Awesome Oru Origami Kayak Folds Into its Own Compact Carrying Case

by , 09/22/12

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Campers and backpackers carry their tents, sleeping bags, and climbing gear with them – so why not their boats? Oru, The Origami Kayak is a full one-person boat made from heavy-duty corrugated polyethylene (the same stuff that US Postal Service bins are made from) that folds into its own carrying case. At 12 feet long and weighing only 25 lbs, the boat can be fully assembled within five minutes. 

Solid plastic ribs, cockpit rims, and and floorboards give the lightweight body structural integrity, and a single seam that sits on top of the kayak above the waterline is sealed with watertight gaskets.  Able to hold up to 250 lbs, the Oru also features an adjustable footrest, and it can hold a standard foldable paddle when collapsed. The body is extremely durable, water-resistant, and guaranteed for 20,000 folds throughout its lifetime. The skin is detachable from the rest of the frame, and it can be replaced by the manufacturer as part of the warranty agreement. The Oru is completely recyclable, and it can be produced using only a fraction of the amount of petroleum needed to make a standard molded kayak.

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  1. João Aguda August 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I see this on shark tank 😀

  2. neilfaraway September 25, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Hi Ardy,
    This looks great. I’m interested to know more about the material you have used for the skin? I’m designing collapsible tanks at the moment – this stuff could be useful! Can you tell me the name / supplier of the material?


  3. Ardy September 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Maisa, Oru is launching very soon!

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  4. Maisa September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    where can I buy one??

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