Which J bars are best
Posted by: hal11 on Dec-17-12 3:58 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I am getting ready to purchase some folding J bars. The most common choices are the Thule 835 pros and the Yakima Bowdown. Any opinion of which is best for full size sea kayaks would be appreciated. Alternate suggestions will also be considered.
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Posted by: Celia on Dec-17-12 4:53 PM (EST)
Just wondering if you have tried actually loading a sea kayak on J-bars - or saddles, rollers or stackers.
Have you considered|
Posted by: 123Abuelo on Dec-17-12 4:54 PM (EST)
Malone folding J racks?
I have non-folding Malones|
Posted by: Wayne_Smith on Dec-17-12 6:45 PM (EST)
that are 10 years old, have been on my car the whole time, and they are tough as nails. Love 'em. I also have a 15 year old set of Yakima plastic saddles - same story, been on the car the whole time, still work great.
folding vs. non|
Posted by: nickjc on Dec-17-12 5:32 PM (EST)
A height challenged friend likes the folding ones better because she can get the strap on in the folded position.
Bowdown can open beer|
Posted by: ShadyClip on Dec-17-12 5:47 PM (EST)
Besides having a bottle opener one nice feature of the Bowdown is the front of the J's acts as a slide which can help at times getting the hull onto the J's, especially if you have a high roof or are using a extending bar to help you load.
Why J bars|
Posted by: hal11 on Dec-17-12 8:22 PM (EST)
I also have the collection of saddles and rollers but I have a new car that has a low roof line and I plan to lift the boat right into the saddle. Also I have a relatively low garage and like the idea of a folding system. For the record I have never had a issue with my Thule saddles and load the boats by sliding from the rear or lifting with a helper.
Onto the J-bar...|
Posted by: Celia on Dec-17-12 9:57 PM (EST)
is likely what you meant, yes?
Posted by: jsmarch on Dec-18-12 8:00 PM (EST)
Malones--easier to install, easier to load, less wind resistance, lower cost.
As a 'shorter person' (5'2") it is hard|
Posted by: shirlann on Dec-18-12 8:42 PM (EST)
for me to get a boat on the 'J' loaders we have. Vehicle is a 2004 Ford Explorer.