Submitted: 07-23-2008 by pikabike
Castle Craft sells these cradles, which are made by Spring Creek.
I consider these the best production cradles I've ever seen. This is the type of product that exemplifies "Made in America", and I'm no flag-waver.
The hardware is sturdy, thick aluminum. The cradles themselves are long flexible rubber pieces (like wide straps) that can wrap well up the sides of your kayak (depending how you set up the cradles). Nothing harsh touches the kayak, just that forgiving rubber.
The clamping pieces will fit standard round or square crossbars, plus some rectangular bars. In other words, you are not bound to using crossbars from "The Big Two." For hull-down cradles, I have yet to see anything better than the Spring Creek cradles, and I recommend them to anybody who needs to transport sea kayaks.