Introducing the KaYoke.
An innovative system that makes carrying your kayak easy. Whether you are carrying your kayak from the car to the water's edge for an afternoon paddle or on a multi-day backcountry trek, this system is for you. Designed for paddlers by a paddler. The KaYoke makes carrying your kayak easy.
My name is Scott Gill. I am an avid outdoorsman, and was hooked on kayaks from the first time I paddled one. I loved the idea of travelling with my kayak, especially into the backcountry, but found the lack of portability to be a problem.
I tried several products available to tow a kayak but was never satisfied with these solutions. The cart and dolly systems would get hung-up on rocks and tree roots making this portion of the kayak experience less than pleasant. Grrrr.
I thought "what was the main difference between portaging a canoe and a kayak" and the fundamental difference seemed to be the yoke of the canoe. With this I started to craft a yoke that could mount to my kayak.
This was my original design and I used this model for about three years until I realized that this concept could be developed into something that other kayakers would be interested in. It would have to be lightweight, compact and adjust to different sized cockpits.
I began working on a new design and experimented with different ways to get the width adjustability, but the yoke was just too long. While explaining to a friend (with my hands) what I needed the yoke to do, I realized that if I angled the jaws I could get the adjustability needed and that they could also open and close. This would make the size of the yoke smaller.
I worked with an industrial designer to help complete this new design and the KaYoke really started to come alive!
Several digital versions and as many 3D printed models later, the KaYoke is ready to go into production!
The design work is now completed and the KaYoke has been rigorously tested both in the field and in the lab using the most modern FEA software.
Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computerized method for predicting how a product reacts to real-world forces, vibration, heat, fluid flow,and other physical effects. Finite element analysis shows whether a product will break, wear out, or work the way it was designed.- usa.autodesk.com
The Kayoke will be injection molded and constructed from recycled glass-filled polypropylene containing a UV stabilizer.This material provides the KaYoke with a great balance of strength and flexibility and will not get too brittle in the cold. The recycled material lowers the KaYoke's impact on the environment and the UV stabilizer will help protect the KaYoke from the sun.
"This product is something that will change the way a lot of people see and use kayaks"
- Kelly McDowell, The Complete Paddler, Toronto, Canada
"It's great to see a lightweight, easy-to-use option for those who want to portage their kayaks. We are excited to review the KaYoke in Adventure Kayak magazine."
- Adventure Kayak magazine
"Even the portage from the car to the garage is easier with the KaYoke"
- Ken Dirschl - adventure paddler
length: 22.5" | width: 4.25” | weight: 2.4 lbs | load tested: 150 lbs
cockpit sizes: 14' to 21" - measured center to center gunnel at mid-seat
The KaYoke will be proudly made in Toronto Canada!
It was very important to me that the KaYoke be manufactured in North America. This decision gives me the confidence that the materials used will be to proper specifications and that the production tolerances will be properly maintained.
Schnell Plastics based in Toronto has been carefully selected to manufacture the KaYoke. With over 30 years in the tooling and injection molding industry working with such companies as Keilhauer, Spec and Allseating, I am thrilled to partner with such a reputable organization.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
I would like to thank everyone who has supported this project along its many stages:
DESIGNER v1: Mike Loveless - Toronto ON
DESIGNER v2: Nick Gillissie Design - Toronto ON
And special thanks to Paul Mazzotta - HUB DESIGN STUDIO - Toronto and Mario Romero - Schnell Plastics - Toronto for their continued support and general "hand-holding" throughout my passionate journey of bringing the KaYoke to life.
Risks and challenges
Many Kickstarter projects have run into combinations of manufacturing and shipping delays.
It is very important to me that all KaYoke backers are pleased with their products and so, the KaYoke stickers, T-shirts and military-style caps will be shipped to backers first. Next priority sequence will be the first 100 signed and numbered KaYokes.
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