Originally Posted by brendodendo
Was thinking the same thing. Other thing I noticed was many grammatical and punctuation errors on the "features" page. Not a great first impression in the US market. Makes me wonder if they don't care about the marketing side of the business, or if the same attention to detail also exists on the manufacturing side.
I think the BeaveR-2 looks like a fun boat to paddle. Have to wait until I can see, touch and demo one before I make any more comments on quality.
If 3 weeks on muddy Colorado river ( BeaveR-2 and Otter-4) with total of 9 PRVs, without any leaks - is any indication, I see little reason to worry. We'll do more tests.
Grammatical and punctuation errors are there 'cause we wanted to design ZelGear site ourselves (and also non-paddlers just do know know the slang).
I was born in Russia (and started paddle catarafts there), but have lived more than half of my life in the US; my ties with Russia are nil, I have not visited it for decades. I will not do business with Russia.
Yet, my written English is not perfect. Similar stories with my partners here. There are also people in the Ukraine, but their English is even worse. Hope you understand, we'll fix it shortly with the help of native speakers .
I also think that most sites devoted to inflatable boats made in the US are sloppy at best - but products are great, correct?
One cannot cut the corners and sell sub-par quality in the US.
Good design is not enough.
See picture showing the facility; only QA tests take about 48 hours and include full inflation.
Maybe better than seeing pictures or hearing many words - check the real thing.
If you want to test the boat, I'll send you one. And will pay for a return shipping as well - or give you a significant discount in exchange for review, which will be published in full, positive or negative.
Even if you say "no" - thanks a lot for participating in this discussion.