25/03/18 - Special Spring 2018 offer on GRAM split Greenland paddles Free shipping to mainland UK addresses! Offer ends 3rd April 2018. See details of offer on Home page
02/12/17 - Urgent sale - Klepper Aerius I 490 replacement skin (new). Details here
19/11/17 - new 'kid on the block' - Neris SMART Series of kayaks. Unique hybrids that can either be paddled as a canoe with bench seats or as a kayak with inflatable floor seats. A cross between a folding kayak and an inflatable kayak. Starting with SMART-2 here
17/11/17 - new range of Greenland paddles added - Gram Kajak paddles. In 2-3 piece in both wood and carbon versions. Appearing on the 'New Paddles' page here
16/05/17 - Next show day - Beale Park Boat Show 2nd - 4th June 2017. On display will be boats from Neris, Wayland and ZelGear, plus other brands, replacement skins and accessories. Details
02/03/17 - Product Videos page added. Videos of some of the listed folding kayaks ... see here
05/02/17 - Wayland Mk II Formoza
550 SOF military kayak, and the single seater version Mk I Achilli 500XL now included to the range
04/02/17 - 2 seater ZelGear added These nimble crafts do provide better excitement than whitewater
rafts and pack rafts! See Catarafts
UK dealer for the following brands:-
are a specialist team that previously was an exclusive folding
kayak brand dealer in the UK with several years experience.
We now have added a multi-brand on line store to better serve
a growing UK market with a wider range of foldable small craft
- from "Klepper" type of kayaks, to lightweight canoes
plus related accessories.
NERIS - foldable alu framed kayaks
ZelGear - inflatable kayaks and catarafts (catamaran rafts)
MyCanoe - origami concept open foldable canoe
WaveDesign - carbon paddles including Greenlands
Wayland Folding Kayaks - traditional foldable wood framed kayaks
Can we paddle anywhere?
In the UK, you need a license to paddle in most of
the waterways, rivers, lakes, etc.
BCU membership (Canoe
Wales, Scotland Canoe Association and the Canoe Association
of Northern Ireland) includes a license to paddle
on 5000km of Britain's waterways and canals.
Not all inland water is open to canoeists, some are
privately owned or is bounded by land which is private,
so do check beforehand. See Useful
Single seater folding kayak
Back to kayaks overview listing
"NERIS Valkure-1" - a modern hybrid framed single seater kayak with
a very large cockpit - larger than most single seater folding kayaks. The Valkure
Series also include bow-to-stern pair of integrated sponsons. The large cockpit
has the advantage of being like a open Canadian canoe, allowing for very easy
access to packed kit and also offers ease of entry to large paddlers or those
with knee problems. This kayak is ideal for solo enthusiasts who prefer a reliable
work horse for flat water expeditions on rivers and lakes, whilst still being
perfect for short day trips.
The kayak has an extra large sized cockpit with shorter front and rear
decks, and comes with comfortable one piece inflatable seat with a tall
backrest. The "NERIS Valkure-1" has wood cross
ribs and aluminium longitudinal frame pieces with brackets made of stainless
steel, which significantly improves the kayak's reliability, strength
and endurance. With the larger cockpit, access to packed kit stowed in
the front and rear portions of the open cockpit is easy - fit the spray
cover on, then all the kit is under cover. You still have the usual under
deck storage spaces, with the extra advantage of the decks being shorter
- much easier to reach into the very ends of the kayak.
The "NERIS Valkure-1" has a hybrid frame of a simple and reliable
design. The boat is easy to assemble, has no short-lived plastic/rubber
fasteners in the framework. The frame is made of high quality D16T grade
anodized aluminium tubing. The cross ribs are made of high quality marine
birch plywood, and is covered with a special coating produced by the
Finnish company Tikkurila, which protects the wood against UV radiation,
mildew and fungi. The skin is made entirely of durable PVC which does
not absorb water, so after a paddle, simply wipe with a dry cloth and
the kayak is ready to be packed. The
cross ribs in the cockpit area are of the open design, which means you
can sit anywhere within the cockpit. There are also integrated bow to
stern air sponsons which helps to tension the skin over the kayak frame
plus provide built in buoyancy.
Number of seats - one paddler. The standard spray cover has 1 keyhole
shaped cockpit hole, and comes complete with 1 skirt and 1 cockpit cover.
- Longitudinal frame pieces - anodized aluminium tube 16h1mm D16T
- Cross ribs - Marine birch plywood coated with special marine varnish
- Brackets - Stainless steel 0.8 mm
- Kayak skin - PVC with material density of 1050 g / m2 (hull) and 620 g /
- Hull - profiled rubber protector strips glued along chines formed by keel
bars and stringers
- Removable fasteners - stainless steel nuts/bolts
- Seats - PVC with a density of 600 g / m2 with inflation tubes and twist valves
- Packaging - Cordura. Backpack (120 x 25 x 50 mm )
- Longitudinal internal sponsons - PVC tube
alu frame pieces, wooden cross ribs, and folded kayak skin
of 4.00 m
Width - 0.70 m
Weight - 21 kg
Number of seats - one
Load capacity - 120 kg
Assembly time - about 20 minutes
Video of kayak in action here
Hull - 5-ply PVC TE90 (900 g / m2)
Deck - 5-ply PVC TE62 (620 g / m2)
Packaging - Cordura 100
Stringers - anodized pipe brand D16T (DIN 2024)
Keel bar / Keelson - profiled aluminium oval tubes
Cross ribs - Finnish marine grade plywood
Sponsons - clear PVC tubes
Valkure-1 single seater kayak
showing the huge open storage
space behind the seat and a smaller
one at the front.
The under deck storage
spaces are easily
accessible, unlike most other
kayaks with long deep decks.
feet will be in front of the wooden cross rib on the left -
front stowed kit can be filled up to this cross rib.
Without spray deck cover ...
Spray deck cover fitted. The keyhole cockpit is still large for easy access. The
spray deck cover covers kit stowed within the cockpit - you can lift the front
or rear part of the cover to access that section of the cockpit without needing
to take the whole spray deck cover off.
Waist skirt fitted ....
cover fitted. Use to close off kayak when camping overnight, or car topping.