ONAK is a brand of Foldboys Tim and Frederik, an Antwerp-based duo of origami artists. Okay, anyone can fold a boat from paper. But Tim and Frederik go nextlevel with that Japanese art of folding. They fold large, unwieldy products like a classic canoe into innovative take-along solutions like the ONAK. This is how they have been creating life-size foldable design products for over 20 years: from design to production.
Easy to carry, easy to store
They take up little space and are easy to handle. Your ONAK can always go with you: on foot, by bike, on the train, on the bus, in the car and on the plane.
Does the water or the adventure call? Forget about lugging heavy equipment around. With your ONAK, every paddling adventure starts and ends a lot lighter. An ONAK is easy to take from home to nature. Even if you live 5 floors up in the city.
Paddling in the city, in the mountains or by the sea
Where do you start your paddling trip? On a canal in Venice or Amsterdam? Along the castles of the Loire or on the beaches of the Florida Keys? A foldable ONAK will take you anywhere. The sky is the limit.
For sporty water fans and for recreational nature lovers
There is an ONAK for everyone. They are there for seasoned paddlers who want to push their sporting limits, for recreational water fans, for occasional boaters, for people who are fans of nature and the openness of water, for families, for dog and child. Solo, duo or in a group. Wildwater, open sea or city canal.
ONAKs and their packaging are one. When folded, they are no bigger than a suitcase on wheels (ONAK-X and -Y), a handy tote bag (ONAK Bato) or a compact backpack (ONAK Air). You hang them on your shoulders, back or roll them behind you. And of course they fit in the trunk of your car or they go with you on public transport. Wonderfully mobile, right?
Start to paddle
Arrived at your destination? A clever pulley or inflation system makes your canoe, kayak or paddleboard ready to sail in no time. Storing it away after your trip? That too is user-friendly and intuitive thanks to flexible folding lines. Or would you rather just let the air escape from your ONAK Air? Practical, right?
Created with an eye for design and respect for nature.
ONAK canoes and kayaks are sustainably designed without microplastics and locally produced in Belgium.
We believe it is important to work with reusable materials that do not increase the amount of waste. By the way: we help the environment by cleaning up the waste in (and around) the local waterways. Would you (or your organization) like to do that too? We’ll be happy to get you started with a demo.
Did you know that all our boats weigh less than 15 kg?
And so the ONAK-X is the lightest folding 2-person canoe in the world.
Setting up is child's play
Unfolding a canoe and launching it? A simple pulley system secures the entire structure of your ONAK with tension straps. It takes hardly any physical effort and in a couple of minutes it’s done. The straps stay constantly connected: you don’t even have to figure out which buckle fits where. Everything is simple and clear.
Our success story has been unfolding since 2016
In 2016, ONAK was one of the first companies to launch a folding canoe. Six years later, the basic concept and vision remain intact. Behind the scenes things did change. New captains Frederik and Tim came on board. They steered the boat from its home port of Ghent to Antwerp, Belgium.
OnaCurv / OnaCore
We were looking for an alternative, eco-friendly material that meets all the requirements of high-end canoes. And then sometimes you discover something that impacts your design, construction and manufacturing. After months of research and product development, our experts arrived at a suitable material: a light, inflexible and recyclable polymer. The ideal component for canoes, in other words. On this basis, they developed the OnaCurv (Honeycomb-Curv™) that is now used for the ONAK-X. For Bato and ONAK-Y we selected another similar type of the same polymer family: the OnaCore, core structured panels.
Your ONAK, your freedom
Your ONAK is your best buddy after a long day at the office, during a weekend away with friends or on vacation with your family. This is how you enjoy water, wind and freedom, alone or in company.
Just fold and go.
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