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Thule Hull-A-Port Aero Kayak Carrier for SquareBars - J-Style - Folding - 1 Kayak

Thule Hull-A-Port Aero Kayak Carrier for SquareBars - J-Style - Folding - 1 Kayak

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This folding kayak rack installs on your Thule SquareBars. It has built-in ramps for easy loading and unloading, and soft rubber pads for hull protection. Includes locks and tie-down straps. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Thule. Thule Hull-A-Port Aero Kayak Carrier for SquareBars - J-Style - Folding - 1 Kayak part number TH849000-97 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Thule Watersport Carriers - TH849000-97

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Thule
  • J-Style
  • Folding
  • Square Bars
  • Load Assist
  • Side Loading
  • Locks Included

This folding kayak rack installs on your Thule SquareBars. It has built-in ramps for easy loading and unloading, and soft rubber pads for hull protection. Includes locks and tie-down straps.


Features:

  • 2 J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on your vehicle's roof rack crossbars
    • Work with a composite or a plastic hull
  • Folding cradles carry your kayak on its side to free up space on roof for additional gear
    • Arms fold flat for overhead clearance when carrier is not in use
    • Front release handle secures arms when folded flat
  • Built-in ramps and wide cradle mouths make it easy to load your kayak from the side of your vehicle
  • Thick rubber saddles and padded arms help protect your hull from scratches and scuffs
  • 2 Tie-down straps with padded buckles secure your kayak to your roof rack
    • Integrated StrapCatches keep straps in place during transport
  • 2 Bow/stern anchor ropes with rubber-coated cam buckles secure your kayak to your vehicle
  • Mounts to SquareBars with included hardware
    • Also installs in T-slots on your Thule crossbars
  • Integrated locks secure rack to your vehicle
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: Thule SquareBars or crossbars with T-slots
  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Carrier weight: 13 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


849000 Thule Hull-A-Port Aero Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - 1 Kayak

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

Colin: Hey everyone, it's Colin here at etrailer. Today we're going to take a look at the Hull-A-Port aero kayak carrier from Thule. This carrier mounts to the roof rack of your vehicle. It allows you to get one kayak to and from your destination.Now an advantage to having these J style kayak carriers, is that when we get our kayak loaded and we get it all strapped down. We're actually going to have enough space on the other side to be able to get other accessories up there. Whether it be another kayak, maybe a bike rack or even a cargo box.The carrier mounts to the T slot of your roof rack.

You see with our wing bar right here, we have it into the slot. But it's also going to work great with Thule's load bar, if you have that. It's also going to work great with most non Thule aero bars, as long as they have the T track.It comes with all the straps and tiedowns that you need to get it secured on your roof. We do have two straps securing our kayak to the carrier itself. And it's also going to come with bow and stern tiedowns to prevent any type of lift from occurring.An advantage to mounting your carrier to the T channels of your rack, is going to be that you don't have to worry about interfering with the raised rail feed down here with the straps.

They might have to come under to secure the carrier. It's just on top. You could even bring it out as close to the edge as you want without worrying about that.The straps for the kayak use a cam buckle to cinch down and make sure it is secure on our kayak carrier. Then when you're done securing it, just pull your rubber grommet over. That's going to help prevent any type of scratches or abrasions occurring both on your kayak and your vehicle.

The back of each J hook is going to have a slot where the strap goes through and up and back over your kayak.Why don't we go ahead and remove our kayak, so we can take a closer look at the carrier. Right away with the carrier emptied, you're going to see that it does have a unique design. Rather than the standard older carriers, which have the tubes that just come up and make the J hook. It's going to have more of a square design. It's going to have a very hard and durable plastic construction to it.Now compared to the other standard carriers, which just have the foam wrapped around the tubing to help protect your kayak from any type of scratches or abrasions.

