The SeaWing is a single boat mid-point mounting carrier that provides quick set-up for large beam kayaks while providing more rooftop space than any other traditional bottom down system.
|Material:||Corrosion Proof Polycarbon, Ribbed Synthetic|
I bought 2 sets so I can carry 2 kayaks side by side on my Hyundai Elantra sedan. Works very well, and easy to load even though I'm short. I do run the strap around the bar, so the kayak is secured to the rack and not just to the SeaWing. My frequent paddling buddy also bought two sets, and now we can shuttle with ease. If I didn't like this product so much, I would give it a 4 instead of a 5 star rating, due to the sorry straps that came with it. The cam buckle is too small or too tight and tore my fingers up, and the red dye rubs off on hands and hulls. I used them once and replaced with NRS straps. But overall, I would recommend the SeaWings. I've used Yakima Mako saddles for over 10 years and they are great, but could not fit two sets side by side. I also tried the Malone J-racks, but they turned too much on my round Yakima bars and I couldn't load by myself. The SeaWings are just perfect (except for the straps.)
I can see how this product would work very well for yaks with v-shaped hulls. However, for flatter hulls like the Adventure Commander, it is worthless. I have had to support my yak with several other straps to keep it in place during transport. Loading and unloading, I have to watch the yak or else it slips off center. I should have known but the price was right. FYI, I did not get it from ACK.
As far as it compares to other racks, I can not say. What impressed me with the Malone rack I purchased ten years ago was the warranty. My rack, through hard use, started to come apart. I contacted Malone and asked if my lifetime warranty was still valid. They said yes and asked that I send a picture of the rack. Inside of one week I received a new rack at no cost to me. That is quality service.
simple, works great!