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Product Highlights

  • Allows a single individual to lift kayak into roof racks
  • Lever-controlled suction cups are easy to install
  • Unique molded cradle designed to work with most boats
  • Compact size makes it easy to store in trunk or backseat
  • Great for use on windows, hatchbacks, and trunks
  • Comes with one K-Rack frame & two suction cups
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Kayak Lift Assist | Malone K-Rack

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Product Highlights

  • Allows a single individual to lift kayak into roof racks
  • Lever-controlled suction cups are easy to install
  • Unique molded cradle designed to work with most boats
  • Compact size makes it easy to store in trunk or backseat
  • Great for use on windows, hatchbacks, and trunks
  • Comes with one K-Rack frame & two suction cups
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Ever have trouble lifting your kayak on to your roof rack? You're not alone - most kayaks take two people to lift up without scratching or banging into your car. Fortunately, the Malone K-Rack provides a neat solution to this issue. The K-Rack is a kayak lift assist that allows you to slide you kayak into place. This eliminates the need to dead lift your kayak overhead. Instead, you can align it with your roof rack and just push it into place! 

The K-Rack is a durable plastic frame that has two heavy duty lever-controlled suction cups that allow you to securely fasten it to a window, hatchback, or trunk. The frame of the K-Rack is a unique molded cradle designed to work with most boat profiles. The entire K-Rack (one frame and two suction cups) is small enough to keep stored in a trunk or rear compartment when not in use. 

For hatchbacks, SUVs & vans, one K-Rack load assist frame should work just fine for loading your kayak. If you have a sedan or a very tall vehicle, you would need two K-Rack load assist frames.  Please note that these K-Racks are sold separately, so if you need two of them, you must choose Qty: 2 from the drop down menu.

Don't let the weight of your boat hold you down. Get a K-Rack lift assist and easily load your kayak by yourself! Depending on your type of car and the size of your kayak you may need 1 or 2 Kayak Lift Assists, so make sure you pick what's right for you at checkout.

*NOTE: Don't let the video confuse you! This comes with one lift assist (with two suction cups) unless you order TWO lift assists (with four suction cups) at checkout.

  • 17" x 7.75" x 6.75" high
  • Injection molded ABS and cast aluminum construction
  • Load capacity = 90lbs 
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  • (1) K-rack load assist frame
  • (2) Suction cup assemblies with covers
  • (2) Mount hardware kits
  • Assembly and installation instructions 

The K-RACK Kayak Loader taking the effort out of loading your kayak. With a K-RACK, you can load and unload your kayak without assistance or risk of injury. In this video, we will show you how to use the K-RACK on a hatchback or SUV vehicle. Whether you need to load your sea kayak, family sit-on-top kayak, or fishing kayak, the K-RACK is going to help you. The K-RACK comes as a pair. Each K-RACK has two suction cups and a molded frame designed to guide and cradle your kayak while you load and unload from the roof racks. For best attachment, ensure surface area and suction cups are clean. Secure the first K-RACK to the window as shown. Secure the next K-RACK to the roof of the vehicle. It is not recommended to fit to the roof of the hatch door. Ensure K-RACKs are securely fixed before loading kayak. With the kayak positioned alongside the vehicle, take the bow and gently rest it on to the first kayak. Holding on to the kayak so it doesn’t slip, walk down to the stern of the kayak. Lift the stern, guiding the kayak forward to the roof rack. With sit-on-top kayaks, take care not to catch the K-RACK on the scupper holes when loading and unloading the kayak. Once finished, simply release the suction cups and remove the K-RACK before driving away. Remember, next time you want to get it up, get a K-RACK.

The K-RACK Kayak Loader taking the effort out of loading your kayak. With a K-RACK, you can load and unload your kayak without assistance or risk of injury. In this video, we will show you how to use the K-RACK on a sedan vehicle. The K-RACK comes as a pair. Each K-RACK has two suction cups and a molded frame designed to guide and cradle your kayak while you load and unload from the roof racks. For best attachment, ensure surface area and suction cups are clean. Secure one kayak to the boot of the vehicle as shown. Position the next K-RACK to the window as shown, ensuring you have enough clearance so as the bow of the kayak does not come into contact with the window when loading and unloading. Ensure K-RACK is securely fixed. With the kayak positioned alongside the vehicle, take the bow and gently rest it onto the first K-RACK. Holding on to the kayak so it doesn’t slip, walk down to the stern of the kayak. Lift the stern, guiding the kayak forward to the roof rack. With sit-on-top kayaks, take care not to catch the K-RACK on the scupper holes when loading and unloading the kayak. Once finished, simply release the suction cups and remove the K-RACK before driving away. Whether you need to load your sea kayak, family sit-on-top kayak, or fishing kayak, the K-RACK is going to help you. Remember: next time you want to get it up, get a K-RACK.

