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Kayak Racks - need suggestions

Peter S

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I am looking for suggestions on the best way to get a pair of kayaks (about 60 lbs each) on to the top of a Kia. One of us is short, and we are in our mid 60s.

The car seems too tall to easily lift a kayak onto the roof and the plastic lift over the hatch seems like it will break if I put up a kayak starting from the back of the car and slide it up onto the roof.

Anyone with experience using the Yakima Showdown lift system?
 
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Hi Peter. I'm curious what you decided to go with for your kayaks on your Kia. We recently got into kayaking with what sounds like a similar situation (2 60+ lb kayaks).

We went with the Yakima roof rack system with Sightline towers and Malone Sea Wing kayak holders. They work great with our '22 Telluride SX. I use a bathroom rug (rubber backing against the vehicle) to slide the kayaks up onto the roof rack typically from the rear. I have also done so from the side of the vehicle too. We love it and are thankful we're not pulling a trailer for the kayaks. By the way... we're in our mid-50s. I'm 6'1" and my wife is quite a bit shorter, but she's never had to load/unload. I handle that on my own.
 

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