Those could wear down over time when exposed to harsh UV rays or even other harsh weather conditions. On the soft padding on the Hull-A-Port, we're going to get both protection and durability out of it. So it is going to last a long time.When the carrier is empty, we've added on about 17 inches to the top of our roof rack. Now we can cut down on that space by folding down the arms. There's a button right here we're going to pull down on that. You can bring the arms like so, til it locks into place. In this configuration, we've only added on about four and a quarter inches to the top of our roof. This is ideal for at the end of the day when you get your kayak unloaded. If you don't necessarily unload your carrier and you also don't like having that added height. You can fold it down and make it compact.Under the pad right here is actually where you access the tightening tools of your Hull-A-Port. Once we pull that up, we're going to have two clips on the inside down here. Once we bring it up, works kind of like a clamp. You see it's pretty loose right now. We just tighten it down as far as you need it to. When it's too tight, there's going to be too much tension to push it all the way down. So you want to loosen that up a bit. There we have a good amount of tension but we can still get it all the way down. When you're done, you just close it up then it's out of sight.And then if you want to make sure that no one can access those tightening bolts. We have the one key system here from Thule. With the included set of keys, we can insert it, lock it up to make sure no one can access that. It's also a really easy no drill installation. We'll show you how to get this installed and then we'll load our kayak up as well. All we're going to do on our wing bar is flip up the cap like so to access the T track. We'll get our carrier up here. Make sure we guide our T slots into the track. There's one and there's two.Now if you have other load bars from Thule, you may have to pull the rubber strips out and cut them to length when you get your carrier installed. Now we'll open up that bottom part, so we can access our clamps. We'll begin to tighten those down. Again you don't want too much tension on it because you want to be able to fold it down. Little too much tension, so we'll loosen it a little bit, much better. Just give it a shake, make sure it's steady and we'll close up that cap and then lock it up.Now we'll go ahead and open up our carrier to get it ready for our kayak. Now to make securing our kayak a little bit easier on ourselves, want to get our straps installed in those slots and then leave them to the side. So we don't have to go to the other side of our vehicle, try to climb on the roof to access these. This is especially if you have a height restriction or even just a taller vehicle. This could help out. So we're just going to pull it to where it's about even from both sides. We're going to set this over here on top of our roof. And then when we get the kayak loaded, we'll pull up and over top.Now real quick I do want to show you how to get the square bar adapter kit put together if you have a square bar set up. All we're going to do, we're going to grab this bracket piece right here. It's kind of got the little folding piece. Going to pop the cap off that side. Take our T bolt, slide it up in through right there. We'll flip it back over. See the T bolt right there. We're going to put the cap right back on. Make sure it snaps on both sides, it's in place. Then we're going to grab the cap right here. Slide it up and in. It should go straight through. If you find it getting stuck, that means you're putting it the wrong way. Just make sure it goes straight up and through there.Now we're going to grab our carrier. And from here it operates the same way as just the T track. Get the bolt up and through. Take the clamp and just thread it on. And now we can get it on our roof.Now we're going to make sure those caps are open, the little lids right there. Put them on one side. Let the bracket go over the square bar. Going to bring it up and clip it on. And before you do any tightening down, you do want to adjust it to be in line with the other carrier. Flip back open up our cap on the carrier and just tighten down our clamps.Now real quick let's take a look at how it connects to your square bar. When you get the adapter kit, you'll have to follow the instructions and put it together. It comes up and under our square bar and then uses the same clamp system that's in the top of our carrier. Once we tighten it down and get the tension right, then we clamp it down.When loading up your kayak, if you think you can do it by yourself, go right ahead. But it doesn't hurt to ask for an extra set of hands if you need it. If you have any height restrictions, it's also a good idea to grab that extra set of hands. But we'll just lean it up against the carrier, and then push it on up.Once the kayak's up there, it's going to be a lot easier to adjust. So don't worry about getting it in the right place right away. We left the strap on our kayak for storage purposes. So we didn't have to put it back on when we load our kayak. They're pretty easy to install. All you have to do is feed it through the loop that's on the front of your kayak. We'll just take that, bring it through and then it's just going to loop into itself. So we'll take this end, come through like that and then pull.Now we'll get our strap over our hole. You can walk it up and just glide it on like that or you can just toss it over. Now from here I'm going to grab the end of my strap that doesn't have the cam buckle. I'm going to pull that down and just keep pulling until my cam buckle is up on the kayak like that. With that longer side of the strap, we're going to come down and under the cross bar of our roof rack. You want to make sure you're on the inside of the feet of your roof rack. Don't want to come on the overhang at all. Pull that all the way through. And then we're going to take the end, find our cam buckle, and feed it through.And then we'll cinch it down. Then don't forget to put that rubber cover over the cam buckle. We'll take our excess strap. You can tie it up however you want. Personally, I'm going to bring it back under the cross bar. Then I'm going to tie it up on the other side.Now I do want to take a quick second to go over how to set up your bow and stern straps. First you're going to have this bracket in your kit. We got to set that up first. This side with that notch out of there, where that rope can fit in, we're going through there first. And we'll come back through that middle hole. Pull that and we'll go kind of weaving our way in and out like so. I'm going to flip it around. There's a slot right there. Going to feed it through and it's going to come out the front actually. From here, we need to get it all the way to the other side of the rope. So I'm just going to pull the rope all the way through. And I actually tied a knot on the end of it right there, to make sure it can't go any further than that. Then we'll just get it all the way through the bracket.So that's what it should look like. We're going to take our hook right here, feed it through the slot right there. Just let that go on. Then we can do the same with our carabiner. Now from here what we're going to do is bring it back through the slot on the back right here and pull. And we just lock it in with the teeth right there. Now let's get it on our boat.First thing we're going to do is get our carabiner attached to the rope that we installed on the front of our kayak. Now we need to take this front hook and get it installed on the front part of our vehicle. You want to make sure it's on a solid surface. So a front mount hitch or a tow hook will do the job. If you don't have any of those in reach or just don't have them, you can open up the hood. We'll actually just look in there for a spot. Make sure you get the frame of the vehicle. Once you find that spot, we're going to pull it up and out and shut the hood.Now that we have both sides attached, we're going to take the rope out of the T thread there. We're going to pull to tighten it down. Now from here, we're going to take the excess rope, get it off the teeth of the bracket. We're just going to pull to get it tighten down. No need to over tighten on the bow and stern straps. They're simply there to prevent lift. Then we'll get on that teeth. That way it's locked in place. We'll just tie off the excess.And then just repeat this process for your stern rope. Once your kayak is up in the rack and secure, you're ready to hit the road. Thank you all for watching. That's going to do it for our look at the Hull-A-Port aero kayak carrier from Thule.


