With warmer weather rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor activities. Of which, one of my favorite is spending time on the water. That’s why Hypar’s new Folding Kayak caught my attention. At less than 20-pounds, it quickly transforms from a full-on kayak to a compressed unit small enough to fit in your luggage. That means that taking your vessel on an airplane just went from a non-starter to an absolute reality. Sure, we’ve seen foldable kayaks before but Hypar stands out from the bunch with a few notable features.
First, it has a hard shell outer that should offer better protection in comparison to similar inflatables. Each pre-folded sheet of polypropylene is designed to withstand up to 20,000 cycles before any leaking occurs. That’s obviously a big promise, but you wouldn’t want any less from a modular kayak. It has a standard bow front that you’d expect but the design gets interesting as it goes decidedly horizontal to meet the surface of the water. The goal here is to create a smoother ride and less friction versus comparable kayaks that are taller. Hypar is slated to launch its new product on April 11th on Indiegogo with a price of $750.
As a water sport enthusiast, Sviatoslav spent 5 years in Australia living on a sailing boat, trying and enjoying every possible floating device that exists: kayak, canoe, sailing boat, motor boat, surf board. Back to the city life as a designer, he dreamt about a “smartboat” that would combine all the various experiences in boating: a smart multi-tasking floating personal boat. In order to realize its vision, he gathered a team of experts who all share the same strong values and beliefs in: design purity, well engineered efficiency and lean innovative versatility.