When it comes to finding peace and tranquility on the water, there’s nothing quite like the experience of paddling a classic canoe at sunrise when the fog is just beginning to lift off the water. Coming in at under 11 pounds, the Oryx provides that same experience in a backcountry and travel setting. With the Cargo Fly internal storage system standard, it’s also built to take all of your gear for a multi-week expedition on long flatwater rivers.
The Oryx is narrower and longer than the raft inspired Forager and features two specialized ergonomic seats that allow the paddlers to sit upright like a classic canoe. The high seating position is ideal for all day seating comfort, putting in miles, and relaxing while fishing or wildlife watching. The Oryx is also our fastest flatwater boat hull. Experienced whitewater canoeists will be able to run up to Class II+ whitewater with ease in the Oryx, but the Forager is a much better multi-person whitewater packraft.
Due to the seating configuration, the Oryx is best paddled with a canoe style paddle. However, it can be paddled by a single stern paddler with a kayak paddle so that the front paddler can fish, take pictures, make lunch, etc. Therefore, we recommend the Aquabound Shred-Apart 240cm paddle with the Oryx.
OPEN TOURING: the Oryx is available only in the open touring build configuration. It is not available with spray decks or self bailing configurations due to the seating system.