The boat finally arrived one day before his flight. I've also launched in some rocky and steep places and it seems to be holding up outside of cosmetic scratches. You could tuck the Oru in the back cargo area of an SUV easily and nobody would even know it was there. Other times, I troll. The minor issues I had I addressed with Oru, and they were extremely responsive over them. She held straight and true head on into the surf. Each time I enter/exit the boat, it seems to get easier so this may not be a real issue (and I'm by no means a small person at 6'2" so many people might not even notice). It is comfortable and handles well. Note this is not a whitewater boat: The material is not made for rock bashing in rapids, and the design is built for tracking straight on open water. I've done it all. â¦ â¦ Disassembly takes around 5 mins. What this kayak is not is a kayak designed to feel rigid and rugged - it is lightweight, portable and fast. Also, all 4 of sticks all lose and ready to full off. Fit issues aside, I've found the control to be a bit skittish, meaning the kayak is harder to control than heavier models. I'm about 6" and 200 lbs. She was astounded mine weighted 25 lbs. The chines are cut nicely to allow sleek tracking, and the lightweight kayak gets an advantage on speed. Oruâs main vision has been to blend the two worlds of Kayaking and Oragami together. Other than the lean, the kayak is very stable and glides through the water reasonably well. This is extremely lightweight and is designed for kayaking on calm waters like in a river or in a lake. By now, price can be your only reservation. So I did a TON of research on my new kayak. In 2013, a San Francisco startup brought a new concept to the boating world. It has excellent stability and tracking, making it a great choice for beginners. I would highly recommend both the company and the boat. 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. These boats take time to learn, and you need to bank extra time for setup at launch. One of the worst companies I have ever dealt with in terms of responsiveness. Generally, I fish from it and cast from the seated position. It is very important. They take a lot of adjustment to figure out how to get right and the kicker is, you have to reset them every time you use the kayak. Just make sure the footrest is free of the folds first!) 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! It's a real boat, folks. Another reviewer on this site actually mentioned the same issue and it became apparent that it was the same one I was having. Performance: I'd seen it described as similar to what postal bins are made out of, but in fact its a much hardier form of corrugated plastic. This could be improved with better paddling technique. It is also very difficult to put together, I’m a small woman, but not a wimp in any sense. The second was great on the water, except I found a small inside puncture and a zipper channel handle broke. Short of stitch & glue kayaks, this thing looks unlike anything else on the water. - - - Costumer Service They offered to send in a new strap and buckle, but I succeeded in unbuckling it by pulling hard on the strap with pliers while stabilizing the boat with my feet and pressing the releases. Portability: I've had the Oru on a flatwater man-made lake in the centre of my city (Regina, SK). I had to adjust my sitting weight a small amount to compensate. and we could easily put the 2 kayaks we got INSIDE the car (and could have put 2 more). Picture Monmouth Beach NJ, on a slack tide with knee high swells. I think each kayak design makes tradeoffs, but the portability, and quick set up compared with other foldable kayaks, makes up for any shortcomings. There are other advantages - I can launch from anywhere. 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. Thanks to the "guys" at ORU that make a great product!! Indeed, I was forced to disassemble the entire kayak and start over at step No. Oru Kayak Ratings. This thing is light, any imperfection in your stroke, wind, or current will turn this thing. More than I would a rigid-build one that needs to be manhandled from a garage and strapped to a car. In short, the sheer convenience of this boat means I use it a lot. The setup is easy to carry around, pack away in a closet or car trunk, and most airlines will have no trouble transporting the kayak as luggage. I couldn't be happier. After the kayak arrived, I misplaced the user's manual and Jess shipped another copy within days of my email. would be impossible for me to lift. Carrying the kayak is comfortable for fifty meters (50 yards) or so. Here are some highlights: More paddling time is a real benefit. I sent a picture to the company and they said it apparently got cross threaded, presumably because it didn't go in straight. Buy this and people will always come up to you asking about it. The one major issue is "Durability". Almost as important, the boat feels nice to paddle. I think future improvements that will be nice would be to adhere a vinyl skin underneath the kayak. I drive a Honda Fit so I just put it in the back and off I go. This way, the rod is easily available to me. Curious if anyone else has noted this issue? It's an amazing design and is perfect for all the rivers and lakes around me. Then realized that the clip on the bow that is there to secure the fairing is the wrong one...I'm not going to bother trying to get that replaced. Misadventures Mag reviewed the Coast XT model of Oru Kayak, paddling it on a 100 mile journey along the Mississippi River for five days and nights. The Oru has been the perfect paddling companion for me ... light, accessible, fast and durable. However, you