Unless you’ve got a car with a roof rack, or a secure storage place at your local beach, lake or river, owning a kayak or canoe can be a bit of a logistical problem. Granted, the inflatable options out there these days have made things a whole lot easier, but they do still tend to be on the heavy side, and they can also take a bit of time to assemble and disassemble.
Here to solve these problems is the Onak 2.0, which, in the simplest terms is an, um, origami canoe.
Fortunately, it’s not actually made of paper, because that wouldn’t be a good idea. Instead, it’s made from a fully recyclable honeycomb Polypropylene composite, a material that’s not only light, but also very tough. In fact, it’s supposed to be tougher than the aluminium used in classic canoes in terms of strength-to-weight.
From it’s packed up state, it’ll take about 15 minutes to transform this from a rectangular shaped box of 40cm x 120cm x 25cm to a fully fledged vessel big enough to float two people comfortably, along with their kit as well. To do this, the canoe is unfolded and then fastened together via a pulley system of straps. Weighing less than 17kg, it can hold up to 250kg when it’s afloat.
We actually saw the prototype in use at the OutDoor Show, where it picked up an industry award, and it looked amazingly solid, robust and reliable. Now it’s out and afloat on the market.
If you want to get your hands on one of these mind boggling (but remarkably practical) things, you’ll need to head over to Kickstarter where they’re currently priced at 1495 EUR.