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Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount

Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount

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The DockGlide lets you carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Felt-lined rear saddles allow easily loading from the rear of vehicle. Padded front saddles provide maximum stability and protection. Tie-downs and mounting hardware included. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Thule. Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount part number TH896 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Thule Watersport Carriers

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

The DockGlide lets you carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Felt-lined rear saddles allow easily loading from the rear of vehicle. Padded front saddles provide maximum stability and protection. Tie-downs and mounting hardware included.


  • Saddle-style carrier lets you carry 1 kayak hull side down on your roof rack crossbars
    • Great for sea, river, recreational, and most fishing kayaks
  • 4 Pivoting saddles provide maximum support for your kayak
    • Adjustment lever allows saddles to conform to the shape of your hull
  • Rear saddles allow kayak to be loaded from the rear of vehicle
    • Felt lining helps kayak slide into position and protects hull from scratches while loading
  • Front saddles have flexible rubber pads that grip your kayak and protect it from scratches and abrasions
  • 2 Load straps with padded buckles secure kayak to your roof rack
  • 2 Ratcheting bow/stern tie-downs anchor kayak 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
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Maximum kayak width: 36"
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

896 Thule Dock Glide Rooftop Horizontal Kayak Carrier - Rear Loading - Universal Mount

Replaces TH875XT, TH878XT, TH883, and TH896

Item # TH896

Customer Reviews

Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount - TH896

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (12 Customer Reviews)

The DockGlide lets you carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Felt-lined rear saddles allow easily loading from the rear of vehicle. Padded front saddles provide maximum stability and protection. Tie-downs and mounting hardware included.

- TH896

The Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier and the Tie-Downs that came with it are a very functional High Quality Product. Once the DockGlide Carrier was properly positioned on the Cross bars it attached easily and solidly with the associated hardware. The Kayak slides on and off the Carrier very easily and is quite secure once properly tied down. I enjoy Kayaking and the DockGlide Kayak Carrier enables me to get where I want to go.

- TH896

Have not used or installed yet. Easy to order, very descriptive with excellent supportive photos and videos. This company is well run. The shipping is quick and the communication is excellent. I will update once we actually install and use the DockGlide Kayak Carrier

- TH896

No matter how we tie down the kayaks they shift on the saddles have to stop and rescue them.very frustrating

- TH896

I had a problem with fitting the rack to my factory cross bars and Laurie was able to help me by giving me the number to Thule. Thule was also very helpful with giving me instructions on fitting the bottom bracket by turning it around to accomodate wide and narrow cross bars. They both saved the day. During this Covid-19 crisis it makes most things very challenging. I appreciate the guidance and the professionalism.

- TH896

I Just got it and put it together and now just wait for better weather to use it!

- TH896

I have not installed the product yet, however it is exactly as described. The entire contact with etrailer.com was super easy and delivery very fast.

- TH896

Completely satisfied with my purchase. Price,customer service, and shipping were all excellent. I would recommend etailer without hesitation.

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Works great!!

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Works great

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Work great!!

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Ask the Experts about this Thule Watersport Carriers

