A new origami folding canoe has been launched via Kickstarter this month in the form of the Oru Kayak Inlet, offering a lightweight easily collapsible canoe that can be carried inside your car. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about its construction and unique origami folding mechanism which allows it to be quickly packed up into a small form factor.
Earlybird pledges are available from $699 or roughly £579 and worldwide shipping is expected to commence during April 2020. The design team behind the Inlet folding canoe explain more about its inspiration, design and mechanics.
“We believe in a world with more spontaneous adventure- the freedom to get outside and hit the water anytime, anyplace. Now, we’re taking this to a whole new level with our most revolutionary kayak yet – the Inlet. We’ve done plenty of innovating over the years- we’ve introduced four models for different paddlers and types of water. Now we’re putting all that practice to work- to make the most accessible kayak in the world.”
We wanted to push all of Oru’s key attributes- portability, weight, foldability- to the absolute max. Instead of a suitcase sized box, what about a handbag size? Could we get it under 20 pounds? How many steps could we cut out of the assembly process? Throw a few in the trunk of your car, check one on a plane with nary a glance from the airlines, tuck it under your couch – the world is your tetris! No matter where you live, how much space you do or don’t have, the Inlet fits. To make our point, we’ve done some stash-testing for you. Note: no roof rack pictured. “