It seems like in one swift move, origami kayaks (also known as folding kayaks or origami folding kayaks) took over the kayaking world like a trend… only this trend has never left.
The revolutionary idea began with the Oru Bay kayak in 2012 when Oru Kayaks company started as a 3 person company looking for funding, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Soon after, the Oru Bay kayak made an appearance on the Shark Tank. But before we get into all of that… let’s delve into:
What Is An Origami Kayak?
Think about what an origami is: it is the Japanese art of folding paper into art or decorative pieces. How neat do those designs look? Well, take that and apply that concept to a kayak. As unbelievable as it might sound, an origami kayak aka a folding kayak is a kayak that can be folded or unfolding as needed and within minutes.
In case you have it in your mind that these could possibly not be durable, I would encourage you to check out this video as a starter reference:
Types of Origami Kayaks On The Market
#1. Oru Bay Kayak
The Oru Bay Kayak, the original origami kayak, is at the leading forefront of this category. We did an in-depth article on it which you can read by clicking on the link above; included are pictures and videos so you get a great idea of what the Oru Bay is all about.
#2. MYCANOE Origami Kayak
The MYCANOE Origami Kayak located in Knoxville, TX, is a patented, award winning canoe that takes 15 minutes to assemble. How cool is that? Obviously not a lot of contenders in this category, but these origami kayaks are super sturdy and durable. Learn more about the MyCanoe Origami Kayak option!
#3. Onak Origami Kayak
Onak, the latest entry into the origami folding kayak category, reached this goal of raising money on Kick Starter. For updates, check out their Kickstart Page here: Onak Origami Kayak Kickstarter.