Rated 4 out of 5 by floating easier
the two drawbacks to this item are:
1. they should have loops as part of the mold so you can lock them on to the bars. this way you do not have to take them off after each use so they won't be stolen.
2. the lever should have a hook on one side, like in the J racks, to make it easier to fasten. without the hook, you have to completely unfasten the screws and lever to get them on the bars of the car.
other than that, the ease of loading on the car is much better than the J racks.
July 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hillcoach Excellent carrier
I have this mounted to my thule crossbars on top of my toyota tacoma's bed cap. The top of the cap is 6.5' high. The glides allow me to easily load my seakayaks from the rear of the vehicle. The front holders securely hold the boat in place. The included straps and front/rear ratcheting tie downs all work very well. This an excellent carrier if you want to carry your kayaks flat mounted.
April 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by copperlemur best solution
These are the best solution I have found for loading a kayak solo. Works great for shorter people, those with less upper body strength or with back injuries. I find them much easier to use than the J style racks (which require upper body strength), or the roller type saddles sold by another quality company. Also these saddles don't mar the fiberglass hull. I have been using these for years, and would buy again.
January 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by waterways kayak easily glides across the Thule
im 5'2" female with an suv and i can lean my kayak against the truck and lift it up from the back-end and it just glides so nicely across the rack with little effort. the rack can easily be adjusted to about any width needed. it even comes with all the tie-downs that you need.
September 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MSUGirlGOGREEN Excellent Service and an Amazing Product
The customer service at the LLBean in Tyson's Corner Virginia, is par none the best customer service i have ever received. Bought this roof rack along with a kayak during a recent 20% off sale. The folks at the store went above and beyond to help me pick the best roof rack to mount my kayak on. They thoroughly explained how it worked and even provided a demonstration for how to load and unload the kayak. I think everyone who was working that day came up and helped explain one aspect or another of the many items i purchased that day. I even received an extra discount because they did not have all the parts for the rack i originally picked. The Tyson's Corner LLBean staff helped install the roof rack and were kind enough to let me come back later that day to pick everything up since i had to leave in the middle of them putting the rack together. As they were installing the rack it started to rain and they kept working in the rain. Just absolutely amazing and friendly staff and i can drive worry free knowing the rack was installed appropriately. Driving home was windy, and despite the wind i didn't feel any drag from the rack. Very aerodynamic. Can't go wrong with this rack or the staff at your friendly Tyson's Corner VA location.
April 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Davidllbean Thule 883 glide and set package
until now I have been using an upright carrier for my kayak It is a very good one but Its been harder and harder to get the kayak up there. The glide and set kayak carrier is so much easier to get the kayak onto the roof of the car I have not found any drawbacks with it
I am 65 yrs old and I'm sure this will make it easier to enjoy kayaking
October 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by moosaki Finally found the right fit.
I have been searching for a carrier I could load by myself that cost less than my Kayak. I found this and it is the prescription to my requirements. It goes on the Mercedes Factory Rack with ease and no adjustments needed. It comes with correct and good quality hardware. All of the straps and tie downs are included to secure the Kayak. This product appears quite durable. Recommend the Thule Water Slide accessory for self loading. It is sturdy also.
October 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by happyyaker Thule 883 Glide and Set rooftop carrier
I love it! I'm a little old gray-haired lady and need all the help I can get loading my kayak on top of my car! The Gild and Set is wonderful, makes loading the kayak very easy.
September 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by mlleav Great product
This is my second set of saddles for my kayaks. I can get my kayak up by myself. They are better than the J racks for that. I can't slide the kayak up from the back because of my car - Prius has a spoiler thingy that gets in the way.
July 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 Thule 883 Glide and Set package
I would definitely recommend these racks. My sister-in-law and I tried the J bars which we found difficult to use. We switched to the Glide and Set. We found it to be so much easier. One of us guides the front of the kayak into the pads and the other pushes it forward. We purchased the water slide mat (to protect the car). The mat is also used to slide the kayak off when unloading. Unfortunately it does take two of us. I think a stronger person could handle it on their own.
June 1, 2010