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Rated5out of5byRaymond BorbonfromA good rack for sea kayaksI have had this setup for about three months now. During the last few months I have used these saddles at least 30 times. I paddle year round and have used them on my trips to the Sol Duc River, Bogachiel, Cowlitz, Hoh, also to Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington dozens of times for the fishing trips. No problems at all for hauling my 17 foot sea kayak. Probably would work ok for my sit on top kayak too.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated4out of5byphilhowfromvery happy with productI have factory aero crossbars on my car. These racks installed easily and hold securely - no slipping. I've been at freeway speeds with just the cross straps - no front or back straps - and my kayak was held firm. No wobbles, vibrations, or slipping.
The hard plastic has the potential to scratch your kayak. I glued felt to the plastic and have not had any problems.
Great set of racks. I'm glad I didn't spring for the more expensive ones.
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated5out of5byhollybluesgirlfromGreat product!I was hestitant to buy this product after some of the earlier reviews, but the price won me over. This product worked GREAT. I needed to transport a kayak from New Mexico to Michigan, and it worked like a champion. I inadvertently field tested the EvenKeel, as I traveled over 1500 miles in strong winds, rain, ice, and snow, and at highway/interstate speeds. The 12 foot kayak didn't budge. I have a Scion with a Yakima rack (round bars) and it transported the kayak easily. The only time the straps ever loosened slightly was after a good rain, and it wasn't alarming at all. I tightened the straps and never had an issue again.
The rack is easy to install and the straps are easy to use and tighten. There are four straps, one for each end and two over the top. The straps are super long and fit easily. I had no issues with the supports slipping at all on the round bars. My only complaint is that it is a little difficult to load and unload the boat solo, but it can be done.
I would definitely recommend this product.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated5out of5byKirbyfromWorks with my OutbackIt took me about 10 minutes tomget these installed on my 2011 Outback with factory aero bars.
They work great with my 14' Necky kayak (50lbs). There's a few lakes with a mile or two, and I don't use the front and rear tie downs when commuting to those. When I take the freeway (70mph) I use the front and rear and ties and it is rock solid.
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated5out of5byPurchaserfromWorks well for meWorks well for me. 2013 Outback with oval factory crossbars, carrying a 12' rec kayak 40 lbs. Easy to install, very easy to slide boat onto the pads. Would probably not choose this for a long or heavy boat. I cut some lengths of bike tube to slip over the clamps before installing to protect the crossbars. There is no slippage at all in use. The tie down straps are very long which allows walking the straps around the car instead of trying - and trying and trying - to pitch them over the boat and roof. Great design point.
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated5out of5byDDDfromWorks as advertisedTakes a few minutes to get the horizontal and vertical spacing correctly, but once you set it once, its pretty easy to figure everything out from that point forward. It fit my stock cross bars on my Xterra like a champ.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated4out of5byDDDfromWorks as advertisedThe EvenKeel installed perfecting on my Nissan Xterra factory crossbars. It molds very nicely to the bottom of any Kayak as advertised. I've used this on my 10' Necky and a 14' Hobie with no issues.
The initial install was a bit tricky to get the width of the blocks setup, but after the first time, you'll be able to nail the measurements by sight.
For the price, it definitely beats foam blocks, and the tie down straps are nice and easy to use, and good quality.
Date published: 2012-09-17
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