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Malone AutoLoader XV J-Style Universal Car Rack Kayak Carrier with Bow and Stern Lines

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4.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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  • J-style car rack kayak carrier designed to withstand heavy winds
  • Built-in boarding ramp for easy loading and unloading
  • Cradles flex to fit boat, providing better contact and security
  • Universal-fit Jawz hardware fits round, square, and most oval cross rails
  • Supports up to 70 pounds; measures 14 x 16 x 6 inches (W x H x D)
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Product Description

The Malone Autoloader XV universal car rack kayak carrier includes everything you need to carry one kayak vertically on your roof top or trailer. The Autoloader XV developed here on the coast of Maine to withstand our brutal cross winds and crippling salt water corrosion. We were the first in the industry to produce a J style carrier and this years model is our best. The Malone universal JAWZ™ mounting hardware fits round, square and factory oval cross rails.

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Developed on the coast of Maine to withstand brutal crosswinds and crippling saltwater corrosion, the Malone AutoLoader J-style car rack kayak carrier sets the standard for kayak transport.


The AutoLoader's J-style cradles hold kayaks up to 70 pounds.
The AutoLoader is equipped with a pair of J-style cradles, which combine to securely hold kayaks as heavy as 70 pounds. The AutoLoader is also the only carrier on the market with a built-in boarding ramp for easy loading and unloading. You can make loading even easier by adding a Telos load-assist module (sold separately), which lets a single paddler load a kayak without help. Once the boat is in place, you can use the pair of 12-foot cam buckle straps to secure the kayak to the cradles and the bow and stern lines to keep it stable. Throughout your drive, the cradles will flex to fit the boat for better contact and security.

The AutoLoader installs on vehicles with round, square, and most factory oval cross rails using the universal-fit Jawz mounting hardware. Plus, you can easily transfer the AutoLoader to another vehicle in minutes--no tools required. Corrosion-free and UV-resistant, the J-style cradles measure 14 by 16 by 6 inches (W x H x D) each.

About Malone Auto Racks
Malone is the fastest-growing rack accessory company in North America, with a track record of more than 10 years of industry leadership and innovation. The company's products are sold in more than 1,500 outdoor online and retail stores throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. Malone operates from the coast of Maine, helping the company stay true to its mission and values. Everything Malone sells must be "simple to sell, simple to install, and simple to use." The company is built to enhance its customers' enjoyment of rivers, lakes, and oceans while minimizing their carbon footprint through aerodynamic transport design and complete material recycling.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 12 x 8.5 inches ; 5.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0015Q8DQG
  • Item model number: MPG106MD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,795 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Like many, I was horrified at the prices of "name brand" kayak racks. These polycarbonate Malone kayak carriers are a great value. I've used mine for three years, including 12-hour drives up to northern Maine for long river/lake camping trips. They are easy to install on your roof crossbars and very secure. I have two sets that I use on my Toyota Matrix. I've even hauled up to three kayaks by wedging one boat between the two on the Malone racks. I live in New England, so I remove my racks in late fall and reinstall them in early spring, leaving them on all summer unless I'm taking a long trip without the kayaks. The crossbar clamp that come with the Malone uses a large "wing nut" that provides plenty of leverage. The "autoloader" feature refers to the small ramp on the lower part of the rack. When the carriers are mounted on your crossbars, these small ramps allow you to gently flop the kayak against the ramps and push it up into the carrier so that you don't have to lift it as high as you would with a Yakima or Thule carrier. It's a good idea and works quite well. I'm 6'2", so I personally don't use that feature; however, my wife has used it successfully on her outings with her girlfriends. A good buy you won't regret.
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We bought two carrier for our two kayaks.

Sturdy, well designed and has good clear instructions. After just one outing we could load our kayaks with ease without instructions in less than 15 minutes!

Only negative is:
1. it does not fold
2: the bow and stern kit isn't worth the extra money. It's a simple rope with a s-hook. Unless you don't mind making knots... (I am not very good at it)I would recommend instead to buy the model at $103.46 and a ratchet strap kit.

NOTE: we use velcro tie-wraps to secure the hanging red side load straps.
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Increadibly simple to put on the car and take off by myself. Have no difficulty securing my kayaks so that they do not shift at all even at highway speeds. While I do use the bow and stern lines when traveling at high speeds or long distances (just in case a strap broke), so far they have been totally unnecessary as I have seen no shifting of the kayak in this very sturdy rack. I now own 3 of these and can fit 3 kayaks on the top of my Ford Escape.
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I have a 13-foot Ocean Kayak Prowler sit-on-top kayak. As with most fishing kayaks, it's relatively wide. I bought the Malone AutoLoader after first contacting Malone for a recommendation, because I recently installed a Yakima roof box on top of my Subaru Forester and there wouldn't be room to use my Malone Sea Wing kayak carrier (which I think is a really well-made and easy-to-use carrier).
When I loaded the kayak on the AutoLoader for the first time the kayak wanted to rest more or less upright on its bottom edge. As soon as I tried to throw one of the straps over the kayak to secure it to the loading "ramp" portion of the carrier I could see that the kayak was going to tip over if didn't hurry to stabilize it. You can view the instructions for the AutoLoader at [...] If you look at Image 10 in the instructions, you'll better understand what I mean about the kayak wanting to tip over. The slightest imbalance in weight in the kayak, or the presence of wind gusts, makes getting the kayak on the carrier and getting it to remain there until you strap it down a real challenge. If you don't have anyone to assist you in either throwing the straps over the kayak or "spotting" it while you throw the straps, there's a good chance the kayak will fall off the carrier.
Unloading the kayak is not as precarious as loading it, but it still requires some planning and coordination, especially if the conditions are windy or you have to park your car on a slope.
Once I had the kayak in place on the carrier and had cinched down the straps, the kayak was held securely and never shifted during a 600-mile round trip, including some travel on unpaved roads. In that respect, I was very satisfied with its performance.
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After trying to decide between the Autoloader and the Seawing, I went with the Autoloader. However, Amazon sent me a Seawing by mistake, so I got a chance to take a look at it as well. I have to say that the fit of my kayaks (2 Delta 12s) on the Seawing was not as good as I thought it would be, it didn't fit quite as well as I hoped. The only benefit to the Seawing is the slightly more aerodynamic shape of the carrier & the kayak position, although I've driven with 2 empty sets of Autoloaders on the highway and didn't hear much noise (no rack fairing installed either). Also, in my opinion, I like that the Autoloaders take much less space on my roof and when I'm tired I can just plop the kayaks on the loading step and push them into the rack.

Now for the actual product - very sturdy and does indeed flex to fit your kayak. Won't rust. Extremely easy to install and remove - in fact, this may be a con if you are like me and worry about leaving the carriers on your roof in sketchy places. Unscrewing the t-knobs by hand to remove the rack would take no more than 30 seconds. I've thought of putting nylon locking nuts on the screws just to deter the 'honest' people, but if someone wants your carrier/rack, they'll take it.

I have not had any problems with the straps that are included, in fact, I like them very much. You are supposed to pre-dress the carrier by feeding the straps through the top, put your kayak in, then throw the straps over the kayak - I've had some difficulty with straps twisting at this step here, which makes it difficult to pull them through for the next step, but it's not too bad and I'm getting the hang of it - you just need to carefully slide the strap the right side up over the hull.
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