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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014

Gear Review: Oru Kayak

Permanent creases make this folding sea kayak a reliable standby.

by: Eugene Buchanan

Oru kayak (Courtesy)
Oru kayak (Courtesy)
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Folding sea kayak

James Bond would have loved this kayak-in-a-briefcase. The 11-foot-long, 25-pound Oru unfurls into a day-touring kayak in five minutes (with practice). The key to portability? Creases permanently molded into its origami plastic skin. Plastic bulkheads maintain the hull’s integrity for hardshell-like performance, while a rigid floorboard reinforces the cockpit. 

In our testing on Colorado’s Steamboat Lake, its angled (aka multi-chine) hull felt somewhat tippy at first, but then, with speed, stability kicked in for smooth sailing. $1,095; 26 lbs.;
orukayak.com



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