The company Oru Kayak Inc have developed a foldable kayak that won the best product award on ISPO 2014 in Munich. It started out as a kickstarter project in 2012 and is now a blooming company that sells kayaks all over the world.
It’s easily unfolded from its backpack state in around 5 minutes and it weights around 12 kg. The product designer Anton Willis got his inspiration when he moved into a tiny appartment in San Fransisco and was forced to put his cayak into storage.
It’s an interesting example of where classic materials and manufacturing techniques can bring innovation when brought into a new product segment.