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.
This is my second set. First set about four years old and are not as wide. Which I prefer, I will probably cut 1 1/2 inch off each end of new set. But obviously like the wing design for sliding kayak up from back.
This product is great. Easily loaded my Tarpon 120 on the roof of my SUV without assistance. Was just as easy to load at takeout after a hard paddle. My kayak was secure and quiet at highway speeds. Because the SeaWing flexes it makes it hard to over- tighten and the non skid surface prevents movement once strapped. To prevent theft I removed the SeaWings while out in the kayak as I was at a rural ramp. They were easy to remove and store inside the vehicle and quickly reinstalled on return. These are well worth the price and so much easier than J hooks to load.