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It was not all that long ago that we first introduced you to the foldable, portable, Oru Kayaks. As we can start seeing warmer weather approaching, the idea of launching a boat into the water becomes a bit more realistic. If you don’t have a lot of space to store a full-size canoe or kayak, the options from Oru – particularly the two newly updated ones – may be of interest for you.

First up, we’ve got the the $1,199 Oru Beach LT. This is a boat that Oru considers to be beginner/intermediate. This is not a new boat, but like any good product company, they’ve been working on updates to improve things. Those changes are as follows:

  • New strap system in place of a reinforcing rod
  • Comfier seat and footrest for longer paddles
  • Improved box and assembly pack
  • Redesigned floorboard system to increase rigidity for improved tracking and performance
  • Instructional QR codes and fresh screen print

As you can see, they’ve done things to help the structure of the boat, which should help stability and durability, as well as improving your comfort as you’re out in the boat. I also like that they’ve got the QR codes on it, as that’s a quick and easy way to pull up those instructions for when you’re getting going with the boat, whether for the first time, or the first time in a season.

That Beach is solid if you’re just paddling solo – but what if you want to go out on the water with another person? If that’s the case, the $1,999 Oru Haven is what you want to have a look at. As with the Beach LT, they’ve made improvements to this longer boat as well. You can see those outlined above (in the photo), or check out the rundown here:

  • Redesigned floor board for easier assembly
  • Stabilizing cross bar that is compatible with universal track accessories such as fishing kits, cup holders and photomounts
  • Buckles in lieu of G hooks, making assembly even more effortless and precise
  • Instructional QR codes and fresh screen print

As you can see, it’s improvements to that stability and rigidity, as well as showing how people use the boats, building in ways for you to mount accessories onto the boat when you head out. All in all, it looks like some solid upgrades to the boats.

We’ve not yet experienced Oru Kayaks in person, but we are working on getting one in for review when Chicagoland weather is accomodating to getting out there. Until then, if you’ve tried one out, let us know! orukayak.com


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By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.