20/06/17 - Sneak preview - Expedition version of the WW inflatable kayak ZelGear ONE. Photos
10/06/17 - Cats and inflatable kayaks available for try outs - Igla-2 inflatable kayak, TourCat-2 Mini, VectoR-2 and SportCat-4
26/05/17 - Our demo / try-out TourCat-2 MINI has arrived! Some photos here
16/05/17 - Next show day - Beale Park Boat Show 2-4th June 2017. Some boats on display - VectoR-2, TourCat-2 Mini, Igla-2. Details
30/04/17 - New addition to the TourCat family - Budget TourCat-2 "Mini". Some photos here
28/04/17 - ZelGear ONE ('Slivka') demo inflatable white water kayak available for try-outs from beginning of June. Some photos here
19/02/17 - Accessory Package Deals for inflatable kayaks added
12/02/17 - New addition to the inflatable kayak range -
ZelGear ONE "Slivka". A white water
single seater kayak that packs into a backpack
26/01/17 - Comments on the UKRGB forum about
the benefits of the Cats - from an experienced professional USA
guide. See Reviews page
- PU versions Cats
In addition to the existing PVC range, Cats made with stronger and
lighter PU will be available to order soon. News
05/01/17 - new 2 seater cataraft coming soon! Modified
extreme WW version of the SportCat-2,
be out late Spring /
early summer. Photos of
first tests here
01/12/16 - Useful Websites page added. A list
of sites that will help with the planning of the
next trip etc.
28/11/16 - Product Reviews page added. Read what new owners
thought of their recent purchases here
Enquiries & Ordering
When you would like to order, write to us and
we will provide up to date quotes. We will also send you an invoice with relevant
payment details etc. Or if you need advice etc, we are more than happy to help
ZelGear products are all made in Europe, using European made materials and high
grade German made PVC welding machines.
5 year warranty on all ZelGear products
Looking for something?
If you are looking for something
that is not listed on our website please give us a call or email
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid license
/ permission from the relevant authorities to
use water craft on UK's waterways, rivers, lakes, etc. Not all inland
water is open to paddlers, some are privately owned or is bounded
land which is private, so do check beforehand. Membership of a
canoe union / club is very beneficial.
NERIS ZelGear Water Sports UK / NERIS UK
team that runs this UK business have many years of kayaking
both in Southern Africa and in the UK. From
building the first privately owned skin-on-frame double seater
kayak back in the 1970's, to owning several different models
of folding kayaks and selling various brands of folding
military) over the years, you can count on
the knowledge of a broadly
experienced folding kayak crew.
Not only the NERIS boats are of an excellent quality, we
take our after sales service super seriously. As a valued customer
you will soon become aware that our relationship with you
is long term. We also have
a special relationship with NERIS (the manufacturer) in that
they take on board our experienced advice and feedback,
so that the kayaks that we sell in the UK meets our minimum
criteria and fits in with the current market needs.
NERIS ZelGear (The manufacturer)
Folding kayaks first developed in Germany on a commercial basis
in 1907, and to this day, Germany is still the heart of folding
kayak activity, where a high proportion of
kayaks in use are folding kayaks. During the heyday of folding
kayak manufacturing in Germany, many
companies started and closed over time, with a core of
at least 7 major brands between the 1930's to 1950's. During that
kayak development and manufacturing spread from Germany, across
to Poland, southern Russia,
UK and France. From the 1950's onwards more brands
spread around the world in spite of serious competition from
hard shell glass fibre and later, plastic kayaks. Around the
1970's, It was the proliferation of cheaper glass fibre and plastic
caused the closure of many good quality folding kayak businesses
in Europe including the 2 main manufacturers in the UK.
NERIS ZelGear started in 1999 as a specialist PVC business and is
based in Kiev, Ukraine. The company first started out providing kayak
produced folding kayak
skins. By 2001, the business had rapidly developed the quality
of their PVC products such that their first catamaran white water
raft model won at most of the prestigious competitions that were
held in Russia at the time.
In 2003, NERIS became the official supplier of accessories for
Poucher-Boote - a leading German folding kayak manufacturer.
In 2004, NERIS ZelGear expanded their range of framed catarafts,
and in the
following year, started production of their 1st own design double
seater kayak. This NERIS Valkure-2 became an immediate success,
not only with sales, but also with winning awards in competitions
and at Water Tourism shows.
By 2006, NERIS had designed, developed and produced 3 more folding
kayak models - all of which became popular and sold in large
numbers in Ukraine, Russia, Germany and Canada.
In 2011, saw a supply agreement placed with a large Russian outdoor
equipment dealership - that saw many Russians switching preference
to the high quality products made by NERIS ZelGear.
In 2012, production of the single and double seater
inflatable kayaks started.
The same year saw the introduction of the Alu-2 and Alu-3 folding
In 2015, NERIS ZelGear started supplying the R2 & R4 kneeling
to the USA market, under a US trade name - ZELGEAR. This
innovative forward facing seating position R2 & R4 kneeling
frameless cataraft is the 1st of its kind in the world.
Currently the product line up that are all made in the NERIS
factory by highly trained staff are:-
- 6 folding kayak models (1, 2 and 3 seaters)
- 4 inflatable hybrid kayaks (1, 2 and 3 seaters)
- 3 inflatable canoes
(child, 1, 2 and 3 seaters)
- 5 framed catamarans (alu frame between pontoons)
- 5 frameless catamarans (inflatable tubes joining the pontoons)
- 2 are of the kneeling type
- A wide range of hermetic bags (dry bags, back packs, pouches,
duffle bags, etc)
- Spray skirts, inflatable seats, sponsons, carry bags and other
accessories for boating
- Inflatable tents and sleds
Most of the more experienced factory staff really love white water
rivers (had been paddling long before the business started) so
the products that they work on making, have all been thoroughly tested
fit and competitive too, entering in various races and marathons
using NERIS folding kayaks,
inflatable kayaks and as well as catarafts, all with notable results. They
care about what they make becuase they actually use them!