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  • Inspired by the art of origami, this light, easy-to-store design magically folds out of a compact box; throw it in your car, check it on a plane or hike it in to remote lakes
  • Rigorous research and high-quality materials translate to an innovative folding hull that offers a one-of-a-kind kayaking experience
  • Unfolding the kayak into a fixed, rigid form takes just a few minutes, giving you more time on the water; straps with buckles offer easy, intuitive closures
  • 26 lb. weight is easy to lift and quick on the water
  • Hull offers plenty of room to stash gear for day trips and short camping excursions
  • Comfortable foam seat and fully adjustable backrest with easy-to-adjust footrest enhances comfort in the cockpit
  • Reinforced cockpit makes for easy entry, while structural bulkheads offer extra rigidity
  • Durable, double-layered polypropylene material can be folded thousands of times without weakening; material is extremely puncture- and abrasion-resistant
  • Fits standard spray skirts, size medium (sold separately)

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Specs

Best Use Flatwater Kayaking
Material(s) Nylon/injection-molded polypropylene
Length 12 feet
Width 25 inches
Depth Unavailable
Weight 26 pounds
Cockpit Size 30 x 16 inches
Seat Type Padded / Foam
Number of Paddlers 1
Weight Capacity (lbs) 300
Tracking System None
Foldable Yes
Packed Dimensions 22 x 16 x 28 inches
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like the Oru...a lot I picked up the Oru on my way from the airport to the coast of Oregon. It goes together and packs back up nicely, although I recommending doing that a few times in a warm, dry place before you try it in the great outdoors. It handles well and feels good on the water even in some dicy currents at the mouth of bay. It's very light which made it easy for small and old people to carry, and the baggage carriers of Delta did it no harm on the flight home!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A slighty-too-early review Disclaimer: I have not used this in the water yet. Mainly reviewing b/c there are some major issues with the information listed on the manufacturer's website about this model. It appears that although they've updated the model and the pictures-- the details about the kayak actually match the old bay+ model. There is no day hatch on this model, which was an unfortunate surprise for me. The chart on their website very clearly indicates that it should have one. Assembly took me way longer than it should have due to some confusion over how to slide on one of the pieces. There are links inside the instruction manual that don't exist yet when you visit Oru's site (assembly videos and tips and tricks). So, not much help there. I did find those sections of their website at a different location than the address listed in the manual, but they were all outdated. Eventually, I found a video on youtube of some of the oru employees showing off a prototype of this model at an expo and that made me realize I was sliding the closures in at the wrong point. Problem solved. Folding it back up took me something like 10-15 minutes. I imagine the next time I assemble it it'll be substantially faster. The lack of a day hatch isn't really a big enough problem for me to return it, I can just get a dry bag. But, I can't say that this was my best introduction to a product. I don't know why they would go through the trouble of releasing a product and not bother to at the very least update the copy on their website. Other points: I'm a 5'1" woman, I haven't yet bought the oru backpack. I was able to get this on the train and walk home about a mile w/ just the provided strap...but it definitely wasn't fun. The backpack seems like a necessity to carry the kayak for any extended period of time on foot.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Assembly: 2017 Bay ST & Beach LT Submitted by: Steve Kukla Purchased the new 2017 Beach LT and Bay ST models for my wife and myself from our local REI. Order processing and store pickup was a breeze. I was amazed I could carry both on each shoulder as I hauled them to my car. Assembly of both models was completely straightforward, logical and they now reside inside my home, awaiting warmer weather, while I perform practice runs assembling and disassembling each. However, the plastic bag of "spare parts" for each model has me completely baffled, as I cannot see how they apply to these kayaks. Additionally, the color glossy assembly instructions for the Beach LT did NOT match my model, and I had to download the latest assembly PDF for it at the Oru Kayak website. And the help URLs listed in the guides did not work either. Ah, start-up growing pains, due to success I assume. Been there, done that. If you want to earn a 5-star rating, then ensure that the packaging, contents and first assembly experience with your product is perfect. Hand the product to a newbie, unassociated with your firm and have them go through the process. And now I impatiently wait, till the nearby ponds and lakes and rivers warm-up here in New England. Heck, it's still winter here, kind of. Can't wait to glide the waters with these incredible creations
Date published: 2017-04-09
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What is the max height of paddler for the bay st? Is it the same as the bay and bay+? How does the bay st differ from the previous generation bay and bay+?

Asked by: Juice
This kayak has a maximum recommended paddler height of 6'3". The Bay ST is easier to assemble compared to the older Bay models. The new model also features a much more adjustable backrest and a more spacious cockpit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-13

Does the Bay ST have ratcheting buckles? Oru website's comparison chart states that it does, but in the pictures, there are no buckles. It looks like a seam cover is used to hold it together. Can you confirm? What's it like to use that seam cover? Thanks!

Asked by: thejourneyismyhome
Just bought this from REI and assembled in my living room yesterday. The manufacturer's website has totally inaccurate information. I've never used the ratcheting version, but the seam covers were easy enough to assemble, and seem like they'd hold out water well. There are no ratcheting buckles, and there is also no day hatch (which I'm kind of annoyed about). Other downsides: It took me a while to realize the seam covers (which they call "zipper closures") completely slip over the middle seam b/c the instructions are a little ikea-esque and they haven't updated their assembly video. All the links inside their instruction manual are broken. With that said, I won't be returning it. I can definitely see being able to assemble it in sub 15 min with some practice, and there are very few other options for a 12' kayak that can be stored in a sub 800 sqft apartment and moved around with no car haha.
Answered by: aareskog
Date published: 2017-05-13

From the photos on REI.com it looks like the box it folds into is separate. Is that true, and if so, does it store inside (and take up how much space?) or do you have to leave it on the beach?

Asked by: Shaky Knees
There is no "box". The orange piece at the top is your floorboard, the rest of the white that you see is the actual kayak. The only part that is not an actual piece of the boat is the carrying straps.
Answered by: Chris C
Date published: 2017-05-24

My daughter is 5' with short legs and a long torso. Will the foot rests adjust enough to work for her?

Asked by: Lisa
This kayak has an adjustable footrest to accommodate a wide range of heights.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-18

Have you eliminated the day hatch in the bay st?  Does the bay st have ratchet buckles?

Asked by: Hal73
Based on my reading of other Q and A and reviews of this thing, there is no day hatch and there are no ratchet buckles.  
Answered by: ConcreteRodeo
Date published: 2017-05-12

Does this come with a paddle?

Asked by: Steveg
No it doesn't 
Answered by: xtinakim
Date published: 2017-05-16

Are the float inserts available for purchase?

Asked by: Pix
Float inserts are available for this kayak. https://www.rei.com/c/kayak-flotation
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-09

Are the Bay ST deck lines sturdy enough for rescues? Are there thigh braces in the Bay ST? Does the Oru Kayak Skirt sold for the Coast fit the new Bay ST?

Asked by: theirwebsiteisuseless
The lines are not recommended for rescues. This kayak does not have thigh braces. The Oru spray skirt is compatible with this kayak.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19
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