Swagman Contour Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Fixed Arms - J-Style - Universal Mount

Swagman Contour Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Fixed Arms - J-Style - Universal Mount

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Swagman Watersport Carriers - S65148

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Swagman
  • J-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Clamp On - Standard
  • No Load Assist
  • Side Loading
  • Non-Locking

This easy-to-load, J-style carrier lets you haul 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. The space-saving cradles are padded to protect the hull, and the universal mounting hardware attaches to most crossbars. Includes tie-downs and bow/stern ropes.


Features:

  • Fixed-position, J-style cradles safely and securely carry 1 kayak on its side
    • Takes up minimal space on your roof rack so you can carry more gear
  • High-density foam padding on the cradle arms is soft yet firm
    • Protects your hull from scratches and abrasions
  • Simple clamp-on installation on most crossbar configurations
    • Hand knobs let you tighten brackets around bars
    • Includes 100-mm bolts for mounting on tall crossbars
  • 2 Tie-down straps with cam buckles secure kayak to your roof rack
  • 2 Bow/stern anchor ropes with vinyl-coated S-hooks anchor watercraft to your vehicle
  • Durable steel tube construction with corrosion-resistant black powder coat finish


Specs:

  • Application: round, square, aero/elliptical and most factory crossbars
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak
  • Weight capacity: 100 lbs
  • Tie-down strap length: 10'
  • Bow/stern rope length: 10'
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Note: Designed for sea kayaks and whitewater kayaks. Not intended for use with aluminum boats.



65148 Swagman Contour J-Style Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Fixed Arms - Universal Mount



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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Swagman Contour Rooftop Kayak Carrier Review

Today were going to be taking a look at the Swagman Contour J-style roof top kayak carrier part #: S6518. One of the great features of the Contour is its J-style. This means you can install it on the far side of your bars on the driver or passenger side for easier loading and unloading. This also means the remaining space of your roof rack is open for other accessories such as a bike rack or cargo box. This will work on round, square, arrow, elliptical and most factory crossbars. The Contour has pads on the top and bottom part of the J which cushion your kayak and prevent it from being damaged during travel.

It also has a soft rubber padding on the bottom which will help keep your kayak in place and provides more cushioning. It comes with two sets of straps which will secure it to your vehicle, one for the kayak to the roof rack and one for the balance stern of your vehicle. This rack has a durable steel construction with a black powder coat finish which will resist rust and corrosion and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Now well go ahead and show you how to install it. The Contour comes preassembled, so all you need for the installation is to remove one of these wing nuts and loosen the other.

Once this is done well place the Contour onto our roof rack and swing the bottom bracket around the underside of the rack to the other silver bolt. Now we can reattach the wing nut and tighten them both down. Well repeat this process for the front bar. Since weve gone over some of the features and specs of the Contour well show you how to install a kayak. we'll first take the straps that secure the kayak around the bars and wrap them around the back side of the J.

On the back side of the buckle theres a soft rubber pad that will help protect your vehicle from getting scratched. With our straps in place well lift our kayak up into position. Then well take our straps and wrap them around the back side of our kayak. After that well bring the strap around the underside of our bar. Well then insert the end into the buckle, pressing down on the tab so that the strap will come through.

Well then pull it tight to secure the front part of our kayak to the front bar. Well then repeat this process for the rear strap. With that done well now attach our balance stern tie-down straps. Well start on the underside of the vehicle. Well be looking for a sturdy structure to put the hook through. After finding it well bring this rope up to the connection point of our kayak. Well take the rope and insert it into this loop and pull it snug. Now we can secure the rope. Well repeat this for the rear. When you connect the hook underneath youll want to make sure to avoid any hot spots like the exhaust. Now that the kayak is secured well take it out on the road for a test drive and show you how it looks. And there you have it for part #: S6518, the Swagman Contour kayak carrier. .


