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etrailer Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On

etrailer Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On

Item # e98878
Our Price: $129.99
Watersport Carriers
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
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This J-style kayak carrier allows you to transport 1 kayak safely and securely on your roof rack. The space-saving cradle system mounts to most crossbar styles and folds down for storage. Includes padded anchors and tie-down straps. Great Prices for the best watersport carriers from etrailer. etrailer Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On part number e98878 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Watersport Carriers - e98878

  • Fishing Kayak
  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Aero Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • J-Style
  • etrailer
  • Clamp On
  • No Load Assist
  • Side Loading
  • Folding

This J-style kayak carrier allows you to transport 1 kayak safely and securely on your roof rack. The space-saving cradle system mounts to most crossbar styles and folds down for storage. Includes padded anchors and tie-down straps.


  • Folding, J-style cradles carry 1 kayak on its side safely and securely
    • Accommodates a variety of watercraft styles and sizes
    • Takes up minimal space on your roof rack so you can carry more gear
    • Folds down for overhead clearance when not in use and for convenient storage
  • Upright arms with integrated cam levers stabilize your kayak
  • Padded bases and arms cushion your kayak and protect the hull from scuffs and scratches
  • 2 Load straps with cam buckles secure kayak to your roof rack
  • 2 Bow/stern tie-downs anchor kayak to your vehicle
  • 2 Anchor straps create a temporary mounting point for bow/stern tie-down
  • Brackets and hand knobs let you mount the carrier to most crossbar configurations
    • Rubberized brackets help to keep saddles from sliding on crossbar
  • Lightweight, aluminum frame resists corrosion


  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak
  • Application: round, square, aero/elliptical and most factory crossbars
  • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 3-1/8" wide x 1-1/2" tall
  • Weight capacity: 150 lbs
  • 1-Year warranty

Adjustable, Fold-Down Arms

J-Style Kayak Carrier Fold-Adjustable Arms

The arms on this J-style kayak carrier are adjustable to fit a variety of boats. There are 2 levers, 1 on the outside of each arm, which are used to adjust the carrier. Depending on the size of your kayak's hull, simply rotate both of the side levers forward and pivot the arm to the appropriate angle to ensure that your boat sits properly in the cradle. Then rotate the levers back to lock the arm into place.

J-Style Kayak Carrier Fold-Down Position

When the carrier is not in use, the upright arms fold down flat and out of the way. Again, simply rotate both side levers forward, pull the arm down so it's parallel with your roof racks crossbars, and then rotate the levers back to lock the arm into place. When in the folded position, the carrier extends just 4-5/8" from the top of your roof rack's crossbars.

Padded Tie-Down Straps

J-Style Kayak Carrier Load Straps with Padded Sleeve

The 2 included load straps secure your kayak to your vehicle's roof rack. Run each strap underneath the carrier arm, around the hull of your boat, down through the cradle and underneath the roof rack crossbar. Then pull the strap back up and through the integrated cam buckle. Use the buckle to tighten the strap and secure your boat. Each strap includes a padded sleeve that slides over the cam buckle to ensure that it won't scratch or damage your kayak or your vehicle.

J-Style Kayak Carrier Padded Anchor Points

Unlike many other kayak carriers on the market, which typically use metal S-hooks as anchors, this unit includes padded hood and trunk anchor points to secure the bow and stern of your kayak. Not only does this make for a quick and easy setup because you don't need to search for a safe place to secure a hook, but it also ensures that your vehicle's paint job remains intact. Tying down your boat's bow and stern helps to prevent the boat from shifting forward or backward during transport.

J-Style Kayak Carrier Padded Anchor Points Installed

Simply open the hood of your vehicle, insert the padded anchor point, and close the hood. Then attach the strap to the bow of your kayak. Use the ratchet pulley to easily adjust the tension of the strap. Repeat this process at the rear of your vehicle by anchoring the strap in your trunk and attaching the other end to the stern of your boat.

Tool-Free Installation

 etrailer J-Style Kayak Carrier Installed

Installation is quick and easy and doesn't require any tools. The included mounting clamps fit round, square, aero/elliptical, and most factory crossbars. First, position the cradles so that they are lined up correctly and are sitting at least 24" apart. Then slide the mounting clamps underneath your roof rack's crossbars and attach them to the cradles with the included screws. Use the included hand knobs to easily tighten and secure the clamps around your crossbars.

e98878 etrailer J-Style Boat and Watercraft Carrier - Aluminum - Universal Mount

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etrailer Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On - e98878

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (183 Customer Reviews)

This J-style kayak carrier allows you to transport 1 kayak safely and securely on your roof rack. The space-saving cradle system mounts to most crossbar styles and folds down for storage. Includes padded anchors and tie-down straps.


