I have previously purchased two sets of these carriers a few years
ago and keep them on my truck rack. They had a wire loop to
retain the strap at the top of the loop, now the new set has a
plastic keeper that the strap can come out of under certain
circumstances as someone else has mentioned. I feel the old
keeper is a better option. Also the canvas cushion covers are I
hope upgraded on the new ones as the older version faded and
became rotten in one year from sun exposure otherwise they are a
very durable and strong carrier that work very well.
I was extremely hesitant to spend this much on a kayak carrier,
but I'm really glad I decided to spend the extra money and get
these. They are high quality, very sturdy, and the ability to fold
them down when not in use is great. I have them mounted on
very large oval crossbars. They fit great, and they don't budge. I
ended up looping a bicycle lock around them to prevent theft, since
they could easily be removed otherwise. If you're considering
these, I highly recommend them!
Used on a 2013 Nissan Murano and it sure makes loading/unloading
I'm really happy with it. I like the loading ramps a lot easier on my old
shoulders. Took a 6 hour trip each way and only had to adjust the
kayaks once. I had bought a cheaper version without J-style racks
and it didn't last one trip. I will probably purchase cockpit covers for
more aero dynamics.
I have 3 sets of these mounted on a Yakima Rack & Roll trailer. They
are very substantial and support the kayaks extremely well. I am very
happy with the Malone Downloader Folding kayak carriers.
Got 2 for 2014 jeep Cherokee on thule base rack. Works great and
These racks fit perfectly on my car and have been safe thus far
through short and long excursions to use my kayak.
Bought two pair for two kayaks...they're great! Very sturdy yet
light. Easy to set the straps in place while the mount is down and
easy to reach, then raise the mount upright and lock into place.
Quick and easy to lash the kayaks in place. Can't beat the price,
and, so far, I'm very impressed with the Malone features and
performance. Absolutely no reservations recommending these.
Quality is not close to Thule but appears to be adequate. That's a big
Lee from Columbis SC
I installed this on home built racks made with a 2 x 4 with rounded
corners, painted black and with dock bumper screwed to the top
with stainless steel washers and ss screws. My rack looks very
sharp and is good for canoes and plastic kayaks and even lumber,
doors and ladders. However, it is not best for composite boats
which should be supported on their side for least damage. Having
done much research, test fitting and even purchasing a folding
vertical rack at a local outfitter, everything had short comings for
attaching to my rack. My rack has no wind noise, is easy to tie
boats securely and quickly and I did not want to give this up.
Enter Malone. Their web site has outstanding descriptions, their
people know their products technical operation very well and were
able to provide me with good understanding and set my
expectations. I purchased from Austin Kayak after finding their
people equally competent.
- Very solid build. Best I have seen and I have been looking for over
10 years & have done a lot of looking.
- good price. Much less than the 2 name brand competitors
- Easy to install on a 2x4 rack. My rack is about 2.5 inches thick
with the dock bumper on the top. I purchased 3/8th inch 4 inch
long, American thread, galvanized hex head bolts, wing nuts and
washers at Lowes to replace the provided (and very superior) bolt
assembly system provided by Malone, in order to reach the distance
between the rack and the bottom bracket designed to hold the rack
to a bar.
- installed rack is very solid. When I shake the rack, it moves my
truck. It is so solid that I drove to the Florida Keys and returned
without using tie down lines to the front and rear of the car,
- Installation kit includes most everything needed for a variety in
installations from round bar, to square bar, to homemade racks.
- Installation kit is top quality. The threads on the bolts are
deburred, coated, fit perfectly, and the wing nut provides good
purchase so that you can tighten the Malone carrier to your rack
quickly by hand and remove it even more quickly. Contrast to the
bolts from lowes which I had to tighten and loosen several times
using a wrench and pliers to enable me to tighten the bolts on the
rack. I intend to order the extra long Malone metric bolts (if they
are long enough) so I can quickly install and remove the rack
- will fit most any kayak
- fold down mechanism is easy to operate and is 90% sturdy. Non
folding would be 100% sturdy
- Malone stocks replacement parts for the cams, etc., which are
subject to breaking.
- Tie down is relatively easy to use
- the rack is build to fit a big fat rec boat. it is not optimized for
composite boats which are much more narrow and lower height.
The composite boats curves to not match the rack touch points
resulting in the possibility of too much pressure on the boat and
possible crack when the tie down are tightened. For this reason, I
took my plastic boats to Florida. I intend to make some foam fit
improvements to the J touch points to resolve the problem. I have
done this sort of thing before and it is non trivial to cut foam to the
correct shape and then attach it so that it cannot come off.
- There is a ledge which adds about 4 inches to the width of the
rack. It's purpose is to facilitate the ease of getting the boat on the
rack and it has a hole for the tie downs to pass through. I used the
hole on the trip and it worked, but I feel that the tie down would be
more effective and quicker by just having the strap going from the
base of my rack o the top of the J and then back to my rack. This
would act as a backup to the bolt system and be quicker to secure
the boat. I will likely cut the 4 inch ledge off and use the extra
space to enable installing one or 2 additional racks so that I can
easily carry 3 or 4 boats. The fold down capability would ease the
placing of the boats on the inside racks.
I buy a lot of boating tools, devices and aids. I have kayaked,
rafted, canoed in both whitewater and flatwater for over 40 years
and am a solid intermediate boater (not an expert). It is my
assessment that this is the single best (not a boat) product which I
have had during this time and I have seen some good ones. It has
its faults, but I will just deal with them.
I bought the Malone Downloader Folding Kayak Carrier because it folds
down and received good reviews. I have only used it once because I
bought it so late in the season, but it was easy to install onto my car
and keeps the kayak secured very well on the roof of the car. I am
very pleased with it so far. The instructions could be a little clearer,
but they are definitely do-able if you take your time.
The Malone Downloader Folding Kayak Carrier is just what the doctor
ordered. I have two sets installed on my Malone trailer and
absolutely love the fact that I can drop the units down to get them
out of the way when I store my trailer. At times, I place other items
on top of my trailer. The story would be the same if they were on top
on my vehicle. To top it off, they are very durable, making them well
worth the money.