Made of ballistic nylon covered foam pads, these 36 in. SUV Aero Roof Rack Pads protect your canoe or kayak and roof rack from damage.
|Length:||3 ft / 0.91 m|
|Logo - 36 in - Aero||RP36AS-F|
|Non-Logo - 36 in - Aero||RP36AS-F NL|
Was thinking of saving some cash and just getting the 4 foam blocks to support the canoe on the rack, but VERY happy that I spent a couple extra bucks on these. they are wide enough to accomodate any canoe on a properly spaces set of crossbars, and they make it very easy to load and center the canoe. They might be a little wide for surfboards or small kayaks and thus get a bit messy/unsightly with the tie-down straps, but these are perfect for canoes.
Pads will no doubt outlive both my kayak and me. A recessed lengthwise zipper closure would be a much better design than the two velcro straps. Since these are designed for a 1" round bar, as you slide your craft up your roof, these pads will rotate around the bar and land seam side up and stay there until you spin them around again. Since the seam does not close tightly with the two inadequate velcro straps, the roof bar is left exposed to abrade on your boat, defeating the purpose of the pads. The cords at the ends can be used to tie the pads to the roof rack, preventing rotation, which is what I did, but the installation instructions don't suggest it. Also, the velcro straps are a couple inches longer than necessary and flap in the breeze.
Fit 2015 Subaru Forester factory crossbars perfectly, but the little bungie ties at the end are too short to work with. I resorted to using a piece of velcro around the ends, or just leaving them alone when I put my kayak on top. (It's not like the pads are going to move once a 63 lb object is sitting on top.) The overall construction of the pads seems pretty good so far.
These pads work great with the Native ultimate FX15 and my factory subaru crosstrek cross bars. I use the Rhino universal side loader and I am able to slip the rear pad on after my kayak is on top of the car and the side loader attachment is removed. Works great for my needs.