Owning a good kayak truck rack is an absolute must have if you plan on transporting your kayak to your favorite rivers and lakes on your vehicle. If you try any other form of transportation method, you run a significant risk of your kayak scarping or harming the exterior of your car, and you also run the risk of your kayak becoming loose and falling off of your vehicle as you drive as well, which would be a huge disaster.
In this article, we’re going to point out some of the most popular kayak truck rack models on the market and discuss the pros and cons of each. But first, let’s go over what some of the different kinds of truck racks are.
One of the most popular kinds of kayak truck rack is a horizontal rack. In this system, your kayak will lay flat on top of your car. It’s also one of the easiest ways to load and unload your kayak, so if you’re in a hurry to go for a quick kayaking session, this can be one of the most efficient systems to use. Horizontal kayak racks are also easily adjustable in order to accommodate practically any size of kayak there is.
Vertical kayak racks will stack up your kayak on their sides, permitting you to store more than one kayak on your vehicle. In fact, some vertical kayak racks are capable of holding four kayaks at once. As with horizontal kayak racks, vertical racks are extremely easy to load and unload kayaks.
J-Style Kayak Racks, also known as J-Cradles, will fold down then they are not being used. This permits you to carry other toys and equipment for the water on your vehicle rather than just the kayak.
Finally, hitch mount kayak racks feature a load bar mounted to the rear of your vehicle, with a hitch receiver. This way the hitch will be fully secured and won’t wobble at all
· Tricam SLE-1 2-in-1 EZ Hitch Mounted Load Extender
– This is a hitch mounted loader that is constructed out of a heavy duty tubular steel material. It’s biggest pro is that it can be mounted either vertically or horizontally on any hitch receiver that measures two inches. There are also five adjustable heights for you to choose from, and it sells with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer as well.
· Yakima Outdoors Man 300
– The Yakima Outdoors Man 300 is extremely easy to install because no drilling is required. It will just clamp right onto the rails of your truck bed. However, this also serves as the biggest con for the Yakima, as it is designed for compact pickup trucks and there will not work the best for larger models.
· Darby Extend-A-Truck 944 4-Feet Truck Bed Extender
– With over four feet of support and fully adjustable, the neatest feature about the Darby Extend-A-Truck is how it can be stored flat right behind your seat when it is not being used. It is designed out of heavy duty materials for the most secure hauling of longer loads possible.
· TracRac 27000-01 TracONE Universal Track Rack
– The first thing that you should know about the TracRac 27000-01 Universal Track Rack is that it has a total carrying capacity of eight hundred pounds, and yet the weight is distributed evenly across both racks assuming it is installed correctly. What’s more, is that this rack is incredibly lightweight at only fifty pounds, despite its huge carrying capacity. This is thanks to its strong and yet light aluminum construction that comes coated with a rust resistant material.
· TMS 800 LB Adjustable Fit 2 Bars Utility Ladder Truck Pick Up Rack
– The TMS Truck Pick Up Rack also has a total carrying capacity of eight hundred pounds, and yet only has a height of thirty inches with an adjustable width of five inches to six inches. It’s constructed out of a heavy duty steel, so it can also carry other items besides your kayak such as construction materials.
· TMS T-NS-Hitch Bed Extender
– This kayak rack is designed to extend your truck bed in order to carry longer items. It is designed to fit two inch hitches and is held with four separate quick release clevis pins. The side arms can be folded to save room.
· ROLA 59742 Haul-Your-Might Removable Truck Bed Rack
– The best pro about the ROLA Haul-Your-Might Rack is the fact that it is a universal fit, meaning it can fit practically any truck bed including those without an integrated bed rail system. Another pro about this rack is its anti-theft features such as the mind-lockable covers.
Kayak roof racks are not included!
· Lund 601021 Hitch Rack Truck Bed Extender
– With over seven inches of ground clearance, the Lund Hitch Rack Truck Bed Extender is designed to fit a standard two inch receiver hitch, with a total carrying capacity of seven hundred and fifty pounds and side wings that are adjustable from twenty seven to forty nine inches.
· Thule Xsporter Pro Aluminum Truck Rack
– The Thule Xsporter comes equipped with a number of neat features, including an AirTrip technology that is built into the bar in order to redirect airflow, resulting in vastly superior aerodynamics over other kayak racks, and an adjustable bar height to make this rack as versatile as possible. The only major con about it is that it requires Thule rack system crossbars in order to work.
· Thule Goal Post Truck Rack
– Built to transport kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, the Thule has installed the Goal Post Truck Rack with an anti-sway feature for more stable transport and two vertical hook straps that further stabilize the canoe. As with the Xsporter, however, it requires Thule rack system crossbars in order to be fitted onto your vehicle.
In conclusion, any one of these kayak truck racks is a high quality and easy to install option for transporting your kayaks from to place. Conduct more careful research into each one to find a model that best fits into your budget and will attach the most securely to your specific vehicle.