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Oru The Bay ST - Folding Kayak


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The Bay from Oru Kayak folds into an easy to transport bag. It will fit in your closet and, at only 26 lbs, you can take it on the subway.

On the water the Bay glides like a dream. 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 (or a picnic) for day trips and short camping excursions. Best of all, transforming it from box to boat takes just a few minutes.

Faster setup and more comfortable for long days. Great for fishing, sailboats and backcountry trips.


  • Comfortable foam seat and fully-adjustable backrest
  • Easy-to-close watertight seams
  • 2 rubber deck straps for extra gear
  • Easy-to-adjust footrest
  • Reinforced cockpit for easy entry
  • Pair of bulkheads for extra rigidity (floatation bags sold separately if needed)
  • Simple and intuitive strap and buckle closure system
  • Fits standard spray skirts (size medium)

Kayaks were invented in the high Arctic thousands of years ago they're one of the oldest boat designs still in use. Origami was created by Buddhist Monks in Japan 1500 years ago and now has applications in cutting-edge engineering, from heart valves to telescopes. Oru is the Japanese word meaning to fold, and we're as inspired by traditional arts as we are by new technologies.


LENGTH: 12' 
 260-300 lbs
26 lbs
16'' x 30'' / 41 x 76 cm


The Oru Kayak skin, a double-layered polypropylene formulated to our specifications, is manufacturer-rated for 20,000 fold cycles. It doesn't take a calculator to know that's a lot of days out on the water. The material is tough, resilient, and abrasion-resistant. The two layers offer extra protection and make Oru Kayaks naturally buoyant.

All plastics used in fittings and connections are durable, marine-grade, and UV rated for long life. All metal fasteners are marine-rated stainless steel.


Oru Kayaks are extremely rigid and sturdy. The patented fold pattern allows the skin to act as a monolithic structural unit, without the need for an internal frame. The skin is folded from a single, seamless sheet. The only seam is on top of the boat, above the waterline and it closes tight with a waterproof seal.

A rigid floorboard reinforces the cockpit (and doubles as the lid of the box). A pair of bulkheads provide extra rigidity. Simple straps and buckles hold everything together.