The Thule Hull-a-Port Pro 835 Kayak Carrier is a j-style carrier that has the ability to fold down flat when not in use. This premium vertical carrier combines maximum strength and protection with greater versatility by folding down when not in use. The Thule Hull-a-Port Pro's wide mouth J-profile offers easier loading and unloading and the steel design features adjustable padding for carrying strength and kayak protection. The Hull-a-Port Pro features quick on/off hardware that ensures fast installation and removal. Sold as a pair which will accommodate 1 kayak.
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I am very pleased with the option to collapse the J rack when not in use. The straps included are very functional, especially the slip down cover for the buckles to not ding your vehicle.
I have the older, non-folding, version of this Thule kayak carrier as well so I'm familiar with how Thule "J" style carriers work. I do like the folding feature of the new one. However, the less turned up "J" aspect while making it easier to load also does not provide as much holding power to keep the kayak in the desired side position. I find my kayak wants to twist out of the carrier even with the straps fairly tight. The only thing that prevents the kayak from completly turning out flat is the strap at the bottom of the carrier. I'm going to try and rig up some extra padding on the bottom of the carrier to keep the kayak from turning out. P.S. Austin Canoe and Kayak is a good company to do buisness with. I will look to them again when I have a Kayak related need.
Holds the kayak securely and I like the folding nature of the Hull-a-Port. I use two of these to mount (2) kayaks to the rook of my FJ Cruiser. Its a littel tricky to get them up there but with the help of my girlfriend is only takes a few minutes. The only thing I am critical about is once the kayak is on the Hull-a-port it is difficult to fish the straps back over the kayak to lace them up in the front. It is a pain in the ass and I would hope Thule could put a little more thought into this and make this process easier.
Well worth the money and it qualified for free shipping which actually made it cheaper than any other on-line retailer I could find. I recently used it to carry my kayak (13 feet) on a trip to western Virginia which included 70+ miles an hour highways and mountain roads. Had no issues and would definitely recommend this product to anyone needing a safe and secure way to transport their kayak for long distances. I did need my wife to help balance my kayak due to the size of my boat, but other than that I was able to load it myself.... that's what you get when you're 6' 4" and have long legs!