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Easy to clean and stow, this padded mat attaches to the back of your vehicle and protects paint from damage when you are loading a kayak onto your roof. Top of mat is slippery to promote easy loading, and bottom is tacky to cling to your vehicle. 1-800-940-8924 to order Thule accessories and parts part number TH854 or order online at Free expert support on all Thule products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Thule Water Slide Non-Skid Loading Mat. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Easy to clean and stow, this padded mat attaches to the back of your vehicle and protects paint from damage when you are loading a kayak onto your roof. Top of mat is slippery to promote easy loading, and bottom is tacky to cling to your vehicle.


  • Padded mat protects vehicle finish and boat keel when loading
    • Attaches to rear roof-rack load bars
    • Prevents sand and dirt from penetrating through to paint
  • Top layer is slippery, durable, and resistant to sun's UV rays
    • Allows bow to move onto rear saddles
  • Bottom layer is tacky to cling to vehicle
    • Stays put without sticking to vehicle paint
  • Integrated, non-scratching straps anchor pad to load bars
    • Secures rolled pad for storage in the included storage bag
  • Easy-to clean pad dries quickly
    • Sheds debris with a shake
  • Made in the USA


  • Dimensions: 3' long x 2' wide
  • Lifetime warranty

854 Thule Water Slide Mat

854 Thule Water Slide Non-Skid Loading Mat

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Video Transcript for Thule Water Slide Loading Mat Review - 2012 Toyota 4Runner

All right, today we're going to do a test fit of part number TH854 from Thule. This is the Water Slide. We're doing this test fit on a 2012 Toyota 4Runner with the Thule Square load bars in place. Basically, this is a mat that you temporarily install on your rear crossbar where you're loading up your kayak so it protects the finish on your car. Since this vehicle had a spoiler on the back, this will come in handy. Okay, let's take our mat and slide it up to the bar and we'll use the hook and loop fasteners to wrap around the bar and back onto itself.

This is just to help hold it in place so it's not intended to stay on there all the time, just for loading up the kayak and that's it. There you have it for part number TH854, the Thule Water Slide, on our 2012 Toyota 4Runner.

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Thule Water Slide Non-Skid Loading Mat - TH854

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (20 Customer Reviews)

Easy to clean and stow, this padded mat attaches to the back of your vehicle and protects paint from damage when you are loading a kayak onto your roof. Top of mat is slippery to promote easy loading, and bottom is tacky to cling to your vehicle.


Excellent--I have struggled with towels and other solutions to the problem of getting my kayak on the roof rack without scratching the hull and/or my vehicle. This attaches with Velcro to the roof rack, has a nonslip backing, and the kayak glides right up where it needs to be. The mat also rolls up nicely into the mesh bag that comes with it for easy storage.

Jamie O.


still a great product


This is an amazing product! I am 5'5" and drive a Tahoe. Using this mat, I am able to get my 11.5' kayak on top of my truck all by myself. It's easy to attach to my roof rack and does not bunch up when I am sliding my kayak up. I love how easy it is to use and store. 100% would buy again!


I was previously loading our two kayaks using a towel to protect the SUV roof/hatch corner. However the towel would either slip off and/or bunch up. Problem solved: The non-slip side of the loading mat stayed on the painted surface w/o bunching while the kayaks would easily slide on the up facing slippery side.


Received Thule waterslide in less than a week. It helps load my kayak without damage to the back of my ford explorer. Would definitely recommend this item. Had great service and will buy from them again.


Works well. It’s a little tricky to put the pad in with the Velcro straps if you have two kayaks on the car. Other than that, it’s a great product.


Works great



All good, Thanks,




The Thule Water slide Loading Mat has been a big help sliding the kayaks onto the roof. I have not sustained any damage to my Highlander or kayaks using this product.

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Mike L.


@Michael The Thule # TH854 Water Slide loading mat is a well-thought out product that works very well, we're glad to hear that you're happy with it!


Great product and great customer service. Would recommend contacting the Company before purchasing as they offer great guidance. Thank you Jean P.


Works great! Stays on top of my car when taking off and putting my kayak on. No longer scratching the paint on my car. Worth in investment.


Hate to kayak without this wonderful paint saver! Love it!!!


Easy to use and very stable!!


Does it job, large and secures well










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