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Inno Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Post Style - Folding - Clamp On - 2 Kayaks

Inno Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Post Style - Folding - Clamp On - 2 Kayaks

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Often get on the road with 2 kayaks weighing up to 70 lbs each
  • Have a hard time getting your boat to stay up on its side while securing with straps
  • Get out on the water often and need a sturdy rack to last through the years

No, if you:

  • Would be really upset if your vehicle gets scratched with the metal cam buckles on the straps
  • Take the rack off/on frequently to carry gear other than boats
This post-style carrier lets you safely transport 2 kayaks on your roof rack. Padded upright arms support kayaks during transport, and they fold down when not in use. Space-saving carrier clamps to most crossbars without tools. Tie-downs included. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Inno. Inno Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Post Style - Folding - Clamp On - 2 Kayaks part number INA455 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Inno Watersport Carriers - INA455

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Inno
  • Folding
  • Post-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Clamp On
  • Rear Loading
  • Side Loading
  • No Load Assist
  • Non-Locking

This post-style carrier lets you safely transport 2 kayaks on your roof rack. Padded upright arms support kayaks during transport, and they fold down when not in use. Space-saving carrier clamps to most crossbars without tools. Tie-downs included.


  • Folding, post-style carrier lets you transport 2 kayaks on your roof rack crossbars
    • Designed for river kayaks and other light, compact kayaks
    • Kayaks sit on their sides to free up space on roof rack for additional gear
  • Upright arms with built-in strap loops stabilize your kayaks
    • Fold down when not in use
  • Cradles adjust along crossbars to fit a variety of kayak sizes
  • 2 Durable, polyester tie-down straps secure kayak to roof rack
    • Bow/stern tie-downs (IN-718 - sold separately) recommended to anchor boat to your vehicle
  • Padded arms, cradles, and strap buckles protect kayak hulls from scratches and scuffs
  • Easy, clamp-on installation to most crossbars
  • Cradle kits (INA451 - sold separately) allow you to carry up to 2 additional kayaks
    • An additional strap (IN-717 - sold separately) is required when carrying more than 2 kayaks


  • Application: square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
    • Also fits round bars with an adapter (INISF715 - sold separately)
    • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 3-1/2" wide x 1" tall
    • Long bolt kits (sold separately) let you mount carrier on crossbars up to 2" tall
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 27"
  • Carrying capacity: 2 kayaks
  • Weight capacity: 70 lbs per kayak
  • Strap length: 13'
  • Carrier weight: 13.2 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Inno 2-Kayak Carrier diagram

Inno 2-Kayak Carrier on roof

The Inno 2-kayak carrier transports 2 river kayaks or other light, compact kayaks on your vehicle's roof rack. The carrier holds kayaks on their sides to leave space on your roof for other gear, and the upright supports fold down when not in use. It includes 2 tie-down straps to secure your kayak to your crossbars. Soft padding on the arms and cradles protects your gear, and the carrier installs easily with clamp-on hardware.

Easy Loading

The kayak carrier is easy to load from the side or rear of your vehicle. Simply slide the first kayak onto your crossbars and rest it against the support arms. Adjust the kayak so that the cockpit is between the front and rear support arms. If your kayak has a rudder, place the rudder to the front of the vehicle. Slide the second kayak into the cradles furthest from the support arms. Soft padding on the upright arms and cradles protects the hulls from scratches and scuffs.

Tie-Down Straps Secure Kayaks

Inno 2-Kayak Carrier straps

Once your kayaks are loaded in the cradles you can secure them with the included tie-down straps. Pass the strap through the loop at the top of the support pole, wrap the strap around your kayaks, and pull it tight through the buckle. The strap buckles are covered by soft pads to protect your boats during transport. Bow/stern tie-downs (IN718 - sold separately) are recommended to anchor your kayaks to your vehicle. If the kayak you are carrying is longer than 13-3/4" long you will also need an additional strap (IN718 - sold separately) to tie it down.

You can carry up to 4 kayaks on your roof with additional cradle kits (INA451 - sold separately). An additional strap (IN717 - sold separately) is also required when carrying more than 2 kayaks.

