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Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Universal Mount

Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Universal Mount

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This 2-piece, saddle-style carrier holds 1 kayak hull side down on your roof rack crossbars. Space-saving, rubber-padded saddles are easy to load, and the universal mounting hardware attaches to most crossbars. Includes tie-downs and bow/stern ropes. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Swagman. Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Universal Mount part number S65145 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Swagman Watersport Carriers - S65145

  • Kayak
  • Canoe
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Saddle-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Swagman
  • Clamp On
  • Rear Loading
  • No Load Assist

This 2-piece, saddle-style carrier holds 1 kayak hull side down on your roof rack crossbars. Space-saving, rubber-padded saddles are easy to load, and the universal mounting hardware attaches to most crossbars. Includes tie-downs and bow/stern ropes.


Features:

  • 2 Saddle-style cradles hold 1 kayak or canoe hull side down on your roof-rack crossbars
    • Mount this space-saving carrier near the end of your crossbars, opening up more space on your rack for other gear
  • Soft, co-molded polyvinyl saddles protect your hull from abrasions and scratches
  • 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
  • Glass-reinforced, thermoplastic saddle bodies are lightweight yet durable


Specs:

  • Application: round, square, aero/elliptical and most factory crossbars
    • Maximum crossbar width: 2-1/2"
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak or canoe
  • Weight capacity: 100 lbs
  • Tie-down strap length: 10'
  • Bow/stern rope length: 10'
  • Limited lifetime warranty


65145 Swagman Exo Aero Saddle-Style Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Roof Mount






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Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Universal Mount - S65145

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (26 Customer Reviews)

This 2-piece, saddle-style carrier holds 1 kayak hull side down on your roof rack crossbars. Space-saving, rubber-padded saddles are easy to load, and the universal mounting hardware attaches to most crossbars. Includes tie-downs and bow/stern ropes.

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I have (2) Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 kayaks and was looking for something better that the cheap J-Shape kayak holders that I purchased elsewhere. Unless you are tall enough to lift the kayaks and install them from the side, the loading of a kayak on it's side is unwieldy and somewhat frustrating to keep the kayak from flipping to a horizontal position. I am using the factory racks with crossbars on my 2006 Toyota Highlander. I was looking for a solution that would allow me to load 2 kayaks with the keel down. Using a large bath mat to protect the paint I was able to load the kayak by myself and I am 5'6". The one thing that they could improve is that the rubber pads on the wings are very tacky. Once that you set the kayak onto the wings, the kayak will not move back and forth. You will find it very hard to move the kayak front to back once it is set in the cradle. This is a good thing since the kayak could slide off should a strap fail. The Pungo 120 has multiple angles so the contact with the wings are very minimal. The rubber does keep it in place before strapping them down. Once you load the kayak onto the wings, it will stay where it is.. it is a kind of a struggle to move the kayak.. a solution is to throw large beach towel on the wings before loading your kayak and you can position the kayak with ease. Once you have centered your kayak, lift the kayak one end at a time and remove the towel. Bow and stern tie downs are necessary to completely secure your kayak. The wings are 28" across and will rise 6" above your crossbars that you attache them to.



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Bought two sets for two boats. Installed on a 2020 Forester and will be able to carry two boats side by side. Sturdy racks and easy to assemble and install and will be easy to remove when not in use. They will also fit on truck racks so the ease of install/removal will be a real plus. Side by side mount on this vehicle required placing the racks a little more outboard than I like but should not cause any problems. I will strap the boats to the crossbars as suggested in the instructions for additional stability. PS. one set was returned merch. Got a better price and can't tell that it was ever out of the box. Yay me.



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I paired the Swagman Exo rooftop kayak carrier with the Darby truck extender and it worked great at solving my problem of clearing my trucks light bar that is mounted on top of the bed sports bar. Got the new kayak strapped down and ready for its maiden voyage this weekend!



