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Does anyone have any feedback/experience they can share on the KEELOVER canoe Yakima brackets?
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Posted by: ricknriver on Dec-23-12 8:05 AM (EST)
still put a bit of padding (split pipe foam?) under the gunnel and use fore and aft lines to keep boat from sliding up/back especially if roof bars close together. Easy to add and remove - maybe too easy. Would check tightness at pit stops. Could save $95 and just use the pipe foam & straps - I'm cheap when it comes to gadgets. R
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Posted by: rpg51 on Dec-23-12 8:24 AM (EST)
but from the experience I do have I much prefer rope tied using a bowline around the bars and a trucker's hitch to tie the canoe to the bars over straps and buckles. My experience is that straps do not hold up well to sun exposure and that knicks or partial cuts cause total failure of a strap much more easily that a rope. But, others will disagree no doubt. It is true that a very fragile boat or a boat that you want to keep looking its best might do better with straps. I do use the canoe yakima canoe brackets because I find they work well to prevent the canoe from sliding around on the bars in the wind. The best racks I ever had involved two by fours with carpet attached. But they did not hold up well to long term weather exposure - Yakima bars are better in that regard.
Posted by: mjf on Dec-24-12 4:05 PM (EST)
This is my first canoe (an Old Town Pack) and I've no real way to carry it.
Expensive gimmick, imo|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-24-12 6:33 PM (EST)
This is just four straps with four clamps to prevent your canoe from sliding sideways.
Posted by: osprey on Dec-24-12 7:11 PM (EST)
From the first Yakima rack Mrs. Osprey purchased years ago as a birthday present I've considered Yakima racks a good value.
Posted by: TommyC1 on Dec-25-12 7:08 AM (EST)
No experience with those.
Posted by: bluemerle on Dec-25-12 8:20 AM (EST)
Brackets are useful if your canoe has tumble home; straps and ropes cannot be cinched tight enough to stop side-to-side movement. Driving conditions - distance, highway, trucks - also are factors for using brackets. I use them regularly with my Thule system (which I think is a far better rack than Yakima).