Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 5
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1Jack Highly effective, affordable, canoe carrier
This carrier was originally purchased 2 1/2 years ago and we have used it for both short and long trips, say 3-4 hours on interstate and secondary roads: speed limit 65+. We just purchased a second kit. The carrier has performed flawlessly on our various trips with no issue with stability of the canoe or noise in the car. We mount the canoe on a Dodge Grand Voyager minivan and use Thule car racks. The Thule racks are wide enough that we can fit both the canoe and a relatively narrow Thule gear carrier. The mounting kit comes with six mounting bands. Two each for the front and back and two for the mid-section of the canoe. When secured in the front and rear of the car the canoe is stable from rotating out of the major axis of the car. Using the two mid-section brackets secures the canoe from any lifting motion that might occur from cross winds. The front and rear bands are secured to the under part of the car frame. The mid-section bands are wrap around the canoe and secure under the Thule rack. We have also used the car rack that comes with the Caravan with equally good results.
September 4, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by AnotherMainer Adequate for short trips
The system looks great out of the bag and is very attractive if you don?t have a roof rack. I have a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and it fit the roof perfectly. It would be less nerve racking if it came with ratchet straps instead of the luggage type straps. On 295 coming from Freeport the straps kept loosening and my canoe as a result started to bounce. I would only recommend this system for short trips and not a long haul. The blocks are perfect but the straps are useless to be quite honest and this is one of the few LL Bean items I haven?t been satisfied with. As to the noise and flapping straps other reviewers reported: if you twist the strap a few times so it is no longer straight, the straps stop vibrating and it almost completely eliminates the road noise. I?m not sure if I?ll be returning it yet, I may just have to spring for the Thule rack.
August 7, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by CORunner OK for short trips. Straps are nice.
I used this over the summer about 5 times. Two times the canoe blew over during coincidental thunderstorms while driving on the freeway and was knocked off of a foam block. Yes, I did secure everything tight, but the storm winds were extreme. The last time I actually lost a foam block. I now have a roof rack with bars and use the straps to secure the canoe. The straps have been holding up nicely with a use of about 10 plus trips. This system would be ok for short slower driving speed trips, but not longer extended highway driving.
December 21, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by LLBeanLifertoo Spring for the Thule Canoe Carrier
I bought this canoe carrier when I purchased a family canoe as a father's day gift, on the advice of the LL Bean rep who told me I did not need something as technical as the Thule Canoe Carrier. Well, we put the canoe on the roof with this system and was sitting really high and we had trouble determining whether the front and rear straps were tight enough. We drove about 10 miles (some on the highway) with the canoe on the roof to a nearby lake, and from 10 mph above this system was so loud we had to shout to be heard above it. We were planning to drive from MD to ME with the canoe on the roof, and between the noise and the fact that my heart was in my throat the whole time we were on the highway, because the straps flap so much right in front of you, I knew I couldn't do it. So I ordered the Thule canoe carrier which I will review separately, but I'll tell you it's worth the $30 more or whatever it is. This system doesn't have ratchets so it's very hard to determine if it's tight enough and you have no faith it will stay. I am just glad I could return this and it's one of the few products I've ever marked unsatisfactory. I don't think Bean should carry it much less recommend it.
August 29, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by GreenBeanII O.k. for Short Trips
Could not mount on my RAV4 factory roof rack for a 17' Oldtown Canadienne canoe because the rack was not wide enough. Thus, the mounts had to rest on the roof instead. The straps worked well and were plenty long. I would prefer something a little more substantial for longer trips. I do not think the mounts would hold up to frequent and prolonged use.
July 8, 2010