...are best? I am buying my first kayak (14.5 foot)next weekend and I plan on getting all the essentials at the same time...paddle, PFD and roof rack. I am having the hardest time deciding on which rack system would be best. I drive an SUV with a factory rack system on it and I believe most systems out there will be compatible. I'd like to keep the cost under $200 for the rack system. Any suggestions?
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Posted by: thebob.com on Mar-22-14 10:46 AM (EST)
Check out rackattack.com for options available for your vehicle.
Posted by: deuce on Mar-24-14 9:01 AM (EST)
I finally gave up on my Expedition's OEM cross bars because they were a joke (the not funny kind) and too short. I was able to get the Railgrab system on line for just under $200. This included 78 inch cross bars and locking cores. As I recall I ordered it all from ORS Racks. http://www.orsracksdirect.com/ Happy hunting!
Posted by: Marshall on Mar-22-14 11:02 AM (EST)
If you already have the bars then you can just add the carrier:
Posted by: mmulvey on Mar-22-14 7:28 PM (EST)
i am picking up a wilderness systems tsunami 145 and i am putting it on a 2005 mercury mountaineer with a factory roof rack. if i can't find anything that blows my hair back, i will probably end up starting with foam blocks and going from there.
Make sure the factory rack is sturdy|
Posted by: bigspencer on Mar-23-14 2:47 PM (EST)
enough, most aren't..imho, but check your kayak's weight...IF you can tie it down so it won't move at all..there are several different foam cradles, that fit around the bars that will work IF the kayak won't move= roll the foam off the bars. OTHW think Thule footings to fit onto the factory bars has eclipsed $200...y/n?, but their connection is very solid. Put mine on my Xterra factory tubing and is so solid that I've just left on permanently(so far)..
Posted by: dc9mm on Mar-23-14 11:16 PM (EST)
One way to cut some cost|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Mar-23-14 11:32 PM (EST)
If the sticker shock for Yakima components is too great, remember that their cross bars are nothing more than plastic-coated steel pipe. It's a near certainty that you can get very strong steel pipe of the proper diameter at any big hardware store for perhaps 1/10th, and certainly no greater than 1/5th the cost, of the Yakima bars (that's a rough guess, but it's no secrete that the markup on their cross bars is many times greater than it ought to be). That's not exactly earth-shaking news, but paying $10 or $20 instead of $90 might be worth considering.
Posted by: Marshall on Mar-24-14 8:38 AM (EST)
Go with the Marco Kayak Saddles, they're much broader in their load distribution than the foam blocks and are bunk carpet covered so they facultative the rear of vehicle slide up approach. Your bars should be good for at least 75 lbs of load. Use bow/stern tie downs to minimize flex & movement while traveling, especially when behind a tractor trailer at highway speeds.
Second thr Mako|
Posted by: Kocho on Mar-24-14 11:02 AM (EST)
The Mako saddles by Yakima are nice and with a big contact area.
Surfboard pads on cross bars |
Posted by: seadart on Mar-24-14 3:04 PM (EST)
As long as you cross bars are sturdy surfboard pads work fine and you can slide the kayak up from the back. Saddles and a raised rack are certainly better. But you can get started for $20.
Always amazed at|
Posted by: mainepaddle on Mar-26-14 7:18 AM (EST)
the immediate replies to newbies from all the "Yakima Thule" gravy trainers. Both products are foriegn owned and over priced. Service is spotty and both are too big to fail.
yakima was founded in the PNW|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-26-14 7:30 AM (EST)
Did they sell to a foreign investor? I can't find any record of that in my timeline.
Yes owned by foreign investor |
Posted by: seadart on Mar-28-14 1:13 PM (EST)
They were bought by a wealthy investor group in Taiwan. Yakima is still managed and operated from Oregon, there manufacturing is done at multiple places world wide.
check your OEM crossbars first|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-26-14 7:24 AM (EST)
Posted by: eckilson on Mar-28-14 5:59 AM (EST)
My friend uses a stacker bar on the factory rack of his Rav4. I was a little reluctant at first, but I’ve had my WW canoe on it several times, and it worked out fine.