compact case like origami

two layers of abrasion-resistant material offer extra protection and make the portable watercraft naturally buoyant

 

 

manufactured in california, the ORU kayak features a double-layered polypropylene skin, which is manufacturer-rated for 20,000 fold cycles. the design and engineering is simple: it is made from a single, seamless sheet of double-layered, recyclable plastic. an origami-like pattern of folds transforms the flat sheet into minimalist watercraft, which when packed up, becomes the size of a large artist’s portfolio.

 

 

video courtesy ORU kayak

ORU urban kayak folds into a compact case like origami

 with only five minutes of assembly, ORU kayak become a durable boat – ideal for exploring bays, lakes, or rivers

ORU urban kayak folds into a compact case like origami

the only seam is on top of the boat – above the waterline – and it closes tight with a waterproof seal

ORU urban kayak folds into a compact case like origami

simple straps and buckles hold everything together, with a rigid floorboard reinforcing the cockpit

 

 

video courtesy ORU kayak

ORU urban kayak folds into a compact case like origami

 the ORU urban kayak folds into a compact case like origami

 

[h/t] hypebeast

  • genius!!

    marta says:
  • When??? Where??? How much???
    I know the material – to be honest, I’d appreciate inflatable floating bags in the tips, wouldn’t be much weight and effort to add that.
    How about a skirt?

    Dirk16 says:

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