The Malone Telos Load Assist temporarily attaches to the J-style MPG114MD Downloader and provides a safe way to vertically raise the kayak from waist height into a position where it can easily be loaded into the carrier. You can detach the Telos and use it on the other side to load your second kayak into another DownLoader or store it in the trunk for unloading later. There is simply no other load assist system in the market with this versatility at this value.
|Length:||1 ft / 0.3 m|
|Width:||6 in / 15.24 cm|
|Height:||46 in / 116.84 cm|
|Capacity:||70 lb / 31.75 kg|
|Material:||Aluminum & Coated Steel, High Strength Foam|
OK, we used these to load our two Dagger Axis 10.5 kayaks onto a Toyota Highlander, which is sorta high for my 5'2" wife (I am 6'1"). We loaded boats in very cold March weather in Ohio (0 degrees) for the first time. Felt stiff pushing boats up. After loading and unloading in Florida a few times they were working much better. (Maybe some 3-1 oil?). With a cockpit seal on the kayaks, this was the only way to get them up. Worked great. I think superior to other 'easy load' systems we have observed. BTW, I am 68 and wife is 65, and even though I can JUST throw the kayaks up by myself, this beats that method by a mile. If you already have the Malone 'J' racks, then this may be a nice addition to your gear, and will sure make your day in the water more enjoyable.
It's easy to assemble, easy to use and does the job once you get the boat onto the loader's cradles, but for a heavy boat (like a 63-lb. sit-on-top), you STILL need help getting it off the ground. Overall, I like this loader, but I've concluded that I need a trailer.
Great system especially for tandem or larger kayaks. We have had many people come over to check it out while loading our kayak.
Works as described. Used on a F150 which puts the boat way up high - ratchets up in a positive manner and brings the boat down with good control. Would give it a 5 star but have not used it long enough to see how durable the set up is. Solid construction.