Online Shop Help

Easy International Ordering

  1. Add the items you want to buy to the shopping cart & then click "checkout".

  2. Enter your details (please don't use any accents on your characters e.g. é ).

  3. For Payment Options, just select "I would just like a quote for shipping!"

  4. Based on the destination, weight/volume & number of boxes, you will receive an email with a shipping quote (usually the same working day) along with an approximate shipping time.

  5. If you want to proceed with your order, you can pay by BACS / bank transfer (bank details available on request), by credit/debit card or Paypal (low value orders only).

  6. To pay by credit / debit card or Paypal (low value orders only), just add the items to the shopping cart (again), select "checkout" & proceed to make a payment selecting "Credit /Debit Card" or "Paypal" (low value orders only).

  7. If paying by Credit / Debit card, I can reuse your transaction details to take a 2nd payment for the shipping (provided you have responded to my email accepting the shipping charges).

  8. If paying by PayPal (low value orders only), you will receive an email with a payment request for the shipping.

Customer Feedback

VortexAdvanced Elements is imported and sold by Vortex, an independent retailer. Vortex aims to provide the very best advice & support for what is now Advanced Elements' main UK presence.

Customer Feedback

It is great to hear how you are getting on with your kayak, so please email Vortex once you've had a paddle. Thanks to our customers that have permitted their feedback to be published on the website:

  • "Always a fast order confirmation and despatch from Nick, thanks." Gary.

  • "Easy to order via website, quick delivery.". D.M, Stirling.

  • "Excellent service, rang with a question about a 10 year old AE Expedition Lite. Nick not only knew what I was talking about but also gave advice on what part I needed. On the phone he was chatty and I felt like he was as interested in keeping me paddling as much selling me stuff. My order arrived next day well packaged, having received an email letting me know it was on its way, including a short personal note. Thank you for your help and great service. I am sure I will be back." John N, Edinburgh.

  • "Fast response & follow up to my order, well packed & fast delivery" Matt, Devon.

  • "I have been out in my new Advanced Elements Expedition Elite Kayak twice now and spent over 10 hours in it,  exploring the local rivers and am totally loving it. It opens up access to hidden wildlife and scenery which I would never expected to see right in the middle of an urban area. Time spent it the boat provides the ultimate in peace and quiet and relaxation. A total revelation!

    Having previously done lots of SCUBA diving, skiing and sailing, I  can say truthfully that,  this kayak is without doubt,  my favourite investment in leisure equipment of all time. I really love my new boat.
    Setup and launch is easy, is supremely stable, easy to paddle and tracks straight, without having to make constant corrections.

    Can't wait to get it on the sea next year.

    Huge thanks to Nick at Vortex for being so helpful and for getting my kayak to me on a the next day delivery, so that I could enjoy the bank holiday sunshine." Mark, Leamington Spa, Warks.

  • "Thanks Nick, there is a good reason I have been doing business with you and that is your service and engagement. Amazon may have been cheaper on occasion but when the difference is not large it is an easy choice. My friends and I prefer to support a small UK business than a giant. This level of service must at times be hard work but because of this we have placed further orders with you although it has not always been the cheapest option. Four advanced frame kayaks and accessories later I hope proves your efforts are worthwhile. Trying not to covert an Airfusion Elite now :-)". Jonathan Lockie.

  • "Nick many thanks for your advice last week it was a great help in making my final decision also for the good communication and the very fast dispatch/ delivery . I am very impressed with the quality of your product and would recommend it to others looking for this type kayak." Paul, Suffolk.


  • "As every newbie I've ordered things I did not know I don't need but Nick was quick to help me and guide me through the deep waters of kayaking explaining in detail and trying hard to keep my interest in his heart. Excellent service. I regret I can't buy my dry suit from here too". Zak, Co.Down.

  • "Superb, reliable service and products which could possibly cause repeat-customers like me to shout about Advanced Elements to total strangers in the street!" Switzerland.
  • "A great service. I ordered the AE Convertible on the Monday and received delivery in France on the Wednesday". Andy, France.

  • "Superb service! If only every online retailer were like you. Added bonus was the DPD delivery service, timely and efficient. Thank you so much." C.B. Fife.

  • "Excellence all the way!". Vince, Slovenia.

