If you own a kayak, chances are you need a kayak storage rack for your car, truck, or SUV. After all, it’s all about getting to and from the water and a kayak carrier is essential to the task. Here’s how to interpret our listings.
Like most people, you don’t have a vehicle for every scenario. Your drive-to-work Subaru, Toyota, or Ford needs to do double duty as a kayak hauler. So you need a roof rack; nothing fancy, but one that securely transports your kayak(s) to the local river, beach, or pond.
There are a number of options, but which is best for you will come down to your existing racking system (or lack thereof), as well as convenience of use.
If you have a Thule car rack, or one from Yakima, Malone, or any number of manufacturers we highly recommend you stick with the same brand. Systems work differently and not all brands will integrate with one another. If, on the other hand, you don’t have a roof rack, or you have a universal-locking deal that was installed by the vehicle manufacturer, you have a wider range of options.
In this second case, a simple block and strap design might work very well. Such a setup is affordable and simple to use, with quick, temporary installation. For a more robust design that will allow you to place and retrieve your kayak with greater ease, you may consider a J-style kayak rack. Racks of this style will cradle your kayak on its side, allowing you to grab the cockpit for offloading.
Many kayakers prefer to take to the waters with a buddy. For this reason, 2 kayak roof racks are the most popular models. When selecting a model, much of the above logic can be applied. For ease of use, affordability, and compact, fold-flat capability we recommend the Double Kayak Roof Rack.