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Oru Folding Kayak

Having owned a wooden framed-hypalon skinned folding kayak for a number of years I was already a huge fan of folding kayaks but also acutely aware of the limitations of these vessels. The main issues for me has been the size and weight of the bag (not quite as portable as you might think), the assembly time and the requirement to thoroughly clean and dry the frame and skin after each use before storage.

I came across the Oru “Bay” kayak via Stumbleupon and was very intrigued by the concept and potential benefits. After reading up on some of the reviews I had a chance to have a close inspection of the boat during my annual visit to the London Boat Show and place an order.

The Oru is incredibly light and simple to assemble – my first attempt took only 15 minutes. There is also (just) enough storage for overnight trips – my all weather sleeping system fits behind the cockpit and a dry bag for food and camping essentials can be held forward of the footrests. The space forward of the “structural bulkheads” is taken up with flotation sacks.

I plan to use my Oru kayak fro evening and weekend trips including a paddle from the source of the Thames to the Sea.

More to Follow.

Oru Kayak Adventures: First Paddle

Today I took my Oru kayak out on to the water for the first time – I took it down to Surbiton which is where I often go paddle-boarding. Taking the boat on the train was no problem whatsoever. There was a decent stream on the river

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Oru Kayak Adventures: Windsor to Surbiton

Yesterday I headed out to Windsor on the train with my new Oru Folding Kayak. The plan was to paddle back down the River Thames to Surbiton.  Arriving around 10:30 into Windsor and Eton Riverside station, I then walked along the Thames path to Romney Lock where I

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Oru Kayak Adventures: Vauxhall to Surbiton

Today I paddled my Oru kayak from Vauxhall in London all the way up river to Surbiton. After arriving at Vauxhall Station I headed down to the river and assembled the boat before getting under way from a spot near the MI6 building at around about the bottom

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Oru Kayak Adventures: Cricklade to Shifford Lock

On Saturday I headed off to Cricklade in Wiltshire to kayak the furthest upstream navigable part of the Thames. This would be my first overnight trip using my “Oru” kayak. I thought this time of year would be a good time to do this stretch of the river

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Oru Kayak Adventures: Shifford Lock to Oxford

On Sunday I completed the second leg of my Oru folding kayak trip between Cricklade and Oxford. This trip is part of a series of weekend trips with the aim of paddling the entire length of the Thames during 2015. At the end of my overnight stop

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Oru Kayak Adventures: Oxford to Day’s Lock

After waiting for rush hour to finish, I headed off on the train to London Victoria station from where I hailed a black cab which took me over to Paddington. At Paddington, I picked up a rather busy GWR train to Oxford. I arrived into Oxford in the

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Oru Kayak Adventures: Day’s Lock to Appletree Eyeot

I set off from Day’s Lock at around 6am with the aim of finishing the day close to Reading. Wallingford looked to be a beautiful settlement. I took lunch at the Swan at Streatley feeling rather under-dressed. The food was rather up-market and fancifully named but of good

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Oru Kayak Adventures: Appletree Eyeot to Bourne End

After a very comfortable night’s sleep I broke camp and set off at around 07:00 into central Reading. The first lock of the day was Caversham lock which was very easy to portage around. The next point of interest was the entrance to the Kennet and Avon

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Oru Kayak Adventures: Bourne End to Romney Lock

I was woken at first light by the sound of cows who had come to wake me up and send me on my way. So afer cooking up some breakfast I headed off down river on the final leg of my journey towards Windsor Castle. I finished my trip

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Oru Kayak Adventures: Oxford to Windsor Photographs

A few photographs from my recent four-day, three-night trip down the kayak journey down the Thames from Oxford to Windsor. [Show as slideshow]  

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Jonathan Tolhurst

About Jonathan Tolhurst

Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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