From the first Yakima rack Mrs. Osprey purchased years ago as a birthday present I've considered Yakima racks a good value.
That said, I've certainly taken many a good safe trip with canoes strapped to factory car racks as well.
The "universal" nature of this particular product which appears to combine gunnel brackets with tie down straps looks appealing. I've used gunnel brackets for years and believe they do add to secure attachment -- they aren't essential, but I think they are worth the extra cost and effort. Mine are about 25 years old and are on their third vehicle. And the rack is on the car year round in Texas!
You can try less expensive routes first and upgrade as you see the need. If you use pipe insulation try to tape it in place or better yet use some long black wire ties to attach them to the cross bars so they don't blow off.
I've got cam type straps from NRS that are 20 years old and still going strong. I prefer them for tying the canoe to the rack. They make trips several times each month. I too prefer GOOD rope and trucker knots for tying off for and aft.
Have fun in the Pack!
Heel and Pegpads™
Touring Kayak Paddles
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