ONAK: the origami foldable canoe
ONAK: the origami foldable canoe

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Enjoy the small(er) things

ONAK is the perfect fit for the wild outdoors and a new way to escape the daily grind. Explore the hidden corners of your local canals and rivers with our new, beautifully designed origami canoe. A good conventional canoe requires a big budget and, most of all, lots of storage place. ONAK brings you the performance of a top quality canoe without any of that hassle.



New possibilities

Paddling with the flow of a stream is an amazing feeling. However, you usually end your journey in a different location. ONAK solves this issue by being foldable: stash it in the trunk of your car, carry it around with public transport, allowing for less planning than ever. A real adventure. 

Have quality time together

Canoeing with ONAK is most fun when done together. You can steer the canoe from the back while your partner enjoys a carefree experience. Can you think of a better way to spend your free time?


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Instead of designing around the limits of existing materials, we developed our own: it is durable and flexible enough to be folded and unfolded multiple thousands of times. Our patent pending Honeycomb - Curv™ Polypropylene material became the backbone of our innovation. Aside from being extremely tough and fully recyclable, it allowed us to design a stiff canoe almost entirely in one piece, with very few other parts required. Honeycomb air cells give it so much additional buoyancy that it even stays afloat when entirely flooded with water.


By making hundreds of paper models and fifteen real prototypes, we also refined the design of our patent pending hull. This was a huge challenge due to the limitations of origami. We opted for a narrow and fast canoe design that keeps its momentum very well, while still being delightfully easy and stable to maneuver for beginners.

Pledge overview


Everybody ambassador


Every canoe backer receives a personal sticker with a url on their canoe. This gives them access to the ONAK ambassador system.


465 cm (183”) x 85 cm (33.5”).
200 kg (441 lbs) to 250 kg (551 lbs) capacity.
case on wheels:
40 cm (16") x 120 cm (48") x 25 cm (10").
17 kg (27 lbs) weight.
Everything fits inside the case on wheels, including 2 paddles with even some room left.
Everything fits inside the case on wheels, including 2 paddles with even some room left.

Why do we need your support? 

Our foldable canoe is already a remarkable product. With your help we can improve it even further. We’ll use your investment to automate and perfect the production process, so that our canoes will be even easier and faster to assemble.

ONAK’s composite hull material will be produced in Germany and Belgium. We are cooperating closely with our partners Econcore and Propex Curv™, professionals experienced in producing large volumes with outstanding quality. Larger quantities means less cost per unit, meaning we can keep the final price lower the more canoes are ordered.

The pressing of the hulls and the end assembly of our canoes will be done Europe, so we can apply our quality standards more effectively. The pressing will be done on a huge, custom made heated press. This investment is the main reason we decided to go through Kickstarter.

Producing in decent quantities will also allow us to develop custom hardware (small parts) that will further improve the assembly and working of the canoe. After this campaign, our founder and designer Otto will spend his time with our oversea production partners to fine tune the design and supervise production until the first batches are shipped.  



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