Oru Kayak Inlet

Kayaking is a pursuit that is immeasurably relaxing and rewarding but given the size and weight of most kayaks, it’s not the sort of activity that you can do without much pre-planning. Well, that’s no longer the case courtesy of the Oru Kayak Inlet which is funding over on Kickstarter as we speak (remarkably successfully we might add) and it is billed as the most portable origami kayak ever built – which goes a long way to explaining its popularity over the crowdfunding platform.


The Oru Kayak Inlet on Kickstarter is available for the amazing price of just $749 during the campaign which is down from the anticipated retail price of $899 so if you’re a keen kayaker and watersports aficionado, now is the time to move if you want to bag yourself a bargain. It is a kayak that is designed to make the water simple, easy and accessible to all and for a world with more spontaneous adventures.

Water Based Adventures

Capable of making kayaking accessible to all and a much more spontaneous experience, the Oru Kayak Inlet on Kickstarter boasts a new origami fold pattern which makes it much more straightforward to assemble than ever before and it pushes Oru’s key attributes- portability, weight, foldability- to the absolute max. Every crease of the new fold pattern was designed from scratch, through dozens of paper and cardboard models. Every fold had to be designed to nest and fit perfectly, to eliminate wasted space and make the smallest box possible. The end result is unbelievable in terms of its sheer portability and ease of assembly – it is quite unlike any other kayak on the market.

The Oru Inlet Kayak on Kickstarter (from $749) represents a whole new era of kayaking opportunities for both serious and casual watersports fans alike. It’s designed for flat water, with features to fit paddlers of all ages and experience levels and the Inlet has plenty of first class features to appreciate such as an integrated floorboard that requires no assembly, an adjustable footrest, a buckle deck closure for easy use and bow and stern bulkheads which ramp up the rigidity of the vessel no end.

Portability and storage potential are two of the biggest improvements with the Inlet over previous Oru Kayaks and with this latest offering it will fold down into a box considerably smaller than their existing kayaks. For those new to Oru, this full-sized, hardshell kayak will fold down and carry like a small suitcase.  In box form, the Inlet is 42″ long x 19″ tall x 10″ wide which makes it incredibly portable for any impromptu water based adventures that might take your fancy.

Unbelievably Lightweight, Ridiculously Robust

Given that the Oru Inlet Kayak is as light as a feather (not literally), it’s hard to believe just how hard wearing and durable it is at the same time. This kayak only weighs 20lbs which is easily light enough for paddlers of all ages and muscle sizes to carry, pass, heck – toss around as they please. The Inlet has just a few loose components to put in place and just three assembly steps. At most, you’ll need five minutes to put this kayak together. No sweat, no hex wrenches.

The Oru Inlet Kayak has well and truly taken Kickstarter by storm and is already closing in on half a million dollars in funding after just a few days which is testament to just how much watersports fans have been waiting for a design like this to come along. If you want to get your hands on this extraordinary lightweight and easy to assemble kayak for the bargain price of just $749 make sure you head on over to Kickstarter now and throw your support behind the campaign.

Leo Davie
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