Rated 5 out of 5 by CampYoga Wish I had bought this first!
Over the past three years, I have bought and tried different kayak loading systems. I had thought the Hullavator was too expensive. But if I could turn the clock back, I would! The best part about this is being able to strap the kayak down while it is at waist level on the side of the car and knowing that it is secure. Then securing bow and stern tiedowns before lifting it makes stepladders obsolete! I am 5'1" and have a smaller SUV (Mercury Mariner) and don't have a problem raising or lowering the Hullavator. I never need to balance on a stepladder while loading and strapping down, I don't need to hope for a taller buddy to help me and, best of all, it is SO easy! Although I like to shop from local shops, I bought this during the 20% off sale and LLBean's warranty makes me feel secure about its future.
October 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sebagogal Short people people need to be aware
The Hullivator kayak rack makes loading/unloading my kayak a much easier one person endeavor then a regular rack. However, as a 5' 2" woman, I am unable to reach up far enough to get the kayak in place on my Explorers roof. I need to have a stool in my vehicle to be able to load the kayak. The design is great, but would like to see it user friendly for all heights of people and vehicles.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mekayaker hullavator
No matter how tall your car is, the hullavator is the way to go to load your kayak onto your car. It is easy to load and it flips the kayak on top the car easily. No ladders needed to tie it down or extra people to help load your kayak. Worth the investment.
September 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by harriedteacher does what I wanted
Can't wait to use this equipment. It works great for a middle-aged woman new to kayaking to get that thing in the air and not damage my car top
April 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 3662 Thule 897XT Hullavator Kayak Carrier
Expensive but worth it. Easy to use. Will allow us to kayak for many more years.
July 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patricio Hulla elevator kayak carrier
This has been one of the best eshopping experience of my life, I bought the wrong carrier last year and I returned without a receipt. I bought this one and I got assistance and they explained which product was the best for me. The person who installed help me step by step how to secure my kayak in the rack, he was cautious and patient with me. He had a great personality and people skills.
April 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by DNLL Couldn't kayak without it !
I have a very bad back injury that has gotten worse over the years but because I have the hullavator I have been able to continue to go kayaking . It had to be put on a little differently than initially expected because I have a Subaru but it works very well and safely. I would recommend it to anyone especially when it is on sale. It is particularly helpful when you have any weakness or difficulty lifting your kayak. I use the little trolley that can help me pull my kayak to the water after getting it off of the hullavator. Thanks Thule for making this and LLBean for carrying it:-)
August 3, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by ikayak kept me kayaking
I had the hullavator installed on my rav4 two years ago when I told my kayak outfitter company I would have to give up kayaking despite my love for it, because I am handicapped and could no longer lift a kayak, alone, high enough to cartop. They showed me the hullavator and although initially an expense, was ultimately worth every penny because it saved kayaking for me. I would have had to quit two years ago had it not been for the hullavator - and kayaking is one of the few recreational activities I can participate in, and do so alone, due to my handicaps. So well worth every cent. I agree that onlookers do watch, come over, and want to see it again and ask questions. But that's becoming less and less because I am seeing more and more hullavators now where I'd never seen any prior to getting my own. So word is getting around - and it is a Godsend for those with handicaps, or petite and older women, and older men as well - for anyone who would find kayaking difficult or impossible due to inability to transport kayaks alone and without help. Best invention since the kayak!!!
June 11, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by MyYak Best product ever
Pricey, but worth every penny. Next to the kayak, the Hullavator is the best product you can buy. Easy to load and even easier to tie on. With this product you don?t need to be a Charles Atlas or a contortionist to load or unload any kayak. The only problem, if you can call it that, is beating the onlookers away while loading or unloading. When others see how easy it is to use they want one. GREAT invention. I have used it for 5 years and have no regrets.
December 30, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by HankP88 An overall "almost excellent" product
To begin, if I could, I'd give 4 1/2 stars, because it's "almost excellent." I am an older paddler with a physical issue in one of my shoulders that precludes my lifting evenly above my head; so the Hullavator is a huge help in loading a kayak onto the roof of my SUV. (In fact, I have 2 Hullavators mounted to Thule load bars that I keep in my garage and then just "snap" the units into place when I go paddling.) We use them for all lengths of trips and have never had a problem with the boats shifting as we ride. One thing I have found is that on long drives the front and rear tie downs are annoying to have in my field of vision, so I have bought locking cables that wrap around the ends of the boats and loop through the roof rack bars to keep the boats from shifting front to back, and also provide another layer of protection from theft when leaving the boats on the roof overnight in a hotel parking lot, for example.
The only real problem I've had is that sometimes one of the units does not stay in the down position when unloading; as the weight of the boat is removed, the unit wants to swing up.
We kayak almost exclusively in salt water, so after EVERY trip I hose down the boats and all equipment, and then give them a quick wipe down to re-move excess water. A couple of times a season I also spray the Hullavators with WD-30, so I think the combination of indoor storage and maintenance has kept my units from showing any signs of rust--although I do have a couple of spots where the paint finish is starting to lift.
In conclusion, someone reading this might think, "Do I really have to go through all this to keep up these contraptions?" Well, that brings me to the only negative aspect of the product: they are EXPENSIVE! So, I suggest that one does take care of their investment in order to get the maximum usage lifetime from it.
September 13, 2009