Malone Auto Racks Deluxe Kayak Carrier Kit combines everything you need to mount your kayak safely for car-top transport.
|Length:||1 ft 6 in / 0.46 m|
|Width:||4.75 in / 12.07 cm|
|Height:||2 in / 5.08 cm|
|Material:||EVA closed cell foam blocks|
One man operation,throw the stuff in the back and lock it up when on the water, cheap, functional,great in my opinion. Rav 4 Toyota factory rack.
This kit works. I carry my Tarpon 160i on the top of my Durango at speed over 60mph and I did not notice any problems. Still, I wonder why it cost almost $50. What a foam - it must be a very expensive one indeed:-)
This was my first set of kayak carriers. What I like about the Malone kit is that it is made in the USA, and the included cam straps are very strong (a lot of other kits have really thin/cheap feeling straps, but these feel super tough and give great piece of mind). The reason I bought this particular kit is because the foam blocks had cutouts for a roof rack, and my local paddle shop wanted $25 for just ONE foam block! This kit works reasonably well. I do not bother with bow and stern lines if I am going to be traveling less than 55mph and just traveling locally. If I go on the highway, I will use a bow line for added security. That said, I do not use the included rope/S-hook bow and stern tie downs. On account of being lazy, and never being in boy scouts, I do not want to hassle with the knots and advanced tying necessary for this method. Instead, I just use another pair of cam straps as the bow tie down, which is much faster and easier (and likely stronger). As far as disadvantages to this kit, the biggest disadvantage is that it takes a while to load and secure your yak! Your buddies will be driving off while you're still tieing off your yak. Now I will admit, I have a tall truck which requires standing on the doorsills to reach ,and hooking the foam blocks onto the racks (without tearing them) takes some time, but it still is a very slow load. After a tiring day paddling on the water, the last thing I want to do is spend 20 minutes loading kayaks. The second thing is using this method of carrying your kayaks can distort the hull of polyethylene kayaks from tieing them down too tight, too long, too often, and on hot days. The foam blocks themselves will inevitably wear out, but after a dozen uses, they seem like they could last several dozen uses. One other thing I will mention is my big recreational kayaks touch sides when mounted together, and don't fit quite center on the foam blocks, so if you have a smaller/narrower rack, you will likely only fit one kayak and not two side-by-side (unless they are are really narrower sea kayaks). Overall this is a great entry set to help transport kayaks, or do not transport kayaks often. But for me, I am moving onto J-hook carriers, because I could not handle spending 20 minutes on loading and tieing-off my kayaks.
ACK has excellent customer service and super fast delivery. Some wind noise at highway driving. Holds kayak very tight and secure at all speeds. Easy to use and stores anywhere with its compact size.