Oru Kayak Revolutionizes Origami Boat Design Again With “The Inlet” Oru’s most compact, lightest-weight and fastest-to-assemble kayak, will also be its least expensive. All the excuses for not owning a kayak have just been erased. Oru Kayak, the makers of the original origami-inspired kayak, directly tackled weight, carry, and set-up with the company’s newest and most innovative kayak design to date, the Inlet. The Inlet most notably features an all-new origami folding pattern that allows the kayak to be intuitively folded from box-to-boat in under 3-minutes. The Inlet also boasts the lightest-weight and thinnest-fold profile of any Oru Kayak — at just 10 inches wide, the inlet is small enough to be stashed under a living room sofa or stacked 3x in the trunk of a standard compact car.
To achieve the Inlet’s unheard-of specifications, Oru worked out an entirely new origami folding pattern, the first completely-new folding pattern since the company was formed in 2012. Developed by Oru Founder and Chief Design Officer Anton Willis, the new folding pattern produces a significantly streamlined box-to-boat assembly that eliminates many of the loose parts found in other Oru Kayaks. Notably, the Inlet features Oru’s first fully-integrated floorboard, enabling a more intuitive and speedy assembly. In a handful of simple steps, Inlet owners can now be on the water in less than three minutes; 75% faster than past Oru kayak models.
Oru’s new folding pattern achieves more than just speed, it also maximizes spatial efficiency and reduces overall weight. When fully assembled, the roomy Inlet is 10ft long, 31-inches wide, and weighs just 20lbs. When not paddling, the Inlet neatly folds into a compact box, similar in size to a guitar case (40”x18”x10”).
Oru Kayak Revolutionizes Origami Boat Design Again