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17/12/23 - Neris GENAKER fleximast downwind sail rig. Intro video on this useful accessory - see here

01/10/23 - BORIKA FASTen range updated with more accessories - see here

23/02/23 - Lightweight variant kayak models
Lighter versions of the existing models now available to order on special request. Uses lighter materials all round. Ideal where weight is more important than "excess" toughness. Good for overland backpacking and air travel. Speak to us for details

08/02/23 - Dry bag Package Deals
Discounted sets of dry bag pieces for your kayak available. See here

13/04/20 - Key differences between the kayak Series
Summary explaining the main differences between all four Neris Series here

22/03/20 - Borika FASTen range
We supplyi Borika's FASTen range of mounts and accessory holders for small crafts - see article on the Home page in the right hand column. Temporary list here

Kayak Series names

To avoid any possible confusion about kayak models when looking at photos etc - all Neris hybrid folding kayaks (EG Smart / Smart PRO) have a Series logo on the front side deck and all Neris folding kayaks (Alu / Valkure) have a Series logo on the rear deck.
EG - you will only see "NERIS SMART PRO" on all three Smart PRO models

No matter which country you are based in, do contact us with your queries. Prices are linked to the Euro - we will provide quotes in your preferred currency if not based in the UK. If there is already a NERIS dealer in your country, we will re-direct your query to them

When you would like to order, contact 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.

Looking to replacing the skin for your Pouch RZ85 or old Russian made kayaks?
Speak to us about a replacement skin for your German made Pouch RZ85-3 or old Russian Saliut/ Taimjen kayaks

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NERIS products are all made in Europe, using European / USA made materials and high grade German welding machines.

3-5 year warranty on all NERIS products (domestic usage)

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 access points / rivers 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 Product Reviews

Feedback, reviews, and blogs from testers and clients. Where a review or a blog has been submitted on an independent website / forum, links to that site has been used.

More reviews can be seen on the main NERIS UK Facebook site - 'Neris Folding Kayaks UK' (@Neris_uk). View via the Reviews menu option just below the site banner.
Another Facebook site, the 'Neris UK Owners Group' (@nerisukownersgroup), do have a lot of comments from current Neris Owners.


- Review #11 - Neris Smart MINI LIght | Test Paddle - Martin Groves of Vildmark, UK

- Review #10 - Neris BigFun EXP Packraft | Test Paddle - Martin Groves of Vildmark, UK

- Review #9 - Comparison report between Neris Alu-1 and Neris Smart PRO XS - R McCaughan, N Ireland, UK

- Review #8 - NERIS Apparel - The Neris Kayak Drysuit | Multi-Sport Dry Suit - Martin Grove, Vildmark, UK - Jan 2022

- Review #7 - NERIS Apparel - "Kayak" drysuit (semi dry version) - John Climber, UK - Jan 2022

- Review #6- NERIS Smart PRO - Owner Gavin Lodge, UK - Jan 2019 (Originally posted on the NERIS UK Facebook)

- Review #5 -NERIS Smart PRO - Owner Mike Loftus

- Review #4 - NERIS SMART-1 - Owner RM - July 2018

- Review #3 -NERIS Valkure-1 400 - Owner Nick K - Sept 2016

- Review #2 - NERIS Alu-2 500 - Owner - Jordan Newman-Beckett - July 2016

- Review #1 - NERIS Valkure-2 550 - Owner - Nigel Godbolt, Northampton - July 2016


Neris Smart MINI Light| Test Paddle - Martin Groves of Vildmark, UK - Jan 2023

An independent review of the Neris Smart MINI Light, a hybrid folding kayak / rigid inflatable kayak, by Martin Groves of Vildmark, an outdoors company ....


Neris BigFun EXP Packraft | Test Paddle - Martin Groves of Vildmark, UK - Jan 2022

An independent review of the Neris BigFun packraft by Martin Groves of Vildmark, an outdoors company ....

