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.
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Thule 835XTR Hullaport Rooftop Kayak Carrier
Thule 835XTR Hullaport received 5-star customer reviews on amazon.com. 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 REI.com. 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
Those looking for a top-of-the-line roof rack may wish to consider the Thule Hullavator. REI.com 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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