The UK's leading manufacturer of performance kayaks

Klepper Commando


THE WORLD’S FINEST FOLDING KAYAKS. If you’re after high quality, hand-made collapsible kayaks, then you’ve come to the right place. Kirton are the number one Klepper agent in the UK, and Klepper have been building folding kayaks since 1907.

Proven in all conditions, even the most extreme, these German designed craft are a heady blend of art and ingenious engineering. They pack down into three convenient bags for easy transport, but in 20-minutes can be transformed into solid structures, that are as seaworthy as ships.

These professional Kayaks offer the ultimate protection against the elements and come with the best features as standard so are better equipped for military use. Based on the Aerius Quattro, the Commando and Commando+ kayaks are virtually unsinkable, thanks to four inflatable air sponsons instead of the usual two. 

Traditionally the 520 length was preferred but the 545 is now the most popular two-man kayak in this range. The modular design means that parts can be swapped between boats in a pinch or readily replaced from stores. Even the skins are interchangeable and they can be easily assembled wet or dry.

  • Molded foam seat and backrest
  • Rugged CSM or light-weight TPU hull
  • Perimeter safety line
  • Four air sponsons
  • Deck bungee and carrying toggle
  • 25cm Keelstrip for extra wear protection
  • Paddle pockets
  • Rear loading hatch option
  • Black stained triple dipped ash frame
  • Available in olive black and camo colours

The folding kayak idea

In 1907 a tailor from Rosenheim in Bavaria had a simple idea. This tailor, Johann Klepper, wanted to build a foldable kayak that he could take wherever his heart desired. Klepper’s longing for unlimited freedom, travel and adventure ultimately led to the first commercial production of foldable kayaks.

Equipment & technology

Mountain Ash and Baltic Birch Frame

The wood is air dried over three years and every frame member is protected through three dip-painted coats of premium marine varnish. The rugged I- and T- beam construction withstands bending, twisting, and compression. This ensures safe and successful transit through the most adverse environments. The Aerius is carefully engineered for demanding military and expedition use in rough open seas, white-water navigation and sport sailing. The natural wood frame enables quick and easy repair and requires a minimum amount of maintenance to ensure a lifetime of reliable service. For further details, click on ‘Performance and Benefits’.Back to Kayak.

Orthopaedic Seats

Contour-molded seats and backrest provide a superior body-to-boat contact. These are arranged in a spacious cockpit for the best trim and efficiency. The seats may be supplemented with an adjustable lower lumbar support system to provide hours of comfortable and stress-free paddling.Back to Kayak.

Cotton / Hemp Deck

All decks are made from selected Egyptian long-staple, self-sealing cotton/hemp. This allows the deck to “breathe”. The natural air circulation eliminates excessive condensation and provides natural waterproof insulation. For further details, click on ‘Performance and Benefits’.Back to Kayak.

Hypalon Hull

The boat hull is made of Hypalon (natural rubber) which is bonded to an industrial-strength Trevira polyester core. The synthetic rubber offers hull life expectancies of 25-35 years. The Trevira polyester core provides the necessary flexibility for the skin and makes the hull nearly indestructible.Back to Kayak.

Slide’n Snap Fittings

The corrosion-resistant Dural alloy slide’n snap frame fittings make assembly effortless in minutes, provide frame flex under the harshest conditions, and are 100% mud and sand-proof.

Upwind Sailing

Mast foot, mast support bracket, stay fittings and rudder bracket are standard on all models for the set up of several upwind and downwind sail rigs which range from 14 to 55 square feet of surface area. For further details, click on ‘Upwind Sailing’.Back to Kayak.

Hypalon/Trevira Keelstrips

The keel is reinforced with additional Hypalon/Trevira layers which provide superior protection against coral, rock, and man-made hazards.Back to Kayak.

Contour-Molded Rubber Caps

Bow and stern are reinforced with thick contour-molded rubber caps for maximum protection during landings and take-offs.Back to Kayak.

Tow and Lift Fittings

Heavy-duty Dural alloy fittings on the bow and stern of the boat deck allow for 600 pound tow and lift operations.Back to Kayak.

Integrated Air Sponsons

Two (four) internally-mounted, full length air sponsons contain between 65-150 liters of air and assure maximum stability, safety and hull protection. The air sponsons allow for effortless assembly of the boat frame inside the boat skin, maximum protection against capsizing and easy re-entry into a stable very buoyant boat when swamped. For further details, click on ‘Safety Engineering’.Back to Kayak.