Continue reading on the Vildmark website
Review of Neris BigFun EXP packraft by Vildmark Review of Neris BigFun EXP packraft by Vildmark Review of Neris BigFun EXP packraft by Vildmark


Comparison report between Neris Alu-1 and Neris Smart PRO XS - R McCaughan, N Ireland, UK - March 2022
(Originally posted on Instagram (r_mac_e) on 04/03/23, and then reproduced on here 05/03/23)

Just a few pics comparing the Neris Alu-1 with the Neris Smart Pro XS.

Both are solo kayaks, both approximately the same weight and length. I ordered the Alu-1 late January last year and the Smart Pro around mid October. Very briefly the pro's and con's.

Alu-1 - Pro's - More longitudinal rigidity than the Smart Pro, more internal storage space (if you choose to forego additional buoyancy, the Alu-1 has no buoyancy built in)

Alu-1- Con's - Extremely difficult to assemble, especially getting the final stringers in place, equally difficult to disassemble. The frame is an extremely tight fit as it has to be to ensure the skin is tight once assembled. Many more frame sections than the Smart Pro XS. Quite slow to assemble due to the above difficulty and the number of sections to put together. Takes me about 30-45mins on a good day.

Smart Pro XS-Pro's - EXTREMELY easy to assemble, the frame fits quite loosely, the buoyancy chambers provide much of the rigidity and provide buoyancy (a key point for me) . Also less components (frame sections) than the Alu-1, Takes about 20 minutes to assemble with zero effort.

Smart Pro XS - Con's - I feel it has less longitudinal rigidity (still vastly more rigid than a frame less inflatable kayak and sufficiently rigid in most conditions river/lake/sea) If I need more rigidity I'd use a regular sea kayak. Less internal storage but sufficient for one person (certainly sufficient for me) as it is a solo kayak.

The Smart Pro might be seen as simply an inflatable kayak, it's much more, It's more like the kayak equivalent of a RIB. (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) The Smart Pro would be more accurately described as a RFI, RiFi or RiFIK, rigid framed inflatable kayak. Just as there's no comparison between a RIB and a basic rubber dinghy there's equally no comparison between a Neris Smart Pro rigid framed inflatable kayak and a basic inflatable kayak.

Simon Bolze (UK importer) tried to convince me to get the Smart Pro when I ordered the Alu-1 but I choose not to take his advice, he was right, I was wrong.

My advice to anyone trying to decide between an Alu-1 and a Smart Pro XS is go for the Smart Pro XS, really no contest.

Footnote from NERIS UK The inflatable sponsons on the SMART and Smart PRO Series kayaks are fitted with automatic PRV's (Pressure Relief Valves) and those are set to approx 5psi meaning very stiff and hard air tubes. The footpump as supplied with the boats do not really achieve those pressures (3-4psi), so those wanting a very stiff boat for faster speeds and for off-shore or big water rigidity can safely use a SUP pump and pump the boat to the max


NERIS Apparel - The Neris Kayak Drysuit | Multi-Sport Dry Suit - Martin Grove, Vildmark, UK - Jan 2022

The Neris Kayak drysuit is a multi sport drysuit suited for most on water sports. There has been a lot of thought gone into the design of this suit. So whether your Kayaking, Canoeing, Packrafting, Paddleboarding this dry suit will suit (excuse the pun) you. Is it suitable for packrafting? The Neris Kayak drysuit is . . .

Continue reading on the Vildmark website

Photos by Vildmark. Modelled by Jodi from @threeriverscampsite #threeriverspitchandpaddle
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NERIS Apparel - "Kayak" drysuit (semi dry version) - John Climber, UK - Jan 2022

What better day than the 2nd day of January 2022 to try out, luckily it was a balmy 9 degrees above freezing, so my upcoming 7-minute swim and chest deep paddle wasn’t too cold.

Simon from Neris UK had shipped me out his all-new custom built Neris Dry Suit for me to test and report back on, so this last weekend I went with a fellow packrafter to the River Dee which was running much higher than normal and way higher than I had paddled it before. It was measuring 1.35m at the Mile End Mill scale where we’ve paddled it at 0.2 up to 0.95 before.

