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Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Side Loading - Universal Mount

Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Side Loading - Universal Mount

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Paddle solo with a recreational or fishing kayak, a canoe, or SUP
  • Have a lighter kayak that you can easily lift up on the roof
  • Get out on the water often and need a rack that will last for years

No, if you:

  • Only get on the water occasionally and can’t justify dropping a bunch of money on a rack
  • Leave the rack on your roof while you’re out paddling and worry about it getting snatched
The DockGrip allows you to carry 1 kayak or SUP on your roof rack crossbars. Adjustable, padded saddles provide maximum stability and protection during transport. Load straps, bow/stern tie-downs, and universal mounting hardware included. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Thule. Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Side Loading - Universal Mount part number TH895 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Thule Watersport Carriers - TH895

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

The DockGrip allows you to carry 1 kayak or SUP on your roof rack crossbars. Adjustable, padded saddles provide maximum stability and protection during transport. Load straps, bow/stern tie-downs, and universal mounting hardware included.


  • Saddle-style carrier lets you carry 1 kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) on your roof rack crossbars
    • Great for sea, river, recreational, and most fishing kayaks
  • 4 Pivoting saddles provide maximum support and protection for your kayak or SUP
    • Adjustment lever allows saddles to conform to the shape of your kayak or SUP
    • Flexible rubber pads grip your kayak or SUP and protect it from scratches and abrasions
  • 2 Load straps with padded buckles secure kayak or SUP to your roof rack
  • 2 Ratcheting bow/stern tie-downs anchor kayak or SUP to your vehicle
  • Quick and easy installation on most crossbar styles
    • FlipFit mounting brackets secure to crossbars with integrated hand knobs
    • T-track hardware installs directly into the channels on top of your crossbars
  • UV-resistant, glass-reinforced nylon saddles and stainless steel hardware ensure durability


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak or 1 SUP
  • Weight capacity: 85 lbs
  • Maximum kayak or SUP width: 36"
  • Weight: 7.6 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

895 Thule Dock Grip Rooftop Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Carrier - Side Loading - Universal Mount

Customer Reviews

Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Side Loading - Universal Mount - TH895

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (11 Customer Reviews)

The DockGrip allows you to carry 1 kayak or SUP on your roof rack crossbars. Adjustable, padded saddles provide maximum stability and protection during transport. Load straps, bow/stern tie-downs, and universal mounting hardware included.

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The ordering process was easy. The delivery time and notifications of progress to delivery was excellent. The product was exactly what I wanted.

I am very happy with my Thule DockGrip kayak carrier. Since I can load the kayak by myself when loading from the back of my SUV. I just lift one end of the kayak up onto the back pads then go to the other end and push the kayak into place. This is very important since Im 72 yo and sometimes go kayaking alone while the old folks rest.
Ronald W - 07/30/2021

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Purchase Experience: Excellent, Melissa gave me a few options and discussed differences between them. Was friendly, courteous and professional. Found my customer information based on just my email address and took my new order easily. Shipped out quickly and arrived in a few days. Thule DockGrip carrier: Works fine with my Toyota 2016 RAV4 OEM crossbars. Did have to use the universal mount flipped with the arch UP to make it work. Included documentation was clear and easy to understand, came with mounts and straps to hold my kayak. I do need a front tow hook for my vehicle, didn't know this until after I got the mount, had to order that extra and wait a few more days to use it. Grip is adjustable for size and shape of kayak, which is nice. Mostly plastic construction, lightweight, hopefully durable. A little pricey for what you're getting, but hopefully the engineering is better than the cheaper alternatives. Overall I'm happy with my purchase and continued experience with etrailer.com, I've recommended it to others who have asked and will continue to do so.

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The Thule kayak rack was shipped quickly and arrived on schedule. The rack was as advertised and I'll continue to order from etrailer given the numerous positive interactions I've had with them.

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Bought them for my Thule rack, easy to install even with out directions (none were included) I liked that there is two options with these cradle style carrier.

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Awesome product

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Easy install for the dockgrip kayak. Definitely nice that they are plyable and will conform somewhat to kayak bottom. Customer service very helpful.

Awesome product still! Thank you
Kevin K - 06/28/2018

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Easy order process online..Great communication and status of delivery..product was as described and worked perfect.

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Super solid saddle option. Very adjustable. Fits my wife’s Pungo 120 hull like a glove.

