The Soft Kayak Roof Rack is a really cool rack because it is designed to work with just about every type of vehicles out there. Whether you have a car, truck, or SUV with built-in factory crossbars or you don't have any crossbars at all, this kayak roof rack can accommodate! Aside from the universality, another feature that makes this kayak rack so great is how portable and easy to use it is. With just a few minutes and NO tools, you can have your kayak road-worthy!
How this soft kayak roof rack works is fairly straight forward - effectively your kayak sits on "V" shaped foam blocks and you secure it all down with the provided tie down straps. The magic of this rack is in the specially designed foam blocks. Each foam block is cut in "V" shape to better hold your kayaks in place and to distribute the load so there are no pressure points on your boat's hull. Also, each foam block has a specialized channel cut out of the bottom that allows it to fit on round, oval, and square crossbars. If you want to use this rack on vehicles without built-in crossbars, then you simply slide the tie down straps into the foam blocks using the cutout channels. There is a non-slip rubber coating applied to the bottom of the foam blocks that prevents any unwanted movement.
Standard vs Deluxe Package - Both rack packages include everything you need to have a working kayak roof rack. The Deluxe package includes wider foam blocks and more tie down straps. The Standard package is great if you have a smaller kayak, are traveling shorter distances, or if you already have other tie downs you want to use in addition to the provided straps. The Deluxe kit is everything and then some you need to safely transport your kayak. See the "What's in the Box" section below for more details.
Fast and easy installation! With either rack package installation is fast and easy - with the included instructions you should have no issues, but if you do you can always contact StoreYourBoard's gear experts. Happy yaking!
Overall the carrier is as described and works reasonably well. I was disappointed in the quality of the straps that held the carrier to the hull, these straps were difficult to tighten, but otherwise a very economical way to carry your yak.
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