On this day I was quite literally out of my depth in more ways than one and was very quickly overturned when I bounced into a hidden rock just under the now much higher water level and spent 7 minutes swimming and wading through flowing water up to my chest until I got to the eddy where my mate had guided my packraft to safety.
NERIS Kayak semi-dry drysuit NERIS Kayak semi-dry drysuit

The dry suit that I had on is classed as a Semi dry suit, this have Latex wrists but a more comfortable neoprene neck (full dry suits have Latex necks and are available to order like this at the same cost). The neoprene neck is more comfortable than the restrictive latex neck in the full dry suit, so it benefits those not rolling their crafts. These drysuits are designed to be used in kayaks, canoes and packraft with paddling movement in the arms with full body movement in a seating position at the forefront of their design.

As for the heat and breathability, it was just perfect test weather (especially when I was in the cold Snowdonia mountain water) with me just wearing a merino tee shirt, Ron Hill tracksuit bottoms and merino socks under it.

The waist entry/exit all round zip is very practical in that it’s design makes it very easy for getting changed and for the ladies, calls of nature, whilst for the men, there's a fly zip too.

The advantage of the Neris range of drysuits is that the suits can be made-to-measure for best fit as not everyone is of standard proportions. Integrated booties are much better, being tougher than latex booties. Plus the neoprene wrist cuffs over the latex cuffs gives more protection to the latex cuffs against abrasion. And there is an Internal pouch in the bib top inside the suit are there to hold your car keys, money, cards and your ID.

Once back in the packraft we carried on downstream in to calmer conditions but with several other rapid sections but not up to the level that had me off and under the water, Once out and getting ready to come home my under clothes were 100% dry of river water. My feet were warm and a bit sweaty when I stood on my changing mat, but this was because it was warm and I was wearing my winter thick merino socks.

The model I tested is the Dry Suit “Kayak” custom built as a Semi Dry Suit But this is also available as a full dry suit with a latex neck and latex wrists. It’s made of the very best 4-layer (27000 mmH2O/10000g/m2 24h) Gelanots (Japan) membrane fabric which work in combination with CORDURA.

For me and my level of paddling feel that the semi Dry Suit with Neoprene neck and Latex wrists will be perfect for my UK Autumn, Winter and Spring paddling and all year round paddling on the sea.

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NERIS Smart PRO - Owner Gavin Lodge, UK - Jan 2019 (Originally posted on the NERIS UK Facebook)
This is a copy of a review of my Smart 2 Pro I’ve posted on other kayaking sites. It’s a bit long and I guess most people on here already appreciate the product anyway so not very interesting for you:

“Neris Smart 2 Pro review.

UK delivery and specification.

Ordering and delivery:
After much searching the internet looking for a robust, stable and large collapsible kayak suitable for 2 people, 2 dogs and kit (including camping equipment) we came across the Neris Uk website ( - seemed perfect for what we needed.
Although we really didn't know anything about this style of Kayak we felt that the cheaper inflatable style kayaks were definitely not good enough for our needs (having examined a few), so contacted Simon who runs the UK distribution for Neris. Simon is an excellent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic ambassador for the brand, and kayaking in general, he offered lots of advice and really worked hard to understand our needs to ensure we got the best solution - we settled on the Smart 2 Pro for reasons of size, stability and quality.
Our order placement coincided with the factories summer holiday shutdown and the consequent backlog of orders, in this world of almost instant deliveries its worth remembering that these are hand built by craftsmen in a small factory to your actual order specifications and therefore although the website says 4 to 6 weeks delivery realistically it may often be longer. As a side note about communiction. Ordering something of a substantial value from the Ukraine from the UK felt like it might be bit of a risk in terms of distance, language and communication, however the reality has been the opposite as I had some queries about sizing and accessories so contacted the factory direct and received a reply within hours and have now had many conversations with them about mods, suggestions and general chat - they are a really nice friendly and open company with great customer service who always look for feedback and suggestions.

