OK, we used these to load our two Dagger Axis 10.5 kayaks onto a
Toyota Highlander, which is sorta high for my 5'2" wife (I am 6'1").
We loaded boats in very cold March weather in Ohio (0 degrees) for the
first time. Felt stiff pushing boats up. After loading and unloading in
Florida a few times they were working much better. (Maybe some 3-1
oil?). With a cockpit seal on the kayaks, this was the only way to get
them up. Worked great. I think superior to other 'easy load' systems
we have observed. BTW, I am 68 and wife is 65, and even though I
can JUST throw the kayaks up by myself, this beats that method by a
mile. If you already have the Malone 'J' racks, then this may be a nice
addition to your gear, and will sure make your day in the water more
Excellent product! Can be a bit complicated to assemble but worth the
effort. I was able to place the 60 pd kayak onto the roof of my SUV
without much difficulty. I'm 62 and 67 inches tall
I had these shipped to Australia as it was cheaper than buying them
here. I am so glad I did. I normally go kayaking by myself and I am
able to use this product to lift the kayak up the side of my Toyota
RAV 4, by myself. I am about 5 foot 4 inches tall, and I can just
manage to lift the kayak to the bottom of the loader, after that it is a
breeze, as long as I have a stool to step on.
Excellent!! i'm 67 my wife is
65. We are not tall persons and
have had difficulty getting
kayaks on the roof of our Audi
Q5. This product combined with
the Malone fold down rack
made is a lot easier. Works as
advertised. I would highly
Love these! Makes it so much
easier to get the kayaks up on my
vehicles. Highly recommend!
It works. My yak weighs 80+#
and these really help.
Works as advertised.
The idea is great and less $$ but larger suction cups or
add more might keep it more stable. All of are newer
cars are not a box anymore. It works great just go easy
don't be in a hurry. Hope Malone makes good if it
doesn't hold up. I would buy again just think they need
to tweak it. It is easy and it won't dent your car pull the
tab on the suction cups don't just pull the off. The foam
is replaceable if worn I hope they stock it. I have sot
yaks and sit in they all fit.
The Telos load assist works as
advertised when used in
concert with the Malone J rack.
Less expensive than the
Hullavator. Plus you can use
Telos with another Malone J
rack installed on the other side
of your vehicle.
I would, however, like to see
two improvements. First, it
would be great to add about a
one half a foot to the length of
the load assits to lower the
distance required to initially lift
the kayak. Second, bigger
suction cups should be added
to stabalize the bars. If you
are not careful, slippage will
occur that can dent your car;
especially if you are not
loading / unloading on a flat
piece of ground.
I am 6-1 and I have to carry a
small ladder to get the kayak
initally loaded on the Telos.
Plus, when combined with the J
rack, the overall height is just
a bit taller than the cross bars
on my Honda Pilot - just
beyond my reach without the
However, unless you want to
invest in a trailer, this is the
best way to go for the money.
A must have for those of us
with back or shoulder issues.
Rock of Ages
I've been using the Telos ramps for a couple of weeks
now. Compared to lifting a boat well overhead, they are
a great boon to rotator cuffs and probably make loading
and unloading inherently safer.
I'm still not sure they represent the best solution for
me, based on a couple of issues. 1) They aren't real
petite and so it's one more thing to figure out
how/where to stow. 2) More problematically, on a VW
Golf the front loader can't be set vertically because of
roof design and door handle location. Telos doesn't
raise lower boats easily when it's set at an angle.
It's a clever concept, and well built - but may not be
'right' in every situation.
I have not had a chance
to use them yet. Too
much now in the
Northeast. The assembly
was quick and simple.
They fit perfectly on my
Malone kayak racks. Can't
wait to try them out if the
snow ever melts.
I watched them demo this at Paddlefest
in Old Forge, NY ... its not dedicated
to one side, you can move it to load a
kayak on either side of your vehicle,
as long as you have the compatible
Malone carrier ... or even move it to
your friends car if they have a Malone
carrier, too ... cant do that with a