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 saleSome 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
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
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
land which is private, so do check beforehand. Membership of a
canoe union / club is very beneficial.
/ 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.
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!
Photos - Catarafting in Georgia
catarafting in Georgia
ZelGear SportCat-2 R2 frameless kneeling seat cataraft
(ZelGear BeaveR-2 in USA)
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
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
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.
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.
seat R2 Cat
seat R2 Cat
seat R4 Cat
seat R4 Cat
Catarafting in Georgia