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Sevylor - The original since 1948
At Sevylor we share a simple aim: to make high-quality, affordable inflatable water sport and recreation products, all of which encourage people to get outside and have fun.

Since our first international success in 1949, we’re proud to have established a global reputation as a market leader with unique designs, original inventions and imagination at the forefront of what we do.  Leaders in innovaTion Our PVC inflatables cover a broad spectrum of activities and include kayaks, boats and more. Sixty years of experience, together with the latest design technology, allows us to offer cutting edge products that meet the highest levels of quality and deliver customer satisfaction.

Designed to be portable and practical, all our products have one thing in common: to inspire people to get outside and enjoy themselves.We Take fun seriously.

The road from Sevylor’s founding in 1948 as the dominant supplier of awide range of PVC inflatables from river running kayaks to brightlycolored beach balls is still going strong today, with unique designs,original inventions and imagination.

The first inflatable to receive rave notice was a small bathtub calledthe “Dou Dou.” Perfect for postwar France, the inflatable tub wasportable, convenient, practical, easy to clean, durable, and most ofall, more affordable than it’s wood or metal counterparts.

Sevy quickly outgrew it’s facilities in Vitry so the factory was movedto the picturesque Alsatian village of Buhl. After establishing it’snew headquarters, and convinced of it’s golden potential, the companyadded the letters “l’or” (French for gold) to it’s name. The companyexpanded into developing valves, pumps, boats, inflatable pools and avariety of water toys.


International expansion

Kayak Corp. of America signed an exclusive U.S. distribution agreementwith the company in 1959 selling directly to the public at sport showsand other events. From there Sevylor developed the first campingmattress that was sold by Neiman Marcus for 15 years before anyoneelse, even Sevylor, began selling these popular velour air beds.

As potential grew for PVC products, Sevylor developed a PVC that had“memory”. The ability of PVC to return to its original shape regardlessof temperature.

It wasn’t until 1962 that Sevylor made inflatable history in the UnitedStates when it launched an inflatable pool mattress with a headrest andcircular pockets. This design provided cushioning comfort while keepingthe user cool. And when the pockets filled with water, it providedballast to keep the mattress from wobbling. Soon after Sevylor movedinto other areas of development including the Tahiti™ kayak and others.

In 1972, Sevylor France bought out Kayak Corp., and a new companycalled Sevylor U.S.A. Inc., was created with Conny Klimenko at it’shelm. This began a development of products strictly for the U.S.market.

The Zodiac Group, a world leader in heavy-duty inflatables for militaryand expedition use, took over Sevylor France and all of it’ssubsidiaries in 1981. Sevylor was re-organized into two separatedivisions: Sevylor International (above ground pools) and Sevylor®(leisure inflatables).


A history of innovation

This move gave Sevylor and Klimenko more freedom and opportunity todevelop new products and new markets. The invention of the Ski Bob™ in1986 was a real turning point which lead the way in creating the entiretowables business. In the fall of 2006, Sevylor was purchased byStearns Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation, and known for itsmarine and outdoor products headquartered in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Today, Sevylor’s innovative designs now range from inflatable boats towhimsical floats and currently markets different items includingtenders, hunting and fishing boats, specialty boats and kayaks,towables, snow tubes, air beds, pool floats and toys, river tubes, swimand sport rings, and other accessories. All of Sevylor’s high-qualityproducts feature construction and materials engineered for safety andlong life.

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