Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks

Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks

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  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Thule
  • J-Style
  • Post-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Side Loading
  • Clamp On - Standard
  • No Load Assist
  • Locks Not Included
This J-style carrier lets you transport 1 kayak on your roof while taking up just half of your usable crossbar space. Adjusts to post-style stacker to carry 2 kayaks, or folds flat for overhead clearance. Tie-down straps included. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Thule. Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks part number TH848 can be ordered online at or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.

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Thule Watersport Carriers - TH848

This J-style carrier lets you transport 1 kayak on your roof while taking up just half of your usable crossbar space. Adjusts to post-style stacker to carry 2 kayaks, or folds flat for overhead clearance. Tie-down straps included.


  • 2 Folding, multi-position cradles let you transport 1 or 2 kayaks on your vehicle's roof rack crossbars
    • Transports kayaks on their sides to free up space on crossbars for additional gear
    • Works with composite and plastic hulls
  • Upright arms adjust with cam levers to 3 different configurations - angled, vertical, and flat
    • Angled (J-style) position lets you carry 1 kayak
    • Vertical (post-style) position lets you carry 2 kayaks
    • Flat position provides overhead clearance when carrier is not in use
  • Wide cradle mouths make it easy for 1 person to load and unload a kayak
  • Built-in ramps make it easy to load your boat from the side of your vehicle
  • Adjustable padding lets you customize cradle contact points with your kayak
  • 2 Tie-down straps with padded buckles secure kayak to carrier
  • 2 Bow/stern tie-downs secure kayak to vehicle
  • Easy, tool-free installation with universal mounting hardware
  • Thule One-Key System lock cylinders (sold separately) let you lock rack to vehicle
  • AllSurface coating on steel tubing and hardware resists rust
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Carrying capacity: 2 kayaks
  • Maximum hull width: 36"
  • Weight capacity: 130 lbs
  • Maximum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/8" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty

848 Thule Hull-A-Port J-Style and Post-Style Roof Mounted Kayak Carrier

Replaces Thule TH835PRO

TH848 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details TH848 Installation instructions

Video of Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks

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

Video Transcript for Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier Review

Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Thule Hull-a-Port XT Kayak Carrier with tie downs. Part number TH848. The Thule Hull-a-Port XT is a versatile kayak carrier where it enables you to carry not just one kayak on the roof, but with a slight adjustment, you can put another on the other side. And we'll show you how to do that later.In the one kayak configuration, you can see that there's plenty of space to store other accessories on your roof rack system. And even when we have a second one put in place, you would still have enough space for at least one. And a lot of this is because of how the kayaks are set on the roof racks themselves where they're set on their sides to save the most space.Both the bow and stern tie downs as well as the hull tie downs are included with the kit.

And the buckles for this tie downs do have this protection on the outside of it here and that's to help protect the hull once you install it. It also has adjustable pads along the backside here to accommodate different kayaks as well. And it also has these ramps here at the front, which is gonna make loading and unloading a lot easier.On the bottom here you can see the padding a little bit easier and that's where the kayak's gonna rest, again so it doesn't scratch up its hull once it's being installed. And this will work well with composite and plastic hulls. It also has an integrated tightening tool on the side here to tighten it down and when you're finished using it it does have a plastic knock out, which can be replaced with the Thule Lock Core that's sold separately to secure it to your vehicle, but also make it possible keyed alike with your roof rack system as well.The kayak carrier has three positions.

We have the angle position right now for one kayak, or pulling out the handle you can put it up vertical and this would be for two kayaks. And then, finally, we have the folded down position for when it's not in use. The steal portions of the bars have a coating on it to keep them corrosion resistant and the carrier itself has a max capacity of 75 pounds. Right now we have it attached to arrow bars, but this will also work with square, round, elliptical, and most factory roof racks as well.Measurements for this rack is gonna be five and a half inches tall with it folded down, 19 inches long, and eight and a half inches wide. With it folded up in the vertical position, it can be as tall as 20 inches.

When comparing this with other kayak carriers, one that comes up is gonna be the Malone Downloader, part number MPG114MD. The biggest difference between these two is the fact with the Thule Hull-a-Port XT that it is designed to work and carry two kayak carriers, one on each side, while the Malone is only designed for one. With the Hull-a-Port XT, it does have a lockable point here, while with the Malone, it does not.Now that we've gone over some of the features of the Hull-a-Port, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We already have our first one installed on our front bars and we'll simply put this on the rear bars. Before we place it onto the roof, we're gonna open up the handle like so so we can remove our integrated tightening tool, like so.

