This was my first set of kayak carriers. What I like about the
Malone kit is that it is made in the USA, and the included cam
straps are very strong (a lot of other kits have really thin/cheap
feeling straps, but these feel super tough and give great piece of
mind). The reason I bought this particular kit is because the foam
blocks had cutouts for a roof rack, and my local paddle shop wanted
$25 for just ONE foam block! This kit works reasonably well. I do
not bother with bow and stern lines if I am going to be traveling
less than 55mph and just traveling locally. If I go on the highway,
I will use a bow line for added security. That said, I do not use the
included rope/S-hook bow and stern tie downs. On account of
being lazy, and never being in boy scouts, I do not want to hassle
with the knots and advanced tying necessary for this method.
Instead, I just use another pair of cam straps as the bow tie down,
which is much faster and easier (and likely stronger). As far as
disadvantages to this kit, the biggest disadvantage is that it takes a
while to load and secure your yak! Your buddies will be driving off
while you're still tieing off your yak. Now I will admit, I have a tall
truck which requires standing on the doorsills to reach ,and
hooking the foam blocks onto the racks (without tearing them)
takes some time, but it still is a very slow load. After a tiring day
paddling on the water, the last thing I want to do is spend 20
minutes loading kayaks. The second thing is using this method of
carrying your kayaks can distort the hull of polyethylene kayaks
from tieing them down too tight, too long, too often, and on hot
days. The foam blocks themselves will inevitably wear out, but
after a dozen uses, they seem like they could last several dozen
uses. One other thing I will mention is my big recreational kayaks
touch sides when mounted together, and don't fit quite center on
the foam blocks, so if you have a smaller/narrower rack, you will
likely only fit one kayak and not two side-by-side (unless they are
are really narrower sea kayaks). Overall this is a great entry set to
help transport kayaks, or do not transport kayaks often. But for
me, I am moving onto J-hook carriers, because I could not handle
spending 20 minutes on loading and tieing-off my kayaks.
ACK has excellent customer service and super fast delivery. Some
wind noise at highway driving. Holds kayak very tight and secure at
all speeds. Easy to use and stores anywhere with its compact size.
for a few foam blocks to attach to my Malone rack crossbars a few times
a year for kayak transport - these are terrific. Can't really be left on
for a long period as the wind noise and the square stock is not
aerodynamic at all.
I use this on my Toyota Camry
2003 LE. It is a really a nice
product and I am pretty much
satisfied with it. So far works
great on country roads, but
haven't tried in highways. It
takes 15mins for me to load
and unload respectively after
practice. I recommend it.
Works well. Id recommend.
The kit is good, but in retrospect I will have to go
with a proper fitted roof rack in the future. But
for what it is - it does fine.
This kit has what you need to tie down a boat on a vehicle, but the truth is you can get almost everything in it for cheaper. It has 2 mediocre quality body straps (one of them had give after 4 uses) and 2 sub-par bow and stern lines. The 2 foam blocks are of good quality but there are cheaper versions that do just as well. At $50 it won't kill you and you don't have to shop any further, but you can get it all cheaper at similar quality.
Good product for the price. Straps seem light duty to me. Kit worked great with the addition of two more good hold down straps. My kit did not have a "storage bag". It has the "All New Reusable Plastic Tote" which is, the package it came in. This seems like a good idea eco-wise and should serve just fine .
One man operation,throw the stuff in the back and lock it up when on the water, cheap, functional,great in my opinion. Rav 4 Toyota factory rack.
This kit works. I carry my Tarpon 160i on the top of my Durango at speed over 60mph and I did not notice any problems. Still, I wonder why it cost almost $50. What a foam - it must be a very expensive one indeed:-)