  • "Thank you so much for helping my friend get her Advanced Frame, I had no hesitation in recommending you to her, and the wonderful AE brand. We had so much fun with her wee AE and my AE convertible in the far North of Scotland, we had mixed weather but found our kayaks cut through choppy waves and felt safe and stable. The kayaks attract a lot of attention and I have directed several more people to your website. Your advice, prompt service and attention to detail are second to none and I look forward to augmenting my kit from your stock in the future!" Victoria, Scotland.

  • "Nice to have such a reliable company that can provide parts and support for my little fleet of AE kayaks!" Dean, Ipswitch.

  • "Today was the first trip on the lake with the Advanced Elements Convertible kayak. Thanks to Nick's additional information sheet on inflating the kayak there was no problem. When paddling it tracks nice and easy, very manoeuvrable in choppy conditions." Ray C, Reading.

  • "Love the kayaks and service is totally awesome!" MJ, Coventry.

  • "Thank you very much for the prompt dispatch time which will help me back on the water quickly". James, Emsworth.

  • "Great service all round." David, Windermere.

  • "...a shining example of customer service, delivered just the way it should be as far as I'm concerned. I can't recommend Vortex highly enough". Bob B, Perthshire.

  • "Prompt, competent and helpful!" D.B., Dundee.

  • "Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, Highly recommended. Purchased Advance Frame Sport - well designed and high quality piece of equipment." CE, Hampshire.

  • "First Class Service! Very rare these days". BH, Hexham.

  • "Nick, A great big thank-you for all the advice, your patience and for getting all the gear to me so quickly and fuss-free. I've certainly got more than enough to get me going for a month in France but will no doubt be in touch as I get more competent and confident with a blow-up boat! I am delighted to be able to recommend you as a knowledgeable supplier and will certainly advise people to come to you for advice and a great deal. All the best." Roger.

  • "Thank you for excellent service and quick delivery!"A.H, Finland.

  • "Excellent all round service with very knowledgeable advice much appreciated by a beginner." Bob, Blairgowrie. 

  • "It's been a pleasure in having a supplier who knows what he talking about and helping with people new to the sport. Looking forward to dealing with you again". Anthony, Shropshire.

  • "Thanks for a great shopping experience. The fastest support that I have experienced, even during our questions sent by mail at night. I be happy to tell anyone interested in our air kayak to check your website." M. Sweden.

  • "Your phone advice and support was outstanding thank you.  It made a massive difference by helping me select the right kayak for our needs, which would have been very different if only selecting from the info online.
    The kayak is outstanding, amazingly easy to use, and easily as good as a rigid kayak with the fab flexibility of it being so portable and fast to get ready. Having had rigid kayaks in the past...never again!
    I wasn't expecting delivery to be so fast (next day!), poss save money by offering a slower service?" Customer from Norwich.

  • "Just a quick note to let you know we took the Convertible out on Sunday. Being the first time using a inflatable kayak and not been on the water for a number of years we were a little anxious as to how we were going to get on, we need not have worried, the whole event was a pleasure. The kayak was incredibly easy to inflate (& deflate) it was very stable getting into and out of and very easy to manoeuvre in the water. We had planned to go out for about an hour but found ourselves on the river for over two hours, we had a really lovely time".  Sally, Surrey.

  • "Nick, A great big thank-you for all the advice, your patience and for getting all the gear to me so quickly and fuss-free. I've certainly got more than enough to get me going for a month in France but will no doubt be in touch as I get more competent and confident with a blow-up boat!! I am delighted to be able to recommend you as a knowledgeable supplier and will certainly advise people to come to you for advice and a great deal. All the best." RA, Warminster.

  • "Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommended. Purchased Advance Frame Sport - well designed and high quality piece of equipment" C. Else, Hampshire.

  • "Great information about products on site. Quick email answer to enquiry. Swift delivery via UPS, though found postal fees to Portugal too expensive. Overall, very satisfied. Thanks." Carlos, Portugal.

  • "Just bought two Advanced Frame kayaks and are extremely pleased with them, very easy to set up, they perform well in the sea, all in all, exactly what we wanted from an inflatable. Ease of transport with these makes all the difference. Nick was great to deal with, very helpful and knowledgeable.Thoroughly recommended!". P. Hodges, Isle of Wight.

