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Rated4out of5byrambler88fromworth considering, but do some researchI use this with Thule LB50 crossbars and 480 tower sets, carrying my Old Town Trip (=Vapor), on top of a 2005 Camry.
The Trip is an odd-shaped kayak: beamy, and perhaps deeper than others. For this reason, the kayak will not fit deep enough into the bowl of the "J" to contact the rubber pad that provides friction to hold the kayak in place. The yak rests on the frictionless cloth pads, which are meant to allow easy adjustment of the kayak position (a useful feature). For this yak, then, front and back tiedowns are an ABSOLUTE must with the Hull-A-Port. The yak will move way too much without them. (I may try building up the pads with some additional rubber.) With front and back tie-downs, and the straps pulled tight, it was solid.
The tie-downs that came with the Thule set work just fine. The whole setup is very easy to use. I loaded and secured the kayak in under 10 minutes, the first time I tried, taking my sweet time.
The Hull-A-Ports are easy enough to take off and reinstall to make removing them feasible as an anti-theft measure.
When mounting my set, the holes for one of the bolts used to fix the rack to the crossbar (same bolt on both racks) were not quite the way they should be (forget exactly how), so the bolt head didn't sit quite right. Not a problem in practice, but something needs to be fixed at the factory.
BTW, the Camry has nothing on which to anchor a front tie-down (or a rear one, for that matter, unless you have a trailer hitch). I bought a pair of Seattle Sports brand "Hood Loops" from REI, which bolt on to the rim of the engine compartment to provide anchor points. These worked fine. There are also "Quick Loops", which don't need to be bolted on, but are held in place only by the lowered hood.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated5out of5byDklingfromVery sturdyWe love it because it will fit the factory roof racks on both our Dodge Grand Caravan and Ford Escape without any additional mounting accessories. Anyone who has looked at racks knows how confusing and expensive it can get when considering multiple vehicles.
Stability was also very important as well given our previous experience with a Yakima Bowdown. While traveling at 70 mph on I-75 with consistent heavy crosswinds near Saginaw, MI, the Bowdown's universal mounting bracket hinge broke apart. If not for the stern and bow lines, who knows where our 12 ft Pungo would have ended up. No matter how good you think your rack is, spend the extra time and secure your boats with stern and bow lines.
After multiple trips to our Northern Michigan Cottage with those same consistent and nasty crosswinds, the Thule is working excellent.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated4out of5byKim loves naturefromDoes the job nicelySo far have only used locally, but feels very stable on my SUV and would not have an issue taking it on a long trip and feeling secure.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated5out of5byhighvoltjfromThis system rock's!!I recently bought this system for a friend of mine who enjoy's her kayak, but did not have a very reliable hold down system...bungy cord's...so I styled her out with this rack mount system that she really like's due to it's ease of installation and ease of use! She also dig's the fact that it hold's her kayak with no worry's whatsoever once it is set in place! I recommend this system to anyone who need's a reliable and sturdy kayak rack mount! IT ROCK"S!!!
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated4out of5byCalileahfromEasy to use, easy to storeI bought this rack for use with my factory crossbars on a 2012 Rav4. The clamps included are perfect for the shape of my current crossbars, and create an exceptionally stable system. I love that these fold flat when not in use-- I actually take them off, fold them up and keep them in my trunk when not in use. It takes me about 10 minutes to put them back on when I'm ready to take the boat out.
The only downside might be that they are a little shallow for my particular boat (10' rec kayak at 29" wide and 11" deep), but I've never seen deeper upright racks either. With some wiggling and settling, I still achieve a stable mount though, it just takes some extra attention before I start driving.
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated5out of5byPaddlerfromGood carrierEasy to use. Strap buckles covered so as not to scratch car.
Folds down easily when not in use.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated5out of5byBob MJ KayakerfromGreat Carrier Easy to UseI use this product to carrier a kayak on an Outback. With the higer roof of an SUV the straps are easy to attach and easy to locate to tie down the kayak
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated4out of5byTrvlbugfromDoes what it claimsBought two Hull-a-Port Pros for my GMC Terrain. Very easy to install with clear instructions. Took 2 10' kayaks to FL (6 hour drive each way) and never had a concern with stability travelling at 70+ mph. Only difficulty is loading but that is strictly due to my height, or lack thereof. Would recommend to friends.
Date published: 2013-02-18
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