Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs

Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs

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  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Thule
  • Saddle-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Side Loading
  • Clamp On - Standard
  • No Load Assist
  • Non-Locking
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Thule Watersport Carriers - TH881

A great alternative to full feature kayak saddles, this complete carrier includes everything needed to transport a kayak safely and securely


  • Custom-designed saddle conforms to multiple hull shapes
  • Mounting brackets clamp easily to existing load bars or roof racks
  • Integrated rubber pads offer maximum kayak protection
  • Large contact surface area virtually eliminates hot spots
  • Complete carrier for one boat
    • Includes 4 saddles, mounting hardware, heavy-duty straps and bow and stern tie-downs


  • Requires at least 24" bar spread for proper mounting
  • Fits Thule square, Rapid Aero and AeroBlade load bars; Yakima bars; and most factory installed luggage racks
    • For Thule Xsporter load bars, the Xadapt3 (THXADAPT3 - sold separately) is required for installation

881 Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs

TH881 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details TH881 Installation instructions

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

Video Transcript for Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier Review

Today we'll be taking a look at the Thule Top Deck rooftop kayak carrier system with tie-downs, part number TH881. The Thule Top Deck fits many different style cross bars from the Thule square bar, the rapid arrow, the arrow blade, round bars, as well as many factory bars. The kit comes with four large saddles and the hardware required to mount them. You get two cam buckle tie-down straps and two 1/4 inch ropes, one for the bow and one for the stern. Keep in mind the Thule Top Deck requires at least a 24 inch crossbar spread. We'll go ahead and install two of our saddles on one side of the vehicle and we'll go ahead and tighten them down. We'll then install the other two saddles on the other side and we'll leave them loose for now so we can correctly fit it to our kayak. Once you have your kayak situated and the second set of saddles adjusted, you'll need to go ahead and tighten those down as well.

Now we'll take our two cam buckle straps and we'll secure the kayak to the cross bars. Now we'll go ahead and install our bow and stern lines and secure them to a sturdy location on our vehicle. That will do it for our review of the Thule Top Deck rooftop kayak carrier system with tie-downs, part number TH881. .

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Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs - TH881

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (4 Customer Reviews)

A great alternative to full feature kayak saddles, this complete carrier includes everything needed to transport a kayak safely and securely

- TH881

I was having difficulty carrying my kayak any distance as it wouldn't stay in place. I haven't had this issue with the Thule Kayak Carrier System. My kayak stays secure when I travel with it now. 410892

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This kayak carrier works great with my factory Rav4 roof rack and 10' Tamarack Angler kayak. I did break one tightener knob but probably over-tightened it. And it was replaced for free. I can load and unload the kayak easily and it doesn't budge going down the freeway. I can even drive in and out of the garage with the kayak on the rack for easy storage hanging from the rafters. 245504

- TH881

Installed this Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with tie onto our Thule Roof rack system. Easy to install and this will carry our handmade 17' Wooden Sea Kayak. Very well made. 223487

- TH881

Order arrived the very next day, and I didn't pay for overnight. Doesn't get much better than that! Parts were packaged well and exactly what I needed. Will definitely continue to do business with you guys. Thanks! 119720