Brought home a new kayak yesterday using this J cradle for the first time. Easy to set up and load. Two complaints: not impressed with the strap buckles - had to tie knots to secure. And the 3-inch bolts weren’t long enough to easily attach the cradle to my Rhino Rack crossbars, so I had to replace them. Also got my finger pinched pretty good adjusting the cradle knobs - my fault for not being more careful, but just saying …


Overall these items are great. My only reccomendation is to have a longer strap to tie down the rear of the kayaks (Only because of the truck bed that increases the length required).


Great product for the price - The cradles were very easy to mount (and lay flat once folded). The videos were helpful in showing how to set the straps in the most efficient way. I test-drove my car today with my fishing kayak on top on a 80-mile round trip (a mix of freeway, country road and dirt tracks). The kayak was perfectly still, no particular wind noise and I was able to muscle to kayak up the roof and take it down on my own (it's a 52 lbs boat). I really recommend that product and I'm glad I went for J-Style cradles!

Pierre R.


A year later, still looks and works like new! Kept the cradles on the roofbars over the winter and didnt see any rubber cracks. The only accessory which did age over time are the straps. Definitely recommend the product and am considering purchasing a second set for another boat.


We finally pulled the kayak trailer out for the season last week; so two seasons we have owned the carriers. We have a Yakama Rack and Roll 66" in which we have four sets of etrailer J-Style kayak carriers; installed with two facing toward the outside on each side of the trailer to easily carry four 10(+)ft kayaks. Easy to access the tie downs which cinch plenty well... for the short trips we have taken. We also purchased two sets of paddle straps which I have installed in the middle of the trailer between the kayaks. They each hold two paddles well. The strapping to cinch the paddles tight, I am gaining confidence each use with how hard I can pull on them to get the rubber strap and bumper tight without fear of it breaking. The carriers are aluminum which was my first draw to them from a corrosion standpoint (no paint to scrap off), but also weight. The locking mechanism on the articulating leafs are plastic, but feel robust. Just take a second to make sure the teeth are aligned. Adding the carriers to the bars of the trailer was easy as pie; I have to down grade Yakama for not providing a bit more vertical clearance between the bars and the fenders, as the thumb screws on the very outside sets hit the fender when tighting, and is tight to get your finger in there. The carriers look as robust as any of the "popular namebrand" units that I researched, but for a much better price. Would I recommend these to anyone, yes, I would. And I would buy them again. I browse the etrailer website often wondering what else I can use since I have been happy to date with this product.


I think everything was designed perfectly. No detail in design was left out. In particular I appreciated the front and rear lines with the under-hood stops. My car hood, however had them sliding up toward the fire wall but they eventually stopped and I just tightened the lines. In addition to all that the installation was simple and fast for 68 years old me. Thanks for a great product.



The kayak carriers have served us well. Theyve held up well on several highway rides from far southern new jersey to central maine. Ive recommended them to many friends and family. The strapping system always impresses folks.


The racks provided are a perfect fit for my Subaru sedan, had trouble finding one on other sites. Rack are rock solid, rattle free and look good, and priced right. Installation instructions are lengthy but spot on.



These racks have been problem free, and still look great.


Recently got this and far they have been great for holding down the kayaks. The straps work great but the elastic band which is built in with the straps suck. Other than that great product.


I installed this product on my Kia Soul. It was easy to install and worked perfectly for my 12 1/2 ft kayak. Great company to purchase from!


Super happy with this product and the customer service I experienced. I'm a beginner kayaker and am super happy with how easy this system was to install and figure out. I discovered etrailer through an instructional [online] video, which also made this set up so smooth. One of the carrier pieces was damaged in shipping, and the eTrailer team responded ASAP and got me a replacement with no issue. I would definitely order this item and from this company again!


Very satisfied with these kayak carriers. Been in use for over a year, from local jaunts down country roads to blasting down the Interstate. These racks have been very stable and easy to load. They are used to haul Ocean Kayak Malibu 11.5, which are fairly wide and heavy. I like that they are adjustable and can fold down when not in use. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek with standard Thule Aero crossbars. The Extended Aero Bars would give a little extra room and allow the kayaks to lay a little flatter, which I think would be even more stable.


It was easy to notice that one of the boxes was repackaged and the product was previously used based on the indentations on the foam. The installation was easy, but i haven’t thrown a kayak up there yet.