  • "Ordered Advanced Frame Expedition midday Wednesday and received 09:30 the next day. This is the best delivery service I have ever received from any company." Selwyn. Coventry.

  • "Nick certainly knows his products, just purchased on his advice an Advanced Elements Convertible, it is a dream to set up, a dream on the water, stable, sturdy and great fun. The whole experience including email support and phone calls are second to none." Scott, Perth.

  • "I cannot praise Nick, at Vortex, highly enough for his follow up service. On two separate occasions he has gone way beyond the call of duty (in time and cost) to solve problems that arose, through no fault of his or the product, with my original purchase (made some years previously). I have never known such back-up and feel it is worthy of mention..." J.T, Glasgow.

  • "It has been a joy to use this site, and the personal service is excellent! Thanks Nick for the phone call! I will stay in touch to let you know how we get on; and knowing me--I will have some questions!." P, Scotland.

  • "First Class Service." J McA, Co. Antrim.

  • "A quality product delivered extremely quickly. Well done!" R.H, Cornwall.

  • "Courteous and prompt service with fantastic on-line and telephone support. Exemplary." S.D, Colchester.

  • "Amazing delivery service; goods received less than 16 hours after ordering. Kayak amazing." M.C. London.

  • "Outstandingly quick service. Ordered it late on Saturday night; used it before work on Tuesday morning!" Anon.

  • "I have had a very satisfactory and rewarding experience in all of my dealings with Nick and his team." P.B. London.

  • "A quick note to say thank you for the speed in your replies and the speed of the delivery." J.W. Essex.

  • "Brilliant courier! it arrived just after 10.00am. this morning talk about speedy - ordered Monday at 4.00pm - delivered Tuesday at 10.00am. 10 out of 10!" D.S. Hampshire.

  • "Looking at online product description can sometimes be not enough to make a purchase decision. If you're unsure which boat to go for just phone Nick. He'll ask you the right questions about what you want to do with the boat and will come up with the right solution. I had hesitated for 2 years to get an inflatable but now we got 2 and love them. Thanks Nick again. Rachel & Cedric" C.Colombo, Edinburgh.

  • "The service here is truly outstanding!!! Within a few hours of ordering I received an e-mail to say I'd be receiving the kayak the next day.....and I did!!! I ordered the Expedition and as soon as it arrived, binned work to get it inflated and have a look!!! I had a couple of questions to ask about it so e-mailed Nick and got immediate the point it may as well have been on IM!!!! Seriously impressed with the service here!!!!!!" Rob, Basingstoke.

  • "Amazing delivery, superb service. Can not be faulted. So impressed I'm looking for an excuse to order something else!" Rob, Argyll.

Customer Returns

  • If you are not entirely satisfied with any item you receive, you have the right to cancel your order up to 14 days from receiving your goods.
  • Please notify Vortex by email or post of your decision to cancel your order within 14 days of the date of receiving your goods.
  • You may use our Order Cancellation Form to inform Vortex of your decision to cancel your order (print & complete).
  • If you cancel your order please return the goods to Vortex (with the original packaging and with all relevant documentation).
  • If you are returning goods to Vortex, you must take reasonable care to ensure that the goods are not damaged in transit.
  • Please note that when returning an item, the parcel is your responsibility until it reaches Vortex. We recommend that you ask your Post Office for a proof of posting (available free of charge). If you fail to return goods at your expense, Vortex reserves the right to charge the direct costs for their recovery and may offset that amount against any refund due.
  • Bulky items that can not be sent by normal post can be returned by courier (e.g. The cost of returning a kayak & paddles within the UK is usually under £20.00.
  • Refunds will be issued within 30 days of cancellation of your order.

If you would like further information regarding products, pricing, delivery options or terms and conditions, please telephone Vortex on 01248 602 225.

Delivery Times

UK Delivery Times

  • We aim to deliver items to you within a maximum period of 2-3 days using our standard delivery service.
  • However, our normal delivery times are approximately 1 - 2 days from placing your order.
  • By special arrangement, next day pre-12:00hrs delivery can be arranged (with an additional shipping charge of £7.00) or pre-9:00hrs (with an additional shipping charge of £20.00).
  • Saturday is possible by arrangement with an additional shipping charge of £18.00.