Customer Reviews

Thule Hull-A-Port Aero Kayak Carrier for SquareBars - J-Style - Folding - 1 Kayak - TH849000-97

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (49 Customer Reviews)

This folding kayak rack installs on your Thule SquareBars. It has built-in ramps for easy loading and unloading, and soft rubber pads for hull protection. Includes locks and tie-down straps.

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This carrier is exactly what I needed. Quality appears to be excellent. Will try it out soon. 837243



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Great product. Super easy install. Quick shipping. Works great!!! 820734



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


My wife & I have always used Thule products & have always been satisfied. She loves these carriers, easy for her to load & unload the kayak. Gonna purchase another real soon. 386214



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


I purchased two sets of Thule Hull-A- Port Carrier with Tie-Downs (J-Style, fixed side - loading) last year. They have been installed on our Subaru Outback all of this summer. I like that they are easy to install, easy to use, well built, and that Outback fits under a standard garage door with them installed. Its a snap to pop the kayaks on and go! If you paddle longer boats (my kayaks are 14, 14.5 and 15 feet long) I recommend getting the Thule Bow/Stern Tie Downs (TH530) for convenient temporary bow & stern tie down points, without crawling under the vehicle to attach to the frame. 414037



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


These racks fit my 2012 Subaru Outback factory crossbars and securely carried two 12-foot kayaks on a long interstate road trip. I had struggled in the past with a different brand of J-style kayak carrier on these racks that didn't quite get as tight as you'd like and thus moved a little bit on the racks in strong crosswinds. Install is straightforward and involves good old fashioned knuckle-busting to turn screw-grips by hand to tighten them down enough, but they got the job done well for me. 401960



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


The Thule Hull-A-Port is a great quality j-style kayak carrier. I feel like my kayak sits very secure in the arms of this carrier. The carrier mounted easily around the Thule AreoBlade Crossbars on my 2015 Jeep Patriot. The padding on the back of the carrier slides up and down for you to position the padding at the best spot for your kayak. I was also happy to find that I could fully open my hatch with my 9-1/2 foot kayak in the carrier. I did find that the bow and stern straps wanted to make contact with my vehicle. I decided to put the Thule Quick Loops under the hood closer to my windshield instead of at the front of my vehicle. I also put a protective piece of cloth (I used a canvas bag) at the Quick Loop at the back of my vehicle to protect my hatch from the stern tie-down. 217489



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


I purchased the Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier a year ago and have used it to transport my kayak. It attaches easily to a the rail frame of most vehicles. I've found the product to be well designed to hold the kayak firmly and safely at highway speeds. I would recommend this product to anyone who has a cargo frame rail on their vehicle and needs to transport a kayak. 545412