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Ask the Experts about this Thule Watersport Carriers

  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for Two Kayaks with Combined Width of 46" on 47" Crossbars
    I do have a great option for you, however if the combined width of both your kayaks is 46 inches you won't be able to secure them using two of the Thule DockGrip Kayak Carriers # TH895 on your WingBar Load Bars. This is because there will need to be a small gap between the two carriers due to the cradle design which would push one of the cradle sets beyond the 47" length of your crossbars. For this application I instead recommend using a couple J-style carriers like the excellent etrailer.com...
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  • Comparing Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier to the Thule DockGrip Saddle Style Kayak and SUP Carrier
    For your Thule truck rack aero bars, the Thule DockGlide # TH896 is better if you want to slide your kayak from the back and utilizes felt pads to protect your boat and ease loading. I've attached a video to assist. The contrast is the Thule DockGrip # TH895 which has rear feet that grip. This is helpful for Stand Up Paddleboard use as well. I've attached that video for you to see the contrast. I recommend the Thule DockGlide for Kayak applications as the preferred easier product.
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  • Comparing Swagman Rincon to Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier
    The Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount # TH895 is a great option with a weigh capacity of 75 lbs and max kayak or SUP width of 36 inches. This carrier is also able to install in the T-track on top of the rack if desired for a very clean look and greater security. The Swagman Rincon Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier w/ Tie Downs - Saddle Style - Side Loading # S65141 are similar but different. The Swagman carrier...
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  • Could Thule Dock Grip # TH895 and HullaPort # TH834 Fit on 2019 Honda Civic
    Yes as long as you had a roof rack installed on your 2019 Honda Civic 4-Door with a decent amount of bar space like the 54 inch long Inno roof rack # INB137, # INSUT, and # INK684 you could have the Dock Grip # TH895 and the Hullaport # TH834 installed at same time pretty easily.
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  • What Shape of Crossbars Does the Thule DockGrip Kayak Carrier Fit
    The Thule DockGrip kayak carrier, part # TH895, fits on most factory crossbars as well as round, square, and aero bars. I've linked a demo video of the carrier on Thule AeroBlade bars for you. Let me know the year, make, and model of your vehicle, and what kind of crossbars you have, if any, and I'll confirm whether not the DockGrip will work for you.
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  • Roof Top Kayak Carrier Solution that Has Felt Pads on Rear Assemblies
    We don't have a solution for attaching felt to the Thule DockGrip part # TH895 that you mentioned but we do have similar carriers that have felt on the pads like the # RR571 from Rhino Rack that is designed to clamp around crossbars or the part # RR581 which is designed to fit into a crossbar's top channel if present. The rear pads of these carriers are felt to help make sliding the boats on easier and the front pads are rubber to help keep the kayaks in place. I attached a review video...
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  • Recommended Carrier for Kayak or Canoe On 2016 Ford F-250
    I recommend the Thule DockGrip # TH895. These saddles will work well with kayaks up to 80 lbs in weight. This carrier is for kayaks only. If you are looking to carry a canoe, I recommend the Keelover # Y04069 which will carry a canoe turned upside down. These mounts don't work for both canoe and kayak, but are boat specific. If you don't already have a roof rack for your 2016 Ford F-250 Crew Cab, I recommend the Rhino-Rack consisting of: Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum...
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  • Will the Thule DockGlide Fit on 2021 Audi Q3 Crossbars That Are 3" Wide by 1" Tall
    Yes. Both the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount # TH896 and Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount # TH895 will fit on factory crossbars that are 3" wide x 1" tall. This crossbar dimension is fairly similar to the aero style cross bars that these are designed to be compatible with, so you won't need to add a Thule roof rack to use them. I've linked some review videos...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a Thule Xsporter Ladder Rack
    I have a solution for you, but the # TH895 that you referenced won't fit the larger bars of the Xsporter ladder racks. Instead you would want the Hull-A-Port part # TH834 and the adapter # THXADAPT3 to allow it to fit the Xsporter bars.
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for Two 10 Foot Kayaks on 2018 Subaru Forester
    The Thule DockGrip # TH895 will work for one kayak on your Subaru Forester, but you won't have the room on your crossbars to put two kayaks side by side. The crossbars for your 2018 Subaru Forester are typically between 47 and 58 inches long so the kayaks side by side will not work unless using a carrier that holds the kayaks at an angle. I recommend the Rhino-Rack Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Side Loading # S512 and extension # RRS512X which will allow you to...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendations for a 2014 Honda CR-V
