Rated 1 out of 5 by KayakMI Does not work
The installation instructions are completely wrong. Image 5A which details how to strap the kayak down shows an image of a completely different system. Thule support is impossible to reach by phone and email response is just "the instructions should be correct - call the help line". Download the installation instructions online before purchasing and you will see what I mean.
August 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by WendyJuneBug Kayak Car Racks
As my friends have said as they've seen the recently installed Thule 834 Hull-a-Port racks on my car, "NICE RACKS!" Yes, they are! Easily installed and fairly easy to load two Kayaks onto my Highlander by myself. A lot easier with two people to lift Kayaks over my head, it is still "do-able" to do alone. Nice Racks!
May 16, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by alh008 Good but could be better
I haven't used these with my Kayak yet but have tried them out with my rack. I have the aero load bars (shaped like wings to cut down on whistling) and the instructions tell you to use the shorter screws which don't fit. Luckily they provide you with longer screws for non Thule racks that do fit but this may be a problem with cars that have the rack close to the roof or where the racks bend slightly due to heavy weight where the screws would hit the top of the car. Also, the mounting bracket just fits over the rack and, while you can tighten it up, it does not make a perfect fit and is hard to get on. It looks like the carriers are of older design then the load bars and somebody at Thule looked at the specs and assumed they would fit. While they do fit, it is close and could be made much better with a re-designed mounting bracket.
August 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by iMac6 Overall a great kayak rack!
We had another set of Hull-a-ports we bought a few years ago, so we finally got around to getting another set. Just a few observations:
These newer kits do not have the ratcheting hooks used to tie the kayak down to the front and back of the vehicle. We definitiely miss this.
The tiedown straps are also much longer with this kit compared to the last one we purchased. I don't really know why, because I can't imagine any kayak that would utilize the entire length of those straps!
Overall, it was exactly what I expected. Same quality, same ease of use. Highly recommended if the more expensive kayak racks are beyond your budgetary limitations.
July 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Outdoor8Junkie Hull-a-Port
Along with the foot pack and the Thule bars, getting my kayak to the lake is easy. Great easy on and off between trips, only 5 minutes. Very sturdy, strapping easy to use and efficient. Great product.
June 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LakeHouseKid Great Purchase
Great purchase!! Product arrived sooner than expected. Instructions and asembly was very easy..
June 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ericab Great rack!
We were a little skeptical about how well the racks would hold our kayaks on long trips but they work great!!
June 6, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Acat76 Performs as it should
The Thule 834 Hull-a-Port performs as it should. Easy to install and keeps my Kayak secure. 4 stars for meeting expectations.
May 28, 2012