Rated 2 out of 5 by mniedenfuer How I regret this purchase!
This cart has so many problems. First, it has no kickstand or means to keep it upright and stable for loading your kayak, so it's awkward. Second, it is intended to be used on the stern of the boat which means you still end up hauling most of the weight of the boat. Thirdly, and most importantly for me, it gouged and dented the gelcoat finish in my brand new kayak. I plan to write a letter to LL Bean chastising them for carrying such a poorly-designed product. I honestly don't understand the positive reviews other than, yeah, you can haul a kayak or canoe with it. But there are other carts that make the task far easier without damaging your boat.
August 27, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by KayakerNH Works great, but smells awful.
I bought this to portage over a hiking trail 1/3 mile. The trail turned out it was VERY rocky. The cart worked great. I was surprised it handled the rough terrain so well. However, it did chew up my kayak quite a bit. The V section where the kayak sits has rubber on it, but it doesn't cover the metal sections enough, so with the rough terrain, it caused it to rub and chew up parts of my kayak. I use a Pongo 120 and the cart fits it, but I would have preferred that it sit closer to the middle. It didn't alleviate much of the weight. And the two sections on the sides also chewed into the upper sides of the kayak. Had it been a smooth portage, I'm sure this wouldn't have damaged my kayak as much. I agree with the other reviews... it stinks -- really bad. Made me so sick to my stomach having to smell it the whole time in my car. I've washed it and have it sitting outside in the fresh air for several days, but the smell is just absolutely awful. Overall, it does work very well, better than I had anticipated it would. It also packs down and fits inside the hatch.
July 27, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by BananaBoots Sturdy with a secure fit
They attach at either end and are best with a hull that has a v-shape on the end.
I use these for loading and unloading my kayak from the roof of my car. I put them on the stern end of my kayak and am able to lift the front end of the kayak up on to the racks and then lift the back end up to push the kayak forward on to the rack. Some padding on the trunk and a towel on the rack makes it easier to slide the boat forward. Very nice for day paddles, but too bulky to take along when I'm carrying gear for camping trips.
I put some silicone sealant on the fastener that hold the black pad in place to protect the kayak gel coat from scratches.
The tires stink when they are new.
October 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cundyslover Easy to transport
We bought a carrier for our kayak at a competitor and after a year the wheels deflated and couldn't be replaced. Decided we should have gone to LLBean first but learned our lesson. This carrier is so much easier and durable. Won't make this mistake again!
July 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by FloridaSeniorKayaker Good Cart - LLBEAN BEST CUSTOMER SVC ON THE PLANT
Very good cart. I use it with my LL Bean Manatee 10' Kayak. Had an issue with one of the tires that cracked - LL Bean replaced it. No hassles. LLBEAN is AWESOME!!!
March 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 10isbum LOVE - LOVE- LOVE it!!!
Have a 1994 LL Bean Canoe cart which I was using to 'carry' /move my Wilderness System's Pungo 120 Kayak. That worked good on flat terrain (fyi after 20 yrs and 3 out in the sun - a tire went flat this year so replaced the inner tube) Since that cart is very OLD - wanted a backup cart just in case it broke. I love Kayaking... and I'm handicapped (back and knee) so can't pick up the full weight of my Kayak. Purchased the LLBean deluxe pack-away and finally tried it out today. OH MY - what an improvement from my other cart (which is a very nice one). Rolls beautiful and didn't have to worry about the Kayak shifting or tipping while rolling even over bumps (today rolled down & up a bumpy boat ramp & across an old parking lot) The KEY is to read the instructions - there is one step that is very important: after putting the hook in place and tightening those straps: give the cart a small TUG! That sets everything into place and then you tighten the back strap around the kayak. VERY secure. VERY easy to move. AND stays put while my 12' Kayak is hanging out the back of my LandRover. Even stayed in place when my kayak was floating! I didn't paddle like that...Was very pleased my cart easily fit in the open bow area of my Kayak with both tires still attached (more compact lighter that my other cart). VERY easy to put back on the back of my Kayak (took 2 seconds!) even while part of my Kayak was floating. My new cart does sit further towards the end (stern) of my boat - which means that I do pick up more weight. Thought that would be a problem - but because it rolls so much more smoothly and stable-ly (new word!) did NOT feel like I was carrying that much more weight. Only a slight smell day 1 on these tires - no smell now. FYI - Nothing like the smell of other Kayak cart I had purchased (Mighty-Mite) and sent back. Wish I could give this cart 6.5 stars... Thank-you LLBEAN!
September 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jaycee5 Not for Malibu tandem kayak
Got the portable cart for the Malibu tandem molded kayak. Doesn't fit molded kayaks and had to figure out to make it work as the directions are for a different style. Also a tire was defective but the good part is Bean's wonderful return policy. Two days after I called about the tire problem I had a new set with free return label at my door. Then I had to figure out how I made it work the first time. Dissappointed, as this is the only one they sell to go with the Malibu that was purchased at the same time.
August 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by susiew50 Great Wheels
I have used a few other wheel systems and this has been the best ever. First time used it was easy to apply and stayed on well. I really liked the integrated straps and stabilizer arms. I simply stowed it in the cockpit and I was off. No need to go back to the car to stow it. Also, easily traveled over both rock and uneven ground. Way to go!
August 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by PaddleJenn Cockpit strap is key
Used it for the first time today, and it worked well. The strap/hook for the cockpit is key! I brought the boat down a half block, over tree roots, through an intersection and over some medium rocks to get it to the water. The kayak would have definitely fallen off if it weren't for the cockpit strap. Yes, it is heavy for one person to carry, but that's the boat I bought. It would be nice if it fit a little closer to the middle of the boat, but with my 15 ft boat, the stern would drag. I put it under the bungees on the stern while I was paddling. $100 is steep for what it is, but comparable and even less expensive than similar models.
August 1, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by JohnBoyBlues Looked like a good design
Perhaps it's the shape or weight of my kayak, but try as I might the wheels just collapse when I start pulling or pushing the kayak. I've had carts before and have figured out what works for each different version. This one has me stumped. I thought the cockpit strap was a great idea for stabilizing the wheels but it didn't help. I will return and get a scupper hole style.
If you have a slender lightweight kayak, this may work for you.
July 20, 2014