Watching the folding-canoe/kayak market evolve since that first "Mycanoe" prototype in Knoxville TN has been a wonderful experience, and with this latest version, Mycanoe absolutely has a winner! Took me 5 mins to get from folded-up "suitcase" into the water my 2nd time out, and she handles great, packs up well, and is MUCH easier to carry around on commuter rail, bus, and subway than other folding boats I've tried. And she has the easiest build of all of them (I've tried three brands of folding boats, plus an inflatable.)
Mycanoe, you have a winner! Congratulations.
I just purchased 2 Solo2 canoes. It really does only take 3 minutes to put together! Also very easy to disassemble.
Received it yesterday and had to try it - so after I put it together at home to learn, I went down to the place to canoe and went on a careful paddle even though it was windy and the water was choppy.
Stability isn't perfect but it's not bad - I didn't get the extra seat attachment, so it will be an adjustment to get used to where the center of gravity sits in this.
It feels like sit on top kayak but sitting up higher.
Legs got a bit tired in the positions possible- can't switch to kneeling with the seat in. More stable when sitting cross legged.
Used a kayak paddle. Got wet/water in the boat, but not a big deal.
The wind/sideways choppy waves felt a bit more thrilling than ideal - the material is very light. But it wasn't worse than a sit on top kayak.
It's not hard to put together but the folding makes some crunching noises that I hope don't mean it will wear out!
If it holds up well, this thing is going to be incredibly fun for my casual paddles. I don't have a roof rack or big vehicle, and I'll often go alone on short paddles without easy vehicle access, so this is really simple. Can't wait to take it to Lake Louise!!
I'm not sure this is the #1 item for a die-hard multi-day scary river kayak paddler or someone who wants the most serene canoe ride on earth. But if you want something that isn't inflatable and just is tons of fun... as long as this is durable (time will tell), then woo. Wish the warranty was a little better after folding it a few times but I'll try to be gentle. This is a massive lifestyle upgrade for me.
Note: I shipped it to Calgary, Canada. Shipping was fast but customs broker fees & tax cost $147 CAD and that was a bit of a shock.
Wow, I received my Solo 2 canoe a couple of weeks ago…what a marvel of simplicity! Once I got it out of the box and unfolded I was amazed that the folks at OriCanoe had figured out how to eliminate the black plastic slide on gunnels. This makes the Canoe so much lighter. simpler, easier and faster to set up, and launch! I was impressed with the Duo that I purchased last spring, but the Solo 2 is truly amazing.
Speaking of the Duo…to be fair the slide on gunnels are not that much of hassle to put on and take off. The sides of the Duo canoe are much longer and need the rigidity to prevent the sides from buckling out or in under pressure! The dual seats help there as well. I can bring a friend or two along and/or pack extra gear and supplies for longer trips in my Duo. I’ll just bet the OriCanoe folks will figure out how to eliminate the slide on gunnels on the Duo too! Hummm…DUO “2”. Repetitive?
Both canoes are great when bringing my Cheeweenie dog for a float. She loves checking out the various wildlife (aka people) and animals along the shoreline. (Oh wait, or is it the other way around?)
If you’re thinking about buying an OriCanoe or an OruKayak kayak (now that’s repetitive!) but aren’t sure about the quality, longevity or convenience; well worry no more! Quality is outstanding, convenience is amazing and real, but as for longevity, I haven’t had mine long enough to speak to that. But with 20K…that’s 20 thousand folds, that’s pretty reassuring that my OriCanoes are going to be around for a long long time!
Well, I hope this helps anyone thinking about buying one of these great and practical canoes or kayaks. Well worth the price for what you get! IMHO.
Mine arrived last week and I've used it twice on the lake. I only went out in calm water but it worked great. Fairly easy and quick to assemble. The folds are kind of stiff, especially if it's cold. It's so much lighter than the mycanoe duo that I have. I know someone asked about using it with a large dog. I don't think I would have room for my 40 lb dog and me and still be able to paddle comfortably. I am about 6'4 and #200. If you are smaller you might be able to make it work but I will use the duo with my dogs.