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 Post subject: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:38 pm 
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http://www.gizmag.com/oru-folding-kayak/24224/ Has anyone actually seen and touched and paddled this boat?


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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:55 pm 
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Clever design. This is what the Foldlite designers tried to do so inelegantly. Not a very rugged design, though. I'd be afraid to take it out in anything but calm water and sandy bottoms. And I'd stiffen it and protect it with flotation bags front and rear.

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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:35 pm 
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Actually, it is a good idea, but I have not seen any pictures in rough waters :shock:

On his Facebook page shows this:
"The Oru Kayak will be available for pre-order starting Nov 14 for $800 on Kickstarter!"


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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:42 pm 
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Launched on kickstarter.com today - they have very nearly reached their $80k startup goal already. The promo video does have one shot of it going out through light surf.

MJE - I recall that you were expecting an ORU to demo - did it ever arrive?


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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:38 pm 
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No, haven't heard anything more about that, and it'll be too cold to paddle here until May or June. Maybe we can get one to one of our warm-weather members.

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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:55 pm 
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mje wrote:
Maybe we can get one to one of our warm-weather members.

I volunteer :D

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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:07 pm 
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I second having Simon test it out. My first thought on seeing the photos was "It looks like an F1!" Would be interesting to hear how it handled compared to his Cape Falcon SOF. Could not possibly be as tough.

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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:01 am 
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Well I wouldn't call England warm in the winter, but the wet stuff stays liquid and we do paddle through the winter, so if Simon's volunteering fell through, I'd be delighted to test an Orukayak. :wink:
Seriously, though, I like the idea of a quick and light folder and am very much looking forward to hearing a review from someone who has had a chance to test paddle one.
All the best,
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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:12 am 
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Ah yes, but do you have the facilities or resources to do the 'launch from beach with cappuccino in hand' test :-)

Seriously though, I'd be very pleasantly suprised if it's anything like as good as the Fujita 400 (4 m, 12 kg)

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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:19 pm 
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Interesting and clever design with some clear merits - lightweight, quick assembly, compact folded package, low price for a folder. But I'll wait for the touring model they mention before I'll consider placing an order.

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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:53 pm 
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This seems to be more of a commuting kayak for someone who live in the city. If the conditions are too rough, one can always take the metro, a taxi, the bus, the train or a subway.

"My kayak can't handle this condition, so I will take it on the bus" has a different niche than "I need a light kayak for travelling and strong enough to handle the currents, the tides and surf".


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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:25 am 
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I'm curious to read a member's review of this. Has anyone got one on order yet?
All the best.
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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:39 pm 
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I have one on order to receive in June - will compare it to my other kayaks this summer

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 Post subject: Re: Orukayak?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:28 am 
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Thanks, Bernie. I look forward to hearing what you think of it when it arrives.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:45 pm 
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I heard recently on paddling.net from a fellow who placed one of the earliers pre-orders with Orukayak during their startup phase for two boats which were supposed to have shipped to him in Spring. They have not only failed to deliver the pre-ordered boats to him and most other clients by now, but kept pushing back delivery dates and have not been regularly updating their website blog or keeping waiting buyers advised regularly on what is going one. Things are not looking good at this point. The owner of Oru posts occasionally over on paddling.net and I have chastised him for poor customer communication. Time will tell, I guess. But I gather there are some anxious people out there with a lot of money tied up waiting for these ephemeral boats. And from what I hear, few have turned up at demos and industry gatherings. Too bad, since it seemed like a slick idea. Maybe too slick for production at profitable margins.

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