    The 2014 Honda CR-V had 3 possible roof configurations: nothing at all (called a naked roof), flush mount side rails that run front to back, and factory roof rack that includes crossbars that run side to side. Starting with the naked roof option I recommend Rhino-Rack Vortex roof rack using the following parts: Crossbars # RRVA137B-2 Foot pack # RRRLKVA Custom clamp kit # DK284 Then you could add kayak carrier # S512 but for 2 kayaks you'd need two of them. For the side rail...
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  • Can Thule Hullaport XT Fit to TracRac Ladder Rack Load Bars
    To install the hullaport to the larger crossbars you can use Xadapter part # THXADAPT11 which was designed for this this situation and you'd be set!
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for a 2020 Hobie Outback Mirage Kayak
    The Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs part # TH895 has a 75 lb weight capacity so if the 2020 Hobie Outback Mirage weighs 85 lbs it won't work. Instead, I recommend the Yakima BigCatch Kayak Carrier part # Y04091 which has a 150 lb weight capacity so it will be much better suited for sit on top kayaks. The Yakima BigCatch Kayak Carrier should work just fine on a Mopar Roof Rack.
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  • Locking Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier to Roof Rack Crossbars
    The Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier # TH895 won't work with the One-Key Lock Cylinders # TH450400 as there simply isn't a place for these to install. The cradles themselves aren't able to be locked to the crossbars unless you are mounting them to a T-track on the crossbars, in which case locking end caps on the crossbars would help protect them from theft. Another option would be to just use a cable lock like # e98891 to weave through the cradles and around the crossbars to secure...
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  • How To Transport 2 Kayaks And 1 SUP On Factory Crossbars Of 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport
    I have a solution for you, however, there is currently no carrier available that is able to safely carry 2 kayaks and 1 SUP. You will need to get 2 individual carriers. In order to mount 2 kayaks and 1 SUP on your 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport with factory crossbars, you will first need to check the weight limit of your roof by contacting the manufacturer or looking in the owner's manual. Also, measure your crossbars along with your kayaks and sup to determine if they will safely fit on your...
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  • Converting Thule DockGrip Kayak Carrier to DockGlide
    I spoke with my contact at Thule and she said that you can indeed just replace the rear cradles on your DockGrip Kayak Carrier # TH895 with the DockGlide Assemblies # 1500052829 from the DockGlide Kayak Carrier to essentially convert it to this model. The mounting hardware is the same between the two systems so you just need the cradles themselves. They are sold as a quantity of 1 so you will need to order 2 of the assemblies.
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  • Will the Thule DockGrip Fit the Channels of the Rhino-Rack Vortex System # RRVA180B-RRRLT600?
    Yes, the Thule DockGrip # TH895 will work with the channels of the Rhino-Rack Vortex Crossbar System # RRVA180B-RRRLT600. If you need recommendations for a compatible Retrax XR tonneau cover that works with the Rhino-Rack Vortex Crossbars, it depends on the bed length of your truck and if you have a RamBox on your 2021 RAM 1500. Retrax XR models are only available if your truck does not have the RamBox system. With that being said, I recommend the RetraxONE XR Tonneau Cover # RTT-60243...
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  • Will the Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs Fit Rounded Crossbars?
    The Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs # TH895 does fit rounded crossbars. However, I cannot guarantee they will fit the bars listed from a third-party site. If you want a definite fit, I recommend the Round 48" CrossBars for Yakima Roof Rack System # Y00408. In addition, you will need: 1. RidgeLine Towers for Yakima Crossbars # Y00145 2. RoundBar SL Adapter for Yakima BaseLine, SkyLine, TimberLine, and RidgeLine Towers # Y03536 3. RidgeClip Fit Kit for Yakima RidgeLine...
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  • Will Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier Fit 2017 Honda Pilot Factory Crossbars
    Yes, the Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier # TH895 will fit the factory crossbars of your 2017 Honda Pilot; I checked with Thule to confirm this. The DockGrip also has an 85 lb capacity which is enough to secure your 75 lb fishing kayak. The DockGrip comes with tie-downs as well, saving you from any extra expense. I have added a link to a video review of the DockGrip for you to take a look at.
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  • Recommended Roof Mount Kayak Carrier For 2015 Toyota RAV4 With Factory Roof Rack
    Trying to just attach a kayak to the crossbars on your RAV4 can be a bit unstable as you mentioned. I do have a solution for you. I recommend the Thule DockGrip, part # TH895. This system has 4 saddles that attach to the crossbars you have on your RAV4 roof. The system also comes with bow and stern tie-downs that help keep the kayak secure and keep it from sliding around. The carrier has a weight capacity of 85-lbs per kayak.
