NRS Inflatable 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 and inflatable kayaks 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.
NRS Revolution Fabric
NRS Revolution Fabric represents the cutting edge of raft, cataraft and inflatable kayak design. This polyurethane-coated nylon material is incredibly lightweight and abrasion resistant. Its smooth outer skin makes it slide over rocks and glide through current like no other material. We use a space-age welding process to build our exciting Revolution designs, rather than traditional hand-gluing. The result is a line of bold, high-performance boats that the private boater can afford.
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 entire underside of the boat is then covered with an additional layer of commercial grade HD-40 floor armor. 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
E-120, E-130, E-132D (diminishing), E-136, E-140, E-142, E-150, E-160, E-161 (asymmetrical), E-180
Pre 2006 Material Comparison
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.
Otter 120, Otter 130, Otter 140, Otter 142, Otter 150
Pre 2006 Material Comparison
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.
Livery 96, Livery 106, Livery 120, Livery 130, Livery 140
Pre 2006 Material Comparison
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.
14’ River Cat, 16’ River Cat, 16’ Kodiak Cat, 18’ Kodiak Cat
Pre 2006 Material Comparison
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.
MaverIK I, MaverIK II
Pre 2006 Material Comparison
NRS Revolution Inflatable Boats
NRS Revolution Rafts
To create the NRS Revolution Series, we re-made four of our most popular NRS Otter designs in our cutting-edge polyurethane-coated nylon Revolution Fabric. Combining proven Otter performance with the latest inflatable technology has resulted in a line of super lightweight, durable and efficient self-bailing rafts that has the boating world abuzz. We build the tubes and self-bailing floor with 1680-denier/31 oz. NRS Revolution Fabric. An additional layer of 1680-denier Revolution fabric guards the bottoms of the tubes, while 840-denier wear patches on the tops of the tubes provide skid-proof seating for paddlers and protect the tubes from frame wear. Three separate main-tube air chambers ensure you’ll stay afloat in the event of an accident. R-series rafts also feature 4 EasyCarry handles, 12 stainless steel 2" D-rings and removable thwarts with the exclusive NRS BAT (Batten Attachment Thwarts) System. Top-quality Leafield C7 valves ensure easy inflation and a Leafield A6 pressure relief valve protects the floor. 1-year retail warranty, 1-year commercial.
Revolution 120, Revolution 130, Revolution 140, Revolution 150
NRS Revolution Osprey Rafts
For maximum whitewater excitement, look no further than NRS Osprey Rafts. Our Osprey designs feature high rocker angles at the bow and stern, which reduces the waterline and enhances maneuverability. We build the tubes and self-bailing floors with our 1680-denier/31 oz. NRS Revolution Fabric, ensuring these are the lightest, toughest, sportiest inflatable rafts on the water today. An extra layer of 1680-denier Revolution fabric guards the bottoms of the tubes. 840-denier wear patches on the tops of the tubes offer skid-proof seating for paddlers and protect against frame wear. Three separate main-tube air chambers provide extra security in emergency situations. NRS Osprey Rafts also feature 4 EasyCarry handles, 12 stainless steel 2" D-rings and removable thwarts with the exclusive NRS BAT (Batten Attachment Thwarts) System. Trouble-free Leafield C7 valves ensure easy inflation and a Leafield A6 pressure relief valve protects the floor. 1-year retail warranty, 1-year commercial.
Osprey 120, Osprey 135, Osprey High 5
NRS Cool Cat Catarafts
Lightweight, super-tough NRS Revolution Fabric is an obvious choice for building high-performance whitewater “cats.” We’ve endowed our 13’ and 15’ NRS Cool Cat Catarafts with extra rocker fore and aft to enhance maneuverability – and you’ll love how these sporty boats ride waves, punch through holes and drop drops. We build our Cool Cat tubes with 1680-denier/31 oz. NRS Revolution Fabric for unmatched strength-to-weight performance, and a skid-proof 840-denier wear patch provides extra protection under your boat’s frame. Both models feature 16 stainless steel 2" D-rings (8 per tube), 6 EasyCarry handles (3 per tube), and Leafield C7 valves for trouble-free inflation. 1-year retail warranty, 1-year commercial.
13' Cool Cat, 15' Cool Cat
NRS Bandit I, Bandit II and Rascal Inflatable Kayaks
To build the most playful inflatable kayaks on the water, we “Revolutionized” our popular NRS MaverIK designs. Super lightweight, smooth-skinned NRS Revolution Fabric makes the NRS Bandit I, NRS Bandit II and NRS Rascal slide, slither and glide through rapids like no other boats. The Bandit I is a solo boat, while the Bandit II can accommodate two paddlers, or one paddler plus gear for longer outings. The smaller, even lighter NRS Rascal is the ultimate inflatable whitewater play boat and a great kayak for kids. Comfortable, supportive inflatable thwart seats can be placed anywhere you need them. Trouble-free Leafield C7 valves provide easy inflation, while a Leafield A6 Pressure Relief Valve protects the floor. 5-year retail warranty, 3-year commercial.
Bandit I, Bandit II, Rascal
NRS Drop-Stitch Boats and Boards
Clearwater Drifter Boat
Tyrant 4 SUP Board
Czar 6 SUP Board
Baron 4 SUP Board
Baron 6 SUP Board
Earl 4 SUP Board
Earl 6 SUP Board
Reel SUP Board
Whip Body Board