-- Last Updated: Mar-25-13 1:33 AM EST --
Does the 2012 Outback have the rails that pivot to become the cross bars? If so you might not have enough spread to install your own crossbars to carry a kayak. There are some work around for cars like that but you probably need to get some insight before buying.
I had Bowdowns on the factory rack on my 2009 Forester -- they did work on the aero style bar. You do have to play with placement a bit and you will probably have to try a few times to get them to stand up straight. Having them lean a bit will happen but you can still carry a kayak fine on them. I never tried two kayaks.
As I added a cargo box, bike racks and 2nd set of bowdowns, I upgrade the factory crossbars with Thule bars (even though all my carriers are Yakima -- like their holders, dislike the round bar). Having a flat surface makes mounting a lot easier.
Classic Freestanding Rack
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