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.
You can get belly straps much cheaper than from Yakima. For example, from NRS or design your own at strapworks. Rope is better than straps in the bow and stern because you can tie it in a V, if you have the right bumper or hood attachment points, and then that rope can stay on your canoe as your painter lines when paddling. Rope will sing and flutter less than straps.
I have never had a problem with canoes sliding sideways when just strapped on plain bars, if you know how to strap and rope properly. I have used pipe insulation as a cushion, and that can help sideways sliding, but it also can dirty wooden gunwales.