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:



Great service from a plain-talking, direct and helpful store manager; no-nonsense! Excellent products all (kayak, pump, vest) - having now come across several other 'blow-up' kayakers on my travels I can confirm the Advanced Elements products are clearly better for both quick inflation, light weight and relatively effortless paddling, as well as shipping very little water (even on a quite choppy sea) and tracking straight and true (even with significant crosswind). Watch drying time before packing away - having a garage where you can set out the kayak to fully dry before mid-term storage is a very good idea. So far I've been on coastal waters, slow rivers, inland lakes and tidal estuaries and will simply say the Advanced frame Kayak can do it all!

MDB, Kent

Nick is outstanding in his knowledge & attention to detail. He is a first class ambassador for Advanced Elements and knowing he is there makes me confident in buying these excellent products which come from outside the UK. I know that the expertise is there & very accessible.

Sam (Kent)

Service very good.

Paolo, Italy

Fantastic service from start to finish. I had to call and Nick is both very knowledgable and helpful. Products arrived exactly as promised, Nick even put it on a ‘before 12pm’ delivery at no extra charge..!! Everything was very well packaged and secure and arrived with not a mark. The actual products themselves are fantastic, and I couldn’t recommend Nick, his products or his service any more. I’m already looking at some extras for my kayak and really can’t wait to get it out on the water. Thank you.

Airth, Falkirk

A brief note to say thanks for the excellent service. I ordered a new floor for my dad's kayak yesterday (he is 81 and still uses his boat regularly by the way). It has just been delivered. Fantastic!

Andy, Bristol.

Excellence all the way! Vince, Slovenia.

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

...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.

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

Love the kayaks and service is totally awesome! M.J., Coventry.

My experiences with Nick are unforgettable. His attitude toward his costumers are really something special. He has helped me more than any other seller until now. Nick is a person who can you really trust and can really solve your problem, even if you are not really his costumer, yet. I wish that all kayakers would become his clients. He can really help! ): Bostjan Horvat, Vrhnika, Slovenia.

Advanced Elements Convertible: Excellent service and expert advice from Nick. Ordered at 11am Weds and arrived next day around 12 noon. Brilliant. Did a dry run of inflation in my front room as recommended and all complete in about 35mins. Excellent quick instructions sheet supplied by Nick. On Saturday met with my sister who was caravanning at Bodiam Boating Station on the River Rother in Sussex. Out the car and ready to go in under 15 mins.

The four of us had an excellent few days on the River Rother. My sisters boyfriend isn't too happy with water but we managed to convince him to have a go on the Sunday. The boat performs so well and so comfortable he is now converted! To the extent my sister has taken over my boat and I have had to order another one from Nick! Arrived today as promised. Should you get one? Yes (or two in my case!) you will not be disappointed. Kelvin Pugh, East Sussex.

We identified the kayak that met our needs (two seater Lagoon) on Wednesday evening and placed our order.  Confirmation of order and planned despatch timings received via email later same evening.  Kayak received Friday lunchtime.  Could not have been more pleased with the product or helpful support given. As suggested, we had a dry run setting it up and followed the instructions - successfully inflated kayak with minimum fuss. Can't wait to get out on the water in next few days. M.S, Cardigan.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.