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.
Recent events or articles of interest
22/04/18 - Demo TourCat-6 cataraft will be available for try-outs from the end of May 2018
20/04/18 - Recent club and private purchase of catarafts
08/04/18 - ZelGear new prototype whitewater inflatable kayak based on the existing ONE
17/03/18 - ZelGear Cats at Hurley Classic 2018
20/09/17 - Death of Emma Kelty during solo source-to-sea attempt on the Amazon River
15/06/17 - ZelGear International sponsored ZelGear ONE Expedition kayak in the Source to Sea Amazon River expedition
12/02/17 - New inflatable WW kayak added - ZelGear ONE (previously called "Slivika")
15/01/17 - Polyurethane version catarafts
10/01/17 - A customer review on the SportCat-2 has
been posted - See Review page
05/01/17 - A new improved version of the 2 seater SportCat-2 called the
VectoR-2 is coming soon
15/12/16 - Management change - creation of
separate Neris and ZelGear lines / brands
Try-out of a SportCat-4 cataraft at the Lee Valley White Water Centre,
14/08/16 - Try-out of a SportCat-4
cataraft at the National Water Sports Centre (Holme PierrePont
/ HPP), Nottingham
06/06/16 - First public showing of Neris ZelGear products
- Beale Park Boat Show
- Demo TourCat-6 cataraft will be available for try-outs
A demo TourCat-6 will be available for try-outs from the end of May 2018. Anyone wishing to reserve this and any other demo Cats in our fleet, do contact us ASAP. Demo try-out fleet includes TourCat-2 Mini, TourCat-2, TourCat-6, and VectoR-2.
TourCat family - left to right - TourCat-2 Mini, TourCat-2, TourCat-6
- Club and private purchases of catarafts
Two blue TourCat-2's and two red TourCat-2 Mini's have been purchased by the Lee Valley Paddlesports Club and by individuals who are also members of this club. If you are keen to learn rafting and practice on Cats, then do join the very friendly and helpful rafting section of the LVPC - they have their club nights on Wednesdays all year round at the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre!
- New ZelGear prototype whitewater kayak tested on Mazunka River, eastern Ukraine
ZelGear has been very busy developing and producing new model inflatable kayaks over the last 6-8 months. One of them is a new model variant based on the existing ZelGear ONE whitewater river running inflatable kayak. Here are some photos of the prototype nameless kayak, of which we will call "ONE II" for now, being tried out during the recent Carpathian Rally on the Mazunka River, eastern Ukraine. This new version (blue) is more rigid and quicker than the ONE (red). Three different sizes will be available catering for different weights / heights, with one being ready during summer and the rest later in Autumn.
- ZelGear Cats at Hurley Classic 2018
SquareRock in conjunction with LV PaddleSports club and Team GB Masters rafting team introduced and demoed ZelGear Cats at the Hurley Classic. The freezing weather played havoc with the event but great fun was still to had.
- Death of Emma Kelty during solo source-to-sea attempt on the Amazon River
Sadly Emma was murdered by "River Rats" in the upper reaches of the flat water section of the Amazon River. She had successfully completed the white water section, starting at the very source in Peru using a ZelGear ONE ww inflatable kayak for the steeper rapids and a plastic Nomad ww kayak for the flatter rapids. At the start of the flat water section of the Amazon, Emma switched to a touring type NERIS Valkure-2 folding kayak for the rest of the 4000 mile journey. After 42 days and about 1000 miles, she was attacked whilst at overnight camp on an island by a group of young men. We were directly involved with Emma's search for and the supply of two of the foldable kayaks used for this expedition.
Here is a link to a well written article by Jeff Moag about Emma, the people she consulted with, the journey, and the aftermath.
- ZelGear "ONE" Expedition WW kayak sponsored by ZelGear UA
UK based Emma Tamsin Kelty is attempting a solo Source to Sea Amazon River trip, using a specially made and sponsored ZelGear ONE Expedition white water river running kayak during the 1st stage 1000 mile section. At the bottom of the whitewater section, she will be switching over to a NERIS Valkure-2 folding touring kayak for the rest of journey to the sea (4000 miles). At certain parts of the whitewater section where the water is very shallow, she uses a backup plastic ww kayak.
Follow Emma's journey via her blog at https://share.garmin.com/EmmaKelty
The start - At the headwaters deep in the high mountains in Peru
20 June 2017
Rio Maranon - one of the main tributaries feeding into the Amazon River
- New inflatable kayak added to the ZelGear range - ZelGear ONE
A self bailing whitewater inflatable kayak with a drop-stitch "AirBoard" floor. One of the first whitewater inflatable on the market that has a thick drop-stitch floor that creates a hardshell like stiffness and shape in an all-inflatable package, yet be able to ride it dry on flat water. Drop-stitch is the same sort of stuff used to make the very rigid and stiff stand-up paddle-ski boards.
- Polyurethane (PU) versions of all
ZelGear cataraft models will be available to order
in 2018. Stronger, tougher
and between 20-50% lighter than the current PVC versions
while costing only about 20-30% more.
Ideal for heavy duty use. Do let us know if you are interested. Initial
colour scheme - black hulls with red upper decks.
polyurethane prototype version ZelGear
TourCat-4 being tested - Sept 2016
More photos - click here
- Customer review on the ZelGear SportCat-2 cataraft
See Reviews page
- New version kneeling two seater Cataraft - VectoR-2 coming
late Spring 2017
An improved variant based on the popular
SportCat-2 with a lower positioned kneeling seat drop stitch
platform and re-designed kneeling straps and saddle seats.
of the main flotation
tubes at the front has also been refined (larger diameter just
in front of the kneeling seats) creating more buoyancy, which
produces quick recoveries when the
gets submerged in
extreme white water. Footrest design has been improved too. Also
there is additional seats to sit on for when you
do not want to kneel (EG taking a break). More details coming
soon. VectoR-2 Subscribers will
qualify for special introductory price!
More photos here
- Management re-organisation at the NERIS ZelGear factory
Two business sections have been created, each to
focus specifically on the respective core businesses - NERIS on
folding kayaks, and
ZelGear on inflatable watercrafts (Inflatable kayaks/canoes and
catarafts). For ease of marketing in the UK, we have decided to
split the existing NERIS Watersports UK
site into two respective brands as well.
- Try-out of the SportCat-4 cataraft by raft guides at
the Lee Valley White Water Centre
LV Raft guides had an
opportunity to have a play on a NERIS SportCat-4,
on the London 2012 Olympic Legacy
white water course.
- Try-out of the SportCat-4 cataraft by raft guides at
the National Water Sports Centre (Holme PierrePont /
Raft guides at HPP had an opportunity
a play on a
SportCat-4 on the HPP white water course - verdict "It's
06/06/16 - NERIS ZELGEAR Water Sports UK had their first public
showing at the Beale Park Boat show -
3rd-5th June 2016
A few boats were presented in the UK at
a public event for the very first time, although NERIS kayaks have
to UK based clients
as early as 2014.