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  • Fully assembled right out of the box; no tools required to mount to round, square, factory and aerodynamic bars
  • Spring-loaded base automatically adjusts to the shape of your boat when loading
  • Smooth molded pads hug and protect multiple boat types
  • Tilting paddle technology accommodates an array of boats and roof rack systems
  • Includes heavy-duty straps and bow/stern tie-down straps
  • The Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier is compatible with SKS locking system (lock cores sold separately)


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Best Use Kayaking
Dimensions 12.12 x 11.62 x 11.62 inches
Weight 10 lbs. 4 oz.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best rack system I have seen... I previously had a set of Mako Aero Saddles, replaced them with these and I'm glad I did. The contact pads are small enough to be snug against any surface at almost any angle. My jackson cuda 14 was so tight that the bow/stern straps are completely unnecessary, even going 85mph on a suburban. My only gripe is that you really have to wrench them down so they don't twist on the round Yakima crossbar. really that's more of a comment on the crossbar than these cradles. Very easy to attach/detach from crossbar, lockable, tight fit. Great rack!
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to load alone Excellent single kayak carrier. I wanted to be able to load my kayak by myself and this carrier makes that possible. It was EASILY installed on my subaru factory rack (no tools required) and I load my boat effortlessly by just sliding the bow onto the rear rollers. I appreciate that it came with the necessary straps. Buy this carrier and spend more time paddling than loading/unloading or waiting for someone to go with you to help load your boat! I am 60 years old, 5'1'' and have a 42lb, 10 foot boat and I load my boat in minutes.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet roll Great product, replaced a set of Mako saddles and Hully Rollers. The sweet roll does not "roll" on the round bars on my carrier and are much stiffer then the Mako saddles or Hully Rollers. When using the Mako saddles, they deformed and allowed the kayaks to move left and right on the bar and off the saddles which then caused the tie downs to become loose. The Hully rollers worked well but again "rolled" on the round bars and because of the design seemed to put more of the pressure from the weight of the kayaks in a smaller area then the sweet rolls. The sweet rolls are rigid enough to prevent the movement off the sweet rolls. I used these with a Hobie Pro Angler 12 and a Jackson Cuda.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the sweet roll is sweet Yakima did it right The sweet roll is what its name is sweet Im 68 yrs I can load and unloud my 12 foot old town Kayak with no trouble stop looking at racks just get it it works great and its made well
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice design... but not with a round crossbar Purchased a month ago for carrying two 12' kayaks on FJ Cruiser. Loved the design until trying to unload the kayaks. The rubber pad fore of the wheels catches the bottom of the kayak and forces the entire mount to rotate rearward on the tubular crossbar, leaving the kayak perched on the rubber pads with the wheels tilted down 5" away and stranding the kayak and loader, forcing you to push the kayak back onto the roof, then deadlift it off to get it down. This is not due to the Sweetroll design, but the inherently flawed round crossbar design Yakima uses. No degree of tightening, even to the point of distorting the mount, adding 1/16 rubber padding or grip tape to the crossbar can overcome the leverage of the kayak and it's weight on a mount fitted to the round bar. I had to abandon the Yak tubes and buy 1" square tubing to take advantage of the Sweetroll mount design that fits a 1" square crossbar - with the caveat that with the rubber inserts are designed for a 7/8" square tube and have to be forced on. If you are using Thule crossbars or factory rectangular crossbars things should be fine, but if you have round Yakima crossbars then I hope your experience is better than mine. Nice pad design, but an inherently flawed round crossbar system...
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solo kayak loading I use the Yakima SweetRoll along with the Yakima Show Boat rack system, both mounted on Q towers and round bars(48"). All this on my Civic SI Hatchback. I often fish solo in tributary rivers of Chesapeake Bay. So I needed a way to load a 65lb kayak by myself. SweetRoll is nice, because it has rollers on rear cradle set. Makes it easier to push onto rack. Yakima products are well built.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy on, Easy off and Secure Travelling! I bought this after talking with other Kayakers, it really makes loading and unloading easy. I wanted the ability to load/unload by myself. I have a brand new 2017 Outback, a brand new Kayak and didn't want to worry about damaging the car or the Kayak. This gear does the trick!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible. Can't wait to return the item This is the worst kayak rack on the market if you have a touring kayak (or any kayak). The pads always spin around and dont clamp tight. They are difficult and finicky to twist. You have to pull the kayak off the rack to make any adjustments. The pads are also so small that they dig into the kayak and I had to get my yak remolded.
Date published: 2016-01-13
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Is the Yakima Sweetoll kayak carrier compatible with the Nucanoe Frontier 12 foot kayak ?

Asked by: rgc
Yakima does not recommend using the SweetRoll Kayak Carrier to transport canoes. The Yakima KeelOver Canoe Carrier would be a better choice.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Will this product fit on the factory rack of a Subaru Outback?

Asked by: Susan VDM
This kayak carrier will fit on most factory racks, including those on your Subaru Outback.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Can I just buy the rear pair of saddles with the roller?

Asked by: Z
No, we don't sell the rear saddles separately. The Yakima HullyRollers Boat Mounts are sold as a pair and could work. They only work on Yakima round bars or Thule square bars though.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Will the SweetRoll work with the Thule AeroBlades?  Also, what is the wait capacity?

Asked by: WhiteHorse
The SweetRoll will mount directly to AeroBlades and factory-installed crossbars. It has a weight capacity of 80 pounds.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Might this work for transporting a scull?

Asked by: Siliconsister
​Yakima does not recommend transporting a scull with this kayak rack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-22

Can this rack be used to carry a sup board

Asked by: yubby
The SweetRoll is not recommended for stand-up paddleboards. The Yakima WaveHog would be a better choice.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Part 2 of question. What should I do?  1.  Use my sweetroll/locks and buy a Yakima showboat?.   2.  Buy a Thule slipstream, which I just bought?   3.  Which is a better system.

Asked by: gogirlyakyak
The SweetRoll and the SlipStream XT are both great products, but it since you already have the SweetRoll it may be easiest to purchase the ShowBoat 66 in addition to your SweetRoll to load your kayak.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-05

I have a "naked roof." I assume that I need to purchase the Yakima Q towers as well?

Asked by: Shre
Please use the Yakima fit guide to determine the parts you need for your rack. We are happy to help out, just call us or live chat with us. Here is a link to the Yakima fit guide:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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