If you’re the kind of person who loves spontaneous outdoor adventures, then Oru has built boats meant for you. In 2016, the company released its revolutionary Onak canoe that utilizes origami folding for a design that has the durability of a hardshell boat but is as portable as a suitcase. You simply unfold it to assemble and get on the water. Oru has since improved on its design by developing a new folding pattern and applying it to their latest creation, the Inlet origami kayak.
The Inlet boasts a couple of welcome innovations. For one, it’s 36% lighter than Oru’s lightest boat, Bay ST, and weighs just 20 pounds. The kayak is also more compact and folds down into the size of a guitar case (42 inches by 19 inches) making it easy to store in a closet, trunk, or transport on a plane. When unfolded, the Inlet measures 10 feet long and 31 inches wide—perfect for one passenger.
According to Oru, it takes just five minutes to set up the Inlet (with some practice), and then you’re ready to paddle on flat water. Eager to try it? Oru is currently taking pre-orders for the Inlet via Kickstarter. Reserve yours starting at $749 and an estimated delivery date of May 2020.