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Thule SlipStream XT Kayak Rack

    Thule SlipStream XT Kayak Rack

    Great for SUVs or cars with forward mounted racks, the Thule SlipStream XT is a fully adjustable kayak carrier that provides contact-free loading of a kayak onto almost any vehicle. See details

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    Great for SUVs or cars with forward mounted racks, the Thule SlipStream XT is a fully adjustable kayak carrier that provides contact-free loading of a kayak onto almost any vehicle.

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    Great for SUVs or cars with forward mounted racks, the Thule SlipStream XT is a fully adjustable kayak carrier that provides contact-free loading of a kayak onto almost any vehicle.

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    Great for SUVs or cars with forward mounted racks, the Thule SlipStream XT is a fully adjustable kayak carrier that provides contact-free loading of a kayak onto almost any vehicle.

    • Sliding base adjusts the roller position to prevent the bow of the kayak from coming in contact with the vehicle when loading
    • Rear felt glide saddles are fully adjustable and allow the kayak to easily slide forward when loading
    • Saddles in the front are also fully adjustable; rubber pads lock the kayak into position when transporting
    • Saddles also adjust front to back on base, allowing them to be placed at the strongest sections of the kayak
    • Includes 2 - 15 ft. straps for securing boat; carries 1 kayak
    • Includes 1 pair of QuickDraw ratcheting bow/stern tie-down straps
    • Custom mounting hardware fits square bars, round bars, most aftermarket and factory-installed racks; see Thule Fit Guide
    • Boat weight should not exceed 75 lbs.

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    Thule SlipStream XT Kayak Rack Specs
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    Best use
    Kayaking
    16 pounds
    Weight

    Thule SlipStream XT Kayak Rack

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    Thule SlipStream XT Kayak Rackis rated4.5out of5by2.
    Rated5out of5byfromFreedom to go it alone/happy back!I'm in my mid-50's and when I really stand tall reach 5'1". I purchased a 12.0 foot 38lb Persuasion Tribute kayak (which I love) so I could get out on the water whenever I wanted and not be held back by my partner or friends' schedules. Problem? I have a 2006 Rav 4 - loading ANYTHING on top, no matter how light, is quite the circus act for someone with who's vertically challenged like me. After two seasons of climbing up on top and balancing on the door hinge to strap things down, I decided to invest the big bucks into the Thule Slipstream. Got it installed onto the Toyota factory rack easily and...wow! Am I ever glad I did this. I'm f-r-e-e to play whenever I want now! And...probably saving a lot on chiropractic bills! If you're struggling with loading your kayak on your own - this is a fantastic solution. I used it twice this past weekend so can't REALLY say how stable or durable it is - but it sure seems like it's well made.
    Date published: 2013-05-27
    Rated4out of5byfromWish I could give it five starsI bought the Slip Stream to use with an Old Town Vashon 14.5 feet long (same hull etc as the Cayuga) The length of the rack is a real advantage over using the stock cross bars because it adds stability to hold the longer boat. I can easily load the 14.5 ft, 60 pound kayak on top of the camper shell of a high clearance Toyota Tacoma by myself. However, the unit depends on the friction of the rubber surface on the front saddles to hold the boat stable and the saddles have a flat surface. Thule does a disclaimer regarding keeping sand away from the saddle - it decreases the friction of the rubber and the boat slips. In my neck of the woods, sand and recreational kayaking are pretty much inseparable and I had problems with the boat slipping out of the front saddles. I replaced the front saddles with some that have a different shape and tie down mechanism and it works great. Short story: This is a well designed unit except the saddles may not work well for all boats. I would recommend this rack and would give it five stars if not for the issue with the saddles. I still believe it is the best roller type roof rack out there.
    Date published: 2012-09-23

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