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  • Kayak Roof Attachments Compatible With Erickson Truck Bed Ladder Rack # EM07705
  • I reached out to Erickson and the ladder rack # EM07705 has crossbars that are 3-1/4 wide by 1-1/2 inches tall. That will make some Kayak carrier options unable to work and other still functional. The Rhino Rack Nautic Roof # RR571, the Thule Top Deck # TH881, and the Yakima EvenKeel # Y04052 will not be compatible. However, Swagman says their Rincon # S65141 will work even if you need to purchase longer screws at a local hardware shop.
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  • Recommendation on How to Carry a SUP Board on a 2017 Nissan Rogue
  • I have a solution for you. However, the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier, # TH881, has only been tested with carrying kayaks, and not SUP boards. Therefore, I cannot recommend using this carrier with a SUP. I recommend the Rhino-Rack SUP and Surfboard Pads w/ Tie-Downs, # RRRWP03 at 21-1/2 inches long or # RRRWP05 at 33-1/2 inches long. The pads come in two different lengths depending on the width of your board. The Thule carrier can be loosened to move the out of the way....
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  • Fit of Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier on 2015 Subaru Outback With Factory Roof Rack
  • According to my Thule representative, their Hullavator sadly isn't compatible with the factory crossbars on your Outback, because they don't extend out past the side of the vehicle. The crossbars need to stick out several inches or the carrier will contact the side of the vehicle when its lowered. My next thought was that maybe aftermarket crossbars could be added, but I found that the unique side roof rails of your vehicle won't allow longer crossbars to be added. Your best bet...
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  • Kayak Carrier for a 2016 Subaru Outback and Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak
  • For a kayak carrier that is a direct fit to the factory crossbars on your 2016 Subaru Outback I recommend the Yakima Even Keel, # Y04052. The four saddles and tie down straps will easily secure your kayak. I looked up the Hobie Mirage Outback and it weighs 81 to 99 pounds depending on how it is equipped. This carrier will support that weight range. I have included a link to a video review of this carrier for you. Since kayaks have to be tied down at the bow and stern as well I often...
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  • Kayak Carriers for a 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Roof Rack
  • The 100 pound capacity on the 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon most likely refers to the system as a whole. In all probability they took the lowest rated component in the system, either the roof, the side rails, or the crossbars, and went by that rating for the whole system. You may be able to find the capacity of each separate component in the owners manual or by contacting a dealership. But even if you were to add different crossbars like the Thule SquareBars, # TH712100, Thule still states...
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  • Kayak Rack Recommendations for a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • We have a couple of options for carrying kayaks on the roof of your 2011 Subaru Outback. If you will be carrying one kayak on your Subaru Outback then Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, # TH881, is a good choice. If you will need to carry 2 kayaks, the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, # Y04041, is the carrier most often selected by our Outback customers and the Thule The Stacker - Rooftop Multi-Kayak Carrier, # TH830, is another great choice. The total...
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  • Fit of Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier on 2014 Subaru Outback with OEM Roof Rack
  • According to Thule, their Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier is indeed a fit for the crossbars on your 2014 Outback. The mounts will fit crossbar profiles that are up to 3 inches wide and 1-1/4 inches thick. The Top Deck carrier includes the saddles, mounting hardware, straps and bow/ stern die-downs. I also recommend the Thule Quick Loops, part # TH530. The Quick Loops will close in the hood and rear hatch openings, and provide a good attachment point so the metal hooks for the tie-downs...
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  • Can a Kayak Carrier be Used on TracRac Ladder Rack Crossbars
  • The TracRac ladder rack crossbars are too large for kayak carriers but I have a solution for you. You can use the Thule Surf Pads # TH803 to protect the hull of the kayak. These pads will fit the old Thule Xsporter bars which are similar in shape and size to the TracRac bars. You would then just need bow and stern tie downs to secure the kayak to the TracRac bars, # TH855XT.
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  • Recommended Kayak Rack For 2014 Jeep Wrangler 2 Door
  • If your 2014 Jeep is a soft top, I recommend the Thule Evo Feet # TH710401 that clamp onto your roll bars and the # TH711420 Aero Crossbars. If your wrangler is a hard top, I recommend the Thule Rapid feet that connect to the rain gutters # TH300R along with the Aero Crossbars # TH711520. I recommend using the locks # TH450400 to secure the roof rack and then the Thule Top Deck # TH881 or the Thule Hull-A-Port # TH834 for a side loading J-style mount.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier for a 2014 Jeep Wrangler
  • In order to carry a kayak on your 2014 Jeep Wrangler you will need a roof rack and kayak carrier. For a roof rack, I recommend the Thule SquareBar System which is composed of part # TH712500 and part # TH300R because it is cost effective and high quality. For a kayak carrier, I recommend the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs part # TH881. This system features saddle style cradles which will give you the best clearance and least wind resistance. The saddles are...