Bow-to-Stern Warranty

This covers all defects in materials and workmanship. All models of the Klepper Aerius series are hand-crafted in Germany with the finest materials and master workmanship. Proved through decades of use from the arctic to the tropics, Klepper Kayaks are consistently selected by expedition outfitters, military special forces and professional sportsmen.Back to Kayak.

Conversions to: Solo-Paddling, Motoring, Sport Sailing

Conversion to solo paddling is an option for all two seater Aerius models. Conversion to sport sailing and motoring is optional for all Aerius models.


In 1907 a tailor from Rosenheim in Bavaria had a simple idea. This tailor, Johann Klepper, wanted to build a foldable kayak that he could take wherever his heart desired. Klepper’s longing for unlimited freedom, travel and adventure ultimately led to the first commercial production of foldable kayaks.

  • 1909 C.E. Layton: Paddled across the English Channel
  • 1923 Karl Schott: Seakayaking from Germany to India
  • 1926 Roald Amundsen: North Pole Expedition
  • 1928 Admiral Byrd: South Pole Expedition
  • 1928 Kapitän Romer: Crossed the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1928 Sven Hedin: Asian Explorations1935 Dr. Sorge: Spitzbergen Expedition
  • 1954 Herbert Rittlinger: Upper Nile and Sudan
  • 1955 Hans Ertl: Anden-Amazon Expedition
  • 1956 Dr. Hannes Lindemann: Sailed across Atlantic Ocean
  • 1970 John Dowd:Seakayaking Singapore-Australian
  • 1978 Konrad Gallei: East coast of Greenland
  • 1979 Charles Porter: Sculled around Cape Horn
  • 1983 Kimmich and Eckstein: Maranon Expedition
  • 1984 Fuchs and Neuber: Winter trip Cape Horn
  • 1985 Fuchs and Porter: Magnetic North Pole
  • 1987 Lindenkamp and Meyer: Tibet Expedition
  • 1989 Howard Rice: Sailed around Cape Horn solo
  • 1991 Gail Ferris: Pt. Barrow Alaska Arctic Ocean
  • 1992 Stiller and Brown: Semi-circumnavigation of Australia
  • 1997 Josef Schächner: Paddled 42.000km

Freedom & adventure

Johann Klepper’s idea of traveling and discovering nature is more popular than ever, thanks to increased leisure time and advanced transportation systems. And today the Klepper Folding Kayak series expands the boundaries of adventure travel to levels never before imagined. Over eighty years of precise research and development have led to this unsurpassed world-class folding kayak system with the following four unique design features: an Intergrated Safety System; a Variable Sailing System; a Slide and Snap Assembly; and a Performance, Durability, and Comfort Commitment.


Slide & snap assembly

Klepper Folding Kayaks all use the unique, simple to use ‘Slide and Snap’ assembly, which requires no tools and is ready in just 15 minutes! Take a look at the three steps illustrated below to see just how simple it really is.

1. Assemble the two ‘Slide and Snap’ frame-halves

2. Then simply slide into the slack boat skin.

3. Skin and Frame are then ‘air-tensioned’ by inflating the air sponsons. Ready within 15 minutes.

World class quality

“There is probably no product in the world that’s built with more care, more attention to detail, and more integrity than a Klepper. And few things are more satisfying to own and use.”



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Total carrying capacity. 
Paddler weight +
Boat weight + kit





20px block

The widest point.
An indicator of stability.


520, 545

Sizes available



10 out of 10


Cockpit (inside)

Options & upgrades


Standard fittings

Custom upgrades


Check out our website to get a feel for the models that are of most interest to you. A good starting point is to look at the stability factor. Newcomers should aim for a 10.


Give us a call or send an email if you have any questions. After all, that's what we're here for! We won't sell you anything you don't need. We just want you to be in the right boat.


We'll need a minimum 10% deposit to secure your build slot. Do this as soon as possible to prevent delays to your order. The deposit may be paid by bank transfer or card.


We can only start your build once we have your final specification, so don’t delay too long. The choices can be overwhelming so please ask if you are unsure about anything.


We will give you a call or send an email when your boat is ready for collection. Full payment should be made before the boat leaves the factory, but you can look the boat over first.


Shipping kayaks is pricey so you'll probably want to collect the boat from our Devon factory. We can often deliver to the canoeing events we attending too.