The Thule Stacker 830 Kayak Rack is the most efficient way to carry multiple kayaks on the roof of virtually any vehicle. The Thule Stacker 830 Kayak Rack securely holds up to four kayaks at a time. With the Thule Stacker 830, tying boats down is now easier than ever with its upper-bridge design, and vehicle-to-vehicle transfers are also easier with its proven universal mounting hardware. The Thule Stacker 830 looks good while in use, and gives a clean look when its not by folding down flat and out of the way. This kayak carrier includes one pair of ratcheting tie downs, two straps and buckle protectors, and fits Thule bars, Yakima bars, and most factory-installed racks.
|Capacity - Kayaks:||Up to 4 Kayaks|
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The Thule Stacker is one of the most versitile kayak carriers available today and a great value when compared to other products on the market. This carrier can be installed on virtually any size crossbar up to 3 1/2 inches wide, even if the crossbar is homemade. If the #6 metric carriage bolts supplied with the product are not long enough to fit your aftermarket or homemade crossbar, longer metric bolts up to 4 inches can be purchased at most hardware stores, or 1/4 inch bolts and wingnuts of the appropriate length can be substituted. I use two sets of The Stacker on my pickup truck to haul 3 kayaks in the bed. The boats rest on 2 inch wide metal crossbars and are mounted on their side. Works great. Love the product!!!
This seemed like a more economical investment than the traditional U racks, but they aren't ideal. After a few trials and tribulations, we made them work, but would recommend the additional cradles for the racks for better stability which, unfortunately, will add to the cost.
Lets face it, Kayak racks are expensive. The stacker seems to have the most value though. Other more expensive models can usually only hold one kayak. This past weekend I had four up on my roof thanks to this. Its simple, looks good, folds, and is tough. Also comes with a fantastic set of tie down straps that blow other generic ones away, as well as ratcheting bow/stern ropes. The ratcheting part makes everything so much easier. 4 out of 5 stars only because you need two tie downs for each kayak you are mounting, no option to lock the stacker to your bars with a key/lock system, and you have to have some sort of foam/pad on the racks if you don't want the sides of the kayaks scuffed. All and all I'm pretty happy with it seeing as I was originally going to spend over $250 on rack/mounts.
this product works great, however there are some things that we do not like about it. First off, it does not come with the foam blocks to help protect the vehichle and kayak. Also, it only comes with enough straps to tie down ONE kayak, when i called about what type of rack system was the best to purchase for multiple kayaks, the sales person i spoke with recommended this one but did not SUGGESTIVE SALE the additional straps or the pads...if he would have we probably would have purchased them as well. this is a system that is designed for mulitple kayaks however will only transport ONE if ordered as liested and shipped. Now we have had to purchase another set of straps and tie downs.