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  • Thule Kayak Carrier Recommendation Similar to Thule HydroGlide that Fits Aero Bars
  • I wish there was an adapter that allowed a Hydroglide 884 kayak carrier to fit on aero shaped bars, but there's not so the best solution would be the Thule part # TH881 which does fit aero bars and would be a great option.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack And 2 Kayak Carrier For 2016 Toyota 4Runner
  • For your 2016 Toyota 4 Runner, I recommend the Thule Crossroad Roof Rack with the 58 inch long bars and locks # TH45058. For your Kayak Carrier, to avoid the J-style, I recommend the the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System # Y04041. For a bottom riding option, I recommend the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs, # TH881. The only issue you may run into with this style is the width of your kayaks.
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  • Kayak Carrying Recommendations for 2009 Honda Civic Sedan
  • As you mentioned, you'd first need to install a roof rack. For the Thule WingBar Evo rack you need the following parts: WingBar crossbars # TH711400 in silver or # TH711420 in black Evo Clamp Feet, # TH710501 Fit Kit, part # TH145190 For a carrier, it sounds like you were wanting something pretty basic, is that correct? Thule offers a basic saddle type carrier, the Top Deck, part # TH881. The carrier includes bow and stern tie downs that would work excellently with the Thule Quick...
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  • Using the Thule XSporter Ladder Rack on a 2017 Toyota Tacoma to Carry a Kayak and Bikes
  • When installing the Thule XSporter Pro, part # TH500XTB-THXK4B on your 2017 Toyota Tacoma with a BedRug, like the complete kit for bare/spray in liners, part # BRY13DCK, you may need to measure and cut away the top of the bedrug to allow the clamps to attach to your bedrails, depending on the fit. The posts of the XSporter should move easily enough as they sit inside the bed about 1 inch. If you opt for the floor only version, part # BMY05DCS instead, you'll avoid having to modify the...
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  • Ladder Rack for 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with Long Cross Bars to Carry 2 Kayaks
  • The ladder rack we carry for your 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with the 6-1/2 foot bed that has the longest cross bars is the Erickson # EM07706. The cross bars are 78 inches long. However, they're also over 1-3/4 inches in diameter so if you're going to be adding kayak carriers you may have trouble finding one to fit those bars. Another option is the Thule Xsporter # TH500XT which has cross bars that are 72 inches wide. Then add the Top Deck # TH881 for the kayaks. You'll need...
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  • Will Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier fit Rhino Rack Aero Crossbars
  • Yes, the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs # TH881 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for the Rhino Rack Aero style crossbars that you mentioned.
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Rhino Rack Aero 2500 Bars on a 2011 Toyota Corolla
  • For a similar kayak carrier that is confirmed to fit your Rhino Rack Aero 2500 crossbars check out the Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier part # RR571. Your cross bars are 3-1/2 inches wide whereas the Thule Top Deck Kayak Carrier # TH881 can only accommodate up to 3 inch wide crossbars so it would not work for you. I spoke to my contact at Rhino Rack and he informed me that the # RR571 does not necessarily have a weight capacity. You would be limited to the capacity of the crossbars...
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  • Glide On Style of Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2006 Nissan Xterra with Factory Crossbars
  • I checked with Thule and for your 2006 Nissan Xterra with factory crossbars they list their Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style Carrier part # TH896 as a confirmed fit. This is a glide-on style of kayak carrier that would fit and work well for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well.
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  • Can a Canoe and Kayak be Carried at the Same Time on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Thule does have fit information for the 2015 Subaru Outback. Depending on how much space is available on the factory crossbars and the capacity of the factory roof rack you might be able to get both a kayak and canoe on the roof. The kayak can be carried on its side using The Stacker, # TH830. This will allow for the most amount of space for the canoe. And then for the canoe I recommend the Portage # TH819. Since you haven't purchased the vehicle yet you can compare the overall width...
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  • Is the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier Compatible with Rola Sport Series Cross Bars
  • I went and pulled a Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System # TH881 as well as a set of Rola Sport bars to see if the two were compatible and found that they are. You could install the Rola Sport Series Roof Rack # 59833 on your Mazda 3 as long as its 2010 or a 2011 and then you could use a Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System # TH881 on those rails. Check out the video I attached that shows that these two products are compatible. I also attached installation instructions...
