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"akiak" / folding kajak

OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD students 2008

OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD students 2008

The boat in the backpack – «akiak» is a fast and easy to manoeuvre, one-person kayak for spontaneous short getaways.  With its radically reduced shell construction and unique folding method, «akiak» can be assembled at the waters edge in minutes, taking collapsable  boats to a new level.
 At less than 10kg this  boat is easily transported by train, bike or on foot with the use of a purpose built backpack, giving adventurers unlimited possibilities to reach new uncharted waters.
 The boat is designed around state of the art textiles and an innovative construction method, making the 3.6m kayak functional and reliable on  water.


Hochschule für Gestaltung u. Kunst Basel FHNW

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
industrial design
Aarau, Switzerland

Lutz Gebhardt

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Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
Basel, Switzerland

Claudio Catenazzi

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