Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Origami Makes Editing Your Outdoor Gear a Little Easier

One of the great appeals of living a pared-down, less distracted life is that it affords the time and mental space to engage in recreational activities. But there’s a catch for the minimalist recreational enthusiast: Unless you’re a runner, you’re activity of choice probably requires a bunch of gear. LifeEdited founder Graham Hill is a kiteboarder with a board, harnesses, etc. This author is a road and mountain biker and must negotiate two bikes and a ton of gear like tools, thermal bib knickers and so on. Storing all this stuff while trying to keep a pared down life can be a real challenge.

While we don’t have definitive answers for kiteboarders and cyclists (though the ThinBike technology might help slim your rides), there is good news for the edited kayaker. By incorporating origami principles, the Oru Kayak takes one of the most space-intensive outdoor sports and makes storage very manageable.

The 12 foot, 25 lb kayak folds up into a 33″ X 29″ X 10″ travel case. The kayak is rated to 260 lb load and can withstand at least 20K folds.

The Oru Kayak is available in spring 2013 for $800 through Kickstarter.

If you have any suggestions for storing your outdoor equipment, let us know.

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