NRS Inflatable Boat & SUP Guide
NRS inflatable boats have come a long way since the first NRS Otter rolled off the production line in 1983. Advances in materials, design and manufacturing have allowed us to create a line of rafts, catarafts, inflatable kayaks, inflatable SUP boards and inflatable drift boats that is as exciting and diverse as the world’s rivers and those compelled to run them.
As paddlesports have evolved over the years, so has inflatable boat technology. Since its founding in 1972, NRS has established itself as a leading innovator in all categories of paddling gear. Today, our boat designs employ the latest in materials, engineering and production methods, along with the experience we’ve gained from decades on the water.
For years the terms NRS and “Hypalon boat” were synonymous. Chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CP), or Hypalon®, was invented by DuPont. Its durability, air-holding excellence and resistance to abrasion, ultraviolet light and petroleum products has made it the gold standard for inflatable boat construction and the primary boat-building material used by NRS for years. In April of 2010, Dupont stopped producing Hypalon. Fortunately, NRS discovered another source for premium quality CP boat material. Our Pennel Orca fabric is the new gold standard.
Made here in the US by Seaman Corporation, XR-Mariner is the newest cutting-edge inflatable boat material used in our Patriot boat line. Tough polyester woven fabric is coated with a proprietary blend of DuPont™ Elvaloy®, an advanced synthetic polymer, known for its long-term wear properties and flexible, "soft hand" characteristics. XR-Mariner rivals Hypalon in abrasion, UV and chemical resistance.
Thick PVC coating over tough, low-stretch polyester base fabric creates a material that's abrasion-resistant and slick for sliding over rocks. Combined with advanced construction techniques, this allows us to build high-performance rafts, catarafts and inflatable kayaks that won't break the bank.
Yet another way we’re redefining inflatables. Our drop-stitch technology enables us to build rigid, high-air-pressure watercraft with flat decks and hulls. The top and bottom surfaces of a drop-stitch air chamber are joined by an intricate network of polyester threads that maintain the chamber’s shape at air pressures up to six times higher than that of conventional inflatables. We coat the outside of the material with super-durable PVC, making drop-stitch boats and boards as tough as they are innovative.
NRS Pennel Orca Inflatable Boats
NRS E-Series Rafts
E stands for Expedition. If you’re one of those boaters who habitually venture out to battle the sharpest rocks, swiftest currents and ugliest conditions, then these are the boats for you. We build the tubes and self-bailing floors with heavy-duty 1670-denier /48 oz. Pennel Orca fabric. The underside of the side tubes are then covered with a layer of commercial grade HD-40 floor armor for extra wear protection. We also add a Pennel Orca wear patch to protect the tops of the tubes. The main tubes are divided into four separate air chambers for extra security in emergency situations. Trouble-free Leafield™ C7 valves ensure easy inflation and a Leafield A6 pressure relief valve protects the floor. NRS E-Series rafts feature 6-8 EasyCarry™ handles, 14 stainless steel 2" D-rings, and removable thwarts with the exclusive NRS BAT™ (Batten Attachment Thwarts) System. Built outfitter tough, this may be the last raft the private boater will ever need to buy. 10-year warranty, 5-year commercial
NRS Otter Series Rafts
NRS Otter Series Rafts provide outfitter-grade performance for the boating proletariat. (And for many outfitters too!) We use the same top-quality materials on our Otter designs that we use on our E-Series boats, only less of them. This allows us to produce rafts that weigh less and cost less, while still maintaining the highest standards of quality and performance. We build the tubes and self-bailing floors with 1100-denier /41 oz. Pennel Orca fabric. The bottoms of the tubes are protected by HD-40 floor armor, while Pennel Orca wear patches guard the tops of the tubes. Three separate main-tube air chambers ensure you’ll stay afloat in the event of an accident. Otter rafts feature 4 EasyCarry handles, 12 stainless steel 2" D-rings and removable thwarts with the exclusive NRS BAT (Batten Attachment Thwarts) System. Leafield C7 valves provide trouble-free inflation and a Leafield A6 pressure relief valve protects the floor. 5-year retail warranty, 3-year commercial.
