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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.



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

TourCat-6 R6 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)

Frameless R4 cataraft
Frameless R4 kneeling seat cataraft
6 Adults
4 Adults
Cataraft length
Cataraft width
Main tubes diameter
Foot and thigh straps.
Seated on the main tube
Thigh and knee straps, footrest.
Seated facing directly forward on kneeling seat
Separate inflatable sections
(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)
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
90 x 50 x 40cm
100 x 50 x 30cm
Packed weight

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
3 years
3 years
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.

Large sized photos
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
6 adults

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

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

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

4 adults, with 1 adult as passenger

Outing at Sochi360 - a Special Needs centre
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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