So we took the plunge and bought a 2012 Subaru Outback, and got J-racks to carry our Currituck and Capella. Our old shoulders took a beating the first time we loaded and unloaded the kayaks. The Outback was already pretty high and the J-racks made the lifting even higher. We want to go back to saddles. What kind of saddles fit the Outback racks AND are easily removable? We don't want to leave the racks on all the time because it cuts down on gas milage. We already have Yakima Mako saddles that fit a round bar - could they be modified to fit the smaller, squarish bars on the Subaru? Or is there some way to attach the round bar to the side racks?
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Posted by: drjay9051 on Oct-20-12 8:47 AM (EST)
You may want to look into these racks: http://goodboykayaks.com/
Posted by: Celia on Oct-20-12 9:26 AM (EST)
Posted by: katydid on Oct-21-12 9:57 AM (EST)
I'm not familiar with stackers - could you post a link?
Posted by: Celia on Oct-21-12 11:02 AM (EST)
Posted by: mobrien on Oct-20-12 10:20 AM (EST)
If you have the round bars from a Yakima system and want to use your old saddles, the RailGrab from Yakima will work with your Subie. Factory bars are risky even with one kayak, and I suspect two would overly-stress them.
Won't work with the post-2010 Outback|
Posted by: Celia on Oct-20-12 11:40 AM (EST)
The older I get |
Posted by: rpg51 on Oct-21-12 12:12 PM (EST)
the more I'm thinking trailer. They are expensive. Hard to store. There are other drawbacks. But, they fit most any vehicle with a hitch. Very easy to load. I've got Celia by a whisker on the age thing and unlike her my fitness level is awful. My wife is fit, but still - it is very hard for us. I just bought a new car and while most of the time I use my old truck I do like to be able to use the car as well. So, I am in the same boat as the OP. I'm going to think on it for the winter. But a trailer is calling me. If I get a trailer with Yakima cross bars I can use all my existing attachments.
I have Yakima J racks but use them |
Posted by: string on Oct-21-12 7:39 PM (EST)
only when I have to because they are really hard to load.esp. on a Tundra. Malone makes J racks that are easier to get the boat into,but I prefer saddles. good luck.
Also consider the Roller-Loader|
Posted by: Celia on Oct-22-12 12:42 PM (EST)
The one pictured in an article today on the front page of paddling.net. They seem pricey but they make it a lot easier to handle a long boat.
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-22-12 12:51 PM (EST)
Actually the real name are Marco Kayak Saddles. $135/pr. Should be just enough width on the Subaru crossbars to fit both boats hull down. There's also a small modification if the outer edge of the saddle sits outboard of the end of the crossbar but I don't officially know 'nutting about that but I can show you what I heard and did on mine to make it work if space is tight. Being that you probably have straps from previous rackification implements it puts the saddles $55/pr better than the Thule Set-to-Go/Hydroglide or Yakima Mako/Hully Roller combinations.