Transforming from boat to box is Oru’s hallmark, but while other Oru models require users to install bulkheads for rigidity, the Lake achieves the same structural integrity by using the new folded floorboard, cutting down on both setup time—you can transform it in as little as 45 seconds—and weight. The lack of bulkheads contributes to another perk: because the polypropylene, a durable plastic, is translucent, kayakers can illuminate their kayak against the night sky and dark water. And the best part? The boat weighs just 18 pounds.
When the company first set out to make foldable kayaks in 2012, the Lake is what came to mind: a simple, affordable, portable kayak that could fit in the trunk of a sedan. It would be ready for spontaneous adventures and could be carried into the backcountry, up to alpine lakes and rivers that have yet to see a paddler.
With half the components of Oru’s other kayaks, the Lake stays true to the company’s original vision. “It’s the most purely ‘origami’ thing we’ve ever made,” explained founder and chief design officer Anton Willis. It just took a decade for Oru to nail the details such a simple design.