Customer Reviews

Swagman Contour Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Fixed Arms - J-Style - Universal Mount - S65148

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (31 Customer Reviews)

This easy-to-load, J-style carrier lets you haul 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. The space-saving cradles are padded to protect the hull, and the universal mounting hardware attaches to most crossbars. Includes tie-downs and bow/stern ropes.

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The product is of good construction but probably due to how it fits on my crossbars it needs additional support. The crossbars for my Honda Pilot are wide blade type and these racks seem more appropriate for narrower square type crossbars. Even with the rack fastened very tightly, the rack can twist back and forth. Last year on a trip across Montana the wind was pretty gusty and it caused the front one to pivot quite a bit and we had to pull off and apply a ratcheting strap over the kayak and under the factory rails to ensure it was held tight and wouldn't move again. This year on the same trip we had bad winds but had a roof rack mounted behind these racks giving it support on the tall side. We had to strap it real good to make sure it didn't move. If we hadn't had that additional support behind it and add'l straps we probably would have had more problems. I think if the top metal bracket had a wider channel to fit our crossbars it would be much more stable. The way it is now it just sandwiches 2 metal plates between my crossbar which allows it to pivot under stress. 677998


Comments

I did reach out to Swagman and they have had some customers with similar issues, and they have advised to use a thin gripping material, like an old bike inner tube and shim the clamps that attach the kayak carriers to the crossbars. My representative said his neighbor had the similar issue you are having with the front carrier shifting, and when he added the inner tube material for a tighter grip to the crossbars it did not shift.

-- Rachael H - 08/01/2019

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I have never had an expensive set of kayak racks but i assume they work just as well as these. These are very affordable. They are easy to use and install. I am throughly pleased with my purchase 488196



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They are J hooks. They bolt to the rack and hold the kayak. They work as advertised. I use them for my one person kayak. You have to do quite a lift to get the kayak up onto them, so my heavier 2 person kayak I use a different version with a roller to get the kayak up onto the car. I've been using them about a year and they are holding up well. 414842



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We bought this for our son as a graduation present for his kayak. He was able to put the SportRack Semi-Custom Roof Rack for Naked Roofs - Square Crossbars - Steel - 50" Long - SR1010on his 2014 Honda with no problem. The roof rails were very sturdy and went on easily. The Swagman J hooks are strong and well padded. He was very pleased with how secure the kayak was on top of his car. As for the delivery - we were astonished at the speed! We ordered on a Thursday and were told delivery would the following Tuesday at the latest. Imagine our surprise when it was delivered the next day at 8pm! The customer service rep was extremely helpful on the phone and patiently answered all my questions. Would definitely order from eTrailer again. 412339



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Only used one time after having these racks for a couple weeks. Carried a tandem kayak securely with no trouble. These racks do have a tendency to roll over/around on round cross bars (like I have). I'm only giving 4 stars instead of 5 because I kept having to tighten the nuts that secure these to my cross bars--I'm not sure if this is because the racks are "settling" during transport or because the steel plate that "pinches" the cross bars when you tighten the nuts is actually bending out of shape during transport. 435175



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Can only give 4 stars because I haven't tried them out yet, they fit nice and snug on my cross bars (square cross bars made by sports rack) and they were extremely easy to put on they came pretty much assembled already quality seems good no different then the more expensive ones. 401073



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The carriers are nicely equipped with everything you need to secure your kayak to your roof rack. The only downside is the clamps don't seat well on the Subaru Outback (2017) crossbars. The clamps are shaped to favor a square bar. As a result the actual bar surface area this holder contacts is very little and even when screwed down nice and tight, the boat was able to move side to side and scratch the coating off of the OEM cross bars. I did order these in a pinch as I was pressed for time & my original pick was out of stock so it is what it is. Very nice carrier for the price, but I'd recommend only if you've got square bars. 526923



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Very easy to install and worked perfectly. Shipped in sturdy boxes and arrived within a few days of online purchase. Highly recommended. 665836



