Oru Bay Kayak: A Novelty Or Something More?

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. This product is actually a folding kayak, origami kayak, or a “collapsible boat”.

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 it…

Yes! This 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 + 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, this thing is 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+ up, it itself becomes a carrying case.

It 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.

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 Get In?

Despite the 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 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!

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 this specialty 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+ 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:

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 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: