These are great. Was able to get 4 kayaks on my Subaru outback using two of these and one of the stackers in the middle. I used to have yakimas more expensive j cradles and they were not as good in my opinion on the yakima round bar. They rotated more than these did. I have a couple heavy kayaks on these a pamlico tandem and a tarpon 140.
I would buy these again
Easy to install and use!
2 Year Update - The quality of this Kayak carrier has been excellent! I leave the carriers on my car 100% of the time. The foam has held up to the exposure and use with no tearing and minimal wear showing. I am not a daily user, but probably monthly and at least twice yearly to transport about 700 miles round trip.
The quality of the carrier is excellent. I have used it in both configurations to transport either one or two kayaks. My experience is that in any configuration, the kayak(s) are held firm with no wobble. Lastly, I love that these fold down when not in use! Laying the carrier down makes it easy to keep on the car because my car would not fit through the garage door while they are in the upright position.
Yet another 5-star review for a 4.5-star product based purely on the fact that, while an imperfect rack; it's the best option available on the market...
It just makes sense to me that this thing would be adaptable for the second kayak so that you don't have to put it directly on your bars... I feel like engineers (and Yamika) missed out on a chance at the perfect rack and an easy extra $70...
I have now used this rack several times. Both with a single yak setup and and a 2 yak setup.
This rack does it both single and dual yak setups very well. Though the dual yak set up is a little cumbersome, it works and is very secure. I even was driving with 2 yaks in a very windy storm and They stayed up there no problem.
If you strap the yaks down like the instructions say so and use the bow and stern straps. You will have no problem!! Its a bit more expensive than some of the other racks but I already had Yakima roof mounted bike racks, so I wanted the locks/keys to match up with those.
I bought this to go on my 2014 Ford Escape with the factory roof rack and cross bars.
This fit perfectly and is very secure. I bought the locks that fit this and can install it and not worry about losing them.
I have them set to straight up position and mounted them so that the uprights are centered on my roof mounted antenna.
With this setup I am able to put one Kayak on the rack and the other one backed up to it.
They are they stable and this is an easy way to haul 1 or 2 kayaks without having to spend money on to racks or the more expensive racks made for 2. Very well made and easy to use.
I fold them down when not in use or I can easily remove them.
Great buy, great product.