Have yet to use on the road but assembly was relatively easy.
Instructions are good for the most part but more direction on where,
specifically, washers were to be placed would be helpful. Wiring needs
to be better protected from the elements (maybe by adding a length of
clear plastic tubing to the kit) and I did need to add a few cable ties to
ensure wires stayed in position. I substituted my longer Thule bars to
hold two 38" wide touring canoes. I gave consideration in my buying
decision to the fact that all my Thule fittings worked on the stock
Malone bar, it just was not long enough to hold the two wider canoes.
Still working on fitting these length-wise (both are 17 ft long) and I
may need to move the front bar forward along the tongue to minimize
rear overhang. I will be checking with Malone to obtain their
suggestions. Overall, a very nice trailer at a competitive price.
Malone sport trailer. Have used this for the past 3 or 4 months. Very
good running especially on freeway. I go down I-40 and I-30 a lot and
it trailers good. Today I used it on a very bumpy dirt road and it
handled real good. No complaints. Well worth the money. Getting up
in years and really don't like picking a 100 lb. kayak over my head.
Great little trailer, good instructions, easy assembly, all parts fit very
well. First trip with 2 kayaks around 700 miles, I noticed grease
flecks all over the inside of the right side wheel. Immediately called
ACK. I was told to send a picture and they would submit it to Malone
and if they determined that it was a warranty issue, I would be sent
the appropriate part. I found a good, local trailer repair shop and had
the seal replaced and had the other side checked. I know not to drive
with an axle seal leaking, causes either seizing of the bearing or a
grease fire. Needless to say, I am a little disappointed with this
supposed warranty, I could not drive home 700 miles to await a part
without incurring further damage. This does not affect my rating of
the trailer, I know that parts can fail. I highly recommend this trailer,
just make sure you're at home if you have a warranty issue.
Please contact us and we will see about compensating you for the cost of repair in lieu of being able to send you a new part.
Fantastic trailer! Since
purchase, I pulled it with two
kayaks to North Carolina and
Missouri from northern Illinois -
- a total of 3,000+ miles. Be
sure to check lug nut torque
(80 ft.lbs.) after the first 50
miles; and occasionally,
thereafter. I modified the build
instructions to encase all
wiring; and after viewing the
experience of others on U-
tube, I added one inch square
aluminum support posts
beneath each of the two
weight-bearing cross bars.
Also added quick disconnect
wiring at side marker lights,
rather than splicing the
I had been looking for an
alternative to car topping my
kayak for a while. I am
getting older and have various
shoulder issues. I drive a
small vehicle for better gas
mileage, and while a 14 foot
fishing kayak can be safely
transported on the roof rack,
the loading and unloading
takes its toll. I researched
various trailers and what sold
me on Malone was the support.
I tend to reach out to the
company and ask questions on
big ticket items like this and a
Malone rep was quick to
respond and answer all my
questions over multiple
exchanges. The product itself
is fantastic. The trailer is well
designed and sturdy. It was
easy enough to assemble
though I took my time (my 5
year old son helped with that).
Cons for me were the price
and that I had to modify the
plug for my application. It
would be nice to see LED
lighting on a trailer with this
type of price tag but they can
be added later when the stock
ones fail. As with all my
orders, ACK was easy to deal
with and the shipping was very
quick for such a large item.
We ordered this trailer with all the
accessories and got a great deal from
ACK. It came in 11 boxes and it took
my husband, who has terrific
mechanical skills, about 5 hours to
assemble the whole thing. It is sturdy
as well as attractive. We can't wait to
try it. Great purchase from ACK, they
couldn't have been more helpful in
choosing and delivering our great
I really like the MicroSport XT trailer.
After doing the roof-rack experience,
loading and unloading from the trailer is a
dream. The real advantage to this trailer
is the retracable tongue. It allows you
transport the trailer and then with the
tongue retracted store the Yak on the
trailer even in a standard size garage.
Also, with minor mod $33, its a great
option for the Hobie Pro Angler. Check with
great people at ACK and they can help you
Love this trailer! A better
value than a Hobie Trailer
with twice the looks. My
Adventure Island and my Wife
Mirage Island both fit great!
Assemble was a little harder
than stated but all in all not
too bad, took 6 hours.
I really like the Malone
Microsport XT trailer. I has
everything that I was looking
for in a kayak hauler and the
ease of minimum storage when
not in use. That retractable
tongue is a brilliant addition
and works great with my Hobie
Adventure Island which is a
little over 16 feet long.
Was completely satisfied with
the trailer upon assembly.
The assembly instructions were
well written and generally
easy to follow. However, a
three hour assembly time is
vastly underestimated. More
like eight hours.