united by blue style limited edition origami-folding oru kayak

united by blue style limited edition origami-folding oru kayak

with a shared love of water, united by blue (UBB) and oru kayak collaborate to create the special edition ‘oru beach LT kayak’. perfect for city dwellers with small living spaces, the watercraft features an origami-inspired, packable construction. it is composed of a complex system of panels, which fold from an easy-to-carry box – with a 25-liter carrying capacity – into a fully functioning and excelling kayak, and vice versa.

the kayak is ideal for city living as it fits within a lightweight and easy-to-carry box
all images and video courtesy of oru kayak and united by blue



united by blue co-founder mike cangi states, ‘for years we’ve been cleaning up oceans and rivers and using oru kayaks to get our volunteers out on the water. we are very glad to finally see a united by blue logo on a boat and even more glad to have it be alongside oru kayak.

from its box form, it can fold into a functioning kayak within five minutes



oru kayaks are renowned for this origami-style structure but making the ‘oru beach LT kayak’ even more special, united by blue have styled it with a unique pattern. the flow of lines on its body captures the motion and current of the water as it cuts through it. this print remains seamless in both folded and unfolded forms, and is available in four different options, including one with ori’s signature orange and another in UBB’s deep navy color.

UBB’s design captures the current of water


the special edition ‘oru beach LT kayak’


the united by blue x oru kayaks box

  • A Nexcellent Solution!

    mackenzie collins says:
  • Very cool concept! Neat to see an urban ecological restoration like Lardner’s Point Park in Philadelphia as the backdrop.

    John Jensen says:
  • The shape doesn’t look all that bad either! Cool.


    JimCan says:
  • @JimCan you are everywhere! Let’s make something instead to write something!

    Rupert bill says:

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