Customer Feedback

Advanced Elements is imported and sold by Nick Pipe at Vortex, an independent retailer. Vortex aims to provide the very best advice & support for what is now Advanced Elements' main UK presence. Some great reviews below, but if I do make a mistake with an order or there is a problem I'll do my best to resolve the problem is the most efficient way!

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:

Nick is one of the nicest guys I have ever dealt with. He is also extremely knowledgeable regarding kayaking, and very helpful.

Glyndwr Radcliffe-Brine, Surrey

Great service from Nick at Vortex my problem resolved very quickly. Thanks.

John Holman

Nick was very helpful. Excellent communications. Excellent delivery. Item received very well packaged, safe and secure.

Charles J

I am so happy with the service. We ordered products on a Saturday and they were shipped by Monday morning. The delivery to Sweden worked seamlessly. Thanks so much!!

J.J (Sweden)

Excellent advice from Nick, East to use website and very good delivery service.

D.G (windsor)

Great product and service.

Steve Parry

Very happy with the excellent service provided. Nick gave me and my daughter very sound, unbiased, and no-pressure advice to help us choose our kit. We’ve both bought AE kayaks and accessories and the quality and performance is outstanding. A personal thanks from me to Nick for all the help and amazingly quick responses to questions. I would highly recommend Vortex and AE equipment to friends and family.

Martin S from Liverpool

Can’t thank you enough for all your help sourcing parts for my kayak. A pleasure to deal with such a professional company.

DB, London

Great service.

Lee Thomas ,Surrey

Quick feedback regarding the Ultralite which I purchased from you last year to Stockholm, Sweden. Thanks again for the speedy and professional service and good advice! Just wanted to let you know that it's actually still my favorite kayak even if I own six and most of them are much faster. The versatility and portability due to the low weight is awesome. By statistics it remains my most used inflatable on-water vessel. During yesterday's 19km trip out of the region, I brought it with bus, metro, train and taxi and came across both a castle and an elk (!) on the water. So can't but still recommending it, warmly. Thanks and all the best,

Patrik Vuorio, Sweden

We have just purchased our second Advanced Elements Ultralite kayak. Living in the Lake District we have plenty of opportunity to utilise it and its ease of use, quick drying, and quality make for great fun. It’s great for throwing in the back of the car and can be carried with minimum effort. We already have two Advanced Elements Advanced Frame kayaks which are superb albeit a little heavier. The quality of the kayaks and sturdiness make them great value in comparison to flimsier competitors. We purchased all our kayaks from Nick and his level of service is exemplary.

Paul, Lake District

Hi Nick, Just wanted to say thanks for the service - received my Advanced Elements Sport in super quick time, everything fine and thanks for the extra sheet of info on inflating. Took it out for the maiden voyage today and I’m really chuffed. I bought the back-bone for when I’m out on choppy Scottish lochs this summer but went without it today and the tracking was fine. It will pretty much live in my car, ready for spontaneous mini adventures on my local rivers and canals in Cheshire. Many thanks! Jo

Jo Holden (Cheshire)

Great service from Nick. Always quick to reply to any questions I have. Will be buying from Vortex again.

Stu, Chelmsford

Hi Nick, Your excellent personal service much valued and the products excellent. It would be lovely to have better access to some of the more peripheral accessories which are rarely in stock (stick on D rings, some of the sacks for example) but this would seem to be a problem for all European retailers. Best Wishes.

John (Yorkshire)

Brilliant customer service. My orders were dispatched quickly, good communication and I was totally kept up to date. I had a problem with one of the items I ordered, so I emailed to ask about returns, including photos of the problem, and a replacement was dispatched almost immediately with no fuss. Advanced Elements kayaks are great, but the customer service / aftercare at Vortex is even better - easily as good as I've had anywhere, I couldn't have asked for more. Thank you Nick and co - really appreciate your help.

GJ (Watford)

Nick is the most knowledgable, welcoming and customer focussed person I know for kayaks. He offers excellent value and service, and has done for many years.

Matthew (Cambridge)

Excellent service from first glance at the website to prompt delivery of an excellent product. Aftersales/customer service is second to none, and I cannot recommend Vortex highly enough.

James Quin, Wirral.

Looked for the AdvancedFrame UltraLite and found it available here. Nick at Vortex was extremely helpful, got back shortly after my inquiry (even during a weekend!) and arranged shipping the next working day. The kayak arrived within 4 days with international transport to Sweden, just in time for a planned trip. Nick provided helpful and friendly technical advice regarding the kayak. Am highly impressed by the remarkable speed and customer service. Best international purchase experience of the year. Really enjoying this lightweight kayak so far. Many thanks!

Stockholm, Sweden

All handled very efficiently via the website and email. There was a wait, but I new this from the start and was kept up to date with expected arrival dates. I have bought gear before where promises falsely raised expectations, the honesty of Advanced Elements is much appreciated. Well worth the wait as my Expedition Elite looks fantastic!

BR Yorkshire

All received Great service thanks

CMG Scotland