may want really rethink it before you purchase this not cheap kayak. The Oru is only 26 pounds, which makes for pretty responsive maneuvering in the water. This will prevent scratches, creases, and dents during transport. Returned after first use. Lastly, the company is great to work with. 3) IT FOLDS UP AND STORES EASILY! Living in a condo and driving a Fiat 500 means my options are limited. This gives additional security when paddling in rough water. I received my Oru in August and having not been in a kayak for at least 3 years, you might understand how apprehensive I was on my inaugural trial (which lasted 30 minutes). Kayaking in a ORU is FUN! I tend to go paddling when I'm on holiday.. but have never put in the effort to go out on the water in London, even though I walk along the canal every day. In return I get a gift certificate from REI as well. It has never let in any water. While I typically kayak on still water, I've taken it out on Lake Erie & in whitewater conditions with no problems ... in fact, it handles & tracks beautifully! The first time my ORU Kayak was put together, one of the 32" connectors broke. I have a two-piece paddle and that's really the only thing I need to store outside the box. You may unsubscribe at any time. Like most reviewers below, it takes some getting used to before actually feeling comfortable when building and taking apart the Oru. I've mostly paddled on flat water, but also on a couple of rough days in the Oslo fjord. For us, the flexibility of being able to throw 2 kayaks in the trunk or take them on the bus at a moments notice is an unbeatable proposition. 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. It handles very well on lakes and in the bay. If you had someone to carry some of your multiday gear, you could easily take this on a longer trip. The kayak lived up to its hype! Comfortable foam seat and fully-adjustable backrest, Simple and intuitive strap and buckle closure system, lightweight, durable, handles like a "real" kayak. Oru kayaks are easy to transport and store, letting you explore like never before. And Anton said that it can be folded 20,000 times without weakening. Oru Kayak Review: The verdict From a practical point of view, the low weight of portability of the Beach LT is a dream for people with small cars and limited storage facilities. Plenty of room to stash gear for day trips and short camping excursions. All things considered this is a good product and even though I've been a bit unlucky with my model I highly recommend it. 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.. Oru is shaking up the boating world with the release of the lightest, most packable, least expensive folding kayak. I've punched through the surf, feel confident in the kelp, fought some headwinds -- very comfortable boat and just what I need it to be. Sharing in-depth conversations between the world's adventurers, athletes, and outdoorspeople, The GearJunkie Podcast is your inside look into the outdoors industry. Wilderness Systems Tarpon 105. - - - The Price Everything - seat, footrest, even a PFD can be stowed in the box. The boat went together as expected for the first try and with several engineering types in command. A follow-up â¦ Get to the water, get the boat unfolded. That did help but despite trying having the footrest at different positions I just don't like it. The single seat setup allows for lots of gear and snacks for a solo fishing trip or plenty of room to bring our dog along. I love this boat. All-in-all it performed as expected for a 12 foot long, 25 inch wide, 25 pound plastic kayak despite its unusual construction. I do wish the price point to be around $500. Read my full review of the Oru Kayak Beach LT for more information. Once I got used to paddling it, I was racing along and enjoying myself. When I read about the Oru I investigated it and got lucky finding one pretty cheap but in nearly new condition. But I love the way it cuts through the water, very different than my canoe. People will stop to talk as you assemble the Oru. I can put the boat together in a little more than 5 minutes, and take it apart in just under 5. I'm a long-time kayaker, mostly whitewater but also ocean sea kayaking (Coastal California, Channel Islands, etc..) The Oru Kayak is perfect for my quiver: it's a very credible sea kayak for day trips, easy to load/unload, and easy to store (my garage is running out of space with boats and bikes and boards!) The affect of the port side lean was noticeable. It's not sitting on a couch comfortable, but it's definitely something you can handle for a couple of hours on the water. The seat is the most uncomfortable I've ever sat in... who designed this?? I bought this boat for my husband, for our first anniversary. Then, I use a spray skirt also. It lays flat and wide on the water so it handles easily but not very fast or great at maintaining speed. Returned after first use. Nothing beats the Bay St in terms of durability, performance, and comfort. My only complaint is the seat and that is because I got spoiled by my Necky seat which was specifically designed for those of us who suffer from sciatica. Also, I am concerned with some of the parts being plastic and how long they will last over time. Over time it is supposed to become more flexible and I have only used mine about 5 times. I was crazy about this good kayak, but, my wife was very against it. Elevens Cruise Plus Foldable. Their inspiration behind this was looking at the collapsible kayak industry and seeing a gap in â¦ Absolutely, yes. I've taken it in roughish conditions on a mid sized lake with odd counter-currents and 30km/hr (18mph) winds and on a leisurely paddle in a longish lake. Sorry to bother you. A bit disappointed and thinking it may be just the one I bought, I went to the REI store where they had an assembled model on display. As an apartment dweller, storing a kayak is a problem. Willis kept at it and eventually launched the Oru Kayak in what was at the time the most successful crowdfunding campaign for an outdoor product, ever. And storage is a cinch as well. 