Oru Kayak Review: My Experience with an Oru Beach LT

I’ve had an Oru kayak for a little over five months now. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of my experience.

What is Oru Kayak?

Oru Kayak is a relatively new kayak brand that specializes in foldable kayaks. After getting their start on Kickstarter, the innovative Oru has won tons of awards from respected outdoor organizations like Gear Junkie and Outdoor Retailer.

As far as kayak brands go, I’ve got a bit of a crush on them. Read on to find out why.

How I got my Oru Beach LT

Living in Austin, TX makes it hard to not love kayaking. After years of renting kayaks on the weekends, I decided to finally take the plunge and buy one for myself. Being the researcher that I am, I hit the web to figure out which kayak was best for me. I needed a kayak that met this list of demands:

  1. Super portable. I don’t have a roof rack on my small SUV, so I was on the hunt for something I could somehow carry without needing a roof rack.
  2. Doesn’t weigh a million pounds. Most kayaks are so heavy you need a cart to transport them from your vehicle to the water. I did not want to have to mess with that.
  3. Big enough to bring my dog. ‘Nuff said. I like bringing my dog on adventures.
  4. Really durable. I was willing to shell out a little bit more money to make sure my kayak would last me for years to come.
  5. Recreational. I’m not (usually) much of a fisherman and I haven’t yet delved into the world of extreme kayaking, so I just wanted something for fun in the sun.

I spent a month or so searching and finally found my dream kayak: the Oru Beach LT.

The Oru Beach LT

The Beach LT checked all my boxes. It’s perfect for fun, easy, and casual kayaking. Its stable hull shape and spacious cockpit make it ideal for recreational paddling, without compromising speed and agility on the water.

Oru Beach LT specs:

  • Price: $1,199.00 (or $100/mo using the Affirm financing option)
  • Weight: 26 pounds 
  • Length: 12 feet  Width: 28″ 
  • Cockpit: 25″ by 48″
  • Storage: 140 liters  
  • Max paddler height: 6’6″ 
  • Weight capacity: 300 pounds 
  • Kayak box: 33″ by 12″ by 29″ 
  • Shipping box: 35″ by 16″ by 31″ 
  • Set-up time: 5 to 10 minutes 
Oru Beach Kayak
Source: Oru Kayak

Now that you know all the details, let’s dive into the pros and cons of this bad boy.

Oru Beach LT Pros

There are definitely more pros to this kayak than there are cons. Here are a few of them.

It’s really lightweight.

At 26 lbs, this kayak is half the weight of most others. I can carry it from my car, to the water, and back again with minimal effort. The weight (or lack thereof) was a game-changer for me!

You can take it pretty much anywhere.

The fact that I can throw my Oru into my trunk and go wherever I want is probably my favorite thing about it. Once boxed up, it fits really easily into most trunk spaces and truck beds which means you don’t have to worry about buying and dealing with a roof rack.

If you really, really want to take it everywhere, the Oru Pack will let you wear your kayak on your back like a backpack. Magic!

My kayak has been all over Austin with me — I just grab it and go!

It has lots of space.

A few things that I have fit into my Beach LT’s cockpit with me: my dog, my 4-year-old nephew, my waterproof backpack, my 6-year-old nephew, and my 9-year-old sister. (Not all at once, of course.)

The cockpit has a ton of space both in front of and behind the seat, making it really easy to bring along whatever (or whoever) you want on your adventure.

It’s strong and durable.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried about this one when I first bought my Oru. A lightweight, foldable kayak sounded too good to be true. I half expected to sink as soon as I got into the water!

But! I didn’t sink. After 20+ uses over these past few months, the Beach LT is still just as durable as the first day I got it. You can tell that Oru really cares about the quality of their product.

What is an Oru kayak made of? According to Oru, their kayaks are made with a 5 mm double-layered, custom-extruded polypropylene with a 10-year UV treatment. This means that they are incredibly puncture-resistant and built to last.

It’s somewhat of a conversation starter.

It never fails that every time I’m out by the water unfolding my kayak, someone calls out to me, “Is that a kayak? That’s so cool!” People love this thing, and I love explaining to them how it works.

So if you decided to buy your own Beach LT, be prepared to make some new friends.

Oru Beach LT Cons

There’s really only one con that I can think of…

At first, it can be difficult to unfold and refold.

The specs list says that folding assembly time is between 5-10 minutes, so when my first time took me an hour and 45 minutes I was…not thrilled. That first time was rough and I was really frustrated because A) I had no idea what I was doing and B) The plastic was brand new, therefore a little stiff and hard to fold.

The good news is, it immediately got easier! The second time only took 20 minutes, and by my third use, I’d gotten assembly time down to that 10-minute mark. These days, it only takes me 5-7 minutes to get it unfolded and into the water.

In the future, I think Oru can relieve a lot of that initial frustration for their customers by setting expectations that the first few times they set up their kayak might take a little longer (especially if they’re setting it up solo).

All in all, this is a damn good kayak and I’m really glad this is the one I decided to buy. I can’t wait to use it for many more years to come.

Don’t trust me? Check out what other Oru Beach LT kayakers had to say:

Oru Beach Kayak Review

Oru Kayak 5-star Review
Oru Kayak Review #2

Have you ever tried an Oru Beach LT or any other Oru kayak? Let me know your experience and review in the comments below!

Oru Kayak FAQs

Are Oru Kayaks any good?

Absolutely, yes.

The Beach LT checked all my boxes. It’s perfect for fun, easy, and casual kayaking. Its stable hull shape and spacious cockpit make it ideal for recreational paddling, without compromising speed and agility on the water.

What is Oru Kayak made of?

Oru Kayaks are made of a sheet of plastic (polyethelyne) with creases that let you fold the entire boat into a highly portable “suitcase” box.

Where are Oru Kayaks made?

Oru Kayaks are manufactured in California and usually sell for about the same price as other plastic or fiberglass boats.

Are folding kayaks any good?

Folding kayaks are a great way to enjoy kayaking because they can fold down to a convenient size and be easily stored, but are still durable.

This portability opens up a world of possibilities since you can take a foldable kayak anywhere, even on a plane!

Other Oru Kayak models

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Oru Beach LT Kayak
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Krista Doyle says:

    LOL A+ kayak pun

  2. Riss says:

    I can testify to it all. My gf did the search and I said “let’s do it!” It was the best investment I’ve ever made for my happiness. Get your’s Oru regret it!!! 🤣😁❤

  3. Krista Doyle says:

    Really well, actually! Cuts through the water like butter 🙂

  4. William Ferguson says:

    Interesting concept, how does it handle on water?

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