Chances are that since you are researching the Oru Bay kayak, you are familiar with its “coolness” factor. Just in case you don’t know what’s so special about this kayak, let me break it down for you in the various synonyms that I can.
The Oru Bay Kayak (or the Oru kayak for short!) is actually a folding kayak, origami kayak, or can also be called a “collapsible boat”.
Currently, The Oru Bay Kayak Comes In Three Models:
|Beach LT||$||300 lbs||12'|
|Bay ST||$$||300 lbs||12'|
|Coast XT||$$$||400 lbs||16'|
Model #1: Oru Kayak Beach LT Folding Kayak
The Oru Kayak Beach LT is perfect for beginners and professionals alike, and thanks to its folded space-saving design, even apartment dwellers can enjoy the fun of kayaking. This foldable kayak collapses to the size of a backpack and is perfect for flatwater kayaking on large bodies of water, such as lakes and slow rivers, making it perfect for casual fun and day trips.
Easy to assemble, the Oru Kayak Beach LT has a wide beam measuring 28 inches that makes it stable and easy to paddle, even by those with little experience. It’s durable plastic material can be folded thousands of times without any wear or tear, and a large cockpit makes it easy to get in and out of.
The Oru Kayak Beach LT folding kayak measures 12 feet by 28 inches and weighs approximately 25 pounds. It has a padded foam seat and can support up to 300 pounds. The Oru Kayak Beach LT also has an adjustable footrest, backrest, and carrying handles for easy maneuverability.
The Beach LT kayak is also the most inexpensive ones of the Oru Bay kayak line.
Model #2: Oru Kayak Bay ST Folding Kayak
The Bay ST kayak is easy to store and won’t occupy a large amount of space like traditional kayaks.
With built-in carrying handles, the ability to collapse into a small package, and a 28 pound weight, this folding kayak is easy to take with you in a car or on a hike. The Oru Bay ST Kayak is easy to assemble, giving you more time to enjoy the water, and is made out of strong, double layered polypropylene. That means that not only can it withstand rigorous folding, but the Bay ST is extremely puncture and abrasion resistant.
The Oru Bay ST is also comfortable, boasting a foam seat and adjustable footrests and backrests. There’s also plenty of space in the hull to keep gear for longer excursions, and it fits all standard size spray skirts. This Oru kayak model measures 12 feet by 25 inches, comes with half-deck rigging, and structural bulkheads, making this kayak rigid and stable. The Oru Bay ST is perfect for fishing, hiking, and camping.
Model #3: Oru Kayak Coast XT
The Coast XT is Oru Kayak’s top of the line model, designed from bow to stern to stand up to harsh wind and surf that is found in more extreme waters. This kayak is perfect for Pros looking for an adventure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not comfortable. With an adjustable footrest, backrest, and thigh braces, the Coast XT gives you amazing comfort and control.
Even with it’s impressive length of 16 feet, this Oru kayak folds into a compact shape that makes it easy to store and take on the go. Not only is it perfect for flatwater excursions on lakes and slow rivers, but the hard-chine hull also responds well to braced turns and edging. Along with full-deck rigging, the Oru Kayak Coast XT comes with extra deck straps and lines to store gear.
It’s durable polypropylene material is incredibly puncture and abrasion resistant, and takes only minutes to fold and unfold. Weighing only 34 pounds, this Oru kayak easy to take it on the go, and the Coast XT is great for overnight camping trips and hikes, as well as overnight tours.
The Oru Bay kayak’s design and construction is tailor-made for those seeking the most out of both their kayaks and their lives.
So, How Did The Original Oru Bay Kayak Get Funded?
Before you read any more about it, did you know that the Oru Bay Kayak started as a Kickstarter project years ago and the founders even made it on Shark Tank? Here, check out the video:
How cool is that? (PS. Shark Tank is one of my most favourite shows!) But enough! More about the Oru Kayak…
Yes! The Oru Bay Kayak is one of the coolest kayaks of its kind: you can fold it up and pack it like origami (remember what that is? The cool swan people build using a piece of paper? Yes, just like that). Let’s take a look at how the Oru Bay + Kayak works conceptually:
Oru Bay Kayak: The Coolest, Tech Oriented, Transformable
Now that you’ve officially met the Oru Bay Plus, you should know that it is a higher priced kayak. I don’t want to explain nitty gritty details over the next 1000 words when you can easily view it here in a few minutes and be excited about this phenomenally cool “gadget”:
Digging The Oru Bay Kayak Apart: Worth Your $$?
While not an inflatable kayak, the Oru Bay kayak is as nifty as they come: first, you can fold it and unfold it like an origami. And guess what? There’s no carrying case, per se, other than the neat fact that the when you fold the Oru Bay+ Kayak up, it itself becomes a carrying case.
The Oru Bay kayak stretches at around 12 feet. Keep in mind that it will probably take you, on average, 15-30 minutes to assemble it. The first time it will probably take you around 25 minutes and after doing it a few times, around 15 minutes. This is pretty average, as most of the inflatable kayak reviews we have done, on this site, indicate around 15 minutes of assembly (inflation / deflation) time. (Keep in mind that the Oru kayak falls under the origami kayak category, not inflatable!)
While this one is more of an “expensive” buy for a novice kayaker.
Before we can answer, let’s analyse…
Does The Oru Bay Kayak Feel Good To Ride In?
Despite the Oru Bay kayak being a feather weight, the kayak makes really sweet, sharp, tight turns and when accelerating, is super responsive–which came to us as a surprise, just because it’s that light! In fact, a lot of reviews around the web, collectively, compare the performance of the Oru kayak to a traditional, hard kayak. While you can’t ignore that the cockpit is a very tight fit and takes a bit of getting used to, neither can one ignore how well it performs.
Even though the cockpit can be deemed as as tight fit, it is very important to also know that in no way does it feel uncomfortable thanks to its high back seat.
Looks like this original Kickstarter project is a win win for everyone! Check out more details here at Amazon!
For fun, check out Big Sur in an Oru Bay Kayak, and get one for yourself:
Oru Bay Kayak Extra Videos…
When I set out to check out the Oru kayak, I didn’t know that I would find so many fun videos. I will be adding them to the bottom here, just in case wants to view some fun ones before making up their minds. If you’re interested, you can check them out here at Amazon.
Anyway, this is a video of someone enjoying their Oru Bay+ kayak in a creek with a good water rift and at some point, he’s got his friend on a spare tire, riding alongside him, holding him:
Oru Kayak Update On This Excellent Folding Kayak!
For a kayak that needed funding on Kickstarter to being featured on Shark Tank, the creators of the Oru Bay kayak have seen their vision not only through, but what a success it has become. The best part about the evolution of this folding kayak is that it behaves, navigates, and actually IS a real kayak; definitely not something that was rushed or comes off as cheap.
This folding Oru kayak seems to hit all the major checkpoints that kayakers seek: mobility, navigation, portability, weight, design, and most of all, aesthetically beautiful when folded or in action. For sure, there are plenty of videos here to satisfy most people researching the Oru Bay or the Oru Bay Plus; however, here is one more really awesome one where this folding kayak is being tested in open waters.
Yep, you read that read: the Oru Bay kayak being tested in open waters! Yeehaw! Here it is: