Modular Backyak is a Sled, Kayak, Sailboat and Backpack in One

By C.C. Weiss, Gizmag – Tucked away in one of the most distant corners of last week’s Boot Düsseldorf show was one of the show’s most interesting products: the ultra-versatile Klepper Backyak. As its name suggests, it’s a kayak that can hike to water’s edge on your back. But it’s also a sailboat, a snow sled and a floating sun deck. The carbon-constructed Backyak follows Klepper’s century-old history of building folding kayaks for easy transport and storage. Only the Backyak doesn’t fold; the six-piece vessel breaks down into two separate 22-lb (10-kg), drum-shaped backpacks that strap to the shoulders of two paddlers by way of the attachable harnesses. In this way, two paddlers can get the kayak to the water, no matter whether they’re traveling by subcompact car, foot, bicycle or public transportation. Not only is the Backyak far easier to transport than a standard single-piece kayak, it looks...

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