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Malone AutoLoader XV J-Style Universal Car Rack Kayak Carrier with Bow and Stern Lines
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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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|Item Dimensions||8.5 x 12 x 24 inches|
|Item Weight||5.3 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||10.9 pounds|
The AutoLoader's J-style cradles hold kayaks up to 70 pounds.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a second set of these that I own. It was missing 3 of the rubber plugs that cover the screw heads but they are recessed enough that the kayak will never hit them anyway.Published 1 month ago by Unknown
This is my second set. I have tried many different makes, and these are definitely the best. Way better than metal kind. I use for surfski and kayak. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Goldberg
These J Cradles work very well with the load assist modules. For any one person or even two people who have a hard time lifting heavy kayaks to the roof of their vehicle this is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Rubenstein
I searched other designs but like to looks and the reviews of the Malone J-Style AutoLoader so I bought three sets. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brenda VV
Easy to install and easy to use. It is a bit of a hassle to get it mounted on the dealer rack that comes with a Nissan Rogue but it can be done.Published 8 months ago by Jeff Nelson
Sold them on Craig List. Didn't fit my kayak and was too cumbersome to use. Awkward on the top of the car to fit and strap in.Published 12 months ago by Susan
Have owned other Malone products in the past and have never been disappointed in the quality or the price. Works great with the Telos lift system.Published 21 months ago by R-21 Classic