Malone Saddle Up Pro Universal Car Rack Kayak Carrier (Set of 4) with Bow and Stern Lines

$152.18

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  • Saddles adjust to find the right fit for your kayak
  • Solid nylon platform guarantees boat safety during transport
  • Great for larger sit on top recreational and fishing kayaks
  • JAWZ mounting hardware fits round, square and factory oval cross rails.
  • Includes bow & stern safety tie-downs and 2 - 12 foot cam buckle straps

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Brand: Malone

Product Code:

B002616H6W

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The Malone Saddle Up Pro universal car rack kayak carrier is the perfect option when considering transport for one kayak. The loading saddles allow the boat to nestle into the flexible profile of the cradles. This carrier is ideal for larger sit on top recreational and fishing kayaks.


Product details
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • Product Dimensions : 15 x 14.6 x 12.8 inches; 8.4 Pounds
  • Item model number : MPG110MD
  • Department : Unisex-adult
  • Date First Available : July 7, 2004
  • Manufacturer : Malone Auto Racks
  • ASIN : B002616H6W
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • Best Sellers Rank: #253,604 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
    • #68 in Kayak & Canoe Car Racks

The overall quality of this rack system is good. All the parts feel solid and it clamped to my factory Subaru cross bars nice and securely. The cloth covers for the rear saddles make sliding your kayak up easy and the straps, guylines and hooks are good quality. I used this product when I picked up my new fishing kayak and drove 90 miles with it home.

Now to the "for some kayaks" part. The saddles pivot and fold in or out to adjust to various kayak hull diameters. For a traditional kayak or canoe hull this would work really well and automatically center the boat in the saddles. However I have a Wilderness Systems Radar 135 fishing kayak. The hull is a fairly complex shape with the sides being almost square and continuing underneath into a pontoon section on both sides and a fairly flat bottom in the middle. The prow is pointed like a normal, but flattens out after about 2 feet. All these weird shapes combine to make it difficult to center the boat on the saddles and trying to adjust the boat once on the saddles is difficult. Will be looking for an alternative rack.

It's a good product, unfortunately it just won't work very well for the type of kayak I have. Anybody in the market for a used once kayak rack? :P

The Malone Saddle Up Pro was easy to install, and was able to hold my 34" wide 91lb fishing kayak when most kayak rack modules wouldnt. The added socks make pushing the kayak forward much easier. The saddles flex to fit the hull shape of my kayak while absorbing some of the pressure from the tie downs/straps that hold the kayak on the roof.
There are a couple of cons about this product though:
-Manufacturer packaging is basically thrown in a box. Not a big deal, but one of the saddles arrived slightly scuffed, which is only a cosmetic thing.
-The flat straps that come with the Saddle Up Pro werent long enough to strap down my wide kayak when using the method that's described in the included Malone instructions. I had to purchase a set of 16' straps.
-The bow and stern tie-downs get the job done, but leave something to be desired. They are basically just a rope with a hook tied on the end. I have upgraded these to ratcheting tie-downs.

UPDATE: I discovered I was using the tie down straps incorrectly. They are supposed to go across to top of the kayak, under the cross racks, back across the top, under the other side cross rack and then buckle. I'd like to be able to do that, and the Malone instructions show that, but the straps are about a foot too short. I had to use only one strap across, then go under the Big Tuna (wrapping around the cross member to prevent flapping in the breeze) and then buckle. It's pretty secure but I'd like to have that double strap to be extra secure. I've written Malone, I'm taking a star back for now.

Never carried a kayak or anything else on the roof of my 2004 4Runner. I'm short so I had to use a step stool to reach everything but I was able to put the rack on the OEM cross members and carry a 14' Jackson Big Tuna home, a 45 mile trip over back roads and Interstates. The kayak fit right in the saddles with the racks installed at the ends of the cross members. The Big Tuna is 35.5" wide and needs all the width. We put the nose in the back saddle, pushed it forward and let it settle on the front racks. No complaints and I recommend for the 2004 4Runner carrying a Jackson Big Tuna kayak.

I own a large 36" wide, 10' long tri-hull fishing Kayak that is too large for the J style mounts. This mount works fine. The kit comes with two sets of mounts. One is rigid with a felt liner for sliding, the other is a flexable rubber mount. I think I might have prefered having two sets of the flexable rubber mounts just due to the hull design of my Kayak but with a little adjusting, these are working fine. I mounted these to a 2010 Nissan Pathfinder LE. I think Malone's fit guide is incorrect. My factory crossbars are more flat than oval but the fit guide called for 80mm bolts to use. I ended up using the smaller 50mm bolts that came with the kit and it works fine. One other note, the tie down straps are around 11 ft long and do not reach around the kayak. If you have a bigger boat, purchase some longer straps.

After using a J-rack that was made for my Subaru, and having great difficulty loading and unloading, I bought this. I am 5'3", and sliding my kayak onto this rack is SO easy. I just use a beach towel tucked into the top of the back hatch so I won't scratch my vehicle, and slide the yak right up. I had to have help with the other rack, but with this I can do it by myself, which is a big plus. The straps that come with it are ok, but I had some that were a bit more substantial, so I use them. I am overly cautious about securing it as I drive a bit above the speed limit on highways.

I recently bought a 3-person family kayak, the Old Town 15-Feet 3-Inch Dirigo Tandem Plus Recreational Double Kayak. The kayak is about 80 lbs. I want to take the kayak to camping trips. I certainly need a good kayak carrier. I have done many research and even ordered a L-shape carrier. But the L-shape is not well designed in my opinion(It has lots of good reviews). I finally decided to give this carrier a try, even it has no review yet.

The material is very well made. The bolts and screws are strong and smooth. The design is well-thought. My 80-lb kayak sits on the carrier snugly, not moving a bit while I am driving and turning. The pieces are solid, I feel it is like a person sitting in a coach. The carrier and kayak are a perfect match.

I went to hardware store and bought two tie-downs that with the tension faster($10 total), so I didn't use the stripes that comes with the carrier. I feel any cargo on the car roof needs that type of tie-downs. That's just my recommendation.

Overall, the carrier is very reliable, well-design and well-made. It is my best investment along with the kayak. If you have a good size kayak like what I have, you will like this carrier.

Like:
- cradles kayak securely
- designed to fit several cross bars
- fairly quiet with or without kayak
Dislike:
- rear pads intended for sliding have Malone branding that is now streaking my white gel coat with red marks (very annoying on a new boat and now the Malone lettering is messed up too)
- bracket includes bolts that are a little short for the Xterra factory crossbar