The Product:

Bag. The kayak comes broken down and nicely packed in its only carry bag, now this bag doesn't get much mention in the specs or on the website but in reality it is actually a critical part and thankfully the designers' have done an excellent job on its design, material and construction. It is very well made with a good sturdy zip, tightening straps and a nice comfortable rucksack harness with a good wide waste belt and two mesh side pockets that are big enough for paddle blades therefore allowing the paddles to be strapped to the sides and all carried together. A nice addition would be a small pocket to keep the locking pins/screws in.

Skin. Though I have no experience of manufacturing PVC type products I've worked in engineering all my life so always notice accuracy, finish and fit and the first thing I thought when I unrolled the skin was 'wow, that’s well made'. The seams are all straight with no over-gluing, the webbing loops are all equal with tight tidy stitching, the bow and stern bungee straps are just right with nice heat shrunk ties, side eyelets are equal distances and spacing consistent. The bow and stern areas are nicely reinforced with heavy duty lifting handles with a really substantial feel to them and of course the stern has a metal insert for the rudder mechanism.

Valves - one per side with nice push open/closed mechanisms and caps that act as secondary seals and prevent accidental venting. Also on each side is a 'blow off' valve that can be set to open or fully closed which is a nice safety device if the kayak is inflated in cold temperatures then left in the sun and overheated they will just gently vent the excess instead of bursting the air chamber. I didn't give these valves any thought until I met up with a friend who had bought a much lower priced and specification inflatable kayak, turns out he had had to return it twice with faulty valves and sealing around the valves, examining his new one showed the difference in quality (I'm really not knocking other products it just showed what you get for your extra money, because there is a big difference and you do kinda get what you pay for with Neris).

Frame structure. The aluminium frame consists of three interlocking ladder structure platforms, bow and stern sections (with marine ply uprights), internal side ribs, bow and stern ovals and two sets of three side rails, all of the parts are to the same high standard and finish and I think will prove strong and reliable over time and use. Note that ours is a UK specification and has hard composite foot plates in front of the seats (where you step in), I like these and would have thought they should be standard fitment. Assembly is easy and logical and where required bolts with wing nuts are used to locate and tighten the sections, these are a bit fiddly with cold hands so I've substituted them for R clips, however they could snag any bags pushed into the bow or stern so not necessarily ideal - I know the factory is looking into purpose made pins.
All fittings are either stainless steel or anodized so will stand up well to harsh environments.

Spray deck. This is again made from heavy duty PVC and is attached by industrial strength Velcro (hoop & loop) with each end hidden/located under a double flap with Velcro on both sides. This is a great way to attach it as when you fix one end you can pull it tight from the other end then move around each side tightening it on the inflated tubes. The two passenger and one cargo entrances are rimmed by a raised section supported internally by strong metal hoops that don't flex or twist, which is essential if using spray skirts.

Spray skirts. Made from thin waterproof material with over-the-shoulder webbing with buckle adjustable straps and Velcro adjustable chest straps, when originally unpacked my first thoughts where that these were just very simple basic items and I'd probably immediately upgrade them. However after using them a few times I've changed my mind as although they are thin they are waterproof, easy to put on, weigh almost nothing and actually really suite the ethos of simple and easy to use.

Seats. Inflatable with adjustable side supports that clip to hoops on the inside of the air tubes, the best thing to say is is that there isn't anything to really say, comfortable and easy to use that you don't really notice them. The only niggle for me is that the adjusting straps are located by your hips and I struggled sometimes to find them, to get round this I've just added some cord to the location clip and now happy days.

Bow, Stern and luggage roll-top bags. Simple, well made, fit perfectly and even have the Neris logo on them, highly recommended.

Rudder system. It's not been used in the water but looks easy to hook and use and I suspect no more fiddly then any other one, we have paddled in some open water with a side wind and found two people really catch it so will be using it at some point.

