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We’re returning to Kickstarter with our flagship boat, the Bay ST, to give back to our community and the environment.
We’re returning to Kickstarter with our flagship boat, the Bay ST, to give back to our community and the environment.
141 backers pledged $124,689 to help bring this project to life.

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Oru Kayak is back on Kickstarter for a third time! 

We launched Oru Kayak on Kickstarter back in 2012— your support let us build a product and company that’s still going strong, for which we are eternally grateful! Now it’s time for us to give back to the world — we’re officially joining 1% For The Planet. For this campaign, we’re offering an updated version of our original kayak— the Bay ST— with a custom green tree print. 

This time we're back for good.  


Meet the Bay ST

Our story started when designer and founder Anton Willis moved into a small San Francisco apartment, and had to put his fiberglass kayak into storage. Inspired by an article on recent advances in origami, he started folding paper models of a radical new kayak design. 

The original Oru Kayak, the Bay ST, was launched in 2012 and now is in stores around the world, not to mention the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Since then, we’ve thoroughly updated the design, making it even easier to assemble, more comfortable to use, and more graceful than ever. It's stable enough for beginners, while the length and contouring make it fast and sporty for expert kayakers. There's plenty of room to stash gear for day trips and short camping excursions. Best of all, transforming it from box to boat takes just a few minutes.  

Check out a quick overview of the genius behind the tech below:


This Kickstarter Gold-specific kayak has a custom tree print on the bow of the kayak and tree roots on the floorboard, to represent our commitment to the planet. We're offering this special edition skin printed Bay ST at an early bird MSRP discount and using the funds raised on Kickstarter to improve our manufacturing processes. Thank you for supporting our efforts!

 

Assembled Tree Boat mock up
Assembled Tree Boat mock up

 

Floorboard and bulkhead mock up
Floorboard and bulkhead mock up

 

  

 

How are Oru Kayaks different from other kayaks?

First and foremost, it folds. Using innovative engineering–and a little magic–we were able to design a boat the transforms from a full-size rigid kayak to a suitcase in a matter of minutes. 

This trickery sets us apart from all other kayaks! It allows you to store your Oru in your closet, carry it on your back, stow it in your car, and paddle it in all kinds of water. No roof-rack, trailer, or truck needed! The boat is fast to assemble, taking roughly 5 minutes, after you get the hang of it.  

Check out our quick tutorial below!

Once assembled and on the water it performs exceptionally, turning on a dime, accelerating quickly, and navigating a variety of waters quite well.


Who should paddle the Bay ST?

Everyone. And that’s not an exaggeration. This boat is made for the weekender, the fisherman, fitness freak, urbanite, road tripper, and for families, too. It’s good for both beginners and experts, and almost anyone in between. We’ve paddled the ST on ocean waves, down rivers big and small, on alpine lakes, in the tropics, and a variety of other places. Where will you take it? Where will it take you? 


How durable is it?

Very durable. Need proof? Brace yourself and watch the video below.

 

Community

Since we launched our company on Kickstarter in 2012, we’ve been amazed by our community. Your support has kept us afloat, your stories have kept us inspired, and your feedback has kept us innovating. Nothing could feel more natural than launching our next adventure with you. By supporting this project, you’ll bring an innovative product to life—and giving back to the world that we all love to explore.


The full Oru Kayak lineup

In addition to the Bay ST, we have two other models: the Beach LT and the Coast XT. Our engineers have dreamt up thoughtful details and features to help you move efficiently and safely across whatever waters you choose. Which model is right for you? Consider the below:

Beach LT: Great for day trips, picnics, and casual fun with family and friends.
Bay ST: Faster setup and more comfortable for long days. Great for fishing, sailboats and backcountry trips.
Coast XT: The new standard for spontaneous adventures. Designed for rugged expeditions in surf and wind.

The Oru Kayak Tree-Shirt

With a pledge of $40 or more.

Front/Back design
Front/Back design

 

Risks and challenges

We’ve been down this road twice before, and we have experienced some delays in production and delivery. Luckily, the Bay ST has been in production for several months already, and the only significant product addition is the custom prints. While we don’t anticipate any trouble, it is possible that introducing a new screen print could disrupt our production schedule and lead to minor delays.

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    10L Dry Bag

    Proven in all kinds of situations—on land and in water—Oru Dry Bags provide versatile, durable, and waterproof protection for your gear. Engineered with kayaking in mind, Oru Dry Bags can withstand just about any abuse you can dish out–from everyday use to remote expeditions where wet gear is not an option.

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    Tree-Shirt

    Custom "Back for Good" Oru Kayak T-shirt reflecting the bulkhead tree ring pattern. American Apparel Tri Blend. Run very small.

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    Set of 4 Lights

    Paddling at night is pure magic—especially in a glowing Oru Kayak. This inflatable light created by Luci transforms your kayak into a breathtaking, floating lantern. The Oru x Luci Lights are 100% solar-powered and take only hours to charge. Each light can be inflated in seconds, deflated for easy storage, and recharged again and again for reuse.

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    Back For Gear - Package

    Outfit yourself for your next Oru Kayak adventure! It starts with the custom designed Oru Pack, making travel (via plane or just walking) much more comfortable. Once you get there, you will have a 4-piece paddle that fits in the collapsed kayak, float bags for safety, and a custom spray skirt to keep you dry on your paddle!

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    Back For Good - Bay ST - Early Bird

    The Oru Kayak Bay is back! This time we are offering a custom printed kayak and 1% of revenue will be going doing good.

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    Back For Good - Bay ST - Holiday Special

    The Oru Kayak Bay is back! This time we are offering a custom printed kayak and 1% of revenue will be going doing good.

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    Back For Good - Bay ST

    The Oru Kayak Bay is back! This time we are offering a custom printed kayak and 1% of revenue will be going doing good.

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    Back For Good - Bay ST + Package

    The Oru Kayak Bay is back! This time we are offering a custom printed kayak and 1% of revenue will be going doing good.

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