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An origami kayak

An origami kayak
An origami kayak

Kayaking is a sport and a hobby enjoyed the world over. 
Unfortunately, transporting and storing the equipment can very quickly turn it into a logistical nightmare!
Kate Lydon and her husband, Californian designer Anton Willis, keen kayakers themselves, came up with an amazing idea: the origami kayak. The Oru Kayak weighs in at 11.3 kilos and comes in an ultra compact bag measuring 84cm x 74cm x 25cm which can be carried over the shoulder. Once you have arrived at the water, it will take you approximately five minutes to unfold and assemble the parts into a 3.5 metre-long boat that is ready to use! 
"Each Oru Kayak is engineered from a single sheet of double-layered plastic. The single seam is sealed with a watertight rubber gasket. Solid ribs offer strength and rigidity. The corrugated plastic skin is extremely tough and durable. On the water, it's fast, stable, and handles incredibly well."
Mr Willis states that the Oru Kayak is guaranteed for 20,000 fold cycles during its lifetime.

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