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14/10/18 - Big price reductions
on all catarafts till further notice! First come, first serve till +/- 10 Cats have been sold. See here

20/09/18 - New review on the TourCat-2 added

29/07/18 - New kayak Series added
Alpha-Z range of boats with stiff drop stich floors - Inflatable Kayaks page

11/05/18 - Demo stock sale
Some demo boats now available for sale. Once gone, its gone! Listed in Sales page

08/04/18 - Demo Cats at LV Our fleet of demo cats are currently with LV PaddleSports, Team GB Masters raft team / Square Rock team - for training and practice on some club training nights at Lee Valley. See them in action there - check with us first before going there

20/06/17 - Photos of the Expedition version of the inflatable WW river runner kayak ZelGear The ONE - with inflatable storage compartments in bow and stern. Photos

10/06/17 - Cats and inflatable kayaks available for try outs - ZelGear 'The ONE' inflatable kayak, ZelGear TourCat-2 Mini, ZelGear VectoR-2 and ZelGear SportCat-4 catamaran rafts

26/05/17 - Our demo / try-out TourCat-2 MINI has arrived! Some photos here

12/02/17 - New addition to the inflatable kayak range - ZelGear "The ONE". A white water single seater kayak that packs into a backpack. A demo is available for try-outs now. Some photos 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.



About NERIS ZelGear Water Sports UK / NERIS UK

The team that runs this UK business have many years of kayaking experience, 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 kayaks (civilian and 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 ZELGEAR (the manufacturer) in that they take on board our experienced advice and feedback, so that the kayaks and catarafts that we sell in the UK meets our minimum criteria and fits in with the current market needs.

About 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 time, folding 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 moulded kayaks that sadly 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 skin repair services and produced folding kayak replacement 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 kayaks.

In 2015, NERIS ZelGear started supplying the R2 & R4 kneeling frameless catarafts 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.

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 and proven by themselves (and others) many times. They are also very 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 because they actually use them!

'NERIS Folding Kayaks' has now been split into a separate business - and is reflected on a separate website.

Some views of the NERIS ZelGear factory

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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