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I was definitely nervous the first time using the Swagman Exo Aero, but I needed a carrier that could handle my new Discovery Solo Canoe. It was easy to load and unload while using my trusty stepladder, and performed well even on the highway with speeds up to 70mph. I travelled about 65 miles on the longest trip so far. The boat didn't shift or slide at all, I believe the anti-slip wings helped (it was also properly tied down).



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The Swagmag Kayak Carrier were a Perfect fit for our custom Kayak carrier.



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Use these to carry our kayak on top of our F450 while pulling a fifth wheel trailer. We have had no issues. The boat is securely fastened with a minimal amount of effort. Finding the proper location, front to back, eliminates any air sound from the kayak.


Comments
Holds our 10 ft. kayak well as we travel across the country pulling our 5th wheel trailer. Easy to slide the kayak into the mounts.
Brad T - 07/01/2020


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Holds our 15' long sea kayaks securely, so no issues with the actual functionality. Installing and removing is pretty easy. I have generic 80/20 extruded aluminum cross braces on an old Land Cruiser. Sturdy. After a year, they still look new. Getting the straps connected is a bit of a hassle, but the biggest problem is loading. There are sticky light-gray rubber pads to hold the kayak securely, which prevent you from sliding the boat in to position when loading/unloading. On top of our tall SUV, it makes loading the boats very difficult. We tried placing temporary towels on the wings but it's always windy and blowing them off during loading/unloading. For a smaller and lighter boat, on a shorter car/SUV or trailer, probably much easier. Still using them and they seem to be good value. Works OK and they're minimal looking and not too noisy (without the boats on). With the boats on and straps in place, it howls like a pack of wolves. I wouldn't want to go far like this, just due to the noise.



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Very simple to install. Nice durable quality. Impressed by design. Fit my new kayak great.



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Works well and is well made. No a quick on and off the roof. Screws provided to attach rack to rails were way too long and all had to be cut. They have a unique head which made it impossible to just get shorter screws. Does not fold flat so garage door opening has to be pretty tall.



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These kayak carriers fit the bill for what i was looking for.Tried the J style carriers,but loading required a step ladder and picking up the kayak over my head was haphazard for me.With these,i slide the kayak up the back of the vehicle to the carrier.The price of these were substantially less the Malone's "wings" as well. E-trailer offered a competitive price and the shipping was prompt. Good job etrailer....Thanks...



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Great service always a pleasure shopping with etrailer. The kayak saddles were listed for use with car and SUV roof racks I mounted them on the cross bars on a Triton canoe/ kayak trailer the worked great easy to install with supplied hardware.



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Product as described. I am preparing for a trip from Michigan to Florida. I set up the Exo Aero saddle style carrier on my roof rack to test out the system . Everything fit well and my fishing kayak seemed very secure in the carrier. I am confident the kayak will be secure for my future trip.



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Very happy with this product. Works with all my kayaks. Very happy with customer service. I will order from etrailer.


Comments
Still loving the carrier.
Robert - 01/24/2019



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The item is as discribed and well constructed. It is easly assembled and installed to roof rack. It makes loading and hauling the kayak easy.



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Like the way my kayaks sets and rides on them. Easy to strap down kayak and move brackets around on the racks for defought kayaks. I have all type of kayaks from fishing, touring, crossovers and creek boats. They work great for all of them. Great price compared to other brands. Will be order more, just was not sure how I would like them. I replace the tie down straps with once form e trailer, they was nothing wrong with them, I just liked the etrailer straps better. Thanks etrailer



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Great product , etrailer video made install so simple. Delivery of purchase come very quick.



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Although it's good quality for the money and job to hold kayaks, you need to have a sea/ww kayak for best results, I should have bought something for a canal kayak. Still it's good quality. Would recommend buying it even though I needed something different.



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This product is great to carry my 12ft pedal kayak 80lib. Very strong and affordable priced. It is an excellent purchase



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Build like a tank, easy to mount, does the job well. Thanks, e-trailer



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Shipped promptly with clear instructions and easy assembly. Should work well. I look forward to an improvement over the foam pads I've been using. I will no longer worry about my surf ski sliding sideways when loading and unloading.



