Rated 2 out of 5 by KayakJim Thule 884 was disappointing
I'm used to Yakima saddles which are spaced far enough apart, fore and aft on my Saab wagon, that the kayaks are very stable without a bow line and stern line. Not so with these saddles on my Subaru Impreza, which has fixed position Thule cross bars. So two attachment points went to four, two of which are under the car. Also, the rear crossbar is so far forward that the roller feature is useless.
So, I returned the saddles and went with conventional J-bars, and I paid $20 extra for the attachment devices that go under the hood and tail gate, and $50 extra for tie cords with ratchet spools. This setup seems to work well.
August 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by funnygrandma Kayak roof carrier
We purchased our kayak rake the same time we bought our kayaks. We should of research more. We had to buy a crossbar kit because the kayak carrier would not mount on our factory car rake. It was additional expense.
June 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
by BobIsr Roll Model Kayak Carrier
I have a 16 ft. Caroliner kayak which I have owned for several years. It has always been a problem for me to load it on the roof of my van but after purchasing a new Sorento it has become more difficult for me. I was using J racks also made by Thule and would need to twist the boat at the right moment or it would slide off the car as I pushed it on from the rear of the car. I tried side loading and made a few contraptions to try to stabalize this process but nothing worked well. I decided to try this 884 model as a last straw because it is an expensive package when you already own a rack set. I find it is a much better solution because the boat stays in position better due to the guides that adjust as the boat moves into position. The roller does not really help that much because the boat does not get much contact with it due to the position of the rollers. They are designed to sit too far away from the back of the car. However the rests are smooth and allow the kayak to slide easily giving the same benefit in my case. If the rack on my car would reach closer to the end of my car the roller would be much more useful and that was what I had hoped but the system does work a lot better than my previous methods so I am very happy with it. The only other comment I will make is regarding mounting the rack on my car. It is a tedious task with a lot of tool adjustments but once mounted it seems sturdy. I have taken several road trips since my purchase and the system worked well. There are many free videos online to view that show how to load a kayak. I strongly recommend anyone new at this to check those out before buying into any car loading system.
August 1, 2012