A few years ago my friend Emily invited me to kayak with her. I had never been, but was willing to try it. Well, I loved it! I loved everything about it--from the ease of the paddle, to the feeling of floating on water, to the calm, quiet breeze on the open water.
I could not wait to go again! But then life got in the way, and I didn't get to go for sometime. But now I have made it a priority to do more outdoor activities, especially kayaking.
I become aware of the Oru Kayak company many years ago when it was on Shark Tank. I thought, "If I ever get a kayak, that's the one I want."
I put a lot of thought and research into getting one, as it is a financial commitment, and I wanted to make sure I would get enjoyable use out of it.
So, I finally ordered one! I decided to go with the base model (INLET) as it is the easiest to use and for causal kayaking, which is my currently level. I figured if I do more intense waters, I can always rent a kayak.
When it arrived, I grabbed my camera to document the unboxing and "unfolding" experience! I was cautious, but super excited at the possibilities. I read a lot of mixed reviews online, but I wanted to see for myself if those reviews were true in my experience.
Right from the start, I read the manual and watched the Oru Kayak Inlet assembly video. I set up my kayak in my living room the first time, and it was easy! I took the kayak to my friend's house (who lives on a lake); unfolding it again with ease.
Once on the water, I loved the feel! It felt secure and comfortable, just like a typical kayak. But this kayak will fit in my Mini Cooper Clubman!
I have taken the kayak on the water 3 times now, and absolutely love it!
The folding back into a box process is just as easy, and at 20 pounds, so simple for me to manage on my own. I'm currently 150lbs, and I fit great in the kayak. The inlet has a weight capacity of 275lb (which is pretty typical of most beginner kayaks).
One of my concerns was how dirty a white kayak would get on the water, and you can see it was not bad. This was very easy to wipe away with a paper towel.
In the video above, I go into more detail and share the full unfolding and hitting the water experience!
UPDATE April 2022...