Lauching later this summer on Kickstarter is the first hard shelled Kayak that you can carry like a backpack.
With a Russian doll type nesting system Pakayak offers you the ability to carry a hardshell Kayak that differs very little from most of the top kayaks available on the market today. The segmented boats are made of kayak-specific plastic resin and interlock with a 275-pound capacity strength and watertight construction. The resilient design follows one that has already shown success in the SCUBA industry–it also makes underwater dive cameras and dive lights possible. Pakayak sections maintain their seal with a 4-point clamping technology that also creates bulkheads at the connection points. The company says these bulkheads actually increase the overall strength of the boat because they are stronger than the hull itself.
Pakayaks should take no more than 5 minutes to assemble, and during use they should feel and paddle just like a traditional kayak. Nested dimensions are 42″ long x 24″ wide x 16″ high. Assembled dimensions are 168″ long x 24″ wide x 16″ high. The cockpit measures 18″ x 24″. Weight is 55 pounds.
Pakayak anticipates a retail price of around $1,695.