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Thule Glide and Set Kayak Carrier

    Thule Glide and Set Kayak Carrier

    This complete Thule 1-kayak carrier combines the Hydro Glide and Set-To-Go Saddles in one package.

    • $199.95

    Item # 737629

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    • Smooth loading is achieved with low-friction, felt-lined Hydro Glide saddles
    • Maximum kayak support and hull conformance is provided by large, adjustable Set-To-Go saddles
    • Carrier transfers easily from vehicle to vehicle with universal hardware
    • Fits round, square and most factory bars
    • Sold as a complete carrier for one boat
    • Includes 1 pair of ratcheting tie downs and 2 straps with buckle protectors

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    Rated 4.2308/5 based on 13 reviews
    Rated 2out of5
    by fromNot great compared to other options Over the years with different vehicles and boats, I have tried the Yakima saddles, j-cradles, pool tubes, and these Thules. I was very disappointed with these. I had to buy something new and saw these on sale. The back slider glides stand up in the wrong orientation and occasionally do not tilt correctly on the boat. They also do not lock, like the yakima rollers can lock. The front saddles are thick rubber and do not allow for easy sliding. The yakima saddles are hard plastic and the boat slides very well over them. I thought the custom adjustments in the front slides might be really nice for a tighter fit, however it doesn't help, and feels cheap as it clicks loudly into place. My boat does not have a good fit on these and I will be returning them today. I have a 13.5 foot sit on top kayak. I will be getting the yakima saddles/rollers instead.
    Date published: 2008-09-06
    Rated 3out of5
    by fromRear clamps spread apart while driving I purchased this to hold my 18.25 foot kayak on a BMW X1 with factory cross rails. I needed a carrier that would allow me to slide the kayak from the rear, rather than lift it onto the rack. The glide pads worked exactly as described and it was very easy to slide the kayak from the rear. The installation was quick and easy. While the clamps seemed to adequately grip the cross-rails, after driving a short distance, the rear clamps spread apart from the weight of my kayak and the kayak was virtually touching the cross-rail. I made the clamps tighter, but the same result on the ride home. This was probably due to the inexact fit of the clamp on the factory cross-rail. I returned this product. I would recommend this, but only for use on the Thule cross-rails.
    Date published: 2013-10-02
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromSmooth and easy. The set works great, no doubt about it. The only drawback is the cost -- When you've just shelled out the cheddar for the roof bars, paying out again has a bit of an aftertaste.
    Date published: 2007-09-21
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGreat piece of equipment I like the slide and glide, especially since I have a tandem kayak. It makes one-person loading possible. It's a little tough since my car is a sedan and I've got to protect the trunk as I set up for loading.
    Date published: 2013-04-18
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromOver all good product Kayak is very stable in this "saddle" while driving. My only issue is due to the way I have to load it on my truck because the racks are higher than me and/or my strength level.: I slide it up the back of my truck so it goes on the front rack first. There, I have to over-slide until the rear of the kayak is in front of the rear rack, then I move it back so it's placed over the rear (and front)racks. So the difficulty here is that the saddle width is set to the size of front of kayak, (it's adjustable) so it's a bit tricky on the over sliding part because the kayak width is bigger towards the middle. It's doable but sometimes seems to widen the saddle a bit, so I need to keep tightening it. Other than this I would give it a 5. Sometimes I think a foam roller type padding might work better, but overall, I love the stability on longer trips.
    Date published: 2013-10-02
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromEasy to install & convenient I use this Thule carrier for my 12.5 ft kayak without a problem at all. They are super easy to install on the load bars and stay put once installed. Keep in mind though that this carrier does not allow the kayak to "roll" onto the must place the kayak on the carriers and then strap it down.
    Date published: 2007-10-14
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromLike it! With a thick blanket or towel to protect the trunk, I can independently load and unload my 17 foot kayak on my Lexus sedan. With the hydro-glide on the back, I can keep the kayak tipped up until I easily slide it forward enough to lower it onto the front set-to-go saddles. The two straps secure it onto the crossbars and the front and rear ties with the rachets add confidence that it's not moving. I use a Wheelez cart to keep it from scraping on the ground while loading and unloading. I had my husband "spot me" the first few times I did it to make sure my kayak didn't fall or scrape anywhere, but now I'm fine alone.
    Date published: 2012-06-27
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromeasy to load and unload I bought this about a month ago - it was a snap to install. So far it is working fine. We will need to wait and see if the felt pads or silicone grippers get damaged by the sun (I leave it on the car all the time)
    Date published: 2014-06-19

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