Wondering what kind of kayak roof rack to buy? There are a lot of options out there for you to choose from! You can get the traditional flat mount, retractable, or side-door types. It really depends on how many kayaks you own and how secure you want them to be
As you probably know, I am a kayak personal trainer, and as such, have found a multitude of the different kayak roof racks that fit my preferences. In my experience, if you go to a store and pick up just one kind, you will get a bad deal. If you shop around a bit, you will have a much better chance of finding a good quality kayak roof rack for under two hundred dollars. That being said, you can still buy a high-capacity kayak rack for one hundred and ten, and two kayaks for three hundred and five.
The kayak roof rack inflatable has changed quite a bit over the years. Years ago, you would buy a pad and stick it into the back of your vehicle, securing it with either duct tape or some sort of strong Velcro. The problem with this is that over time, the pad would get ripped off the inflatable, leaving the car full of holes.
Recently, Thule has come up with the concept of a magnetic removable rack. This is a great design, because it keeps the pad in place and also holds it from moving around. This allows for much more flexibility, as you can simply pull out the pad while the rack is securing the kayaks. Also, the Thule magnetic system is much more durable than duct tape, making it far easier to repair any damages to the rack.
Another great option is the Thule Sidearm Hi-Lite. This particular model has been designed with a double shell which adds to the security. It measures at eight inches wide by four inches tall and offers secure mounting on both sides of the kayaks. The kayaks themselves will often be two kayaks, one long and one tall, but the manufacturer has designed a system whereby you can easily mount four kayaks onto the rack. The most important aspect of this rack however, is the fact that it is two and a half inches wide by three and a half inches tall, which means that you can fit up to four kayaks onto the same system!
Other kayak accessories include tie-downs, foam blocks, straps and stabilizers. With the tie-down, you can secure all of your gear to the foam blocks of the rack. These foam blocks can be adjusted so as to securely hold everything without causing any discomfort to the user. The straps can either be made out of nylon, or soft leather, depending on your preference. A set of five straps are usually available, but the more straps you purchase, the better it will be at restraining the fish, whether that is bass trout, salmon, or walleye.
Foam blocks are used to create a strong but flexible rack that will support your kayaks and paddle boards. The most common configuration of foam blocks is too wide, two deep, one short. In order to provide a safe and stable setup, always use two deep crossbars and a set of four short crossbars.
Kayak roof rails are available in a variety of colours, materials and configurations. Depending upon the purpose for which you will be using the rack system, and whether you have a small kayak, a large kayak, or a combination of the two, you will need to determine the required load distribution and strength. For example, if you are going to use the rack system for fishing, you will most likely want the rack system to be deep, with plenty of crossbars, and short straps. If you plan on using the system for flat water kayaks, the configuration will be different, since you won’t be able to place as much weight on the bow. When in doubt, contact your manufacturer to inquire about the best kayak rack system for your specific vehicle and your purposes.