Simple Installation

Inno 2-Kayak Carrier clampInno 2-Kayak Carrier clamp2

You can install the carrier quickly and easily on your rack without tools. To install the metal support poles, loosen the knob bolts and release them from the lower mounting brackets. Set the poles on the crossbars and slide the brackets under the bars. Reattach the bolts to the brackets, tighten the knobs, and close the levers.

Inno 2-Kayak Carrier cradle

The cradles mount to your crossbars with hand knobs and brackets. Set the cradles in position on top of the crossbars and hold the mounting brackets in place under the crossbars. Thread the knob bolts through the top of the cradles and into the mounting brackets below the bars. Tighten the bolts to secure the cradles in place.

Folding Arms

Inno 2-Kayak Carrier folding arms

The upright arms can be lowered when not in use. Loosen the knob at the arm base and push it in so that you can remove the J-bolt that locks the arm upright. Fold down the arm, reinsert the J-bolt into the lock hole, and tighten the knob to secure the arm in place. Remove the support pad when the arm is not in use. Folding down the arms improves overhead clearance for garage parking.

INA455 Inno Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Post Style - Clamp On - 2 Kayaks

Replaces INA450

Installation Details INA455 Installation instructions

Video of Inno Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Post Style - Folding - Clamp On - 2 Kayaks

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

Video Transcript for Inno J-Style Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs Review

Colin: Hey everyone, it's Colin here at etrailer, and today we're going to take some time to show you guys the Inno kayak carrier. And this is a J-style carrier that mounts to the roof rack of your vehicle and it's going to allow you to get up to two kayaks loaded so you can haul them to and from the water. What's kind of unique about this J-style carrier is that most of the time when you see a two kayak carrier you have a center mast and you have a kayak on each side. With this one, we have one of our kayaks leaned up against our masts right here, we've got some supporting pads underneath of it, and we have our second kayak with two support pads underneath, leaned up against our first kayak. And then we just get our straps run through and secured and that's one of the nice things about it that I personally like is that it's just one set of straps for both kayaks. With those other ones I talked about, you have one set of straps for each kayak, so it's a lot more to secure.Now I've been working with this carrier all day and one of the things that I really like about it is that we just have that one set of straps to work with.

Honestly, at first I was a little hesitant to have one kayak leaned up against another, but after just going through the procedure of securing it, I have a lot of confidence in the rack. I see no reason that it won't do great on the road. We even had some customers comment a year later saying that they've taken it about 50 miles an hour and they didn't feel uncomfortable at all while they we're traveling.Another thing is really nice about it is that it's not taking up all the space on top of our roof rack. So if we wanted to, we could get another accessory loaded up here, whether it's another kayak carrier, maybe even a bike rack.The carrier is going to come with everything you need to secure your kayaks. Like I said, we've got our two straps right here.

What's nice is that our metal cam buckles do have this nice foam pad underneath them, so if it we're to make contact with your kayak, you're not going to have to worry about it scratching it up at all. And then we're also going to have our bow and stern tie down securing the front and the back, making sure that our kayaks don't lift up at all while we're traveling.Now one thing you do want to keep in mind with the stern tie down, is that whether you have it tied off to your hitch or to an anchor like we have in use right now, you are going to lose the ability to open up your hatch unless you remove your tie down. You can see our hole straps have a loop at the top of each mast where they come through and go back over to the other side. And like I've been saying, these kayaks are very secure. I've got a lot of confidence in it.

And each upright mast is going to have a really nice soft pad that's going to help protect your inner kayak from getting any scratches or abrasions from the kayak carrier, just going to help to protect it.Now keep in mind that your weight capacity does not go up if you're carrying just one kayak. Now these four pads right here that support your kayak have a nice soft textured pattern so you're not going to have to worry about it harming or scratching the finish of your kayak. And that texture is also going to provide pretty good grip so it's not just a smooth surface where your kayak could slide back and forth. It's going to have a nice grip on it so that you can secure it with the straps and make sure that it's tight for the ride. Now in cases where maybe you want to leave your kayak carrier installed on your roof, you can fold these arms down to take away some of that height clearance of your vehicle.

