Kayak That Folds Into A Suitcase

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Anthony heads to Maker Faire and checks out one of the coolest things on the water. It’s called the Oru Kayak and it’s totally awesome!
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28 comments

esersch June 5, 2013 - 12:32 PM

whats the weight limit

vince junior June 9, 2013 - 10:32 AM

good for you

robert karas June 10, 2013 - 10:16 PM

its anoying and no one cares, i would also be happy if i was in the "100 club" but no offence, no one gives a fuck, you sound like a kid who yells out "FIRST!!!!!!!!!!"

Imashir0 June 11, 2013 - 4:37 AM

I agree with you, there's no reason why anyone should care about how soon I clicked on a video. I didn't comment to brag, I commented because I felt the need to mark the occasion, which is still dumb, but I, like you, don't give a fuck. No one is being made to read youtube comments. If they do then that's their problem.

Duck Goes Quack June 26, 2013 - 6:58 AM

if it's an inexpensive metal, why is it $800?

Taylor Buckley June 26, 2013 - 1:51 PM

its plastc.

neonvalkyrie August 13, 2013 - 9:59 PM

I'm thinking about buying one even if it has to be shipped to another continent! I love the foldable idea and for me the price is equal to what I have to pay for renting one for a week.

SuperEpiphyte August 14, 2013 - 11:04 AM

there are really good kayaks that you can purchase for 200$

MedStud 101 August 21, 2013 - 4:24 AM

The cost to make one is "fairly inexpensive" yet they're selling it for a "comfortable" price of $800… That's not "in the middle." I could buy 2 or 3 kayaks made out of a more expensive material with that amount of money… Their target market is obviously not the middle class.
Try to lower the price and you'll increase your sales.

Fonda The American Bully October 11, 2013 - 9:52 PM

800$ ???? Can you say PROFIT ????

Fonda The American Bully October 11, 2013 - 9:53 PM

these guys are ripping people off Totally

Fonda The American Bully October 11, 2013 - 9:55 PM

lets see the test vid guys,,,,One rock and no kayak..This might be ok in the neighborhood pond

Duck Goes Quack October 12, 2013 - 4:32 AM

yep

MortimerEsq October 29, 2013 - 9:30 AM

I agree with you. They say on their website it is not meant for any kind of rough water. It is obviously not something serious kayak enthusiasts would consider. And at the other end of the spectrum there's the "Kayaking seems fun" crowd who will but this, MAYBE try it once, then let it sit in the garage.

Eventually those will end up on Craig's List for $200.

MortimerEsq October 29, 2013 - 9:33 AM

They also say on the site it can withstand "20,000 fold cycles without structural damage." I doubt that. The warranty is probably one year and they are counting on the average user folding and unfolding it 10 times, if that, so making the 20K cycle claim is a safe bet, the same as those Ginsu knives coming with a lifetime warranty. Who is going to make a claim on a $20 knife even two months into use. LOL.

MortimerEsq October 29, 2013 - 9:36 AM

Wow… price on their website is now $1100. I guess business must be good. I was considering one of these for $500, but at $850 I said no. Now $1100, that's a lot to pay simply for the folding feature.

Corrugated plastic, there's must be huge profit in these.

Paul Hedrick November 22, 2013 - 3:05 AM

Pretty clever and convenient. A piece of art. But they market this boat as a do everything kayak. However, unlike rigid kayaks, it has no water tight hatches to assist in self-rescues.  Adding inflatable float bags in the bow and stern would probably be a good idea, but then it starts to lose convenience. The seating systems needs to be fairly minimal, but is maybe a little too minimal compared to other manufactured options. I think this boat is probably well-suited to be a lightweight, handy rec. kayak.

Kiyomi Swan November 27, 2013 - 9:43 AM

great innovation guys,not so great on ur marketting,more buyers have lower budgets then buyers with $1100,ofcorse word of mouth requires alot mouths to tell & its also the best way to build product faithfulness into the future. if only you guys could have been profit gentle,it wont hurt you to make alil less inthe begining, justo gain it all inthe end. pretty much shot urself inthe leg.goodluck .

TheAnimalCrossing Millipede December 22, 2013 - 8:59 AM

OMG

mobiussquadron December 24, 2013 - 2:45 PM

"how does that compare to the price point of other kayaks?"

"oh it's about in the middle"

Yeah if you count the several thousand $ carbon fiber ones. I paid 550 for mine, and  have put it through hell, and haven't had a problem.  The pros of this over mine : it's lighter, and it folds down really small.

Mine  is faster to setup once I carry it to the water (put the seat in, screw the light/flag on, connect the paddle strap. takes about a minute). The color on mine is an olive drab color, so it's easier on the eyes, and you can put stuff on it such as an anchor trolley. I can see why this one appeals to people, but with me having a truck, it just isn't worth it.

amandaggogo January 31, 2014 - 1:39 AM

As someone who hates loading and unloading my kayak to the top of my tiny car, and nearly broke my sunroof once because I forgot my kayak was strapped to the top of it, this would be awesome. Also, only 26 pounds? That seems pretty lightweight and therefore easier for someone with weak little arms like mine. I want three.

vincent vice February 23, 2014 - 2:26 PM

If I was elderly and lived somewhere with slot of small lakes and I wanted the exercise the yes.
But I am not elderly I way 260 lbs and am 6 ft 4 in and I love the ocean so no.

rjh00 February 28, 2014 - 4:39 PM

PFFT! Inexpensive my butt .

It's a bit on the expensive side, especially if you consider what it's made of, it should be way cheaper then that. Guess gotta pay for the few of these that they will buy, because be honest, if your gonna spend money on a kayak your gonna spend money on a decent normal one, while it's very cool, I don't see many people thinking it's worth it.

Ray Drouillard March 26, 2014 - 3:23 AM

How much weight can it carry?  I hope we don't have a case where 300 pound kayak enthusiasts need not apply.

MotoX Riding0908 December 5, 2016 - 6:46 AM

our school bought 6 of these and in the first day we broke 3 of them we broke straps and we cracked the hull of one of them these things are trash

Harvie February 1, 2017 - 1:06 AM

Connections does not look manifold to me…

Daemon C April 15, 2017 - 10:01 PM

So many peasants complaining about price point.
If you can't afford it buy something that fits your budget.

Have you seen the price on folding bikes compared to regular ones?
The light weight is great for people going to inaccessible areas as well.
Definitely would like to test one out.

Jeff A.P.G. March 11, 2019 - 11:40 PM

That is pretty expensive for something made out of "Fairly inexpensive" material! Roluf Maker made one for less than $100!