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Fits great 643061



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It fits and has stayed put for a year. 627765



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You will not be disappointed with these kayak racks! They are great quality, very sturdy and easy to install. I wouldn’t buy any other brand after having purchased these. 620352



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Haven’t used them yet but from the looks they’ll meet my expectations and more. Very well built 599782



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Just insralled the racks and J-Bars. Easy install, worked exactly as wanted. To out on freeway witth racks only, just some wind noise at 70. This is my second order thru etrailer. Both orders were great referrals, worked good, delivered witnin a few days. Thank you etrailer. 539561



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Worked great, well padded 521420



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This is my second order with etrailer and again I am totally satisfied and impressed with the customer service and quality. Thanks!!! 505901



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Have not received yet 502894



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haven't tried it yet, taking it to Flor ida 445705



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This product it great! The only issue I have had was with the brackets sliding slightly when driving on the highway, but it was nothing that an additional ratchet strap couldn't fix. Would recommend to anyone! 399805



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I read the reviews before I ordered anything and the reviews were great. My order was handled very well and delivered on time. My items are good quality. Will order from again. Thanks 397592



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Love it 370352



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So, when I ordered my stuff I noticed that the cost wasn't charged to my bank. I called to see if my order had been canceled but everything was gathered. Just got my stuff today (a day early) and I everything looks great! If it wasn't 9 at night...and raining I would be outside throwing everything on my car! Great customer service too! I'm not sure why bad reviews are coming in. 356549



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Product was great xactly what I wanted. Customer service very helpful. 324704



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etrailer continues to amaze me with the speed of shipment , delivery and selection of products. This will be installed tonight and cayak gets picked up tomorrow ! 295097



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The primary point for me was the great customer service, by phone, when I requested a change in my order to correct a mistake that I made. Thank you. 272048



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Loved the racks, seem very durable. Only downside was that the groove made for the crossbeam was quite a bit smaller than my crossbeams, but they still secured down great. You'd have to have a pretty funky set-up for these racks to not work on your vehicle. Having all the straps/tie-downs included was awesome too. Reccomend! 265349



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This product came completely assembled and took 5 minutes to attach to my roof rack. The straps are easy to assemble. The only thing I would have liked would be to have double hooks on the white rope for the front and back Currently there is only one on one end 260408



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Super easy to install 228385



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Very quick ship product fits like a glove thanks for your help 219802



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Package was delivered quickly and completely in tact. 200691



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I am 100% satisfied with both the customer service as well as the products received. I was a 1st time customer and my experience could not have been more pleasant! Thanks for all the follow up re: package status...again another example of great customer service!!! 184203


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Thank you for asking about the product I purchased through your company. Everything is still perfect on this end...no complaints. I do want to commend your company for the great customer service. I was impressed and continue to be with your company and your dedication to customer satisfaction! Thanks again for the follow-up and have a great day!

Gary M - 04/21/2016

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Great product and excellent customer se rvice! 147598


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  • The Thule Stacker, # TH830, and Yakima BigStack, # Y04041, both fit the factory crossbars on the 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon and would be great options for carrying kayaks on your vehicle. I find that the Thule Stacker is more stable than the BigStack so I would go with it. I have included a link to a video review of the Stacker for you. Be sure to check the roof rack, owners manual, and/or Subaru to make sure the roof rack and roof have the capacity to hold both kayaks. I also recommend...
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  • 2 Kayak Carrier for the Factory Roof Rack on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • For 2 kayaks I recommend going with either the Thule Stacker, # TH830, or the Yakima BigStack, # Y04041. Either of these carriers will fit the factory crossbars on your 2009 Subaru Forester and can hold your 2 kayaks. Essentially, what both of these carriers do, is provide vertical uprights that you can tie off 2 kayaks to. They very much work in the same manner and I would not say one is better than the other. I recently placed a kayak on the roof of a vehicle that was using the...
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