We're just going to loosen up this knob first.Now as we're loosening this we are going to have to slide our pad up a little bit so this pin right here can come out, and then from there we can just scoot the pin down. We can fold it 90 degrees, bring the pin over, we reinsert right there, and then tighten up that knob to keep it secure. With the arms folded down now if we measure from the top for our crossbar to the top of our bar, it's only about five and one quarter of an inch, so we took away a lot of height for any low clearance situations like maybe parking in your garage. We want to keep this feature in mind. Now you can see how all those pads and our mast clamped down onto our roof rack. We just have these nice clamp systems. We have the Inno Aero bars right now on our vehicle, but this is also going to work for round bars, square bars, elliptical bars, and most factory roof racks. However, I do want to point out if you plan on using this for our round bar roof rack system, there is an adapter kit that you need to get that is sold separately here at etrailer.Now I do want to take a minute and just give you guys a quick comparison. This right here is the etrailer J- style kayak carrier. They're pretty similar. They have a similar aluminum construction to them so you're not going to have to worry too much about that rust and corrosion. They have nice padding where your kayak is going to be sitting, so you don't have to worry about it getting scratched or anything like that. One thing that's great about the etrailer carrier that our Inno doesn't necessarily do is that it does adjust for different hull sizes just like that, so it'll accommodate a wider variety of kayaks.However, with this one you can only carry one single kayak on it. If you wanted to carry two, you could go ahead and grab two of these. With our Inno, we can carry two like I said, but if you're still not sure about the Inno and you want to have one kayak carrier that can carry two, I would suggest maybe looking at the Thule Compass, that's one of my favorite racks because not only do you have the option to carry two kayaks, you can convert it to carry one kayak in either a J-style like this and have the arm fold back and forth, you could carry a kayak in a saddle-style position or you could even carry a couple of paddleboards if you are a little bit more adventurous and you have paddleboards to carry.Now that we've gone over some of those features, let's show you guys how to get this installed. Now we've got the back half installed right now, the front half is going to install the exact same way. So first we'll get these pads installed. Going to have to loosen up that bolt, get it off of the bracket, and then we'll set it onto our crossbar. And then we'll just thread it back onto the bracket right here, and then we can get it tightened up. We're just going to tighten it up until it's just underneath our crossbar. We want to leave it loose so that we can get our kayaks loaded and be able to adjust them freely. So I'll just push it back there with the other one. We'll come back to that when we load our kayaks.Now over here, we'll just get our brackets off of the tabs right here. We can flip up the clamps so we can get them off and loose. Do that on both sides, and then we can get it onto our crossbars. And we'll feed each bracket underneath our crossbar and get it back onto the other side just like this. Now the idea is to be able to get it tight up to where the clamps add extra security. You can see even right there, it's still loose. So I'm going to pull it back down and tighten up this nut on the bottom and we'll just check it again, see how much tighter it is. That'll probably work right there. And then we'll just do the other side. It should be good right there. Now because it's a rear loading kayak system, went ahead and scooted our vehicle up so we can get our kayak installed. What I'm going to do is just kind of shimmy it up and then just push it on up there. You can use those posts to lean it against.Now I'm just going to come up here from the other side and just help it along. I want to make sure it's pretty close to upright leaning against those supports. And what we'll do is take this first set of pads right here and just lift up on our kayak and slide it underneath. Now because of the size of our vehicle, I actually found it a little bit easier to come over to this side and kind of get more leverage underneath the kayaks. You can slide those pads underneath. Once you slide those pads underneath, go ahead and just tighten down.And now we'll just get our second one loaded up. This one we're just going to come from the side a little bit. That way I can utilize this step on my vehicle. You just kind of let it sit right here for a second while I gain some height. There we go, and I'll adjust it. Now if you've noticed I've had both of the holes of my kayaks facing towards those center masts. You want the cockpits right here to be facing away from the masts. And then we'll just lean this up against our other kayak. And then we'll do the same thing with these pads, slide them and get them underneath our kayak.And now we'll just run our straps through the loops on top. This side with our buckle right here we're just going to take a little bit of slack and then toss it over the top. Then we'll take the rest of our strap and we'll toss that over the top as well. And we'll do this for the other side as well. And we'll just run our strap underneath our crossbar, bring it up to our cam buckle and then cinch it down. And then just tie off your excess.Now for your bow and stern ropes, you can see right here all we did was we tied a loop on the end of the rope that they gave us, ran it through the handles of our kayaks, and then just found a spot underneath our hood, a nice part of the frame to wrap the rope around and then tie it off on itself. Something I would suggest, it would make this process a lot easier, is if you have some type of carabiner or a hook at home, you could just tie the hook or carabiner off onto this. Makes it much easier to find an attachment point than just tying it off on a part of your vehicle. Now let's go back there and do the stern.Now for the stern, I had to use a trunk anchor, because normally I would use the hitch receiver of a vehicle, but with the rope that they give us is not long enough to go through both the kayaks and reached down there, so I just got a trunk anchor. We sell these separately here at etrailer, it does not come with your Inno kayak carrier. Once you've got that mounted, just tied another loop into the end of the rope. Just going to pull up on it and then tie it off.And now with both of our kayaks fully secured, we're going to be ready to hit the road. Well, thank you all for watching and I hope this information helped you out. That'll do it for our look at the Inno kayak carrier.