You wanna go to the two screws on either side and just make sure they're open all the way by turning the tightening tool to the left. That looks good. And now we're ready to install this.When installing this on arrow bars, you wanna just be careful that you go with the back hooks first and push the front hooks over like so. That's how they install. You wanna make sure this is even with our front mount here. And we'll go to our tightening down point or screw. Then just turn it to the right to tighten it up. Get it nice and snug. And we'll do this for the rear as well.With that done, we can now reinstall our tightening tool. Now we'll open it up to take our first kayak. Just pop it open like so. And since we're only putting one on for now, we're gonna have it at the angled portion. And you just close it up. Next, let's take our strap and we'll place them up at the top here. See it has this buckle part here. Put our strap through there. We'll actually put it off to the side for the time being until we get our kayak in place. And we'll do this for the rear as well.Now we can install our kayak, utilizing the ramps to help us push this up into position. Once you get it to the ramps, you push up and it fits into place like so. Now we'll bring our straps up over our kayak like so. We'll do this with the rear as well. Make sure that our straps are up out of the way here and then we'll wrap it underneath our roof rack system. We'll pull back the rubber protector here around our clamp like so, thread our strap through, then pull it nice and tight. The rubber protector's gonna help protect the hull of our kayak. Then we'll take our access and tie it off and repeat this for our front strap.Final step before we're ready to hit the road is gonna be attaching our bow and stern tie downs. We'll first take our black loop and we'll put it through our handle here and we'll create a loop ourselves like so. Now, on the other end, we'll attach our carabiner. Now we'll take our tie down bracket, making sure that the end where this is opened is gonna be on the opposite side here.We'll thread our first line through and at the other end here we're actually gonna make a knotted loop like so. Make sure it's nice and tight so it can't get through and then we'll continue threading through our tie down bracket. Go in through the other side here. This is when we install our hook through the eyelet. Then take our free end and we wrap that through the top here and just get it loosely started for now. We'll take the open end here, but that on our carabiner as well, like so. Then we'll take our hook and we'll attach it to our hitch.So we'll attach it to our hitch here. Then we'll tighten down bow and stern tie down til it's nice and tight. Then coming up to our front here, we'll pull the rope down so we know it's gonna stay like so. Then we just simply tie off the excess as we did in the front.For our front tie down, we didn't have a particular place where we could put the hook underneath the vehicle, so what we ended up using was the Thule Quick Loops, part number TH530, which shut underneath the front hood. You can utilize this for other applications as well.Now we can show you how to load up two kayaks. We'll first unfold it and put it in its vertical position. And then we'll grab our straps. Putting them off to the side. And we'll repeat this for the other side. And with our second strap you just reverse that and again put it off to the side. Also, I would like to remind you that these straps are separate and you need to purchase them separately on have our second kayak installed first and, as you can see, it installs slightly differently where it wraps around the top as well as the bottom side of our carrier here. Once that's done, you just install the second kayak as you did before.Now you can see we have both kayaks installed and, as I said earlier, we still have plenty of space on the other side here to install other accessories. And there you have it for the Thule Hull-a-Port XT Kayak Carrier with tie downs, part number TH848.

Customer Reviews

Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks - TH848

Average Customer Rating:  4.0 out of 5 stars   (4 Customer Reviews)

This J-style carrier lets you transport 1 kayak on your roof while taking up just half of your usable crossbar space. Adjusts to post-style stacker to carry 2 kayaks, or folds flat for overhead clearance. Tie-down straps included.

- TH848

Another fabulous experience with! The product arrived on time and despite the box being beat up, the racks were in excellent condition. Thanks to the videos demonstrating how to install and use the racks, my husband had them on the car in about 10 minutes. I love that I can fold them over when I'm not transporting my kayak. Now all I need is the great weather to come back so I can play! 654441

- TH848

PRO: These are easy to install on the car racks. We can put 4 on the car in about 20 minutes. CON: It is very difficult to keep straps in the top strap holders when putting the kayaks on the car. The strap often falls down making it hard to get the kayak tied down properly. Unfortunately, rust is dripping out from the hinge area despite taking them off after the summer and storing them in the garage. We are worried it will stain the car. 647615


It is a great idea to garage these water carriers when not in use. I did reach out to Thule and the did say that occasionally rusting issues to occur, even with the AllSurface coating they use. It can be something within the powder coating, or a mix of the meal material within the tubing itself.

-- Rachael H - 05/30/2019


- TH848

Great customer service kayak rack easy to install and looks great 559167

- TH848

Excellent product and excellent and professional service from Lisa D and the team at 542568


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  • Can Thule Hull a Port Pro Fit Thule Aeroblade Crossbars
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