Rated 4 out of 5 by Snowhuskyboy Easy to use. Very secure with all 4 straps.
I use this for a 10 foot kayak on top of a Honda Ridgeline with no roof rack. Biggest advice I can give is that you need to use ALL the straps they give you. Initially, I only used straps for the bow, stern, and one across the hull. Took it on the New York Thruway and it got blown around like a weather vane. Stopped and re-secured the straps, then added the SECOND strap across the hull. That made all the difference. Very secure. No further issues.
This kit is really easy to use and it stores away in the handy nylon bag. The way the pads are designed, you can easily use it with any type of roof setup. I'll buy another kit when I get a second kayak.
June 1, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by twin163 Universal Kayak Kit
This did not work so well. The boat moved around on top of the vehicle and we had to stop 1/2 way home to find an alternative way to get it to our destination. Was disappointed.
September 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by pkodance Works like a charm
It works great and the sales person at LL Bean was kind enough to show me how to tie it down. Unfortunately I did not do it properly the next time I used it so as I was driving it flew out from under my Kayak. But that is not the fault of the salesman. I just did not tighten the tie down enough. So remember to tighten it as much as you can so that it will no9t fly away when you are driving with the Kayak on top. I had to go and get another set.
July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jen101 Easy to use!
This kayak carrier is so easy to use and works great on my car roof that does not have a roof rack.
September 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RexSnead Perfect Kayak Carrier
My sit on top Kayak fit perfectly snug on my '11 Outback. Kit comes with 2 pads, 2 tie down straps, and a handy mesh bag. Would buy again and recommend to anyone!
July 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by GeorgeG simple concept
I should have just followed my wifes advice and used pool noodles and tie down straps. The over the top straps have friction locks which work well but past use of similar locks found them to break easily. The universal front/back straps wouldn't work on my vehicle due to the cowling. Only good thing was the cross straps held the kayak firmly in place.
September 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by photoTed Easy to use, holds kayaks securely
It's been years since I used my kayaks because I sold the SUV (in favor of a hybrid) that had a roof rack. As my grandson grows I figured kayaking would be fun and found this carrier at my most trusted vendor.
It's quick to use and holds the boats securely. Alone I got a 12.5' kayak on the car in 10 minutes. While it comes with straps to hold the bow to the front of the car, I did not find those necessary, at least for the 20 minute trips I've taken so far.
I have purchased three.
June 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by kalysp gets the job done
I bought the universal car top kayak carrier for a quick way to transport my kayak. It is easy to use, and with all things made for universal purpose, it gets the job done. I have a small car, and find that the middle supports going through the open doors, and then shutting the doors on the straps provides the safest and sturdiest fit.
May 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by maggpie Great Kayak Carrier
I love this kayak carrier. It is simple to use and I love that when you are done you can just tuck it away in your trunk until you are ready to use it again. Makes it easy to let someone borrow your kayak also.
September 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by fishforever UNIVERSAL CARTOP KAYAK CARRIER
The carrier worked well for me. After I left the store I travelled 57 mi at 60 mph and got home ok with the kayak still very secured. I did not have a cover on and if it has rained I would have had water in it since the kayak is right side up. A secured cockpit cover will solve the problem in case of rain.
August 13, 2012