The ultimate ORU KAYAK REVIEW: Adventures with a foldable kayak
Are you ready to take your first kayak ride? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to walk you through choosing a kayak that’s perfect for your needs and give you some tips on how to get started paddling. Whether this is your first time in a kayak or not, there are some things you should know before making a purchase; like what size of boat will work best with your height and weight.
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One of the many reasons that owning a kayak is out-of-touch with reality for most people are the difficulties in storing and transporting them. For example, if you don’t have anyone to help take it up onto your roof (assuming there even is one), then getting access could prove difficult!
ORU Kayak, a San Francisco company that saw these obstacles and decided to create an innovative solution for people like you and me who enjoy the water without all the hassle.
I first saw ORU Kayak at Outdoor Retailer, a big outdoor trade show I went to last summer. The company was one of the few start-ups on display and they were drawing crowds because their kayaks are super easy to assemble! You just fold it up into a box that weighs less than 30 pounds so you can store them anywhere even in your cramped closet or throw it in the back seat when you want some time out on nature’s watery playground.
In 2016 I went on a 3-month solo road tripping in New Zealand and with all of the lakes there it seemed like the perfect opportunity to play around with an ORU Kayak. It was absolutely easy, convenient, and made for some great pictures!
I have an Oru Kayak Bay+ 12 foot boat which I, myself, find to be efficient, smooth and sturdy in calm conditions. It’s a little squirrelly in the wind but easy enough to paddle if you put up with it.
The boat is light but it seems sturdy and strong.
The kayak also features a skirt (purchased separately) that can keep you and the inside of the boat dry in swells or cold conditions.
The adjustable backrest of the Bay+ Model allows for comfort while paddling, and I did not find that my lower back gave me any issues. The leg room was also standard for a kayak and getting in and out required some finessing but once you were in there weren’t too many complaints about being cramped.
Storage In The Kayak
The Kayak has a roomy cargo space that can be used to store items and gear, as well as an inside storage system for your day-use necessities. The Bay+ also comes with a high density foam block in the front of the compartment which is perfect for storing smaller items or valuables
The boat also has some rubber straps that you can use to attached small items, like a rain coat, water bottle, or anything else you want quick access to.
Storage & Transportation
The kayak is lightweight and easy to transport. It can be loaded onto a roof rack or in the back of your car.
The ORU folds down into an easy to transport box with a padded strap for carrying. Though it’s easiest to use when you don’t have far to go, the boat is perfect if your commute from car or home offers minimal chances of damage.
ORU’s backpacks are an excellent option for those who want to access some more off-the-beaten path paddling spots while still being able to store their boat. The ORU backpack is the right size for your boat and has a pocket that easily holds any essentials you may need, including shoes or water bottles.
The ORU folding kayak is the perfect boat for anyone who enjoys spending time on or near water. It may not be the best option if you want to spend a lot of money, but it’s an affordable and easy way to enjoy your surroundings without breaking your budget.
If you’re looking to purchase a foldable kayak, the ORU Kayaks website offers an assortment of quality options. Customers can also find them at REI and Amazon. Purchasing from REI will count towards your annual dividend
They also come with a variety of accessories that can be bought together in a package, or separately. I would recommend the backpack if you plan to walk with it on any sort of trail. A life jacket is also important if you are going far off shore or paddling in rough weather.