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 the ease of use, set up and transportation makes it a highly appealing option for solo paddlers. Oru Kayak Review. For me, it instantly rekindled a love of paddling and is worth every penny. A slightly bigger vehicle would be ideal. Since it's super light you go right over any wave but you do get tossed around quite a bit. Disassembly is a bit more intuitive, as you simply retrace your steps from assembly. Excellent performance into the wind, with sideways swells as well as tailwind. I noticed on first assembly that the kayak leaned a bit to the port side on firm surface. The box is about 32"x29"x12", though I'd give it at least 18" of width for proper storage. Many of the spectators while you fold/unfold the ORU Kayak are WOW'ing and a common comment is that it must be very expensive and they are surprised when they hear the price tag. Great video to follow to learn how to unfold it. Stable enough for beginners, the Oru kayak features a 12 ft. length and smooth contours that also make it sporty enough for experts ; Unfolding the kayak into a fixed, rigid form takes just a few minutes, giving you more time on the water; straps with buckles offer easy, intuitive closures ; 26 lb. Have a support brace to convert into a catamaran design with inflatable tubes for extra stability. Not wanting to clean out my garage, I waited more than 10 years to buy a kayak. After tinkering around with it for an hour or so at the store I took one home and immediately took it out on the water. The corrugated plastic holds well up to bumps and dragging through rocky landings. Oru now makes three models, the Beach LT, Bay ST and Coast XT, all using that same material in different sizes, for different uses. I played around a little bit and realized that it was because of a serious port-side lean. It looks like a bouldering pad for rock climbing but the boat can be hiked with or carried through an airport with ease. Transporting is a cinch - I throw it in my trunk. This is the only fault I can find and is probably just "a one off". And it's a sweet little boat. It does scratch easily but when you rub your hand over there isnt a scratch or anything so I believe the integrity is fine. And don't be afraid to use force to fold it back up. It is a bit cumbersome to carry it on your shoulder and I wouldn't recommend anything super strenuous until the backpack comes out (sometime soon, I think). Launched on Kickstarter, sold by retailers around the world, and in the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The Oru answered all issues. Since I ALWAYS have a roll of duct tape handy, I'm not concerned about repairing leaks on expeditions. Oru Kayak Beach LT. Kayak Type â Origami. Easy urban kayak storage. The only thing slowing me down was fielding all the comments from passersby.. Can't wait for my next outing - and the return of sunnier days to London! It drew a crowd. I don't feel like it is going to fail on me. Plenty of room in there for the PFD, sprayskirt and some dry bags. It did everything I wanted it to do. Handler is broken when my friend opened it in US. I have it in the water about every third day, often on my way home from work. This channel is Agenda Free and is fully supported by the viewers. 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. This kayak takes too long to assemble, does not track well at all, glide is minimal, and flexes way too much in rough water. 5 reviews of Oru Kayak "Lo and behold, after posting my previous review, the office got in touch with me and offered to make good with some spare parts they had lying around, and even threw in a spare spray skirt as an additional gift. The Oru Paddle is a paddle brought to you by Oru Kayak. The end product is indeed a melding of those two, and on the water I was impressed with its performance. I don't find either comfortable. Handles really well too. You show up with a box and ride into the waves in a boat. It's natural. The large, â¦ The boat weighs in at 26 lbs. I would have loved to buy a scull, but they are expensive and difficult to store. But, weighing only 25 lbs, you can easily carry it on a hike. It's light, portable, sleek, suitably robust, handles well and makes paddling far, far too convenient. I had three issues - weight of the boat, transporting, and storage. No expensive car top. I fashioned a rod holder (I designed it myself) that is secured under the X-shaped elastic bow strap. I highly recommend the Oru Kayak. • Try not to get frustrated by the initial process. I was immediately awestruck-- the kayak is sleek, beautiful, and seems sturdy as hell for what it is. Assembly of the boat was frustrating at first. I've used it several times in an effort to get used to it. Mine unfortunately has some kind of fault in the build where the seatback column doesn't fully click into place when closing the kayak. I have to say that I am extremely pleased. I've been through 3 Oru Bay ST's. Mostly because of storage, I'd call the Oru mostly a daytripping kind of kayak. I've called the company so many times and complained but they're in CA and I'm in NY so they really can't come fix the straps. I am a little 5'6" 130 lb dude with size 10 shoes. 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