I have the Feel Free Lure 11.5 (yes, it has the "wheel in the keel", but it doesn't work well for dragging the yak across a long stretch of sand or turf. My friends have a strap on but it tends to go all over the place in the sand. This is perfect. However, since I carry a lot of "stuff", you definitely need help getting it into the scupper holes. Tipping it to one side is not an option. Maybe a kickstand would help. Since the tubes that go into the scupper holes are relatively small compared to the holes, I sleeved a small piece of PVC over the tubes and taped them on. I was also a little concerned about the metal on the plastic scupper hole so I figured I would soften that connection. So far it works well.
The Malone Xpress Scupper Kayak Cart I ordered was delivered within
the time-frame promised. Assembly was easy as per the instructions. I
have used the cart twice since purchase and find it evergthing
great little cart. Makes moving a fairly heavy kayak around quite easy
I have the Jackson Kayak Big Tuna model. This carrier doesn't work
well at all for this kayak. The Big Tuna scuppers are regular holes at
the top but underneath they are sort of oblong and tapered toward
the stern. When the Malone carrier is inserted and the kayak put
upright, the wheels fold under the kayak instead of being vertical.
The carrier must be adjusted to the minimum width to fit any of the
scupper holes at all and even so, it won't fit the ones closest to the
stern. After adjusting to the smallest width the foam block no longer
fits over the adjustment bar, you have to cut 3/4" off the foam if
you want to use it and you really need to with the Big Tuna. With
the foam in place you have a little support to prevent the wheels
from jackknifing. With the wheels adjusted to the minimum width
the kayak is now very easy to tip over.
We've been carrying our two person ocean kayaks down to the
beach at our Mexico house. We just got the scupper kayak cart and
it has made everything so much easier! The cushion in the middle
keeps the kayak from rubbing on the axle, the hard tires move
easily over both sand and rock. We attach the cart then strap the
cooler ect and away we go. The kayak easily lifts off the cart once
we get to the water. Love this product!
This cart works. I like the tapered sleeves that enter the scuppers. It fits snug and won't damage the kayak.
The Malone Xpress is very well designed and easy to use. It slips
into the scupper hole with ease and comes out without difficulty in
the water. I don't disassemble it but use bungees to strap it to
the front of the kayak after launching. I love it! The only problem
I've had with it was with the second kart I ordered for another
kayak I bought for salmon fishing in the Northwest. It came with a
defective connector that prevented the crossbar from being
inserted. There was excess hard rubber in the hole which I had to
drill out to clear it to allow me to insert and bolt down the
crossbar. (I needed the cart to move the newly shipped kayak to
the back of the house.) It took ACK and Malone over ten days to
send a replacement after I had sent ACK photos of the defect.
Amazon would have done it in 3 days. I would give the cart a 5 for
design and durability except for this defect. Better improve quality
I've got a love-hate thing going on with this cart. On the plus side, it's
priced right, built very sturdey, lightweight and breaks down easily to
stow in the hatch of my Tarpon120 with ease. Once installed it works
very well! On the down side, (and I'm guessing this is true of all
scupper carts) , it's a process to install coming off the water after a
day of fishing. Read: drag yak up beach, empty EVERYTHING off, then
flip the yak on it's side , install the cart and then reverse procedure.
I'm thinking of adding a kick stand on it so I might be able to just lift
the yak on /off if I can line up the cart posts and scuppers. If that
doesn't work, I may switch to an end style cart that doesn't make
me flip the cart to install it.
Well designed cart that is not prone to rust from salt water. I
especially like the elastomer protection around the poles that go into
the scupper holes, hopefully this will eliminate any cracks leading to
water leaks. The unit received had a bolt missing but I am going to
West Marine to purchase a SS bolt rather than complain.
I have a fairly wide kayak
(Lifetime Sportfisher - 36
inches) and had trouble finding
a scupper cart wide enough.
But, the Malone Xpress works
fine! No complaints
whatsoever so fr.
big bass J
The t fitting busted after 4 trips to the
water. Called up Austin Kayak and they
sent me a new and improved cart. I give
the cart a 4 star and Austin customer
service a 5 star. ( I use it 4 my Tarpon
120 with no problems)
I have to say the cart did break on
me using it to transport my WS 160
after the second trip. Why I've given it
4 stars after that was because of the
excellent customer service I recieved
when calling the maufacturer. They
said have since redisigned the T
connectors and that they have a
lifetime warrenty on all their products.
A company that fully stands behind
their products like this deserves to be
recognized. I haven't recieved the
new parts yet as I just got off the
phone with customer service. I'll give
a follow up after I test it out.