Our boats are comfortable and functional.
We have models that are ideal for
racing * fitness training
Below is a list of the more popular models which we usually have in stock.
Click on the model name for photos and description.
Note stability ratings: 1 = least stable
Vanquish Vintage K1 – A recent Nelo design combining stability with the sleek lines of its top sprint models. Available in 2 sizes, and now in fibreglass! Stability = 2.5; meets ICF specs.
Vanquish Vintage C1 - finally, a C1 with a little more stability than the traditional sprint models. Stability = 2.5; meets ICF specs.
Classic K1 - Nelo's latest model, with the lines & fittings of the Vanquish sprint series but more stable. Now available in fibreglass! Stability = 3; meets ICF specs.
Tor K1 – one of Kirton’s most recent K1 designs, incorporating a cut-away foredeck and slimmer rear deck features. Stability = 6; meets ICF specs.
Viper 51 K1 – an updated Razor, resulting in a narrow and faster touring model.
Stability = 9; meets ICF & Touring Class specs.
Viper 55 K1 - a little more stable than the Viper 51 but with the same basic design features.
Stability = 10-11; meets ICF, Touring Class and international Paracanoe specs.
Viper 60 K1 – a very stable yet very light K1, ideal for beginners or for racing in rough conditions. Stability = 12; meets ICF, Touring Class and international ParaCanoe specs.
Viper K2 - Nelo's newest K2, stable but light - great for Masters!
Stability = 10; meets ICF and Touring Class specs. Also meets International ParaCanoe specs.
Waterman K2 - a sleek light tandem sea kayak, stable enough for the ocean yet fast and
manageable for inland waterways. Stability = 9-10; does NOT meet ICF specs.
Each of these models is available in several different constructions, weights & prices.
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Design ... these kayaks have flatter hulls than traditional ICF sprint models, which makes them more stable. Beginners and children can handle them quite easily. However various features of sprint models have been retained which makes them much faster than traditional recreational boats. In fact, many Masters age competitors use these boats for national and international sprint and marathon competitions.
Features ... comfortable adjustable seats; sturdy adjustable footrests; understern or overstern rudder controlled by a tiller bar on the footrest;
Construction ... available in fibreglass, carbon kevlar and carbon kevlar honeycomb to accommodate any priority, be it cost, stiffness or weight.
Stability is a key requirement, especially for beginning paddlers, and we'll discuss it in more detail below. Stability aside, our boats share several common characteristics. They are durable - available in carbon kevlar constructions, they can withstand rough conditions - and they are light - from 9 kg (20 lb) and up, they are easy to handle on and off the water.
Nelo and Kirton are the world's leading designers and manufacturers of racing kayaks. Many of the features developed to meet the rigorous demands of Olympic champions have been incorporated into these models.
Are you new to paddling?
Perhaps you're looking for a cross-training activity that's a little easier on your joints and muscles, or for a fun way to build upper body strength. Maybe you just want to get out and enjoy doing something on water, either by yourself or with friends. We have models to suit many different needs and can help guide you through the boat selection process.
Stability ... in the world of kayaks, sleeker is faster. Top kayak racers use very narrow craft and propel them to top speeds. However these athletes have trained for many years in these boats, and not many of us, especially as we grow older, will ever be fully comfortable in these tippy models. In order to exert full power on our paddle we must be stable in the boat. Or, even if we just want to enjoy a relaxing paddle and not perform at top speed, we must be comfortable and relaxed. Stability is a subjective and personal component of paddling and is different for each paddler. We have attempted to group our boats in several general stability ranges.
- Distributors of Nelo and Kirton kayaks and canoes
Level 1 - tippiest models, used by national and world class paddlers
Level 2-3 - very tippy - used by Masters racers (30 years and older), most of whom paddled as youngsters but who are looking for something a little more stable than the tippiest models;
Level 4-8 - mid range stability - used by older athletes new to paddling who want the fastest boat they can handle for racing purposes, or by older experienced paddlers who need a second boat for early season training in cold water or for racing in turbulent water conditions;
Level 9-12 - very stable - used by older athletes new to paddling who want to adapt to the sport fairly quickly in order to achieve fitness benefits. They are also used by experienced paddlers who need a stable boat for cold or rough water conditions. Most of these models meet the Touring Class specs of most Marathon Racing Associations.
Distributeurs de produits de Nelo et de Kirton
Fitness & Touring