As anyone who’s ever tried lugging kayak or canoe off-road out to a tranquil, isolated lake can attest, there's nothing even remotely relaxing about it.
After coming to this realization during a duck-hunting trip in North Carolina many moons ago, Pete Flood set about creating a folding boat he could carry on his back.
Following some hiccups, Flood eventually came up with the K-Pak, a kayak-canoe hybrid with a foldable frame and inflatable seats and flooring that sets up in five minutes.
Made from custom thermal polyurethane fabric and aluminum tubing, the “skin on frame” K-Pak morphs from a 21-pound backpack to a nine-foot-long boat that can support up to 280 pounds.
“This rugged, super-stable, extremely comfortable boat has been towed behind 60-pound halibut and some not-so-happy salmon,” according to the company's website. “We have tested our hulls on streams, lakes, and oceans from Alaska to North Carolina, so we know our boat is durable.”
Priced at $875, the vessel is ideal for adventurers who rather use a closet for storage than a garage.
Paddles sold separately.
Main image and other photos used courtesy of C.C. Weiss/New Atlas