Adventure buffs who love the great outdoors will appreciate the Justin Case Kayak – a foldable kayak that can be turned into the size of a backpack, or even smaller.
Especially for long nature excursions, the Justin Case Kayak provides users the relief of not having to drag with them a traditional kayak, since it is too big and too expensive most of the time. The maker of the Justin Case Kayak, Inna Morgan told New Atlas that although kayaking was one of Morgan’s favourite outdoor activities, it always seemed off-limits and that this product is a good solution for the millennial lifestyle that is not only functional, but efficient and greener as well.
The frame of the kayak is made of carbon fibre poles that should be inserted into connectors to set it up. Once the frame is set up, there is a nylon skin that needs to be pulled over it and secured with the built-in closures. It seems like a lot of work to set up, but the process takes only 10 minutes. After its disassembled and stuffed back in its pack, the kayak will measure only about 40 inches by 6 inches. That means it’s small enough to carry around and fit virtually anywhere, that’s the size of a small backpack.
According to Digital Trends, the kayak’s prototypes have been water tested for the past six months for reliability, and the results show that it can take as much of a beating as a regular kayak. It is strong enough to support over 269 pounds of weight and weighs at just 6 lbs– making it the lightest portable kayak that has so far been made.
The product is available right now on Kickstarter, where it is trying to fulfil its funding goal of $135,000. According to the Kickstarter page, the makers of the kayak recreated the traditional form factor from the bottom-up and with the help of 3D printers, made the necessary parts for the final product. Those interested in owning one will need to shell out $690, which is the early bird price.
For those who are familiar with the kayaking industry, these prices are a steal, compared to what the competition costs nowadays, which is at least two or three times more. For the adventure enthusiast who is also a millennial, this would probably make a good addition to their arsenal in order to make that impromptu kayak ride when they come across a river, lake or perhaps the home pool, if it’s big enough.