There's a video that shows about 10 minutes, first time took me and my wife an hour in the living room!!!
After that we've really got the hang of it and with each time used we've shaved time off it to the point that we actually timed ourselves last time and it was 12 minutes from unzipping the bag to standing back and admiring it - pretty good going.

Assembly is surprisingly easy once you've worked out the best sequence and got yourselves organised as to who does what and when, I've not tried it on my own but I wouldn't expect it to be that bad apart from maybe a bit more effort to get the skin pulled out straight for the bow and stern ends to be pushed in snugly. We've only had it a few months and as we're heading into winter here in the UK it's mainly been used in cold'ish (2c/ 35f) weather and although as the thermometer drops the skin is noticeably harder to fold it isn't as bad as I thought and I don’t see any reason not to use it through all of our winter. In fact the factory does a lot of winter testing in proper tough environments so I expect it to be useable in anything I'm going to encounter.

When assembled and inflated this is a very impressive looking boat, all the skin is tight and even, no flapping areas, fit of everything is great and really shows the quality and care taken in the manufacture of all the individual items that make up the whole. This has been shown by all the very positive comments by experienced kayakers and sailors that have taken great interest when they see it.

I'm not a very experienced paddler and my wife and two dogs had never even been in a kayak before so this was a difficult decision as we wanted a portable touring kayak for use on long river, lake and gentle sea days and overnight camping trips but really didn't know what I should be looking for, hence I did the best thing and found the highest quality kayak I could. Although we haven't done any fully loaded overnight trips yet we have done quite a few long full days along with lots of short few hour trips, both with and without the dogs but always with some essentials like extra clothing, food and coffee and as a boat she is a dream to use. Sooooo stable (I can even stand up in her, carefully!) and easy to paddle with a good turn of speed, seems to be a lot smoother and rigid then most fully inflatables I've seen and very impressive when hitting bow waves or rougher water - very little longitudinal flex due to the internal frame.

Having looked at several well-known purely inflatable boats I can say that the Neris product is at the very top end and feels like the premium product it is, highly recommend”.


NERIS Smart PRO - Owner Mike Loftus - Sept 2018
If you don't want to read a long review and you just want to know then yes, I would recommend this boat.

So why buy this boat with so many options out there? Well it depends on what you need from a boat, so I can tell you about what I needed and how the Smart Pro fits my criteria.

I have experience of sea touring in solo boats but wanted a boat that was suitable for camping trips with my wife who is much more canoe orientated. We have taken many canoe trips on fresh water, but they are obviously limited in open sea.
The Smart pro offers a boat that is sea worthy, adaptable, (can be used as an open canoe) and can pack down for storage or transport.

As it turns out we have not actually used it as a canoe because we prefer the extra power available with double bladed paddling. The boat is considerably lighter than any other double I know of, can be easily lifted onto a roof rack or packed down to fit in the car boot. Also, the weight helps with any portage you need to do. I have been on group trips where people in plastics doubles need four people to portage their boat, not the case with the Smart Pro.

The boat is very stable due to the inflatable side tubes, I have not experienced any tippy moments making it a good, stable fishing platform. It handles well for a double, better than some of the plastic hulled boats I have used, tracks well and is surprisingly responsive to steering despite the length to width ratio. I was initially worried I would need a massively long paddle due to the width, so I bought an extendable paddle thinking I would use it at maximum extension but do in fact have it closer to its minimum. We have used the boat in winds exceeding 12 m/s and it remained responsive, the windage effect was considerably less than expected.

The main reason for buying boat was to go camping. It easily carries enough gear inside the boat for two people for several days. I have not had to make choices on what to leave behind, it all fits. There is also the opportunity to strap things to the deck if need be.

All decisions involve some compromise. In bigger swells the boat is more raft like than fully rigid kayaks but still no significant problems. There is no skeg so we opted for the rudder kit. It works well when set up just right, takes a few trips to get it where you want it. However, it is also completely possible to manoeuvre the boat successfully with paddles only. Puddles of splash water do accumulate on the deck because it is not a fully rigid boat, but again this does not cause significant problems.

