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Announcements

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 based river guide. See Reviews page

22/01/17 - 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, VectoR-2 will 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 with your queries.

ZelGear
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



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If you are looking for something that is not listed on our website please give us a call or email us.


Important Notice
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 by land which is private, so do check beforehand. Membership of a canoe union / club is very beneficial.




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Prices of catarafts are shown on the Cataraft Line Up page
 
ZelGear four seater frameless Catarafts ("Cats")
Stats below are for current PVC versions - polyurethane (PU) versions are coming later this year
 


TourCat-4 R4 Cataraft
TourCat-4 R4 Cataraft river touring catamaran raft


SportCat-4 R4 Cataraft

SportCat-4 ZelGear OtteR-4 R4 cataraft catamaran raft
(Called OtterR-4 in USA)

Type
Frameless R4 cataraft
Frameless R4 kneeling seat cataraft
Seats
4 Adults
(+ 2 adults)
4 Adults
Cataraft length
500cm
470cm
Cataraft width
205cm
200cm
Cataraft
weight
33kg
31kg
Main tubes diameter
60cm
55cm
Seating
system
Foot and thigh straps.
Seated on the main tube
Thigh and knee straps, footrest.
Seated facing directly forward on kneeling seat
Loading
limit
600kg
450kg
Separate inflatable sections
6
9
(Including 4 kneeling seats)
Inflation time
20 minutes using supplied manual pump
15 minutes using supplied manual pump
Air pressure
Main tubes - 0.35bar, cross tubes 0.22bar
HP valves - Scoprega (Italy)
Main tubes - 0.35bar, cross tubes 0.22bar
HP valves - Scoprega (Italy)
Safety valves
Automatic air bleed valves on all inflatable sections
Scoprega (Italy)
Automatic air bleed valves on all inflatable sections, except for kneeling seats
Scoprega (Italy)
Material
HEYtex (Germany) PVC 850g/m2
Red or Blue cross tubes, light grey main tubes
HEYtex (Germany) PVC 850g/m2
Red or Blue cross tubes, light grey main tubes
Backpack
90 x 50 x 40cm
100 x 50 x 30cm
Packed weight
36kg
35kg
Includes



Excludes
Backpack, High pressure 2 litre manual pump, repair kit


Paddles, PFD's, helmets
Backpack, High pressure 2 litre manual pump, repair kit


Paddles, PFD's, helmets
Warranty
3 years
3 years
Notes
Very suitable as a river touring raft with storage space for camping kit and 4-5 adults (or 2-4 adults and 3-6 children seated on the floor), and use on flat water and on rivers Grades 1-3. With sufficient experience with this Cat, Grades 4-5 can be tackled.

Paddlers are seated on top of the main tubes with both legs in the raft.

Although we refer this Cat as a 4 seater TourCat-4, there are foot and thigh straps for 6 seats, with the extra pair of paddlers sitting in the middle section.

The cataraft design makes river touring much easier than the heavyweight rafts which has a fair bit of drag. Another advantage over rafts of similar size is the total carrying weight is so much lighter and has a more compact backpack.


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Light and nimble. Kneeling seats allows for advanced paddle strokes - paddlers will be able to reach out further with the paddle, far more than any other type of raft.

Main tubes are flat-topped.


The kneeling style may require rests at intervals. EG stretch legs if unaccustomed to kneeling for long periods.

With sufficient experience on this craft, river grades 4-5 can be mastered.

The deck width by the knees is rather narrow, so if you are XXL and very tall, please discuss available options. Existing kneeling seat is comfortable for paddlers up to 250lbs / 113kg and 6'6" / 2m.

NOTE - the straps on the kneeling seats / saddles and foot rests has been changed - photos on this site are of the previous design / version. New design is more comfortable and safer

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Here is a speeded up demonstration of unpacking and inflation of the SportCat-4 (Called Zelgear's OtterR-4 in USA). Full assembly process with the included hand pump takes approximately 15-20 minutes. We sped up the film clip x30 to make it more fun to watch. Zelgear is the brand name in USA. The TourCat-2 has larger side tubes and an extra cross tube, with no foot rests - approx extra 5 minutes inflation time.




TourCat-4 R4 raft
TourCat-4
6 adults

TourCat-4 R4 raft
TourCat-4
4 adults, with 4 kids as passengers

TourCat-4 R4 raft
TourCat-4
4 adults, with 3 kids as passengers

TourCat-4 R4 raft TourCat-4 R4 raft
TourCat-4
4 adults, with 3 kids as passengers

TourCat-4
4 adults, with 1 adult as passenger


Outing at the Sports Club Sochi 360
Shahe River, Sochi, Russia




On an ongoing basis, ZelGear innovates and improves all products. IE product descriptions (text / photos) on this site is subject to change without prior notice.

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