International Delivery Times

  • Shipping times to e.g. Europe are approximately 5+ working days & to USA approximately 3-4 working days.

Delivery Times - Items Out Of Stock

  • If you order an item that is "Out Of Stock", we will email you shortly after receiving your order (within a day) and inform you of the expected delivery date of your order.
  • If the expected delivery date is not suitable for you - you can cancel your order & a refund will be made.

Order Cancellation Form

Order Cancellation Form


16 Tan y Bwlch,
Mynydd Llandegai,
LL57 4DX,

Tel: 01248 602 225
Tel: +44 1248 602 225 (International Callers)


I hereby give notice that I cancel my contract of sale of the following goods:

Ordered on:

Received on:





Payment Options

  • Vortex offers online ordering and payments from this website.
  • We accept payment by credit or debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro) & BACS.
  • Paypal is accepted for orders under £250.00.

Cards Accepted


By default all prices on this website are quoted in UK pounds sterling (£) and where appropriate are inclusive of UK sales tax (VAT) (VAT no: 869 5896 35). The current rate of VAT is 20%. Children's life jackets are zero rated (have no VAT applied).

You can obtain an approximate conversion from UK pounds sterling (£) into your home currency via the www.xe.comwebsite. Note that actual conversion rate used for your payment is determined by your bank. Postage and packing is an additional charge, for details please see the Shipping Rates page on this website.


When given, refunds will be in the same currency as the original payment (UK pounds sterling £) at the prevailing currency exchange rate. Any differences in amount paid/refunded will be due to currency fluctuations. The exchange rate used for the transaction is determined by your bank.

Already Registered For VAT in the EU?

If you are inside the EU and have a valid VAT registration number you may supply this during your checkout procedure and your order will be processed without VAT added to your order. Please note we reserve the right to recharge the VAT if you have not supplied a valid VAT number.

Export Orders

If your are ordering from outside the UK and European Union, you will not be charged VAT. At the checkout, as soon as you have specified your delivery address the prices of the goods in your shopping basket with be shown with no VAT added.

You can order and pay online by Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or Paypal.

Cards Accepted

Privacy & Cookies Policy

We are committed to ensuring your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Information Collected

We collect the following information:

  • Where you contact us through enquiry and registration forms, we collect the details you provide to us (typically the personal details include your name, postal address and email address).
  • Where you visit this website, we collect information automatically about your visit.
  • The information obtained in this way (i.e. your browsing patterns) is used only in aggregate form, and, as such, cannot be used to identify you.

Use of Personal Information

We process personal information collected via our websites for the purposes of:

  • Providing the best possible service.
  • Processing any orders you may have made.
  • Running competitions.
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Our systems policy is to ask you whether you would like to receive information from us and our partners in the sales process. If you state "NO" then your details will not be retained.

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Shipping Rates

Mainland UK Shipping Rates:

  • £8.64 (£7.20 ex VAT) Courier (small items 1kg courier pack).
  • £9.63 (£7.80 ex VAT) Courier (small items 5kg courier pack).
  • £10.20 (£8.50 ex VAT) Courier (paddles, larger accessories).
  • £14.99 (£12.49 ex VAT) Courier (canoes & kayaks).

Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland & Scottish Islands Shipping Rates:

  • We will contact you with a shipping price.

Mainland Europe, Canada, USA, Rest of World Shipping Rates:

  • We do ship internationally, but prices vary significantly depending on the shipping volume and destination country.
  • We will contact you with a shipping price.

Export Orders

VAT at 20% will be deducted from product prices for orders to be shipped to destinations outside of the European Union.

Import Duties

Import duties may be payable on orders shipped to destinations outside of the European Union. Please contact your local revenue or tax office for advice.

Terms & Conditions

Product Descriptions
Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of description, specifications, colour and price of all products. However, these may change due to circumstances beyond our control. Sizes and weights are given as a guide only.

We reserve the right to alter amend add to or remove all or any part of this Policy Statement at any time without notice and any changes to this Policy Statement or any other terms shown on our website apply with immediate effect of being published. By continuing to use this web site after any changes are displayed you indicate your acceptance of those changes.



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