Oru Kayak Bay Kayak, White
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- Box to Boat in 5 Minutes
- High performance
- Rated to 20,000 folds!
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|Item Dimensions||29 x 13 x 33 inches|
|Item Display Weight||32.55 pounds|
|Seat Material Type||foam|
|Shipping Weight||32.5 pounds|
The Bay+ Kayak unfolds from a suitcase-sized box to a high-performance kayak in five minutes or less. Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, the Bay+ is small enough to be stored in your closest, thrown in your trunk, or checked on a plane, making the outdoors much more accessible for you. When setup, the Bay+ is a beautiful, robust, and swift 12-foot-long kayak, that tracks straight, maneuvers smoothly, is up for any kind of adventure you through its way.
From the Manufacturer
A thick, soft, and adjustable seat will keep your back and legs happy for the long haul.
Stailess steel ratchel buckels make the assembly smooth and fast, while the hull design and secondary stability help the Bay+ be one of the fastest 12' boats around.
The custom-extruded, doubly-ply coroplastskin is lightweight yet durable, and rated to 10,000 folds.
Take your kayak places you never thought possible. Then go farther.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Beautiful. Portable. Lighweight.
Where did you get the inspiration for your product?
Anton was inspired by an article in The Newyorker. The article was piece about the aplications of origami. This caused him to wonder if HE coule make a kayak that folded up like paper.
What differentiates your product from similar products out there?
The origami technology allows for simple and quick assemlby without loosing performance. The Materials create a rigid hull that provides great tracking and manuerverability. Futhermore, at 26 lbs, the Bay is about half the weight of most other 12 foot kayaks.
Tell us about the best and most challenging parts of the creation process.
We continuously strive to improve the product, wr try to never comprimise on any aspect from aesthetics to the user experience. It is a self imposed challenge and it drives us to be better, but it is a constant and never ending battle.
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The Oru was everything I had hoped and feared. lol I could put both in the back of my '98 Metro with the rear seat folded down and lots of other already existing junk. Yay!! The first assembly did not go well, but subsequent assemblies were much better - still nothing close to the ease of Oru's Robert's demonstrations, but mine are still relatively new and stiff. I have had to re-thread a couple of the buckle connections because they had been put on upside down, tighten a few bolts, and re-attach a couple of straps when they popped off from pulling too much upward instead of sideways when trying to tighten.
My hopes that were met:
3. Ease of use
4. Ease of storage
My Fears that were met:
1. Difficult for me to get in and out of - would be true of any kayak. Stiff knees and a women's size 18 at 5'6" puts me at a distinct disadvantage, but I have only dumped myself while trying to get out once in my 10 or so outings. I have to turn myself onto my knees to get out - very awkward, and I keep expecting to see some YouTube video of me doing this going viral.
2. My partner won't use his - I got him out in it once (finally), and we successfully paddled around for maybe 30 minutes. When it was time to disembark he found that his legs had gone to sleep, and in spite of my trying to help, he got dumped trying to get out and scraped his leg. Complete silence on the 20 minute drive home. So he definitely will not be using this on his own, and probably not with me, either. Sigh.
Despite the fact that we will not be using these for their intended purpose (fossil hunting trips), I am so glad that I bought two. I have gone out with my Mother, who is in her early 70's, and we had a blast, as well as her husband's grandson, who at 12 handled it like a pro, even though he had never been in a kayak before.
I find the cockpit opening ample for my size (which was a concern of mine), and I take my little dog out with me as well. I love, love, love knowing I can go out on the water whenever I want, and I look forward to some "real" trips, instead of some short paddles around the lake and bay. I will definitely be adding some sort of padded sit-upon, however, for those longer trips, as I think otherwise I would be pretty uncomfortable after an hour or so.
Again, not being a kayaker or even a boater, I cannot compare the Oru experience with a traditional kayak. It does feel scary-tippy at first, but I am much more comfortable with it now. I did buy a lot of extra equipment I felt was necessary for safety (based on kayak site recommendations and water regulations), as well as an intro kayak class, so that added to my initial costs - life vests, float bags, paddles, whistles, bailing pumps, paddle floats for self rescue... All of these things fit inside the folded Oru. Barely. lol I have not attempted any safety maneuvers like rolling or wet exit/entry - I would be shocked if I were some how able to get back into the kayak by myself if I got dumped in deep water, but as a strong swimmer wearing a life vest this is not a huge worry for me, although I will, of course, attempt to learn and master this under controlled conditions.
I can't wait to get some real kayaking under my belt, and I'm really looking forward to doing it in my Oru!
Its biggest positive is that you can get rid of your car's roof rack and store it in your house or apt. At 12 foot length it also seems very fast in the water compared to an inflatable which also stores in the house. I kept up with people in 14 foot regular kayaks, in a smooth channel of the Columbia river.
This kayak has lots of pros and they definitely outweigh the cons. But there are a few minor negatives worth mentioning. Despite the company's claim that you can eventually assemble in 5 minutes, it will always take 20 minutes if you include safety checks and last minute adjustments. Unless, you've had ten cups of coffee, i can't imagine someone assembling as fast as 5 minutes -- even after it's broken in and the folds loosen up.
The assembly can be a real strain on your lower back. If you have lumbar disc issues or misalignment tendencies, this may be excessive wear and tear on your back. You have to bend over the entire time for assembly. So it's difficult to practice good posture and body mechanics. Stay on your knees.
The Oru has no storage hatches. However, the area behind the seat is adequate for the same storage you could expect from a sizable backpack (enough for sleeping bag, small tent, etc). Your gear must be stored in a water-tight dry bag ($30) since the storage area is not a sealed compartment. No big deal. It's worth noting that storing everything in the rear might make the vessel heavy in the rear? The more the front tip of the kayak is above water, the slower the boat moves.
The price is a little pricey. It sells for $1200 (probably priced to fund the infant company as it grows and improves.) Likely the cost will drop in coming years since this boat is like the original I-phone. It has no competition other than the folbot which is different and I've heard, less desirable.
I definitely recommend this kayak even at its price. FYI, you can get a 10% dividend when u purchase at REI.
What I like the most about this kayak, other than the portability, is the light weight which allows me to carry it on foot conveniently without needing a wheel system. As a Houston, TX resident it is nice for me to take this kayak to the Austin and back in one day without hassle, for example. Paddlers around me have also asked about the unique design. Surprisingly it's also not as hot in the cockpit as I anticipated during summer heat.
My first setup took about 60 minutes, but now after lots of practice it takes me around 15 minutes, and then at least 5 minutes to pack up.
However, issues I've been having include the two screws rubbing against and damaging the back of the foam backrest which I am able to solve using cardboard inserts. Another issue I've had involves a tiny amount of water leaking into the corrugation tunnels inside the plastic (not the cockpit itself) after extended friction with the fold intersection areas. Gorilla Glue seems to fix those leaks for now.
Most recent customer reviews
Easy to assemble, not too heavy and fun to use.
We have only used it on lakes and it tracks well
Only downside is that it...Read more