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


Great kayak carriers! We use 2 sets on our 2012 Subaru Outback for 2, 10 ft kayaks. Super lightweight, easy to install. I like that it came with straps and step by step instructions. The kayaks definitely feel secure when they are on. We used these several times this last year and have never had an issues. If I had to pick out a couple of things to say on the downside, it's be that sometimes it does take some tweaking to get it on straight and you have to have a good eye to ensure they are aligned. But, it isn't hard at all, just took some practice, like anything else. The ropes that go from the front of the kayak to the front of the car are too short for my "long-nosed" Outback. Overall, awesome!! 350801



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


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- th834
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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


This product was perfect for what I needed. I used this carrier along with the Thule Glide and Set to carry two kayaks and enjoyed using this system way more. What I liked most was how easy it was to load and unload the kayak from the side of my jeep. It was also a bit easier to install too because there was only two pieces, where as the Glide and Set took a couple times to get it adjusted to fit the hull of the kayak correctly. I also liked the way the straps tied around the kayak. The only thing I wish this system would have came with is the ratcheting pulleys like with the Thule Glide and Set. 180342



- TH834
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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


Very happy with purchasing from etrailer. Missed out on Labor Day sale by a couple days. But when I asked they honored the sale price anyhow. J racks are great too! 564030



- TH834
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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


Arrived quickly and was very easy to assemble and attach to the roof of my Jeep. Now that I have the initial setup complete with the proper placement of the entire system, attaching and removing the kayaks will be a breeze. Will definitely make hauling our kayaks much easier and safer. 228435


Comments
what size yak?
-- comment by: Max - 02/26/2016

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I have Emotion Comets, they are approximately 8 feet 2 inches long, and about 2 feet 7 inches wide. They fit very well in the carriers, and have traveled many, many miles without any problems and without coming loose. Since these Yaks are not all that long I have not used a bow and stern tie down,,, again I have not experienced any looseness or movement of the two Yaks foregoing the extra bow and stern tie downs.
-- comment by: Bruce - 02/29/2016

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- TH834
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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


This fits 2018 Outback with no issues at all. Comes with all straps and extra for front and back tie down. First time putting them on took about 30min. Every time after about 10-15min. Have a 10 and 11ft kayak and they work perfectly. Etrailer was quick on responses, better priced, and shipped quickly. Will use them again. 516265



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This is a Christmas gift for my son, so I really can’t give a review. I can do this after he gets them put on his car which may not be until spring. 913640



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High Quality, Easy Install. Product was back ordered but still arrived in a timely manner. Very strong, durable and tough construction. I like the fold down feature. 897250



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


Worked great on my new Track rac... 880417



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


This thing is solid. Love the clean look of attaching it to the aero rail t-slots. Worth the price in my opinion. 876658



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


This was a very satisfactory affordable alternative to the higher priced racks with T slot. I did find that inserting the bolt for Thule Hull-a-Port carrier required that I pull the noise-reducing strip, cut it down, and reinstall it. The instructions that the strip could just be pushed down did not work for these bolts -- just too large. Overall pleased once I played with it a bit. 855242



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


Really high quality - can't wait to drop the yaks on 'em! 845514



- TH834
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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


While the quality & construction of the Thule Hull-a-port 834 kayak racks are excellent, I did have some issues with the method recommended for attaching them to my Thule Wingbar Evo bars. Although I was told the components were compatible, I was not told that an adapter kit was required which involved attaching each section with 36 small parts (bolts, nuts, washers, etc). Nothing rapid about this. The good news was, etrailer's customer service was excellent, and they arranged for me to return the kayak rack & purchase the Hull-a-port XT 848 instead. 735069



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


only gave a 3 star because i have not used wating for summer 592935



- TH834
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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


Bought the Thule AeroBlade and all the fittings recommended by etrailer earlier this summer. Everything fits perfect, was easy to install, and looks really great on the car. 565394



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


This carrier shipped on time to me and was new. All the parts were included for my vehicle with easy assembly. I have not mounted it yet or used it, but mounting it appears to be simple. 562191



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


I think the Thule Hulaport kayak racks are the best, most secure way to transport your kayaks. I had these on my Xterra and hauled two kayaks up to Cape Bretton park in Nova Scotia, Canada from Connecticut, USA no problem. We were even able to store gear in the kayaks for the trip. I’m so excited to have them for my Crosstrek. Highly recommend these! 520019



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Review from a similar Hull-A-Port in Watersport Carriers


I received these items along with another order in a large box which protected the items nicely. I am impressed how easy these go onto my Aero blades by Thule. They make caring my Kayaks much safer than the after market brand I had before. The straps that come with them are very sturdy and provide extra hold for my kayaks. I traveled on a highway at speeds reaching 70 and my kayaks didn't budge! Felt very solid. 505079


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