Fast forward to 2019 and the landscape has transformed. I love how portable it is, it tracks great and is pretty fast due to the light weight. I highly recommend getting the ORU pack. I'm now going to sell it. The third has a license stamp that punctures through the boat on the stern. A note on sizing: The cockpit isn’t super spacious; taller people may find their knees bowing out against the edge of the cockpit rim. In 2013, a San Francisco startup brought a new concept to the boating world. It can handle it! I love them both! It's light, portable, sleek, suitably robust, handles well and makes paddling far, far too convenient. A follow-up … Handles really well too. Oru Kayak designs high-performance, folding kayaks for all types of paddlers. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. Today, Oru Kayak Inc. sells five models, each equipped with the rigging, seats, bulkheads, and cockpits you’d expect on a traditional boat. What this kayak is not is a kayak designed to feel rigid and rugged - it is lightweight, portable and fast. Collapsing it into a box is even quicker - 5 minutes max and that's mostly if you take time to sponge the water off and let it air dry a bit. She was astounded mine weighted 25 lbs. I can carry it or put it on a dolly, or backpack with it. Oru Kayak FAQs. It does scratch easily but when you rub your hand over there isnt a scratch or anything so I believe the integrity is fine. By the end of summer, I'll be at $60. With longish legs, it's hard to prop up my legs to gain leverage for paddling and control. For me, it instantly rekindled a love of paddling and is worth every penny. Once set you have a seaworthy craft ready to paddle any wave. The kayak is surprisingly fast, tracks very well, and is simplicity itself to set up. No expensive car top. A lovely paddle is available to anyone. The folding Oru makes it easy to store and transport. It is perfect for the lakes around Spokane, WA. At about 25 pounds, the load is manageable but wide and a bit awkward. Oru’s main vision has been to blend the two worlds of Kayaking and Oragami together. Could you imaging when we opened the boat and saw lots of black spot, marks, unfit zipper and a broken handler.... can’t believe it’s a new boat....it should be a happy gift but it’s not. Its pack-up kayaks employed a light and translucent material that gave travelers and urban-dwellers a new option to store and transport a full-size watercraft with ease. It's not made for it. Living in a condo and driving a Fiat 500 means my options are limited. At that point, the step to “stretch the neoprene fairings over the bow and stern” stymied my progress. My own learning curve caused me to break a couple of pieces and they replaced them quickly without issue. On the water the boat feels sturdy and responsive. I was super-impressed by the handing - great acceleration and stopping - perhaps because it is so light there is great energy transfer. I waited so long for possible pre-owned one, but in vain. The Oru Kayak seemed promising at $800, but I wanted to try it out first- I was concerned mainly about its durability and handling, but I was also skeptical that it could be assembled in 5 minutes. But it is stiff and it probably takes me about 20 minutes to put together. It performs very well for a folding kayak. There is a simple adjustable bar for your feet. Oru Beach Kayak Review. I've only ever rented kayaks before I decided to purchase my own Oru kayak and paddle. Stable enough for beginners, while fast and sporty for expert kayakers. I was crazy about this good kayak, but, my wife was very against it. It’s rated for paddlers up to 6’3’’ and has a max weight bearing of 300 pounds. Excellent performance into the wind, with sideways swells as well as tailwind. They are very responsive, fast and easy to manoeuvre. Almost as important, the boat feels nice to paddle. I have also spent the summer paddling the Oru Kayak Beach LT. I’ve had several outings in it on calm flat estuaries as well as in 2-3 foot swell on the open seas. Read and submit reviews for the Oru Paddle. I've hiked with the boat about 1.5 miles in the Snoqualmie Pass area to a remote lake where I was the only boat on the water. And don't be afraid to use force to fold it back up. Have a support brace to convert into a catamaran design with inflatable tubes for extra stability. Entry into the cockpit is difficult. The front bulkhead partition and footrest are attached to the body and the only separate pieces are the floorboard, which is also the cover for the folded kayak, the back bulkhead partition, the backrest and foam pad seat. Guaranteed to be a wet ride in waves of any sort. Just bought the basic Oru bay model. But for me, with long legs and wide girth, it's too small. That includes people who live in apartments or journey in an RV. It fits easily into an Oru Pack (sold separately), which has padded shoulder straps, a hip belt, handles, a large zipper, and compression straps for additional gear. I am about 195 lbs. All with good tracking and manoeuverability. To date I have not tipped over yet. It handled well and was very comfortable on the water. Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2014 The Oru kayak is pretty innovative. Would be comfortable taking it out in stronger winds and a swell, with the bow and stern floatation devices and a skirt. 