-- Last Updated: Apr-08-13 2:58 PM EST --
I have a 2013 Outback. If you are loading just one kayak, use the factory bars, get some surfboard pads and use them. Put a foam pad on the back of your roof put the bow on the pad then lift onto the roof rack then pick up the stern and slide it on. No need to dead lift your whole kayak. There is now a modification posted on the Outback users group so you can use Yakima landing pads on a 2013 and put on a decent rack with saddles. I have not tried it yet but will post here when I have seen how well it works.
Note Added: Be careful pushing down on the roof when loading ... as noted elsewhere in posts, in the new models the metal is very thin, and you can dent in your roof.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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