Customer Reviews

Inno Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Post Style - Folding - Clamp On - 2 Kayaks - INA455

Average Customer Rating:  2.0 out of 5 stars   (1 Customer Reviews)

This post-style carrier lets you safely transport 2 kayaks on your roof rack. Padded upright arms support kayaks during transport, and they fold down when not in use. Space-saving carrier clamps to most crossbars without tools. Tie-downs included.

- INA455

We tried using this product for 2 average kayaks (each just under 50 lb). This is a nice system; however when loading two kayaks and using just two ropes and tie downs at each end, we found that both sets of pads had slid during transport (but never the ones with the pole). We also found we had a harder time getting the one kayak more towards the mid-line of the car. In the end, we kept this system (we stripped one of the screws on one of the pads likely from trying to over tighten it), and we use it for just one kayak and we bought another system, and we load a kayak from each side of the car. The pad does not slip with just one kayak. The system folds down nicely and the poles have an excellent tight fit. If I had a do-over, we should have kept the pole in the middle with pads on each side, each kayak with its own set of ropes and we may have had better success with this model.


Ask the Experts about this Inno Watersport Carriers

  • Does the Inno Kayak Rack # INA450 Come with Straps
    The Inno Kayak Rack # INA455 that you referenced comes with straps so you would not need to use additional ones at highway speeds. This carrier was designed for use on public roads so it would work just fine for you.
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  • Height of the Inno Kayak Rack INA450
    When folded up the posts of the Inno Rack part # INA450 measure 19-1/4 inches tall.
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  • Roof Top Carrier Options for Carrying a Paddleboard and a Kayak
    The roof top watersports carriers we offer do not have a configuration that allows for carrying a paddleboard and a kayak on the same rack so you'd want to look into using a kayak carrier like the part # INA455 and a paddleboard carrier like the part # TH810001 on your roof rack. These two together are a great option as the kayak carrier allows the kayak to be carried up on end which allows for more bar space for the board carrier.
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  • Cost Effective Option To Carry Two Kayaks On a 2013 Toyota Camry
    In order to haul two kayaks on a 2013 Toyota Camry you will need a roof rack and side carrier. The reason you must use a side carrier is because this is the only way that they will both fit. I recommend the Inno Square Crossbar System part # INB127, part # INSUT, and part # INK872 for the roof rack and the Inno Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs part # INA455 for the kayak carrier. I understand this may be more than you are looking to spend but this is one of the most cost effective options...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier for 2010 Ford Fusion
    For your 2010 Ford Fusion, I recommend starting with the Rhino-Rack ROC25 Roof Rack for Naked Roofs - Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum - Black # RR69YR which is a custom fit for your vehicle. Then I recommend using the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount # S512 along with the Expansion Arm for Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier # RRS512X giving you a secure fit for 2 kayaks on your small roof. An alternative option is the Inno Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style...
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