2) IT FOLDS UP AND STORES EASILY! It's not particularly easy to travel with the kayak on Metro, but the rail was great! Just in case you don’t know what’s so special about this kayak, let me break it down for you in the various synonyms that I can. From an effort point of view, folding kayaks win without question for me. The boat is bulky and difficult to carry when folded up. Over time it is supposed to become more flexible and I have only used mine about 5 times. • The initial outing in the boat took some time getting used to. The Oru is rigid and responsive in the water, and doesn't get tossed around easily. Transforming it from box to boat takes just a few minutes. I love kayaking and have an inflatable expedition which I love, however, the weight and bulkiness were a bit of a drag. Thinking this wasn't a biggie I purchased and got in the water the same day. It's a real boat, folks. I then took it into increasingly choppier water paddling out towards open sea. I've had an Oru now since mid July, and thankfully, the weather has held up in Oslo this fall so I've had plenty of chances to get it on the water. Since it's super light you go right over any wave but you do get tossed around quite a bit. It may be very cool, very fashion, and also, good function, and nice product with good design. Like most reviewers below, it takes some getting used to before actually feeling comfortable when building and taking apart the Oru. - - - Extras Easily repaired with gorilla glue. Also, all 4 of sticks all lose and ready to full off. I would definitely exchange this for another if I could be assured this is not a standard 'defect' in the manufacturing process. It folds up to the size of a large suitcase. Enter before February 8th for your chance to win. The following are my favorite folding kayak brands that have been picked based on the trustworthiness of the brand, what customers think of the kayak, and how well the kayak is made. In the folding kayak space TRAK Kayaks is now the established brand and natural heir to the stalwarts such as Feathercraft and Folbot, which have, well, folded.. Luckily, Oru Kayak is based in the East Bay (Calif.), and though a friend of a friend, I was able to arrange a test run on Saturday. Furthermore, I don't know where we'd store 2 normal kayaks. The Oru Kayak team is knowledgeable, helpful and available for questions, information and orders. The paddle, float bags and backpack. I love the fact that it is so portable and easy to carry down my old narrow Townhouse passage and down the stairs into the basement. It’s stable and tracks straight but is nimble enough to lean and brace. I replaced the seat pad with a gel pad. The first time I put it together, I used the video provided by the people at Oru and it took me about 25 minutes. It takes a maybe 30 minutes the first time you fold it into a boat, but after that can assemble it in less than 10 (mine has a particularly tough spot on the front fold that will get more flexible with more folds and reduce this time a bit). And that's just my first summer with this kayak. But probably the main reason for using the ORU Kayaks is that they are real fun to paddle. The end product is indeed a melding of those two, and on the water I was impressed with its performance. Since I ALWAYS have a roll of duct tape handy, I'm not concerned about repairing leaks on expeditions. And it's a sweet little boat. I purchased the Oru [2014] because of the obvious [portability, storage, ease-of-use], and because at 63, I wanted to lessen physical strain while paddling and camping. In short, the sheer convenience of this boat means I use it a lot. The price may seem high for a plastic boat. At 16 feet, the Coast XT is the … We almost could never get the boat!!! This kayak is an amazing accomplishment from a talented team, and it can open the door to outdoor adventures for thousands of apartment dwellers and others who lack storage space. California-based kayak maker Oru Kayak has made a name for itself through innovation and design. You could tuck the Oru in the back cargo area of an SUV easily and nobody would even know it was there. Since this was the second time I attempted to put it together, and there were about 400 people at this beach, you might understand why it took about 1/2 hour to ready. I did buy some pipe insulation, cut them to the width of the kayak and then duct tape them together and put that under my knees. I sold everything, including my beloved Necky Vector and 4 other kayaks to live/travel full time in a motorhome. I really want to send it back to Oru and ask for full refund, but it’s not the same country and the shipping fee is not affordable...or I will. 1) The boat is extremely well made. After the kayak arrived, I misplaced the user's manual and Jess shipped another copy within days of my email. At first I had not installed the seat correctly and was uncomfortable. Folding Size – 29 x 33 x 12 inches. All in all, I really like this boat. I can't emphasize this enough. Once I got used to paddling it, I was racing along and enjoying myself. One of just a few kayaks we tested with a tracking fin, the Tucktec'sfin is impressively long, can be raised out of the water from your seat, and does a good job keeping you moving in the right direction. I have had the same for canoe for 10 years and never flipped it once but the first time I tried getting in the Oru I flipped it! Still, I get a moment to bask in the brilliance of the design. In the end, they always take good care of me-- They actually shipped me a replacement boat when they couldn't resolve one of the leaks. I teach and am known as a tough grader! I drive a Honda Fit so I just put it in the back and off I go. Structurally, it can take a beating. I don't want to sound like I'm just complaining, I promise I do LOVE my Oru! Paddling.com has consumer reviews from people who bought and used the Bay ST and the Bay+ models (the Bay+ model is no longer available). 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