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This packable kayak folds up as small as a sleeping bag, and only weighs 6 lbs

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Even the tenant of a tiny apartment can enjoy the Justin Case kayak, which folds up smaller than a sleeping bag.

Nothing rounds out a camping trip quite like a quick paddle in a kayak. The relaxing ride through the water is a perfect way to explore the area from a different point of view. Still, kayaks can be large and awkward. Sometimes they can be difficult to strap to a car. Other times, such as on a hiking trip, there is just no way to bring one along. Until now, that is.

Justin Case Kayak has developed a foldable kayak that breaks down to the size of a folding chair. It’s a kayak designed to bring along on adventures in the outdoors. At less than six pounds, it’s the lightest portable kayak available.

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The brains behind the concept belong to Inna Morgan, who came up with the idea in 2015. Morgan was fed up with the issues surrounding the purchase of a kayak. They are large, require a good deal of storage space, and cost well over a thousand dollars. This led him to collaborate with European designers and engineers. What they came up with is the out-of-box solution aimed at kayakers of any experience level.

A kayak from Justin Case sports a carbon fiber frame and a ripstop skin. Even though it tips the scales at just 5.7 pounds, the kayak can support up to 250 pounds. When all folded up, it measures 40 inches long and 6 inches wide. Full assembly takes about ten minutes to become 9.7 feet long and 26 inches wide with a depth of 9 inches. Prototypes have been water tested for the past six months, so safety and reliability are not a concern.

Currently, Justin Case Kayak is available through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Early birds can snag the kayak for only $690 while others can get one by pledging at least $790. With competition costing two or three times more than that, it’s an excellent reason to jump in — and without getting wet.