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Malone FoldAway-5 Kayak, Canoe, and SUP Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On

Malone FoldAway-5 Kayak, Canoe, and SUP Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On

Item # MAL38FR
Our Price: $161.95
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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Have a lot of watercraft to carry, but not a lot of money
  • Kayak just as often as you paddleboard and want one rack that can hold either
  • Usually paddle out with a friend and need to transport both boats/boards on your roof

No, if you:

  • Struggle with tightening bolts and wingnuts around your crossbars and want something a little quicker and easier to use
  • Have a hard time loading gear in the center of your roof and would better off with two mounts on either edge for two boats
This versatile watersport carrier lets you transport 1 or 2 kayaks, 1 canoe or fishing kayak, or 2 SUPs on your roof rack. A perfect solution for those who paddle alone or with a friend! Includes load straps, tie-downs, and mounting hardware. Great Prices for the best watersport carriers from Malone. Malone FoldAway-5 Kayak, Canoe, and SUP Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On part number MAL38FR can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Malone Watersport Carriers - MAL38FR

  • Canoe
  • Kayak
  • Paddle Board
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Oval Bars
  • J-Style
  • Malone
  • Side Loading
  • No Load Assist

This versatile watersport carrier lets you transport 1 or 2 kayaks, 1 canoe or fishing kayak, or 2 SUPs on your roof rack. A perfect solution for those who paddle alone or with a friend! Includes load straps, tie-downs, and mounting hardware.


  • Folding, J-style carrier lets you transport various watercraft on your roof rack
  • Adjustable cradles with padded arms and base stabilize your boat during transport
    • Transport 1 kayak utilizing the J-style cradle with the arm in the upright position
    • Haul 2 kayaks utilizing both cradles with the arm in the upright position
    • Carry 1 fishing kayak by placing the foam blocks between the cradles and folding the arm down
    • Haul 1 or 2 SUPs by placing the foam blocks between the cradles and folding the arm down
    • Transport 1 canoe with the arm folded down and the cradles spread across your crossbars
  • Tie-down straps and bow/stern tie-downs secure your watercraft to your roof rack and to your vehicle
    • Anchor kit (sold separately) creates temporary mounting points for bow/stern tie-downs
  • Quick and easy clamp on installation on most crossbars - no tools required
  • Powder coated steel is rust resistant


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Weight capacity:
    • Single boat: 150 lbs
    • 2 kayaks: 75 lbs each
  • Dimensions:
    • Folded: 19-1/2" long x 8-1/2" wide x 3-1/2" tall
    • Deployed: 19-1/2" long x 8-1/2" wide x 14" tall
  • Strap length (each): 11'
  • Carrier weight: 14.5 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Malone Crossbar Specs

Versatile Watercraft Carrier with Folding Arms

Malone J5 Cradle single kayakMalone J5 double kayak

The Malone FoldAway-5 is a great option for paddlers who use a variety of watercraft, and anyone that likes to bring a friend along. With different configurations to fit your needs, this roof carrier can be adjusted to securely transport 1 or 2 kayaks, 1 canoe or fishing kayak, or 2 SUPs or surfboards. When the arms are in the upright position, you can fit 1 or 2 kayaks side by side.

Malone J5 Ocean KayakMalone J5 Canoe

If you fold the carrier's arms down, you can carry 1 sit-on-top, fishing kayak or a canoe. When carrying a canoe, adjust the carrier so the 2 cradle components are spread across your roof rack. This will let you set your canoe's gunwales on the carrier and transport it hull-side up.

Malone J5 SUPMalone J5 not in use

While the carrier is in the folded down position, you can add the included foam blocks into the space between each carrier. This provides additional padding to protect your SUPs and surfboards when loading and during transport.

If you park your vehicle in a garage and don't want to remove the carrier, put the cradles in the folded down position and remove the foam blocks. If you have a taller vehicle, you may still have to remove the carrier to park in the garage.

Load Straps and Bow/Stern Tie-Downs

Malone J5 Carrier in use

The carrier includes 2 cam-buckle straps and integrated strap holders to secure your kayak to the rack. The strap holders attach to the top of the carrier to keep the straps in place while loading your kayaks. A set of bow/stern tie-downs are also included to secure the kayak to the front and back of your vehicle.

Anchor Kit (sold separately)

Malone Anchor KitMalone Anchor Kit

If your vehicle doesn't have any tie-down points, you can get an anchor kit (sold separately) which will let you create anchor points in the creases of your vehicle's hood and hatch.

Tool-Free, Clamp-On Installation

Malone cradle folded down

The carrier clamps to most crossbars without the need for tools. Simply set the rack on your crossbars, slide the mounting brackets over the bolts, and secure them with the T-knobs.

