I purchased my MicroSport 'yak trailer kit two weeks ago and
added the retractable tongue kit, spare tire & mount, and saddle
mounts for two flat sit-on kayaks. I spent time first checking every
hardware bag and component package, as suggested in the
instructions, thus performing a complete inventory before doing
any assembly. This step is important and worthwhile, for sure.
Unlike many negative reviews, I did not find any missing parts at
all, and even had a few extra electrical connectors and such that
helped. The hardware fastener count (bolts, lock nuts, and
washers) was exact in all cases, and each package contained a
"packed by" employee number for quality control. I felt the
recommended pre-read on the instructions helped too, and that
they were well illustrated, thorough, and accurate. The previous
reports of weak support bars seems to have been fixed by Malone,
since the bars are now reinforced with an extra internal steel
channel inside. Every part was well made, and all assembly used
well fitted/drilled/cut holes and part lengths. The one item that I
did add on my own was 3/8" flexible, longitudinally split tubing to
surround and protect all exposed wiring, and attached it to the
trailer frame with plastic mounting clips. This is readily available
and inexpensive at any builders' supply business. All in all, the
trailer went together easily (and I am a 68 year old codger), and is
a product I am both proud and happy to own.
Outstanding product. Arrived in 6 boxes as I purchased an extra tire.
Took about 6 hours to assemble. Instructions very clear and easy to
follow. Made in America and something to be proud of.
Bob fom Bella Vista, AR
Excellent constructed materials, very easy to understand instructiins to
assemble. Took my time and got it assembled within a few hours.
OMG! This trailer is awesome! As two 68-year-olds, it was getting next to impossible to hoist our heavy kayaks up onto the rooftop carrier, mainly for me, the female of the couple. As a result, we stopped paddling almost completely (had to wait for strong, young, 6-foot-plus "children" to come home to visit and help us). Now, we are going out every week. It is such a joy!
The trailer is sturdy, easy to hook up, and fits next to my car in the garage. It holds all four of our kayaks and tracks perfectly behind my Volvo station wagon. It can be easily rolled into and out of the garage by hand-- no backing up required. We timed ourselves, and it took only about 10 minutes to hook up the trailer and load the kayaks. It used to take us at least an hour to put the cradles onto roof rack and struggle to load. What a joy!
The trailer arrived in four boxes, in perfect condition. My very handy significant other put it together in about 4 hours over 2 days, no problem. I just sat nearby, mainly for moral support, and had to hold something once and hand him a few screws.
We keep saying stupid things like, "This trailer is the cat's meow." But seriously, it has brought great joy to our lives. It's worth every cent.
ACK was wonderful. They called us to say that they were shipping the next day instead of the day we ordered! Everything arrived with shocking speed. We had a question about registration and a real person answered the phone right away.
You should buy this trailer, now, from ACK. 😎
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.