‘Best in Show’ Award Winners represent Greatest New Gear for 2014

Tote-a-Boat Kayak — Funded late last year via a Kickstarter campaign with $443,806 (after a more humble $80,000 goal), the Oru Kayak made its OR Show debut. We were impressed with the origami-like design, which employs a corrugated plastic (polyethelyne) skin.

You can fold it up and check it on a plane. At a river or ocean destination the $1,095 kayak unpacks to reveal a full size, 12-foot kayak that weighs just 25 pounds. It’s strong, buoyant, nimble, and capable of taking a spray skirt to roll, brace, and function much like a regular boat.

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Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.