Q:
Can this work for a paddleboard?
A:
This kayak lift assist is manufactured for kayaks; it is not engineered to work for a SUP. We don't have a comparable product to help you load a SUP onto a roof rack; probably because kayaks can just be a little more awkward than a SUP for one person to lift so this was one engineered for that purpose of helping get your kayak onto a roof rack.
Q:
Would this work on a toyota sienna van? And would I need one or two k-racks?
A:
Our Kayak Load Assist should work fine for your Toyota Sienna Van, and one load assist should be enough for that size vehicle.
Q:
would this work on a 2016 jeep patriot?
A:
OurKayak Life Assistshould work fine with your Jeep Patriot. One set includes two K-racks; you just attach one of them to the window, and one to the roof.
Q:
Would this work with a Subaru forester and a Thule j bar type roof mount?
A:
Though our Kayak Lift Assist would work for loading the Kayak onto the roof of your Subaru, the lift assist is intended to slide your Kayak up the lift in its boating position, not sideways. So it most likely won't aide you in directly loading your J-Rack. You would need to tilt the kayak at some point, and that may be awkward or not work well. There are a couple of videos on the listing to show how it works, which may give you a better idea.
Q:
Would you look at the back of a Lexus RX350, suv, and see if your system will go over the back fin and the antenna knob?
A:
Our kayak lift assists could possibly work with your Lexus' back fin but the antenna may get in the way. It may depend on their height.

You would attach the lift assist to your rear window, and it will elevate the kayak by about 7 inches at an angle from where you place the assist. You would then be sliding the kayak upwards onto the rooftop. So it will depend on whether that much angled elevation to start with (7 inches) will put your kayak in line to glide over the back fin.

If the back fin is much taller than 7 inches above your rear window, you may need to use 2 sets of kayak lift assists. The lift assists are currently sold as a single unit, as many vehicles only need one to aid raising the kayak, but you could place a second lift assist on the back fin to help get the kayak all the way over the fin to the roof top - and at that point, your kayak would be elevated about 7 inches flat, so it may work if the antenna knob is less than 7 inches tall.

There is a video on the listing that shows it in use with two lift assists, that may give you an idea of the angle it works at. Again, we can't guarantee it would work, but you may be able to tell by looking at how raised the back fin is over the rear window, and how tall the antenna is.

One note -- this is just a load assist, it isn't a roof rack, so you would need to have existing crossbars on your Lexus or a universal removable rack/tie-downs of some sort, to secure your kayak once on the roof.
Q:
Will thiswork for a Honda Element?
A:
Our Lift Assists are technically universal and work on a wide range of vehicle types. For the shape of the Honda Element's rear, since it appears to be so vertical, it may be tricky to get the kayak at the right angle, but it couldpossiblywork. You would need to put one kayak lift assist on the rear window, fairly high up, and would need a second one on the roof top itself, for this to help aide in getting the kayak on top of the roof. We can't guarantee it would be effective/work, though.
Q:
I own a Subaru Outback. 2015 model. Would it work for me? Do you remove after getting kayak onto roof rack?
A:
These kayak lift assists would work fine for your model auto! And, yes, after loading your kayak on top of your vehicle, with our lift assists, and securing your boat to your roof rack system, you need to remove the lift assists before driving off. These would work fine for your model auto!
Q:
Will it work on a 2005 Honda CRV that has the tire mounted on rear door?
A:
The tire mounted on your Honda's rear door most likely will be in the way of this kayak lift assist - as the lift assist is only about 7 inches high, so won't clear the tire.

You could still place the lift assist above the tire, but that means you would need to get your kayak into position on the lift assist, so it might not help as much as it normally would, because, depending on your kayak's size/shape, you would still need to angle or lift the kayak over the top of the tire.

From pictures, it looks like the tire is on one side of the rear door of your model Honda - so if your kayak isn't super wide or deep, you may be able to put the lift assist on the other side of the rear door window, but you still would need to clear the tire on the side. So it is most likely not going to work, or work well -- though maybe if you take a look at your vehicle's rear and your kayak, you can think about whether that aide of the list assist could fit above or on the other side of the tire and offer help getting your kayak onto your roof.
Q:
In the video it states that the K-racks come in pairs, yet on the order it states only one does - do they come in pairs?
A:
Most vehicles only need one of the kayak lift assists to work, so we sell the one unit kit - but there is an option to buy a set of 2 that it isn't double the price -- it is slightly discounted for a set of 2. 2 can help, because the 2nd is put on top of the vehicle, so while not always needed, it can offer that extra bit of assistance to lift the kayak on top of the roof, ready to be secured to your roof rack.
Q:
Will this work with a 2016 Honda Pilot which has a fin on the back of the roof? Would I need 2 of them?
A:
The Kayak Lift Assists could possibly work with your Honda's fin. For starters, you would need to use one on the back window; it will raise the boat about 7 inches upwards at an angle - so you would need to look at whether that 7 inches (at an angle) will help your boat clear the top of your fin/car. It looks like it could, though I can't 100% guarantee it...but that would be something to look at. If you think it could clear the fin, you still most likely would want two of the assists, using the second one on top of the fin or roof, to get the kayak onto the roof and ready to secure to your roof rack system.
Q:
Do I need 1 or 2 for 2005 Nissan Exterra?
A:
For your Nissan Exterra, I personally would recommend two of the kayak lift assists. That really is almost personal preference - you may be able to use one of them effectively, but for a tall vehicle the 2nd lift assist placed on top of your roof will help get it hoisted up to your roof rack very effectively, and would be my recommendation.
Q:
Can this work for a 2017 Toyota Highlander due to the lip overhanging the top of the rear windshield?
A:
Its a bit of questionmark how well the kayak lift assists will work for your Toyota Highlander, based on what the lip looks like from online photos, and there isn't a manufacturer's guide that will guarantee a fit for specific models. But basically it might work if you use two of them - placing one on top of the lip, and then one lower down on the rear of the vehicle. The lower one will elevate the kayak at an angle about 7 inches - so if that 7 inch angle will put the kayak in place to meet the top lift assist on the lip - it might help you get it on top of your roof. It could be worth trying - I just couldn't guarantee it would work or would work well enough to help.
Q:
We have a double kayak roof rack in which the kayaks sit sideways. Would you be able to use this to load kayaks 1. Sideways and 2. Towards the side of the roof in order to load 2?
A:
These Kayak Lift Assists sit below your kayak in normal boating position - you can't set them up to glide the kayak up to your roof sideways, unfortunately. So one could use them to get the boat to the top of their roof, but would then need to angle the kayaks sideways into the waiting roof rack. How helpful that would be for you is a question-mark - if you have particularly heavy & awkward boats, or a really tall vehicle, it may provide a little extra assistance; we can't guarantee how well that would work, though.

