With the J-Loader, loading and unloading is made simple with the built-in boarding ramp that eliminates the need to lift and place the kayak into the carriers. The Jawz mounting hardware conveniently fits round, square and factory oval load bars. In The Box:. (2) J-Style Carriers (2) 12' Cam Buckle Straps (2) Jawz Universal Fit Blocks (4) 60mm & 70mm Mounting Bolts w/ T-Knobs (2) Safety Tie-Downs Features:. Two process metal coating for years of corrosion free use Boarding ramp simplifies kayak loading and unloading Universal fit hardware for round, square and factory oval load bars Oversized padding to protect the kayak's finish Four color individual packaging for great shelf presentation Lifetime warranty Specifications: . Capacity:. Accommodates all types of kayaks up to 36" wide and 75lbs Dimensions:. 20"(L) x 6"(W) x 16.5"(H) Construction:. Coated Steel, Injection Molded Nylon, Synthetic Rubber
My no-name J-bars I purchased for cheap here some time ago finally wore out so I decided to upgrade what seemed to be some nicer ones. The bars themselves seem to be constructed of superior metal, and the wraps on the bars and foam on the crossbar saddle are well implemented. I have upgraded straps already, but the unit came with a pair that seem adequate, as well as front/back tie downs. It also included two bolt lengths for different size crossbars which was nice. The lip for sliding the kayak onto these might help someone with a low roof, but on my trucks ladder rack they're more of a negative... sliding my boat up them puts it in a bad position where I can't strap it down, and up high as it is it's a lot harder fix. With that being the case I have to just use it like any other J-bar, and in that case it's got less of a lip to help keep the boat in place. The vinyl like material covering the metal bracket that secures the unit to the crossbars split a week in, not a huge deal but annoying so soon. Make sure to follow the instructions for strapping the boat down as well, as using the outer strap pull through could result in the boat shifting quite a bit in transit. With the square base, the unit should work well for kayaks with flatter sides, but for ones with a big curve you may be putting more pressure than you want on one point once the straps are in place.
We bought these ones specifically so that we can add on the Malone lift assist bars in another year or 2 (we are nearing 50, and don't want getting the kayaks up and down to be what holds us back). Our van had cross bars already, and install was easy. They don't fit 100% snug down over the cross bars, but are clamped down tight, and we have had no issues. We watched several YouTube videos for getting the kayaks on and off, and secured and had no trouble. We didn't want to spend the extra to get ones that fold down, just didn't seem worth it.
Great looking product but they did not fit my factory crossbars. I read all of the reviews before purchasing and it seemed like a very good investment. The price is great for beginners of the kayaking world. I was sold on the design and that they came with all the straps and safety lines for the price. Sadly they did not fit the factory crossbars on a Subaru Outback properly for a stable and secure fit.
Needed these to use with the Telos kayak load assist . Unfortunately, couldn't use the Telos device because of the placement of the roof rails and crossbars so I sent them back.
Easy to install and well made. Straps are good and held our kayaks tight and secure. Hauled a 13' tandem sit-on-top and an 11' sit-in on a Ford Expedition and worked great. Little difficult hoisting the boats on top of the car but that's not the fault of the racks.
I have had these for about a year. I also have Yakima racks. The Malones are by far my favorite. They seem to fit more snuggly on my Nissan Frontier Pro4X, its easier to load my boat, they have an upper strap guide, and the strap holes on the bottom make the boat seem more secure. I am always nervous driving with the kayaks but the Malone design makes feel more confident everything will stay put. I do like the straps better for Yakima so I use the Yakima straps on the Malone carrier.
While I'm very pleased with the construction of this carrier, the "jaws" of this carrier are slightly narrower than the depth of my Perception "Tribe" sit-on-top kayak (10+ inches.) When I called the company they said it would fit fine but it doesn't sit-down fully in the carrier, leaving me a bit apprehensive about taking it out on the highway.
Perfect kayak carrier to get the job done. I don't think I even really need to put the bow and stern lines on to keep it in place, but I do just in case. I use an Old Town Dirigo 120 and it fits perfectly. I have it on the Malone cross bars on a '08 Jeep Liberty. Hangs over the back a bit because...well it is a 12' long kayak, but haven't had any issues whatsoever. With it being sideways, I managed to fit a canoe on top of the jeep right beside the kayak as well.
Very strudy. Kayaks fit nicely. The beveled front part makes it easier to load the kayaks so they stay put before turning them on the side. Straps and lines are of good quality.
The rack actually works fine but it does not attach properly to the factory crossbars on my Subaru Crosstrek. The bars have an aerodynamic shape, wide at the leading edge and narrowing at the back much like an aircraft wing. As a result, the Malone racks, particularly the one at the rear of the car, leans backward at quite a significant angle. No amount of fiddling with the supplied attachment will straighten it up. As I said it does seem to work fine so far but I wonder if there might be a problem in high winds or rough roads as the kayak is not in full contact with the rack.
Muy buena calidad