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Yakima MakoAero Saddle Rooftop Kayak Rack with Tie Down

3.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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  • Universal built-in hardware fits round, square, factory and aerodynamic crossbars right out of the box. Optimized for aerodynamic bars.
  • Provides easy loading and a stable ride for your boat
  • Pads protect the hull, and Dynaflex grips provide a snug hold when you tighten the straps
  • Each set includes one Heavy-Duty Strap and one Bow/Stern Tie-Down that are compatible with SKS locking system (SKS Lock Cores sold separately)
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Product Description

Let your boat ride like a king atop your roof with this easy-to-load saddle system. A stable ride on protective pads with Dynaflex grips that give snug hold once the heavy-duty straps are tightened. Pair with a set of Yakima HullyRollers for even easier loading.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19.7 x 21.6 inches ; 3.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0012SDVFU
  • Item model number: 8004044
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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By M. Hetrick on June 26, 2009
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I just want to make this known. I reviewed, and reviewed, and picked this item above others related to cost and description. However, when the product came, located on the bottom corner of the box, was a small symbol, with : "CARRIES ONE BOAT when paired with another set of saddles or rollers" Inside package information says the same. Well looking at the item on this site, there are four attachments pictured, and nowhere does the description read that only two are included, and that you need two more....if you pay attention, another set of saddles or rollers absolutely doubles the price, AND I didn't have time to wait for further shipping. I ended up buying something local. I'll be returning this package.
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I gave this product only three stars based on several factors. First, the product description leads you to beleive you are ordering a complete kayak rooftop rack with tie downs; it reads,Yakima MakoAero Saddle Rooftop Kayak Rack with Tie Down. Well, you are only getting "half a saddle"; you have to order two of these saddles, and they're expensive at $80 a pop!

Secondly, the mounting instructions were a bit difficult for me to understand(and I'm pretty handy with tools and such), but a call to the Yakima customer service folks did help. I think this is probably typical in todays world; if you're a novice you will struggle as you proceed through the learning curve of any activity. I guess it's an unwritten rule you have to spend a lot of money on several products before you finally get what works for you.

Although I think these saddles will work OK for our Perception Tribe SOT kayaks, it's not the best fit. Why, because our SOT kayaks have hard chine hull shapes whereas most sit-in kayaks have round hulls.

IMO you need to ask two important questions when you purchase any kayak or canoe; is there a specific mounting system that will accomodate MY kayak/canoe and fit MY vehicle roof rack/cross bars??!!! This "one size fits all" approach really means, we have a pretty close idea of what a really good fitting rack/canoe/kayak transporting system ought to be, but in the interest of our profit margin and marketing, we don't expect to get it right every time...oh well. If you own an Xterra with the big diameter tube roof rack system, you will have trouble fitting any canoe/kayak mounting system. You would think each vehicle would design a roof rack to actually carry something, but that's another story....

Yakima does a good job, but it's not perfect.
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i have tried several ways to carry my kayaks and this is the best i have found. The kayaks slide on very easily and than are held in place very securely with the provided straps. Originally I paired with Hully rollers but quickly found that i was not happy with the rollers. they seem to bind on my kayaks hull and made loading more difficult. I sent them back and ordered another pair of the Aeros and am very happy now.
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I bought 4 of these saddles to hold two kayaks on my Yakima kayak trailer. They work perfectly. Note: if you have a v-shaped hull, they will hold your kayak with no problem, but will not fit the exact contour of your hull.
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Big, obnoxious, doesn't conform well to ocean kayak hulls, such a big design you cant mount two ocean yaks flat next to each other on five foot rails. Mounting system doesn't loop around rails so its all dependent upon the plastic to hold em down... I opted for sweet roll by yakima instead for my setup.
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These work great once the kayak is tied down and in place. Very sturdy and secure. However, it said they would fit factory oval bars and it did not. The bars were at a slight angle, And they would not standbup straight. I therefore had to buy the Yakima round bars and the whole system. Also, they are hard to get tight enough that they don't move around. When placing the kayak on the rack, they tend to move around. I bought these because the J bar was going to be too tall. However once I added the Yakima base system and these cradles, it is too tall to go in most parking garages. (Need 6'9" clearance for a Chevy Trailblazer). I would recommend them.
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Bought these for my 2001 Toyota Highlander. I was leary at first that I might have to buy extra parts to make it fit but just as the fitment guide says they mount up perfectly to my factory cross bars. I've only used them once to travel about 6 miles at no more than 40mph but they never loosened up even driving on cobblestone streets.

I've got a 1500 mile trip coming up going from San Diego to Lake Chapala in Mexico so I'll update my review when I'm done. So far I would highly recommend. Amazon's price was the deciding point in getting these.
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Defective design my Yakima. I have used similar Thule locking mounts and with the Thule the use of a key lock makes the knob spin free so the mounts cannot be removed from the cross bars. With the Yakima Mako Aero Saddles the locking mechanism is used to jam the threaded metal shaft that holds the two pieces of the saddle to the cross bar. As a result of the Yakima approach the lock cannot be locked if there is too much tension on the shaft and yet if the threaded bolt is loose enough that the lock can be locked, the saddle spins freely on the cross bar. And with a round cross bar this makes the saddles nearly worthless.

It is a fundamentally flawed design on the part of Yakima's product development people. This design never should have gone into production.

If you don't mind not being able to lock the Mako Aero Saddles to the cross bars then it is not a problem. Otherwise it is best to avoid wasting money on the Yakima Mako Aero Saddles altogether. I will be tossing the four pairs of Yakima saddles, the Yakima cross bars, and the 8 Yakima SKS locksets into the garbage and replacing them all with Thule products.

When I compare product quality and customer service between Yakima and Thule overall, I find Yakima to be in third place behind "any other".
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