MPG125 Malone FoldAway-5 Kayak, SUP, Stand Up Paddleboard, Surfboard, and Canoe Carrier with Tie Downs - J-Style - Folding - Side Loading

Installation Details MAL38FR Installation instructions

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Malone FoldAway-5 Kayak, Canoe, and SUP Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On - MAL38FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (66 Customer Reviews)

This versatile watersport carrier lets you transport 1 or 2 kayaks, 1 canoe or fishing kayak, or 2 SUPs on your roof rack. A perfect solution for those who paddle alone or with a friend! Includes load straps, tie-downs, and mounting hardware.


Very good quality materials for the price point. No tool
Assembly and installation is a bonus. I’ve used them for two weeks now, hailing in both two kayak and single kayak configurations. The lever that you pull
Up/down on is going to break. Period. If you have the rotating level too tight you can’t switch it up or down and if you have it too loose, it will come unscrewed and then you have a hard time longing up that no internal thread to get it back on. Also, it’s a pain to have to move the entire system to reconfigure needs. Would be nice if it had a slide and lock back in option once on the cross bars. Pulling off 16 wing nuts isn’t ideal. The video was great, appreciated that. Do wish they had shown how to tie down when using two kayaks because once you have one on the system when you place the second on the opposite side, you no longer have access to that center rack. Shipping speed was excellent. The quality of the cam straps is impressive. I have a hand injury and so getting the bolts secured was difficult. The fact that they come with two different lengths to accommodate different rack heights was really nice. Make sure you have your cross bars 24” apart as the instructions say.

In this video you can see two kayaks up on a Prius and it gives you a good idea how to attach everything:
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 07/20/2022


This carrier has worked out really well! I paired it with the SportRack Semi-Custom Roof Rack for Naked Roofs - Square Crossbars, and the carrier attached to it perfectly. I drive a 2014 Honda Civic and this carrier has been able to transport two kayaks with no problems. Highly recommend, especially considering the price.


This product is perfect for carrying one or two kayaks. It's pretty easy to load and secure as well. I also bought the Malone tire step up which is fantastic when securing my kayaks.


The rack is easy to install and use. My husband likes the multiple options for how to mount his kayak. And he intends to get a second kayak, so that's why we wanted a rack that can hold two. Some of the reviews suggested that the hardware could break, so I cautioned my husband not to over-tighten anything, and we've had no trouble with that.

After a year, we are still using the kayak rack and still happy with it.
Kimberly - 10/05/2022


The carrier itself is a decent design, but the foam padding is already coming off/shredding. I use this in the large kayak/canoe configuration for my SOT. Nylon fabric covers on the padding would help prevent this. I’m also seeing rusting on the screws and plates that go under the roof rails.


Have used on 4 outings. Worked, would have appreciated the option of a round clamp method. My lumber rack has round cross bars and am always re tightening the clamps. Otherwise two Hoo Doo kayaks fit well in the rack.


The rack works great and was exactly what I was expecting. Fast shipping from Etrailer and great service as always.


Love these, had them on my car for a few weeks now and it works great for my paddle boards. I haven't used it for my kayaks yet but I'm sure it will be no problem. Super easy to install and fit snuggly on my outback.


Installed easily and works well.


I ordered this Malone MAL38FR multirack kayak carrier to connect to the Rhino-Rack ROC25 roof-rack on my 2019 Ford F150 supercrew.I will be heading out on a long camping trip and will be carrying two kayaks. I’ll post a follow up review post trip. So far after mounting it seems really secure. The kit had one wingnut missing the nut but etrailer is sending me a couple wingnuts to have one as a spare.


I've had these kayak racks on my 2017 dodge journey for 1 year now and they work great. They're super easy to adjust and stable. When I'm not using the rack I just lay them flat. They don't whistle at all when driving at high speeds. The furthest trip I've done with two kayaks was about 10 hours and the racks had no issue, and a good portion of the trip had a lot of sharp turns.
I would recommend these to anyone looking for a 2 kayak system.


I really like the Malone Foldaway Kayak and Canoe carrier. It looks to be a real good product and can’t wait to try it this weekend. Super fast shipping was a plus !


Easy to set up. Very sturdy materials and hardware to secure to crossbars. Very fast delivery, too.


This rack is super easy to install. It's very convenient that they fold flat when not in use, but the teeth in the locking mechanism can pinch you if you're not extra careful. I wish the clip for the strap was a little more sturdy - the strap can slide out of the clamp and get twisted behind the kayak. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase.


Malone racks showed up quickly and undamaged. Haven’t mounted them yet but appear to be well made

Had these racks for a year now and theyve been great
Michael E - 12/12/2021


Great quality, amazing shipment tracking system! 100% recommend!


Love the rack!!


Works great and easy install


Perfect fit, easy to use, holds boats very securely.


Solid, well made and flexible carrying options. This works great for both kayak styles I use them to carry.


Great price, delivery was quick


Easy to install, secure, and doing it’s job to carry our two kayaks.


Don't know it didn't show up before I went on Vacation so I didn't get to try it out.

The free shipping option can not guarantee a certain delivery date. In the future, I would choose an express shipping option if you are on a time crunch.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/06/2021


Perfect for the kayaks and canoe.
Linda - 03/21/2022


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