As far as trying to load two side-by-side kayaks, if the lift assists did help you maneuver the kayaks up to the top of your roof enough, it wouldn't be a problem to use for each boat, as you move where you place the lift assists as needed.
Q:
Do you know if I would need one or two for a BMW X1?
A:
You may be able to use just one of these kayak lift assists for your BMW, but the second lift assist would help make it easier to get the kayak over what it appears to be a type of spoiler on that model vehicle - you would place one assist on the rear window and then one on top of the spoiler area to help maneuver the kayak onto the roof and that would give you more lift to get the kayak into place.
Q:
Would this work on a 2013 Toyota Highlander? There is a 4 inch lip to go over?
A:
The Kayak Lift Assist should work on your Toyota; there isn't an official fit guide available from the manufacturer to guarantee it will work on specific make/model/year autos, so we have to go by some general guidelines. Based on the height of the lift assist, I believe one of them would raise your boat enough to get over the 4" lip, since it raises the boat about 6 inches at an angle above the rear of the vehicle. Sometimes using 2 lift assists would help further or ensure it works - as you could put the second one on top of the lip to direct the boat over it.
Q:
Will it work for a canoe? I have a 16 foot Mad River Malecite and a 2004 Acura SUV.
A:
These lift assists were specifically designed for kayaks, so how well they can work with a canoe's shape isn't guaranteed since the shape of a canoe can be very different from most recreational kayaks. I also haven't seen anyone using these with a canoe, so I am not certain what issues you could encounter. It looks like your Mad River canoe would fall into the weight specification at a minimum (being less than 90 lbs) but the hull would have to fit on the assist in order for it to possibly work - there is a 7.75" area that the boat's bow would be placed in and then the boat would be pushed up to the next lift assist (and/or onto the roof, if just using one assist). So the canoe's hull would have to sit in that position and continue to glide forward using that space. How well the bottom of your boat would do on that - or whether it would work is hard to say, so I can't guarantee it would be solution or work. You would probably need two lift assists if you were trying it - the lift assists would otherwise work with your SUV.

If you have crossbars on your roof, then this Kayak/Canoe lift would be an alternative to consider, as the assist actually attaches to your crossbars. Like the other kayak assists, it is *not* a roof rack, but helps guide your boat to one - and in this case, the canoe lift attaches to the crossbars (and can be folded away when not in use). It will work for watercraft up to 90 lbs, and is shaped so that it can work for both kayaks and canoes. There are some measurements to look at for how far about your crossbars on that one though, should you consider it as an option.
Q:
Will this work on a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu LT? My Chevy has a rear rooftop antennae which is centered on the car and is 2 and 3/4 inches high. I already have a Rhino-Rack on the roof. I would be loading a 2014 Hobie Mirage Oasis Tandem Kayak, the dry weight of which is 83 pounds. I'm thinking that it might be possible with two of your units.
A:
Our Kayak Lift Assists should work for your Malibu and boat, to help you get that tandem into position on the Rhino Rack. There isn't an official fit guide for them, though, since they have relatively universal fit; but they should get the boat raised up over the antenna, as the boat will be at an angle that is raised higher than a few inches. The weight of your boat should be fine as well, as they can help assist lifting a boat up to 90 lbs. I do find overall two lift assists work better for most vehicles and boats, as they give you a bit more flexibility in how you maneuver the boat up to the roof rack.
Q:
What would I need for a Toyota Highlander?
A:
You may need to use two of theselift assistsfor it to work on your Highlander, as it appears to have a spoiler over the rear winder that is somewhat high. The lift assist is about 7" tall, so your boat will be on it at an angle as you push it up to the roof top, and so needs to get over that spoiler. The second assist on top of the spoiler could aid in that. There is no official fit guide for these, but it should work, just two probably would ensure there was no issue.

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