NRS Otter Livery Rafts
At NRS we are always working to advance the state of the art in inflatable boat design, but we also know the value of simplicity. Our NRS Otter Livery Rafts combine the best in inflatable technology with the timeless utility of a standard floor raft. Affordable and reliable, these boats are ideal for basic whitewater, lazy rivers and lakes -- and for boaters new to the sport. Both the tubes and floor are built with high-quality 1100-denier/41 oz. Pennel Orca fabric. Other features include two-chamber tube construction, 6 stainless steel 2" D-rings, 2 EasyCarry handles, and removable thwarts with the exclusive NRS BAT (Batten Attachment Thwarts) System. Top-quality Leafield C7 valves ensure trouble-free inflation. Standard Floor. 5-year retail warranty, 3-year commercial.
NRS River Cat and Kodiak Catarafts
NRS catarafts are designed for extraordinary agility, stability and resilience, whether you're pursuing trophy fish, the perfect campsite or whitewater adventure. All models feature continuous-curve construction, eliminating sharp angles and enhancing capacity, ride and maneuverability. We build our River Cat and Kodiak “cat” tubes with a combination of 1100 & 1670-denier Pennel Orca fabric for optimal strength-to-weight performance. Each tube is divided into three separate air chambers to ensure your safety in the event of an accident. We also add extended Pennel Orca wear patches on the tops of the tubes to accommodate longer frames. All designs feature 16 stainless steel 2" D-rings (8 per tube), 6 EasyCarry™ handles (3 per tube), and Leafield™ C7valves for trouble-free inflation. 10-year retail warranty, 5-year commercial.
MaverIK I and MaverIK II Inflatable Kayaks
NRS MaverIK I and MaverIK II Inflatable Kayaks are the boats that redefined "ducky." Designed for maximum performance and convenience, they fit in the trunk of your car, inflate in just minutes and are so burly that they’ve run some of the world’s most demanding rivers. The MaverIK I is a solo boat. The MaverIK II can accommodate two paddlers, or one paddler plus gear for extended trips. The “Y- beam” self-bailing floor creates a double keel for better tracking and stability, and your weight on the floor creates a continuous curve that improves agility. Fixed inflatable thwart seats provide excellent back support and add an extra air chamber in case of an accident. We build NRS MaverIKs with 1100-denier /41 oz. Pennel Orca fabric, just like our NRS Otter Rafts. Leafield C7 valves provide trouble-free inflation, while a Leafield A6 Pressure Relief Valve protects the floor. Bow and stern handles simplify transport. 10-year retail warranty, 5-year commercial.
NRS Patriot Inflatable Boats
At NRS we're proud of what we've always done, and we're always searching for new ways of doing things. XR-Mariner™ material is a new way of building our time-tested boat designs, at a price savings we can pass along to you, our customer. We've worked for years with Seaman, the material manufacturer, to develop the performance specs we need to ensure a durable, long-lasting boat. We build the tubes and self-bailing floors with 1000 denier /38 oz. XR-Mariner fabric. The bottoms of the tubes are protected by HD-40 floor armor, while Pennel Orca wear patches guard the tops of the tubes. Three separate main-tube air chambers ensure you'll stay afloat in the event of an accident. Otter rafts feature 4 EasyCarry handles, 12 stainless steel 2" D-rings and removable thwarts with the exclusive NRS BAT (Batten Attachment Thwarts) System. Leafield C7 valves provide trouble-free inflation and a Leafield A6 pressure relief valve protects the floor. 5-year retail warranty, 3-year commercial.
NRS Outlaw Inflatable Kayaks
An inflatable kayak for adrenaline-fueled whitewater runs, or lazy river floats, doesn't have to be expensive. The Outlaw kayaks with their lightweight PVC-coated polyester fabric and super rigid drop-stitch floor insert can go head-to-head with more expensive models. The Outlaw I is a solo boat, while the Outlaw II can accommodate two paddlers, or one paddler plus gear for longer outings. Comfortable, supportive inflatable thwart seats can be placed anywhere you need them, and trouble-free Leafield C7 valves provide easy inflation. 3-year retail warranty, 1-year commercial.