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  • Pair of closed-cell foam blocks are made from cfc- and hcfc-free foam
  • Re-usable mesh storage bag has printed instructions stitched to it for convenient reference

Made in USA.

Includes two 18" waterproof, sunproof closed-cell foam blocks, two 18' bow/stern tie-down straps, one 15' center lash strap, two 9' block straps and 4 S-hooks for easy attachment under bumpers. Fits most any factory or after-market car-top rack system.

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Best Use Paddleboarding, Kayaking
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Wrangler JK with hardtop! We recently purchased a 14.5 feet tandem kayak (Perception Prodigy II 14.5) with this foam blocks kit. It took us a while to figure out the instructions but once we did, the kayak was strapped on top of our jeep and ready to go. We drove about 600 miles roundtrip without any problem. At first I was skeptical so I wouldn't go beyond 60 miles/hour but since the kayak seemed to be very steady, I drove 65 miles/hour on our way back. Make sure you set up the pads so the kayak is well balanced on the roof and you're good to go. The straps are fine but with the wind, the middle strap can get pretty loud so I put a piece of cloth between the strap and the car on each side and it seems to do the trick!
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the money or hassle I was foolish and was suckered in by the price and the assumption it would be simple to use. It took AN HOUR to secure my kayak to the car. Instructions are conflicting and assume you have a 12 ft. plus kayak on a very short car. Does not work well with Subaru Outback wagon. Never felt very secure. Have used it once and foam blocks are already ripped. Not worth the money at even half the price. Given the time it takes to use this product, I can't imagine ever using it again - so I just ordered a J-rack. If you want to go cheaper, use some old pillows and buy your own straps for a third of the price. High price for what you get.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to Use This product is great if you have a car with no rack. I put it on top of a Toyota Corolla and drove 250 miles at 70 mph with a tandem 14.5 ft kayak on top without an issue. The only thing that I didn't like was the strap setup for the bow/stern. These straps were a bit less than what I wanted. I brought along some ratchet ties (HD) and used them. I find myself now using a combination of the foam/straps and the ratchet ties. The thing that I really like about this setup is that it doesn't matter what vehicle I use. I can use my pickup or my car. With my pickup I put one foam piece on the roof edge, and one on the back tail gate (down). Then tie it through the cab with a tie-wrap around the tail with no issues.
Date published: 2008-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent carrier I bought this system because I wanted a sturdy kayak carrier that would function at freeway speeds and that didn't require a roof rack. This one fits the bill. I use it weekly to carry my 9-foot Dagger over freeways and through a tunnel to get to my favorite lake. The system is redundant, so no worries. The high-friction pads make it possible to use the straps as kayak hangers when the boat is not in use --- a benefit that I certainly didn't anticipate. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a simple non-rack system for carrying and storing a kayak.
Date published: 2010-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from cheap and temporary Do not buy this if you can at all afford to buy something better. I have Honda Civic sedan with a rack on it, and I bought these the end of May 2011 because I didn't want to pay the price of the Thule or Yakima kayak racks. After less than 10 uses these foam racks started cracking where they go around my crossbars, and they can pop off at any time. Tonight I tried to slide my kayak off my car, as I've done many times before, and instead of sliding straight off the back, one of these foam braces popped off and the kayak slid off the side of the car, twisting my wrist in the process! This is a good temporary solution for a quick use, but do not rely on them for more than a few uses!
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well I didn't realize until I got it home, but it says it's for no rack or factory rack. I think it's really geared for a no-rack roof. I have an aftermarket rack, so I ended up having to buy a couple of ratchet straps to strap the kayak to the bars. However, I'm still recommending this because the rest of the kit is sound. The foam blocks are durable as long as you're careful when you put them on and careful when you place the kayak on them.
Date published: 2012-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not great on older model Honda CR-Vs We recently purchased this as my 2010 Honda CR-V did not have roof rails. I also have a sunroof so that leaves very little room on top for the foam blocks to be in the correct position with my kayak. The new kit has different straps so our REI saleperson had to figure it out with us on how to strap to the roof as the instructions had changed. The blocks and straps got us home and I've used it once but I changed out the front straps with rachet style straps for a tighter hold. I think if you have a flatter roof on your vehicle (and no sunroof) then these will work for you just fine. We did get up to 65 mph at one point with minimal strap noise (put a twist in the center strap to minimize noise.)