In conclusion the boat is a good match for my requirements, sea worthiness and stowage are excellent. I would recommend this over sit on tops any day and consider its lightness and adaptability to be a great advantage.

Michael Loftus
Bolo, Lofoten Islands, Norway


NERIS SMART-1 - Owner RM - July 2018
Initial feedback after maiden trips

"Have just got back from a week in North Wales and had six great days on the water - two on lakes and four on the sea. The kayak is just what I wanted. It is stable, easy to paddle and keeps in a straight line even in light wind, waves and small swell. I wouldn't want to carry it far in the bag but it's ok for a few hundred yards. It is easy to assemble in ten minutes or so..." RM

Aberdaron, Wales

Llyn Gwynant, Snowdonia, Wales

Llynnau Mymbyr, Capel Curig, Snowdonia, Wales


NERIS Valkure-1 400 - Owner Nick K - Sept 2016
A blog site by ex-pat Nick K - Quiet Kayaking -
Little adventures with my folding kayak. By: Nick, The Quiet Paddler


NERIS Alu-2 500 - Owner - Jordan Newman-Beckett - July 2016
NERIS Alu-2 folding kayak
Living in a small house in a city, size and transportability were my main concerns when buying a canoe. After doing some online research I decided to go for a Neris as they seemed to offer the best quality kayaks within my price range.

I ended up going for the Neris Alu-2 500 (the lightest two man canoe) package including paddles, spray decks and rudder. Once it arrived in the UK Simon Bolze delivered it to my house where he went through the construction of it with me, which took about 30 minutes. The first time I tried to construct it by myself it took longer - about 50 minutes! - but since then I've got it down to around half an hour.

The first time I took it out on the water I was struck by how lightweight and manoeuvrable it was and I've since comfortably paddled it solo when loaded up. I was also pleased by how stable it felt in the water as this was one of my concerns with buying a fold up. Overall I found the construction high quality and design very intuitive and am happy to recommend it.


NERIS Valkure-2 550 - Owner - Nigel Godbolt, Northampton - July 2016
NERIS Valkure-2 folding kayak NERIS Valkure-2 foldable canoe
I had been reviewing kayaks for several months in order to work out which type and make I wanted to buy. With limited space at home and not wanting to have a roof rack permanently on my car, I knew I wanted a collapsible style and quickly dismissed inflatable as too slow and liable to damage.

I liked the look of Klepper but their price is prohibitive and the all-wooden frame did not appeal. Neris makes a wide range of single and 2-3 man collapsible kayaks with a range of add-ons that really appealed and had an hybrid Series that has an aluminium and wooden frame. The price point was right and I went to see Simon Bolze of Neris Watersports in Reading for a chat and a demonstration of constructing the kayak.

I placed an order there and then for a Valkure 2 man kayak, plus spraydeck, optional rudder and paddles. It arrived incredibly well wrapped and I had it out in my back garden to practice constructing it. Having only watched Simon build it once a few weeks ago, I was expecting it to be a challenge - however, it is all very logical and took me just over 30 minutes. Now having built and stripped it down numerous times, I have got it down to 25 minutes or so.

It paddles well both as a single and with a 2nd paddler. It will never be quite as quick as a solid kayak, but it is no slouch. Incredibly stable due to the sponsons and I have loaded it up to over the weight recommendation with myself, my son, our dog and overnight camping gear and food with no issues. Loads of stowage gear at the front and rear and between the 2 paddlers (my dogs favoured location when the spraydeck isn't fitted!). It appears very robust with rubber running strips at all the obvious potential wear points. Next summer it is off for a couple of sea trips where I
think it will excel.

The only item I have added is a set of strap on wheels for ease of transporting the kayak when assembled when I am paddling on my own. With the Valkure 2 it is no issue carrying it with 2 of you, but the wheels make it a doddle when you are on your own (this issue would not be there if you had a single)

All in all, a well constructed and enjoyable kayak for river / lake / sea use that packs down for easy storage and transport.


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