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  • Roof Mount Kayak Carrier for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek with Factory Roof Rack
    There are several kayak carriers that will fit the factory crossbars on your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. One option is the Thule DockGrip, # TH895. This carrier holds the kayak by the hull using 4 saddles. For a similar carrier that loads from the rear you can use the SweetRoll, # Y04074. The rear saddles on this carrier have rollers to make loading the kayak easier. The weight capacity of this carrier is 80 pounds. I have included links to video reviews of both carriers for you.
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  • Will The Thule DockGrip Kayak And SUP Carrier Fit My 2021 Kia Telluride With Factory Crossbars?
    I confirmed with Thule that the Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs # TH895, along with other Thule carriers, will have no problem clamping onto the factory roof rack on your 2021 Kia Telluride. Another nice setup is the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs # TH881 which is a more economical option that you might consider. The DockGrip is more adjustable and will be easier to use with various kayak sizes along with stand-up paddleboards since this...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier to Carry One Kayak on 2014 Nissan Juke Being Flat Towed
    First you'll need a roof rack on your 2014 Nissan Juke. For this I suggest the Yakima system that consists of: 50 inch CoreBars # Y00421 BaseLine Towers # Y00146 Fit Kits # Y06145 and # Y06138 Then to carry the kayak the Thule DockGrip # TH895. The DockGrip holds your kayak using saddles and also includes the bow and stern tie-downs you'll need. To make it easier to connect the tie-downs use the Thule Quick Loops # TH530.
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  • Should Cover of Paddleboard be Removed When Transporting on Roof Rack
    Yes, you'd need to remove all covers when transporting a kayak or SUP with the Thule DockGrip Kayak # TH895. The wind would whip the cover quite a bit while travelling which might damage the board.
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  • Is the Thule DockGrip Compatible with the Yakima OverHaul HD Ladder Rack
    I'm happy to inform you that the Thule DockGrip Kayak Carrier, part # TH895, will work with a Yakima OverHaul HD Ladder Rack. OverHaul HD Ladder Racks like part # Y01151-5855 have a T-slot for loading accessories. The DockGrip uses this T-slot, so they are perfectly compatible. If you let me know which truck you have, I can recommend which OverHaul HD will work for you. I've linked to a video review of the DockGrip below.
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  • Can Thule 895 DockGrip Kayak Rack Fit BMW OEM Crossbar Channels
    Yes the Thule DockGrip Kayak Carrier part # TH895 that you referenced will fit into the top channels of the BMW OEM crossbars that your vehicle has. I can't attach the pictures you sent in as they look to be copyrighted but if what you have is the same as those pictures then this would work great.
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  • How to Carry a Kayak on a Roof Basket
    The Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier # VX201-VX202 is a monster of a roof cargo basket at 73" x 41" and the added fork mounts for your bike and crossbars makes this a versatile cargo basket. The square crossbars allow you to attach a kayak or ski and snowboard carrier. I agree with you the aggressive style looks cool especially when you start throwing gear and a kayak up there. This basket will take up a good amount of space on your roof at 73" in overall length which...
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  • Kayak Saddle Recommendation For CE Smith Boat And Kayak Trailer Carrying 2021 Hobie Outback Kayak
    Yes, you can use kayak saddles with the CE Smith Multi Sport Plus Boat and Kayak Trailer # CE48870. I recommend the Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs # TH895. These saddles will conform to the shape of your 2021 Hobie Outback for a more secure and stable mount. The flexible rubber pads will protect your kayak from damage and hold it place. I would mount the saddles to the bunks as this will allow you to carry the kayak higher. I feel this is important with your...
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  • Kayak Carriers that Can Fit Top Channels of Thule TracRac Ladder Racks
    Actually both of the kayak carriers you mentioned the DockGrip part # TH895 and the Hull-A-Port # TH849000 would fit the Thule TracRac SR sliding ladder racks as they come with T-bolts that would allow the carrier to attach to the top channel of the TracRac load bars.
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  • Compatibility of Malone Megasport Large Bunk Kit with Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer
    The Bunk Kit for Malone MegaSport Trailer - 1 Kayak # MPG561 is not a fit for your Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer - 78" # Y08107. It may be able to be adapted to fit, but It would take some work and wouldn't be supported by the manufacturer. My recommendation is to use the Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Side Loading - Clamp On # RR570 or the Thule DockGrip # TH895.
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