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Mar 14, 2011
Outside Magazine
Martini Portable Kayak

   Photo: Photo by Ryan Heffernan

Portable kayaks are nothing new, but until now they've been expensive, a hassle to assemble, or both. That's why Point 65's Martini is so brilliant. Release a few buckles and presto: this 13-foot-8-inch tandem separates into three interlocking pieces that fit nicely in the back of an SUV or an apartment-building elevator. Paddling solo? Leave out the middle section to form a sporty 9-foot-4-inch single. Best of all, it's actually a good boat—stable when launching and landing, nimble on the water, and ready to swallow a weekend's worth of gear. It's also a heck of a lot tougher than traditional frame-and-PVC folding expedition craft. Our only question: Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? 77 pounds tandem, 49 pounds solo; $1,299; point65.com

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