Nice trailer. Superfast shipping, a pleasant surprise. Packaged very
well without any broken or missing parts. I laid the boxes out in the
garage and read the instructions first. Then I positioned everything
according to the group and order to construct it in. I didn't even try to
assemble it in four fours. Instead I asked my five year old grandson to
help me. So through one evening and part of the following day I with
my assistant put the trailer together.
No issues in assembly, no missing parts. It tows nicely. I did see that
backing could be an issue with an FJ Cruiser, so I ordered a safety pole
from ACK to affix to the cross rail. I also ordered a spare and spare tire
carrier in the event one is needed.
ACK has is in the top two for customer service I have ever
experienced. It may be a tie for first place really.
First use today. Assembly was time consuming, but straight forward.
Put a Thule Roll 884 on it to carry our Oasis tandem, and it rolls right
on. Also added the Plano trunk. Nice setup.
Gary & Teresa
WOW, this is exactly what we
needed - I don't know what we
have been thinking this past
years. We have been loading
our kayaks on the lop of our
jeep and this trailer is
AMAZING!! If you are looking
for a trailer to haul your
kayaks or anything , I would
strongly say go with the
Malone MicroSport Kayak
I haven't taken it for a trip yet but I had a couple of
issues during installation:
Not all parts arrived in the initial shipment but ACK
customer service corrected that quickly.
The parts are very heavy for the boxes which caused
them to arrive opened and scratched with the parts
sticking out. ACK offered a $50 gift certificate for that.
The plastic cover ends on the loading bars are all very
bad material. they get broken if you try to snap them all
the way in. And if you didn't snap them all the way in
then they'll most probably fall on the road. So the
loading bars don't look that good without them but they
don't affect functionality.
The tongue is too long - yes there is an upgraded one
that looks like it can divide to 2 - but the base tongue
needs to be redesigned to divide to 2 with that length.
Other than that, not bad.
Bought this trailer because we
have two Outback
Hobies, and were hauling in
the truck bed. I can
say the quality of the trailer
is good. we added
two thick swimming pool
noodles to the cross bars
when installing, so the yaks
set on the trailer in
garage on 1.5 inch of foam.
Trailers well. Nice
and light, I can move it
without hooking up. Just
pick up and go. It is much
easier when going out
and returning, you dont have
to pick up and you
dont have to get wet, unless
you want too. Good
buy. Cant go wrong. 4 months
of use, so far.
This is an update to my earlier review on this great
trailer. We just got back from a mini-vacation where we
had the Malone MicroSport trailer over 40-miles of
dirt/gravel/pot-holed roads with both our kayaks and
mountain bikes on it. Other than getting very dusty and
dirty, the trailer never had a problem with the roads.
The kayaks were solid and undamaged in their Malone J-
Racks, and the mountain bikes didnt move a centimeter in
their Yakima High Roller racks. We did buy the optional
3rd bar for the Malone trailer as recommended and that
added stability to the bike racks. Great little trailer
for folks who like to take all their toys to the
backcountry. And the trailer handled highway speeds fully
loaded with no problems either. Way to go, Malone!
Wow, cant say enough good
about this little trailer! We
have had it out several times
carrying our 2 kayaks and it
has performed flawlessly. Our
Honda Element doesnt even know
its pulling the load. A
friend has the fancier Yakima
Rack N Roll trailer--it is
prettier than the Malone, but
MUCH more expensive and the
wheels are not as sturdy as
the Malone. The only change
we made in the trailer was to
have the 8-foot tongue cut
down to 5-foot--we will never
haul a kayak larger than 12-
foot, so the 5-foot tongue is
sufficient and much more
manuverable. If you dont feel
like backing the trailer, it
unhooks form the car in a
jiffy and is easy to push
anywhere with or without the
kayaks. So much easier than
trying to get the kayaks on
the roof of the car! We can
also haul our 2 mountain bikes
along with the kayaks on the
trailer. This trailer is
worth every penny it costs!
We love it!
This is a great product.
Assembly very easy took only
four hours. Currently loaded
with 3 kayaks, 2 single
14footers and a 15ft tandem.
Loading and unloading is a
joy. Would highly recommend
making this purchase.
This is a great trailer. When
I started working on it I
realized that the only way to
get this built in 3-4 hours
was to have a nascar pit crew
and the engineer who desiged
it working on it. This does
take two people to put
together. I did it myself and
took my time.. The
instructions are very detailed
and easy to follow. If you
are looking for a trailer to
haul boats, this is the one.
Very solid trailer. no
complaints and I highly
The trailer was really very
easy to put together. The
instruction were great and the
packaging helped ensure you
had the right nuts and bolts
for the right section of the
trailer you were working on.
It took longer to assemble
than the 2 to 4 hours
suggested. It's a great
I am beyond happy with this
trailer. It is well
constructed and the
instructions to assemble it
were very detailed making it
easy to put together.
I would recommend this trailer
My wife and I assembled the Malone Micro
Sport Kayak Trailer over 3 evenings,
investing roughly 6 - 7 hours at a
liesurely pace. The instruction manual
is good (better than most I've worked
from, in the past) but not outstanding.
There were a few places where the photos
could have been a little bit more
detailed or instructions more detailed.
The kit divides the parts into different
bags (i.e. electrical assembly, tongue
assembly, tire assembly, etc.). There
were a few times where the instructions
called for a 1 1/4" bolt for a task;
however, there were 1 1/4" rounded head
bolts and 1 1/4" hex head bolts. It
wasn't hard to figure it out but the
manual could have been more specific, in
order to save us the trouble of having
to "figure it out."
The quality of individual parts is also
good, however, the 3" x 4" galvanexed
steel plates (used in the suspension
assembly) were not drilled properly and
I had to drill them out in my workshop.
Also, Malone does not include any spare
washers, nuts or bolts (and there are
many), so if you lose one you will need
to make a trip to the local hardware
store in order to finish the project.
Also, our kit was missing some minor
parts (plastic tips to cover some bolt
ends) that I will need to buy from my
local hardware store.
Overall, my wife and I like this trailer
very much. We purchased ours with the
plastic trunk (which holds our life
jackets). We use 4 sets of Malone "J
style" XV autoloaders to hold our 4
14.5' kayaks. With all four of the
kayaks loaded, the tongue weight is
approximately 40 pounds. It is easier
to move this cart around, fully loaded,
than it is to carry a single kayak by
hand. We recently ordered the spare
tire for this trailer, which will add a
little weight the tongue weight.
For the price of this trailer, we are
very pleased with it. I give the
trailer 5 stars (out of a total of 5
possible stars) for value; 4 stars for
ease of assembly and 5 stars for
aesthetics and ease of use.
I also give Austin Canoe and Kayak 5
stars for their outstanding service and
ultra fast delivery. Their customer
service reps are pathologically pleasant
and cheerful whenever I call with
questions. These guys really get it
when it comes to customer service.