This post is intended to help you decide which Oru Kayak is right for you! We will quickly review each Oru Kayak model, its unique qualities and which model suits you best. Let’s start with our bestselling kayak!
The Beach, Oru’s first recreational kayak, is lightweight (26 lbs) and designed for ease of assembly and enjoyment. The larger, open cockpit is designed to make getting in and out simple and allows you room to keep things behind you or between your legs. It also provides ample space for taller folks to position their knees. The Beach is the perfect beginner’s kayak and is a great to have any of your friends or kids splash around in!
Who should buy the Beach?
Who should NOT buy The Beach?
Recommendation: For more adventurous folks who would like to take kayaking to the next level, The Bay and the Coast series can develop your kayaking techniques as well as take you on longer and stronger waters.
The Original Origami Kayak! The Bay is perfect for cruising around and exploring waters or coves. It has a closed cockpit that allows you to put a spray skirt on and take on rougher water conditions. The Bay is intended for protected waters, but has been tested on Class III rivers and played in 6 foot waves.
NOTE: Class III rivers are not recommended, but demonstrates the durability of the Bay.
The Bay vs Bay+: both models are 12 feet long and have the same cockpit, but the Bay+ comes with a day hatch (just behind the cockpit), ratcheting deck buckles for easy assembly and a more rigid and taller seatback. If comfort is priority, then the Bay+ would be best suited for you. If you are looking for the original and simplicity, the Bay is probably a better fit.
Who should buy the Bay Series?
Who Should NOT buy the Bay Series?
Recommendation: For taller folks, the Coast series is designed for more extendable legroom and the Beach’s open cockpit allows more space for bent knees. If you are concerned the cockpit is too small, then the Beach’s open cockpit is a great way to get in and out of the water without having to worry about cockpit size!
The Coast and Coast+ are our longest kayaks–16 feet long, 25” wide, and 400 lbs capacity, these boats can take you places! Between the Coast and the Coast+, the Coast series has the length and agility for long-distance travel and is a great fitness kayak. The Coast series’ performance is comparable to traditional non-folding kayaks and handles open seas just fine. Both of these kayaks are well suited for touring or camping.
Coast vs. Coast+
The Coast+ has deck lines and thigh braces for more advanced paddling. The deck lines are a safety feature that is a must in open water.The Coast+ also has an upgraded seat back, day hatch and ratcheting deck buckles, like the Bay+.
NOTE: Know your limitations and contact your local kayak shop for instruction before paddling open waters. You will want to get float bags and other safety gear before heading out.
Who should buy the Coast?
Who should NOT buy the Coast?
Recommendation: Though the Coast series has more legroom than the Bay, if you are taller than 6’4,” the Beach’s open cockpit is easier to get in and out of. If you are concerned that the cockpit (16”X 30”) is too small, then the Beach’s open cockpit is a great way to get out on the water without having to worry about size!
In general the Beach is a recreational boat designed to make getting on the water more accessible for everyone! The Bay Series, is the original fun and nimble boat that started the Oru foldable kayak and does well on bays and has a closed cockpit. The Coast is designed for longer distances, greater carrying capacity and is fantastic for taller folks. All our Kayak models are great for traveling by plane or car and can fit into our convenient Oru Packs for hiking.
Height is an approximation. Leg size and body proportions vary by person. If you are concerned about comfort, your best bet is to sit in an Oru Kayak before buying one. You can rent an Oru Kayak at getoutfitted.com and if you decide to purchase one the rental amount will go towards your purchase made off of www.orukayak.com. Or to just take a look at an Oru Kayak, contact your local retailer to take a look and sit in one of these bad boys.