The Best Roof Racks for a Kayak

Written by sarah schreiber
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There is nothing quite like the thrill of shooting through fast-moving rapids on a kayak trip down the river. Or perhaps a moonlit night paddle across a smooth, serene lake is more your speed. In either case, unless you are fortunate to live right on a body of water, you'll need a way to transport your kayak. If you don't own an extra-large SUV or truck, a roof rack for your car is the best option. There are many choices when it comes to roof racks specifically designed for kayak transport.

Thule 835XTR Hullaport Rooftop Kayak Carrier

Thule 835XTR Hullaport received 5-star customer reviews on The carrier has a universal mounting system, making it easy to move from vehicle to vehicle if necessary. Adjustable foam padding helps to protect the kayak. Bow and stern tie-downs and straps are also included.

Yakima HullRaiser Kayak Carrier

The HullRaiser works by supporting a kayak on its side, allowing you more room on the roof for gear, such as your paddle. This carrier recieved high ratings on Also included with the rack are straps with padded buckles and bow and stern tie-down straps.

Yakima BoatLoader Canoe and Kayak Side Loading System

<p> users have all given great reviews to the Yakima BoatLoader. Those looking for a cheaper alternative may wish to consider this, as it costs significantly less than some other top-rated kayak racks. It includes a telescoping arm that extends outward for easy loading for one person. This arm also assists with keeping the boat away from the car during loading.

Thule Hullavator

Those looking for a top-of-the-line roof rack may wish to consider the Thule Hullavator. users give it 4 1/2 star ratings. The system lifts the kayak with gas-assist shocks, which help in raising the boat to the top of the roof. When you're tired after a long day of kayaking, this feature should prove especially useful. The rack includes padded support and straps, in addition to the lift.

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