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  • Ladder and Bed Rack to Carry Kayaks on a 2016 Ford F-150
  • Ladder rack bars are often much larger than roof rack bars which is the case with the Thule Xsporter Pro ladder rack # TH500XTB or # TH500XT for your 2016 Ford F-150. I do have a kayak carrier option that will work but the Malone carrier # MPG107MD will not fit. Instead you can use the Thule Top Deck # TH881 and to get it to fit the Xsporter bars you will also need adapter # THXADAPT3.
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  • Replacement Carriage Bolts For Thule Top Deck Kayak Carrier To Fit Xsporter Ladder Rack Crossbars
  • The carriage bolts that are included with the Thule Top Deck Kayak Carrier, part # TH881 are M6 x 50 mm. Depending on the length you need we do offer longer carriage bolts from Thule. For a carriage bolt that is just a little over 1/2 inch longer than the bolts you have you can order part # 915-066-554. This is an M6 x 65 mm bolt. If you need it even longer than that we also offer a carriage bolt that is M6 x 75 mm, part # TH915-0675-11, which would be nearly an inch longer than...
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  • Will the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier on a 2017 Honda CRV with Honda Crossbars
  • The Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs, # TH881, is compatible with most factory installed roof racks. The carrier uses a U-bolt style clamp to mount to your crossbars. The Thule carrier does require at least 24 inches of crossbar spread to allow for proper mounting. To measure you crossbar spread measure from the center of the front bar to the center of the rear bar. If your bars meet the minimum spread requirement, then the Thule carrier will work well...
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  • Will Two 9-Foot Kayaks Fit in Thule Kayak Carriers on SportRack Roof Rack on a 2012 Toyota Corolla
  • The SportRack semi-custom roof rack # SR1002 will fit your 2012 Toyota Corolla and can be used to carry kayaks. But as far as your Thule kayak carriers go it depends on which carriers you have. If they only fit square bars then they will not fit the SportRack bars because of the differences in size between the bars. But if you have any of the following carriers, they will fit: The Stacker, # TH830 Hull-A-Port Pro, # TH834 Top Deck, # TH881 Slipstream, # TH887XT Roll Model, # TH884 Be...
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  • Boat Saddles Recommendation for 2006 Nissan Xterra With Factory Crossbars
  • The Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars, # Y04052, will fit on your semi-elliptical factory crossbars. I confirmed this fit with Yakima. Yakima also lists the SweetRoll Kayak Carrier # Y04074 as a fit for your Xterra's factory crossbars. Thule does have some watersport saddles that will work also, like the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs, # TH881. The Thule parts will all attach to the factory semi-elliptical crossbars.
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  • Kayak Carrier for 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport
  • If your 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport has a factory roof rack then all you'll need to carry a kayak is the Thule Top Deck # TH881. This will carry one kayak and is confirmed to fit the Rodeo's factory rack. If you need to carry more than one kayak use the Thule Stacker # TH830.
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  • Can the Thule Outrigger II Be Installed In Both the Front and Rear Crossbars
  • Yes you can install a second Thule Outrigger II part # TH847 on the rear crossbar so you can have help loading your friend's kayak. The Thule Outrigger II can be installed on either the front or rear crossbar so this will not be an issue at all. If you also need a set of saddles to secure the other kayak on the roof then I recommend the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System part # TH881.
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  • Recommended Roof Kayak Carrier For Square Crossbars
  • You will need a kayak carrier that will fit square bars, since that's what you have on your SportRack Roof Rack # SR1002. The Thule Top Deck # TH881 is a great single kayak carrier. It secures the kayak on it's haul with rubber padded saddles to protect it. The Top Deck also comes with all the necessary straps and tie-downs you'll need. If you need to carry multiple kayaks the Thule Stacker # TH830 is the way to go. It will hold up to 4 kayaks on your roof rack. It will require...
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  • Canoe Carrier for a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with Thule Xsporter Crossbars on a Ladder Rack
  • None of the actual canoe carriers are going to offer enough height to lift the canoe up above the truck roof so I suggest a different approach. You can use the Thule Goalpost, # TH997, if your 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 has a 2 inch trailer hitch. The height adjustable support bar will offer a third bar so you can mount the canoe a little further back and not have it interfere with the truck. If you do need a hitch, I have included a link to the hitch main page for your truck. Canoes do...
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  • Fitting a Thule Square Kayak Carrier to a 2010 Honda CR-V with Factory Crossbars
  • All of the current Thule Saddle-style kayak carriers like the Thule TopDeck, part # TH881 include wide brackets that are designed to fit most factory crossbars without any special adapters. The limit on these models are crossbars equal to or smaller than 3-1/2 inches wide by 1-1/2 inches tall. If you have an older model, reply to this with a picture of it and I can better recommend a solution for you.
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