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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 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 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.



ZelGear Product Reviews

Feedback, reviews, and blogs from testers and clients. Where a review or a blog has been submitted on an independent website / forum, links to that site will be provided.

26/01/17 - Comments / Feeback on the UKRGB (UK Rivers Guide Book) forum
10/01/17 - Feedback / Review by M Thomas
28/01/16 - SportCat-2 (BeaveR-2) Review by Ed Powers, USA

26/01/17 - Comments / Feeback on the UKRGB (UK Rivers Guidebook) forum
. You will need to be a member of this forum (free) to read / post. One thread is :-

One of the comments in the above thread, posted by an experienced / professional USA based rafting guide has this to say about the differences between Cat and Rafts (Note - the ZelGear R2 refers to UK's SportCat-2) :-

LeoF - 26/01/17

Yes, I own Star Inflatable WonderBug raft (13.6 ft - 6 people plus guide) and used it on many expeditions (Alaska, Canada), and on short weekend trips. Also I own a few different inflatable kayaks (Aire SeaTiger, Aire Force, Star YellowJacket, ThrillSeaker and a couple more), Alpacka packraft, PaddleCats - by Hyside and Jack's Plastic Welding. Also a 4 hard-shell boats. I paddled them all. If you wonder why my wife did not show me out of my house, I have no good answer to that, maybe I just got lucky. Just to complete the "experience", I have rowed the large rented NRS 18-ft raft on Colorado river (Grand Canyon).
Lately - for the last 2 years - my tool of choice is ZelGear R2 (or R4 if I have bigger crew). The Star raft was used for only one day in 2016 and for 2 days in 2015. For a very simple reason: ZelGear boats proved to be a better choice for nearly all my trips.

IMHO, ZelGear cats are the future of both hardcore and recreational paddle activities.
It is just a matter of time... If someone sees one these boats somewhere on a water by chance - and tries to paddle it - he is more than likely to buy it, sooner or later.

These cats do not flip in class 3-4 rapids (rafts do). They are 2-3 times lighter than rafts, yet very sturdy - I had to do only one patch and replace one D-ring over about 100 river days. They are a lot faster than rafts, have about same speed as most inflatable kayaks (of course, both people have to paddle). They can turn on a dime, execute difficult lines on creeks and narrow runs. They are safer, thanks to seat straps - no one is getting thrown out when your boat hits the rock. Finally, they are a lot more technical and fun to paddle... you can do all kayak strokes, braces, etc. The more you paddle it, the better you feel it... I have even seen one guy who was able to roll the R2 - when other paddler bails out, he starts the move from under the deck. That's all. Cannot wait to try out VectoR, I've seen videos with it and it looked perfect. If someone decided to criticize (older) ZelGear cats, it would be a knee pain or discomfort that some people experienced after long time spent in a kneeling seat. VectoR may not eliminate the issue completely, but will certainly make knees a lot more comfortable, plus it offers an option to seat normally on your rear... all has to be tested, of course, but I like the ideas.

10/01/17 - Feedback / Review by M Thomas - owner of a SportCat-2 cataraft, purchased summer 2016. Posted on UK's Song Of the Paddle forum:-

ZelGear SportCat-2 BeaveR-2
Preparing to paddle off the Sound of Jura, Scotland - Summer 2016

28/01/2016 - SportCat-2 (BeaveR-2) Review by Ed Powers, USA
Originally posted on the GDI Facebook group, reposted un-edited on ZelGear USA site

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