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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.



NERIS / ZelGear Catarafts (Catamaran rafts) - General info and photos

NERIS ZelGear produces the traditional and the new very sporty kneeling seat type R2 & R4 frameless and framed catarafts. The kneeling versions offers a more natural forward facing sitting position. The kneeling seats have thigh / knee straps and foot rests to assist being seated firmly on the flat topped pontoons of the raft.

Catarafts, compared to river rafts, are quick and nimble - renowned for amazing agility and performance. The upswept ends assists the Cat's speed and maneuverability and also aids in punching through the waves up to Grade 5 rapids.
   Higher grade rapids should only be attempted by experienced teams familiar with the unique characteristics of the Cats.

The Cat design adds to speed and ease of movement - less drag!

Framed Catarafts
Photos - Catarafting in Georgia and Canada
Video - catarafting in Georgia

Zelgear BeaveR-2 R2 white water catamaran raft
ZelGear SportCat-2 R2 frameless kneeling seat cataraft
(ZelGear BeaveR-2 in USA)

Unique Features of the SportCat and VectoR series rafts:-
The ZelGear SportCats and VectoR's (called Zelgear BeaveR-2 and OtteR-4 in USA) are the only frameless R-2 and R-4 inflatable boats in the world that incorporate the most sought-after feature of Russian-designed framed catarafts: kneeling seats with kneeling braces. Many world-class river runners believed that this was the single feature that set Russian catarafts above and apart from the rest of the field of inflatable rafts and boats.The kneeling seats with two-sided thigh braces give each paddler the ability to reach water far outside of the boat and do various advanced strokes. This has transformed large slow boats into fast, responsive, technical beasts that a trained crew could turn on a dime. As a result, many of the most challenging rapids on Earth were run only in hard-shell kayaks and Russian-made catarafts; the rivers being off-limits for other common types of white-water boats. The obvious downside of these types of Russian catarafts is the need to carry a heavy metal frame (over 20 lbs) plus a long assembly time. ZelGear has solved the problem by producing high quality frameless rafts by fusing the two large pontoons together with cross air tubes (thwarts) plus the kneeling seats and braces!

ZelGear catarafts are hands-down the best R-2 and R-4 boats on the world market today. Here's why:
- Superb design
- Unique features
- Highest quality - made in Europe with high grade German made PVC welding machines, with European sourced materials.
- Introductory Low Prices
ZelGear frameless catarafts can be inflated in just 15 minutes and are ready to navigate through any river up to Grade 3 (above Grade 3, paddlers must be very experienced). They are compact, lightweight and durable. The raft tubes are all fitted with special safety valves so it is impossible to over-inflate - the valves will automatically deflate to the right pressure on a hot day.

Framed catarafts
ZelGear do produce and have done so for many years - alu framed kneeling and non-kneeling R2, R4 & R6 catarafts. If you require information about these Grade 1-5 alu framed kneeling catarafts, do ask.

catamaran raft
Framed kneeling seat R2 Cat
catamaran raft
Framed kneeling seat R2 Cat
catamaran raft
Framed kneeling seat R4 Cat
catamaran raft
Framed kneeling seat R4 Cat

Zelgear BeaveR-2 Zelgear BeaveR-2
NERIS SportCat-2 R2 frameless kneeling cataraft (early 2016 version)
Showing the kneeling seat and knee / thigh straps
On the current 2017 models, the floor is black mesh with D-rings, and the kneeling straps have been changed
from a 2 to a 3 strap system
Zelgear BeaveR-2
TourCat-2 R2, SportCat-2 R2 (BeaveR-2) and TourCat-4 R4 frameless catarafts product testing
3 days down different graded sections on the Rioni River, Georgia - October 2014
Zelgear BeaveR-2 Zelgear BeaveR-2
Zelgear BeaveR-2 Zelgear BeaveR-2
Zelgear BeaveR-2 Zelgear BeaveR-2
SportCat-2 R2 and SportCat-4 R4 kneeling catarafts - Gold River / Mosher Falls, Novia Scotia, Canada - 2015-16

Catarafting in Georgia

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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