Oru Kayak was started to make the outdoors more accessible—and the Beach is our clearest expression of that goal. It's the easiest collapsible boat in the world to put together, taking just three minutes. Its 28" width makes it stable and comfortable. The open cockpit makes entry a breeze, for paddlers of all shapes and sizes. It's perfect for fun, spontaneous day trips, and sharing with friends and family. While it may be our friendliest boat, it's still built to our usual high standards of strength and durability. And of course it's as easy on the eyes as it is on the water.
As a Manhattan apartment resident, there's no possibility for storing a hard-shell, and my wife and I have had inflatables for almost 10 years. On vacations we've had access to various kayaks, but this is a great option for getting out more often without an expensive rental. Quick assembly - under 10 minutes even in the first few times out, and relatively easy also to wipe down and fold. Handles quite well on relatively easy water. I wouldn't recommend on a super windy day or for anything more than light river current. At 26 lbs, it's easy to lug from car to set up and back.
I am very impressed with the Beach. It is quite easy to assemble for a normal person. I have had some difficulty because of physical issues related to my third cancer.While I have folded and unfolded it many times since I purchased it, I prefer to leave it assembled as I can fit it in my minivan. It is an amazing craft and I have only had a couple of issues. I installed hip and knee braces with Velcro to keep me comfortable and centered. I also added a skeg to improve tracking. I love my Borealis XL but it is 46 lbs vs 26 for the ORU and in my weakened state the ORU is much more manageable.
I hope ORU will add a larger cockpit to its other models. I would love to get a Coast + if I could get a 19"x 36"opening.