"First origami tandem kayak" folds down to suitcase size

Californian company Oru Kayak has designed a foldable kayak that can be easily carried on one’s back for easy transportation and use.

Haven is the latest product from Oru Kayak, a company based in San Francisco’s Bay Area that makes various folding kayaks.

Based on the Japanese paper folding technique of origami, the new design features a lightweight shell that folds down to the size of a large suitcase that weighs 40 pounds (18 kilograms).

Oru Kayak claims it is the first origami tandem kayak, and is manufacturer-rated for 20,000 fold cycles.

“When folded into a box, the Haven is the world’s only tandem kayak designed to be carried by one person,” said the company in a statement.

Made of five-millimetre polypropylene, the kayak has a translucent shell and orange plastic boards across the hull. When folded down, this double-layered, custom-extruded orange surface serves as a protective exterior for the pack.

Shaped similarly to a bean pod, the kayak’s shell wraps at its two corners, leaving a hollow for users to sit in persons.

The design is suitable for one or two persons. To convert the kayak to tandem, a footrest can be repositioned to a seat back, and seats switched with a few buckles.

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