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Right for Me I would recommend these to a person who has a smaller car. This was a great idea but for me not good. I am too short to get the kayak on the car. Even with husband help. You have to be able to place the kayak straight down on the car. No sliding. I am sure this is great for others but not for us. We ended up getting Hully Rollers and crossbars. More expensive but much easier. I have an SUV.
Date published: 2013-07-25
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Wrangler JK with hardtop! We recently purchased a 14.5 feet tandem kayak (Perception Prodigy II 14.5) with this foam blocks kit. It took us a while to figure out the instructions but once we did, the kayak was strapped on top of our jeep and ready to go. We drove about 600 miles roundtrip without any problem. At first I was skeptical so I wouldn't go beyond 60 miles/hour but since the kayak seemed to be very steady, I drove 65 miles/hour on our way back. Make sure you set up the pads so the kayak is well balanced on the roof and you're good to go. The straps are fine but with the wind, the middle strap can get pretty loud so I put a piece of cloth between the strap and the car on each side and it seems to do the trick!
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the money or hassle I was foolish and was suckered in by the price and the assumption it would be simple to use. It took AN HOUR to secure my kayak to the car. Instructions are conflicting and assume you have a 12 ft. plus kayak on a very short car. Does not work well with Subaru Outback wagon. Never felt very secure. Have used it once and foam blocks are already ripped. Not worth the money at even half the price. Given the time it takes to use this product, I can't imagine ever using it again - so I just ordered a J-rack. If you want to go cheaper, use some old pillows and buy your own straps for a third of the price. High price for what you get.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to Use This product is great if you have a car with no rack. I put it on top of a Toyota Corolla and drove 250 miles at 70 mph with a tandem 14.5 ft kayak on top without an issue. The only thing that I didn't like was the strap setup for the bow/stern. These straps were a bit less than what I wanted. I brought along some ratchet ties (HD) and used them. I find myself now using a combination of the foam/straps and the ratchet ties. The thing that I really like about this setup is that it doesn't matter what vehicle I use. I can use my pickup or my car. With my pickup I put one foam piece on the roof edge, and one on the back tail gate (down). Then tie it through the cab with a tie-wrap around the tail with no issues.
Date published: 2008-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent carrier I bought this system because I wanted a sturdy kayak carrier that would function at freeway speeds and that didn't require a roof rack. This one fits the bill. I use it weekly to carry my 9-foot Dagger over freeways and through a tunnel to get to my favorite lake. The system is redundant, so no worries. The high-friction pads make it possible to use the straps as kayak hangers when the boat is not in use --- a benefit that I certainly didn't anticipate. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a simple non-rack system for carrying and storing a kayak.
Date published: 2010-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from cheap and temporary Do not buy this if you can at all afford to buy something better. I have Honda Civic sedan with a rack on it, and I bought these the end of May 2011 because I didn't want to pay the price of the Thule or Yakima kayak racks. After less than 10 uses these foam racks started cracking where they go around my crossbars, and they can pop off at any time. Tonight I tried to slide my kayak off my car, as I've done many times before, and instead of sliding straight off the back, one of these foam braces popped off and the kayak slid off the side of the car, twisting my wrist in the process! This is a good temporary solution for a quick use, but do not rely on them for more than a few uses!
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well I didn't realize until I got it home, but it says it's for no rack or factory rack. I think it's really geared for a no-rack roof. I have an aftermarket rack, so I ended up having to buy a couple of ratchet straps to strap the kayak to the bars. However, I'm still recommending this because the rest of the kit is sound. The foam blocks are durable as long as you're careful when you put them on and careful when you place the kayak on them.
Date published: 2012-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not great on older model Honda CR-Vs We recently purchased this as my 2010 Honda CR-V did not have roof rails. I also have a sunroof so that leaves very little room on top for the foam blocks to be in the correct position with my kayak. The new kit has different straps so our REI saleperson had to figure it out with us on how to strap to the roof as the instructions had changed. The blocks and straps got us home and I've used it once but I changed out the front straps with rachet style straps for a tighter hold. I think if you have a flatter roof on your vehicle (and no sunroof) then these will work for you just fine. We did get up to 65 mph at one point with minimal strap noise (put a twist in the center strap to minimize noise.)
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Right for Me I would recommend these to a person who has a smaller car. This was a great idea but for me not good. I am too short to get the kayak on the car. Even with husband help. You have to be able to place the kayak straight down on the car. No sliding. I am sure this is great for others but not for us. We ended up getting Hully Rollers and crossbars. More expensive but much easier. I have an SUV.
Date published: 2013-07-25
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