  • Recommended Saddle Style Kayak Carrier for Adarac Aluminum Series Ladder Rack
    The Malone SaddleUp Pro Kayak Carrier part # MPG1001 or Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier part # RR581 are what I recommend for a Adarac Aluminum Series Custom Truck Bed Ladder Rack like part # A4001219. The Malone SaddleUp and Rhino-Rack Nautic both have channel mounts which will match the channels on the Adarac Aluminum Series Custom Truck Bed Ladder Rack. The Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs part # TH896 dosn't have channels so would not mount to the Adarac...
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  • Can Thule DockGlide Fit into Top Channel of TracRac Ladder Rack
    The Thule DockGlide # TH896 does come with T-bolt hardware that can fit into the top channels of TracRac ladder racks like the # TH27000XTB. This would make for an easy and very secure way to mount the rack onto the ladder rack bars.
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  • Do the Thule DockGlide and DockGrip Kayak/SUP Carriers Fit Directly in Top Slot on Aero Bars
    The DockGlide # TH896 and DockGrip # TH895 do come with hardware to fit the top channel in Thule Aero bars.
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  • What Size T-Slot Works with the T-Bolt Mounting Feature of the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier
    The T-bolts that come with the Thule DockGlide kayak carrier # TH896 are designed to fit a channel that has a top opening of 7/16 inches and bottom width of 7/8 inches. If the slots in your roof rack crossbars match then you can use the T-bolt mounting feature of the DockGlide. There are no carriers that will clamp around bars that are 4 inches wide.
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  • Rear Loading Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2017 Honda Pilot Factory Crossbars
    Yes, we have the Thule DockGlide part # TH896 which is a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars of your 2017 Honda Pilot. This rack allows you to load the kayaks from the rear of the vehicle like you said you were interested in too. Check out the review video I attached for more info on this as well.
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  • Recommendation for a 2 Kayak Roof Mount Carrier for a 2011 Cadillac SRX
    In order to carry 2 kayaks on the roof of your 2011 Cadillac SRX, you will probably need to use a carrier that holds the kayaks upright on the side rather than flat on the bottom. This is because there may not be enough space on the roof to have both kayaks and the carriers side by side. I recommend going with something like the Thule Stacker Kayak Carrier System, # TH830. This carrier is designed to hold 2 kayaks on edge and will fold flat when not in use. It is designed to fit round,...
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  • Can 2 Kayaks be carried Side by Side on the Roof of a 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette w/Factory Roof Rack
    The first thing you are going to want to do is check to see if two kayaks will fit side by side on the factory roof rack of your 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette. On many vehicles 2 kayaks will just not fit side by side with the available space. If you determine the factory roof rack will offer enough space for 2 kayaks side by side you could use 2 sets of the Thule DockGlide system, # TH896. The cradle style carrier will minimize the amount of space used on the factory roof rack. You...
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  • How can a PortaBote be Locked to a Roof Rack
    You could use something as simple as the Soft Tie extension with combination lock # LS901 to secure the PortaBote to the roof rack of the vehicle. The strap has a steel cable that runs through the inside so it couldn't just be cut off. There is also a longer version, # LS301. And another option is the traditional cable lock such as # e98891.
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  • Will Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Fit Kargo Master Congo Cage on 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    At 2 inches those crossbars will be just a little too large for the Thule DockGlide # TH896 to fit with the hardware that is included. You would also need the longer bolts, # THXADAPT3, which are 80mm or 3-1/8 inches long. Using the longer hardware will allow you to use the DockGlide without having to use different crossbars on the Congo Cage.
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  • Can Thule DockGlide and Compass Fit Together on Roof of 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The Thule DockGlide part # TH896 is a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars of your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon and could easily fit with the Thule Compass # TH890000 as long as the width of your kayaks would allow the two to fit. The max kayak width the DockGlide can fit is 36 inches so you might use that as a guide to determine how much room you'd have with a kayak loaded in the Compass.
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carriers for a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with Panoramic Roof
    The Rhino Rack # RR92SR is a fit for your 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with panoramic roof. And kayak carrier # TH896 will fit the roof rack. You could get two of the kayak carriers on the rack but a lot depends on the width of the kayaks. However, I am confident that you would not have issues getting two kayaks on the roof using the Rhino Rack and kayak carriers. The roof rack has a capacity of 165 pounds. Please consult Hyundai for the roof capacity of the vehicle. It is likely...
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  • What Type Of Roof Rack System Will Haul A Folded 12 Foot Porta-Bote On A 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback
    If your 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback has the factory roof rack with the crossbars that run from side to side you can use the Thule DockGlide Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, part # TH896. This system will accommodate a kayak or boat that is up to 34 inches wide and weighs 75 lbs or less. Another choice is the Thule Hull-A-Port J-Style Rooftop Kayak Carrier, part # TH834. This would hold your boat in an upright position and when it is not being used the J-style racks would fold-down and lay...
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier For 2014 Ford Edge SEL With Factory Roof Rack
    The kayak carrier I recommend for your 2014 Edge is the Thule DockGlide Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, part # TH896. Per Thule, this system will work with your crossbars on the roof of your Edge. This is a hull-mounted carrier makes loading and unloading much easier. This carrier has a weight capacity of 75-lbs.
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  • Can I Install a Thule DockGlide to My 2015 Toyota highlander with a Factory Roof Rack?
    I confirmed with Thule that the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount # TH896 will fit on your factory crossbars on your 2015 Toyota Highlander.
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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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  • How to Carry a Kayak on the Roof of a 2004 Ford Mustang
    The best option to carry a kayak on your 2004 Ford Mustang is to use a foam block set up, # RL100K10. That way you will not have to install a roof rack. The only issue with this type of system is that the straps have to run through the interior of the vehicle. This can limit head room and sometimes the straps can act like a wick and let water into the vehicle. Otherwise it is an inexpensive option.
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  • Tips on Securing the Tie Down Ropes For a Kayak Carrier on a Cadillac SRX
