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Oru Kayak The Bay

photo: Oru Kayak The Bay folding kayak


Price MSRP: $1,275.00
Historic Range: $1,082.93-$1,195.00
Reviewers Paid: $1,205.00
Weight 26 lbs / 12 kg
Length 12 ft / 3.7 m
Width 25 in / 63 cm
Weight Capacity 260-300 lbs
Cockpit 16 x 30 in / 41 x 76 cm
Box Length 32 in / 81 cm
Box Width 13 in / 33 cm
Box Height 28 in / 71 cm


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Folds up to take up very little space; is lightweight and portable (don't need a special rack on my car).


  • Folds up so it doesn't take up lots of space
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Tracks pretty well


  • Will sink if flipped without ballast bags
  • Tricky to unfold/refold without practice

Folds up to take up very little space (approximately 30" x 30" x 10"); is lightweight (~25 lbs) and portable (don't need a special rack on my car), fits inside a Ford Taurus' trunk (I have fold down seats in the back but it'll fit in a taurus without those seats too). Can be [semi-easily/inexpensively] checked on a plane! Folds out to ~25'. Tracks fairly straight in water.

Can be tricky to unfold/refold without practice, but the Oru company's online videos are helpful.

Material is similar to the white plastic corrugated material that post office bins are made out of. Bumps on the body are highly visible as permanent very opaque markings (which is annoying).

I have a first edition 'Bay' version kayak. When tightening a middle bow seam, I accidentally pulled 'up' to try to tighten instead of 'sideways' and the plastic mount popped out of the white plastic body. I managed to pop it back in the place, but it was scary since it was my brand new expensive toy. I think this has been fixed in later kayak editions.

The kayak has two velcro straps to hold lights. Strapping in approximately omni-directional lights will light up the Oru very nicely (plastic body is a frosted-translucent material).

Kayak comes with a shoulder strap to carry it around. Oru company sells a backpack for the kayak. The pack is expensive (~$250) but does make carrying it around easier. The Oru pack also has pockets and outside velcro straps to carry your two-piece paddle(s), PFD, spray skirt, etc.

Kayking in Alaskan summer means kayaking on pretty cold water (40-50°F). I can feel that cold through the bottom of the kayak and long pants. Fits a spray skirt nicely. I love this for flat water paddling but wouldn't trust myself in it in rough water (although the company has representatives that do whitewater). Will probably sink if flipped without ballast bags (which the company does sell).

This isn't my gif but it animates to show how the kayak folds away into a box:

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $1205


Thanks for your review of this kayak, Christina. Do you have any pictures showing its transformation from folded up box to kayak?

6 years ago

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