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Excellent service and fast delivery! The product I order was exactly what was described, and works perfectly! Thank you Very Much!



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Carrier broke on second trip to coast.



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Great product, easy to install. Great customer service.



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Fits my kayaks perfectly and are well b uilt.



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this worked better than the Yakima answer at a fair price.


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  • Will Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System # S65145 Fit Factory Crossbars on 2007 GMC Acadia
    The Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, # S65145, was designed to fit crossbars up to 2-1/2 inches wide so as long as the factory crossbars on your 2007 GMC Acadia aren't wider than 2-1/2 inches you are good to go. I have included a short video for you.
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  • Could Two of the Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier Fit on Roof Rack
    The Swagman EXO part # S65145 can be installed on the ends of the crossbars. Because of that you should have no problem using two of these on the roof of your vehicle to fit your two kayaks.
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  • Will Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System Fit 1-1/2 Inch Square Crossbars
    The universal mount included with the Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, part # S65145 will work great with your square crossbars. I called my contact at Swagman and they verified the fit will be no problem with your 1-1/2 inch square crossbars. This system comes with tie-downs to secure the kayak to the roof rack and also includes bow and stern tie-downs with vinyl-coated S-hooks to secure the kayak to your vehicle.
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  • Is There Max Width the Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier can Accomodate
    I spoke to my contact at Swagman and she said that the Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs # S65145 doesn't have a defined max width kayak that it can fit, but as long as you have a standard style of kayak where the bottom of it matches the contour of the rack and the 10 feet straps can reach around it you would be fine. If you do have something pretty big you would want to make sure that you aren't exceeding the weight capacity of the roof of your vehicle.
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    I believe you're asking if the legs of the carrier are adjustable, is that correct? If so, the legs are unfortunately not adjustable. I'll link you to our selection of kayak carriers. You can look at the filters in the left hand column to narrow your search down according to the shape of the crossbars on your vehicle, your preferred brand, how many kayaks you're wanting to carry the preferred style of carrier, etc.
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  • How Wide is the Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier # S65145
    I spoke with my contact at Swagman and she informed me that the Swagman Exo Aero # S65145 measures 28 in total width and sits 5-1/2 inches tall from above the mounting hardware.
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  • Will Swagman Exo Aero Kayak Carrier Work with 30 Inch Wide Kayak on 2014 Dodge Durango
    The Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System # S65145 referenced in your question is compatible with factory crossbars that are up to 2-1/2 inches wide. You will just want to measure the width of the crossbars on your Dodge Durango to ensure that this carrier will fit. I did reach out to my contact at Swagman and was able to confirm that this system can accommodate a 30 inch wide kayak like yours without issue. This unit will include 2 of the saddle-style cradles so you will only...
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  • Can Swagman Watersport Carriers # S65145 Install on Roof Rack that Has Flush Bars
    The Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier # S65145 that you referenced can install on a flush bar type of roof rack like yours where there isn't crossbar that sticks through the feet of the rack. On our video we installed them on the outside of the feet to make filming easier as it's easier to see everything that way. I attached a picture that shows this rack installed on a rack similar to yours for you to check out as well.
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  • Does Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier Fit Rhino Rack Roof Rack
    Yes, the Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs # S65145 that you referenced is compatible with Rhino Rack crossbars like the part # DS106B that you referenced.
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    The Swagman Exo Aero # S65145 carrier is designed to hold 1 kayak or 1 canoe hull-side down, and is designed to fit most crossbars up to 2-1/2 inches wide. The minimum crossbar spread to accommodate this system is 24 inches. If the crossbars on your 2012 Subaru Outback are fit those two dimensions this rack should work well for you.
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    I have a solution for you, but I can't recommend you use the Yakima KeelOver part # Y04069 backwards. Instead you'd want to use Swagman Exo Aero # S65145 which installs on the bars and then allows you to carry the canoe right side up and would prevent the width issues you mentioned. I attached a picture of it used to carry a kayak but it would work with a canoe in the same way.
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