    You will need to secure the bow and stern of the kayak when it is mounted to the roof of the vehicle. The Thule Glide and Set Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, # TH896, comes with tie downs for this purpose. But like you have found out, finding a good tie down location can be difficult. I would look for any holes in the frame at the front and rear of the vehicle you can loop the tie downs through. The ratcheting hooks should provide an easy on/off functionality once you locate a good tie...
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  • Will the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Fit a 2014 BMW X1
    The Thule DockGlide kayak carrier # TH896 does indeed fit the 2014 BMW X1 with factory roof rack that includes crossbars that run side to side. If your X1 does not have a roof rack that includes crossbars then you will first need to add one to use the kayak carrier. Rhino-Rack has a great option that will work. It consists of Vortex bars # RRVA126S-2 and legs # RRSX033 that will clamp onto the factory side rails that run front to back.
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  • Fit of Thule TH896 Dock Glide Kayak Carrier on 2015 Subaru Outback w/ Factory Crossbars
    The Thule # TH896 Dock Glide will fit on round, square or elliptical crossbars up to 3-5/8 inches wide by 1-1/4 inches tall. If your Outback's crossbars meet that parameter, they'll work great for you. The kit includes the straps and tie downs. I'd also recommend the Thule Quick Loops, part # TH530. The Quick Loops can be shut into the hood and rear hatch, and will provide a tie-off spot for the tie downs without scratching the vehicle. I've linked you to a video showing how they work.
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  • Will Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Fit a 2010 Toyota RAV4 with Factory Roof Rack
    Yes, the Thule DockGlide kayak carrier, # TH896, will fit the factory roof rack on your 2010 Toyota RAV4. You will not need to add any other parts.
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  • Fit and Compatibility of Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier System on a 1999 Honda Accord 4-Door
    Yes the Thule Rooftop Kayak Carrier # TH896 will work on the proper roof rack system on top of the 1999 Honda Accord. This watersport carrier will mount to a minimum crossbar spread of 24 inches and the Thule roof rack I recommend for you will have a crossbar spread of 24-1/2 inches. The roof rack system I recommend for you is made up of the following pieces: # TH712200 - 47 SquareBar crossbars # TH480R - Rapid Traverse foot pack # THKIT1567 - custom fit clamp kit If you wanted...
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  • Is the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Compatible with the Rhino Rack Euro 2500 Series
    Yes, if you have the Rhino Rack 2500 roof rack with euro square crossbars like # RREB137B, they will fit the Thule DockGlide rooftop kayak carrier # TH896. The reason is the mounting clamps will attach easily to existing load bars and roof racks. I would consider getting some Thule Quick Loops # TH530 because they provide mounting points on your Ford Edge for your bow/stern tie downs. When adding a kayak carrier to your roof, it's a good idea to double-check your owners manual and...
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for 2014 Honda CR-V w/ Factory Roof Rack
    If your crossbars are less than 3-7/8 inch wide and 1-3/8 inch tall (which they should be), we have a reasonably-priced solution for carrying your kayak. I'd recommend the Rhino Rack Nautic Side Loading Kayak Carrier, part # RR570. The carrier includes 2 straps to secure the kayak to the crossbars and two bow/stern tie downs. I'd also recommend getting two of the Rhino Rack Anchor Straps, part # RRRBAS. The anchors would be shut in the hood and rear hatch opening, and would provide a good...
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  • Will Thule DockGlide Rooftop Kayak Carrier Hold 10-Foot Portaboat On Nissan Maxima
    After speaking with my contact at Thule, I can tell you the Thule DockGlide Rooftop Kayak Carrier System # TH896 is a good fit for your 10-foot Portaboat on your Nissan Maxima. Prior to such a long trip, you will need to consult your vehicles owners guide to ensure your roof can hold the 75 lb weight capacity of the boat along with the weight of the carrier system itself. This carrier does require a roof rack system to be installed on your vehicle. It will fit all Thule roof racks, Yakima...
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  • Could T-Bolts of Thule Dockglide Kayak Carrier Fit into Top Channel of 2018 BMW X1 Crossbars
    Most likely the T-bolts of the Thule Dock Glide part # TH896 would fit the top channel on the crossbars of your 2018 BMW X1 but you'd need to measure to be sure. The T-bolt measure 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch and has a shank that is .23 inches thick. We've found that nearly all crossbar top channels have dimensions that work with this so I would be surprised if this did not fit.
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  • Can Thule Accessories Be Used With Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty Crossbars On 2019 Chevy Colorado
    The majority of roof mounted accessories won't work with the Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty Roof Rack Crossbars for the exception of select Rhino Rack accessories using adapters. The reason for this is because the size of the crossbars are simply too large. Therefore, you' be much better off using a more standard size crossbar. The Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars System is a better option. In order to use the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars System on a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado you'll need part...
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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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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for 2020 Toyota Corolla for Thule Hullavator Assisted Kayak Carrier
    Yes, the Thule Hullavator part # TH898 is a confirmed fit for the Yakima Jetstream Crossbars like the rack that fits your 2020 Toyota Corolla part numbers # Y00425, # Y00146, # Y06135, and # Y06151. The carrier would fit into the top channel of the bars for an easy and very secure install. This rack would also work with the DockGlide part # TH896 as well but the Hullavator is much easier to load kayaks with so it would be what I would recommend. I would not recommend either with a SeaSucker...
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  • Best Rear Load Kayak Carrier for 2016 Hyundai Sonata
    My best recommendation for you is the Malone SeaWing Kayak Carrier # MPG113MD. If you're more comfortable with rear loading a kayak onto your 2016 Hyundai Sonata, then I think this will work out well for you. It has an arm that extends out in the back, so all you need to do is lift your kayak up until the front sits on that arm, then you can slide it in. Another nice feature is its tool-free install. You just need to tighten some knobs, and you're good to go! The Thule DockGlide # TH896...
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  • Can Thule Compass Kayak Carrier be Used With 2 Kayaks Side-by-Side
    The Thule Compass Kayak and SUP Carrier with Tie-Downs # TH890000 can be used with two kayaks, but they have to be on their side and not laying flat. The only way to carry a pair of kayaks laying flat is by using two saddle-style carriers, the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs # TH896. The issue with this is that kayaks are generally too wide to fit next to each other on a single rack system, which is why they need to be on their sides. I have added links to video reviews...
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