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The KaYoke will carry your kayak anywhere you want to go! An innovative system that makes it easy to transport your kayak.
49 backers pledged CA$ 26,235 to help bring this project to life.

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 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. 

TESTIMONIALS

"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

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

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

PRODUCTION

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

FULFILLMENT

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.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Shipping rates have been supplied for Canada, the United States and Australia. International backers will be responsible for applicable tariffs and customs fees, as well as shipping. Please contact us to get shipping prices to your address.

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About US$ 0.75

    Digital Tip of the Paddle!

    It feels great that you appreciate what I want to accomplish with the KaYoke.

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    KaYoke Sticker Package

    3 Exterior-Grade Vinyl KaYoke Portage Symbol stickers.

    Perfect for your vehicle, your kayak or even a friend’s canoe ;)

    You are helping me tremendously and your support means a lot!

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    Pledge CA$ 45 or more About US$ 34

    KaYoke T-Shirt

    Everyone who sees our really cool logo design instantly loves it! Maybe we'll start a clothing line.

    In the mean time, contribute $45 and get one of the first ever KaYoke Portage Symbols printed on a light grey American Apparel Tee.

    These shirts are amazingly comfortable and sustainably made in the USA. We like that.

    Both men’s and ladies cut available.

    Another great way to show your support!

    + 1 exterior grade vinyl KaYoke Portage Symbol sticker.

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    KaYoke Military-Style Cap

    Our KaYoke portage symbol printed on a light grey military-style cap.

    This hat is really cool. You're gonna stand out. It's also a great gift!

    Keep the sun off your face so you can paddle longer :)

    + 3 exterior grade vinyl KaYoke portage Symbol stickers.

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    The KaYoke

    Complete system including the KaYoke and KaYoke embossed strap.

    Made of glass-filled recycled polypropylene. Colour black.

    + 1 exterior grade vinyl KaYoke Portage Symbol sticker.

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    KaYoke + T-shirt

    Complete system including the KaYoke and KaYoke embossed strap.

    Made of glass-filled recycled polypropylene. Colour black.

    + 1 Amazing American Apparel KaYoke T-shirt

    + 1 exterior grade vinyl KaYoke Portage Symbol sticker.

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    Pledge CA$ 143 or more About US$ 107

    First off the Line!

    For a few extra bucks, you will get one of the first 100 KaYokes ever produced. We can't tell you how exciting it will be to see the first Kayokes come "off the line". You want in? Pledge $143 CAD to be one of the first!

    Complete system including the KaYoke and KaYoke embossed strap.

    Made of glass-filled recycled polypropylene. Colour black.

    ***Your Kayoke will be one of the first 100 production models - Scott gets the first one.

    Your Kayoke will be numbered out of /100 and signed by Scott.

    + 1 Amazing American Apparel KaYoke T-shirt

    + 1 exterior grade vinyl KaYoke Portage Symbol sticker.

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    The Kickstarter KaYoke - Custom Colour

    This reward is offered EXCLUSIVELY to our Kickstarter supporters.

    Complete system including the KaYoke and KaYoke embossed strap.

    Made of glass-filled recycled polypropylene.

    All backers of this reward will be able to cast a vote to select the one custom Kickstarter Edition color.

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    KaYoke for Two Bundle

    You get 2 KaYoke systems here. One for you and one for a friend. We'll also give you 2 American Apparel T-Shirts.

    Always use THE BUDDY SYSTEM when you are on the water!

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    Pledge CA$ 299 or more About US$ 224

    KaYokes for Triplets Bundle

    You get 3 KaYoke systems here. One for you and one for a friend and the third for...maybe "Secret-Santa"? We'll also give you three American Apparel T-Shirts.

    If you're going away with some friends - you'll each want to be able to carry your own kayak.

    Leave no Kayaker Behind!

    Either way - you're getting 3 KaYoke systems and 3 T-shirts so you can figure it out.

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    Retailer Bundle

    Dip your toe in the water with this Retailer package. You can order 5 KaYoke systems for your store or rental shop and receive 30 points off of retail. This is perfect for the independent retailer to get a taste for the KaYoke system on your shelves.

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    Medium Retailer Bundle

    Get the Medium Retailer package. You can order 10 KaYoke systems for your store or rental shop and receive 35 points off of retail. This is perfect for the independent retailer or medium-sized store to get the KaYoke system on your shelves.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,422 or more About US$ 1,064

    Large Retailer Bundle

    Get the Large Retailer package. You can order 25 KaYoke systems for your store or rental shop and receive 40 points off of retail. This is perfect for the medium to larger store to get the KaYoke system on your shelves.

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    Pledge CA$ 3,000 or more About US$ 2,244

    Weekend Portage with the Inventor.

    Spend some time in Canada's beautiful Algonquin Park with Scott Gill, the inventor of the KaYoke.

    You are responsible to get yourself to Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto. We'll pick you up from there and feed you and show you all that Ontario has to offer in a guided Portage experience.

    You'll also get five KaYoke systems to give to friends and we'll put your photo on our website.

    ** You must not be a weirdo **

    *** Okay - you must not be too much of a weirdo ***

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