Advantages Safe, secure and reliable
Disadvantages Nothing, but possibly another set of straps if I was being awkward
One of my hobbies over the past year or so was to buy at auction a battered old kayak and get to work on doing it up to make it water-worthy again. This took best part of ten months to accomplish. The paintwork alone took ages to finish off but the amount of repairs I have had to make to the kayak has been phenomenal. It has meant that most nights after finishing work I have been busy mending and repairing the boat. It’s not actually been a chore as I have found the whole thing very therapeutic and enjoyed the experience of getting the kayak back on the water where it belongs, and not just sitting outside in my garden shed.
The Lakes are approximately a four hour drive from where I live so I needed to make sure that my precious cargo was going to remain intact en-route. I actually bought my Thule foldable twin kayak carrier from Ebay as it was slightly cheaper than buying directly from the manufacturer. I say slightly, I actually paid £8 less then the RRP of £60 so it wasn’t a massive saving, but better than nothing.The reason I opted for this carrier, was, as I say, due to the fact that I have other products from Thule, which I have been exceptionally happy with over the years. Plus, this is a twin kayak carrier, so if I decided to do the same thing again (or even buy another from new) I’d easily be able to transport two at once. I like the fact that this carrier is also foldable so when not in use it is easy for me to store away until it’s needed next. Also, although it is strong and sturdy, I was impressed at how light this is at only 2.5kg. It’s constructed from hard wearing and high quality metal and nylon and you can see it’s a quality product and designed to last. The fixings were all included with the carrier and I like the very strong Polypropelene for protection for the buckles.
The carrier went onto the roof very easily and fitted onto the car’s existing roof bars with ease and any real effort or a struggle on my part, and the instruction leaflet isn’t really necessary unless you are a complete novice at putting on roof racks, it was really very self-explanatory. The carrier is designed so that the kayak is transported on the roof in a vertical position. I would have to say that I was also personally very impressed that not only was I able to transport my (rather large) kayak, but it also took the other canoe on the trip and both items fitted on easily together.
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