Ok... It's the middle of winter in Colorado, but I'm getting ready to put the kayaks in the water. Shipping time... Great! Three days. Packaged perfectly. Mounted easily. Mounted the kayaks. The only hard thing was putting the strap around the back of the bracket. A stepladder will need to go with me to the water! I drove around to make sure all was secure. Perfect! 60 plus mph.... All is fine. Nice to have the front and rear tiedowns included. All hardware is heavy duty, and well supported by my stock Outback racks. Need to take them for a trip to the mountains! (After the snow clears out...) .

Etrailer Expert

Victoria B.


I drive a crossover SUV and love to kayak, so I understand the need for a boost to get those kayak straps in place! The Rightline Gear Moki Door Step # RL100660 is going to be coming with me this summer on all of my kayak trips to help give me a boost to reach the center of my roof and the kayak cradles. It is a lot smaller than a step ladder for stowing in your vehicle.


These kayak carriers work very well, plus the manufacturer includes the straps. The racks fold down, so my Tacoma fits in garage. They were in the sun for 3 months and thick foam padding is holding up very well. I traveled them 5,000 miles with no problems. They are attached to a round crossbar on my Yakima rack.

Etrailer Expert

Victoria B.


Great set up! Just remember to tie down the kayaks bow and stern before taking off.


These racks are great, I have purchased 4 sets over the past year. The only problem is that the spec say 1 1/2 inch rails. My rails are 1 1/4. I had to get longer bolts for two sets. Very frustrating.


Have used almost every other week this Summer and work fine. Carry two kayaks on top of Subaru 2019 crosstrek.


I was about to spend over $500 on Thule roof carriers for two kayaks, and I wasn't even going to have all the necessary straps or a way to attach them to our Subaru Crosstrek. Then I saw this etrailer alternative, and I'm so happy I did. Each set comes with everything you need to secure a kayak to existing roof rack bars, and installation is super easy. I bought two and saved at least $300 and a lot of hassle. We were able to transport the two kayaks from Seattle to our cabin no problem, driving upwards of 60-70 mph through a bit of rain and wind.


Great quality and complete with all the needed straps. Easy to install.


I've had the racks for a year now. Nothing has broken yet, even though I've place lots of lumber on top of them when folded in addition to using the racks for their intended purpose. The racks come with a ton of straps, but the hood connection things are brilliant!
I can't see why you need to spend a butch of money to get some name brand when these are more than adequate.
Being used on a 2011 4Runner with factory crossbars.


We’ve had this kayak mount now for two summers and each summer that I put it on our Highlander I’m amazed at the ease of use! Other carriers that we’ve had in the past require me to each year drag out the instruction manual because it’s so complicated to put on. This eTrailer kayak rack I can literally install in less than 15 minutes. The tie downs are terrific because the metal part has a neoprene cover you can wrap around when you toss the strap to the other side of the car, eliminating the worry that you’ll scratch or dent the opposite side of the car! I don’t take the time to write many product reviews but the customer service was great and the product is terrific!


I purchased two etrailer J-Style Kayak Carriers. I have used them on and off through out the year. Easy to setup on to the stock Kia elliptical crossbars. What is extremely nice about this carrier is all the straps are included. They are easy to use and if your not sure how to attach youtube has many videos about strapping your kayak. The only problem with the straps is the excess length. I tried to wrap, roll, and tie but the wind manages to uncoil. So I wrap up then use a little duct tape to secure. My first trip using the carrier was a 3 hour trip with some heavy crosswinds. Nerve-racking but the kayaks remained secured. Solid rack and convenient with everyhting included.

Etrailer Expert

Victoria B.


I can understand your excess strap issues! Once I have used my straps a couple of times and know what length I really end up needing, I cut the straps and burn the ends to prevent unraveling. I still give myself plenty of wiggle room, but get rid of the extra strap length that I just end up fighting with.


Great quality Kayak carrier, and got it 3 days faster that expected, nice job!


Carol C. Resolved a minor issue with my order with care and professionalism. I highly recommend both etrailer Kayak Roof Rack, which works very well with our truck, and etrailer who absolutely take care of their customers.


I've had 2 sets of these carriers for a year now.
I've carried my 2 kayaks on several occasions with them. They are secure, steady and well made.
They come with all the straps and hardware needed to carry your boat. A nice feature is that they have these little pockets made on to the straps to secure the extra length when you are using them which eliminates the loose ends from being blown around while driving.
The folding feature is also great. I mount the carriers on my roof rack and make all the adjustments needed just one time. I can keep them up there for the entire season without having to fuss with them every time I want to take a boat out.
I can use one or both of the carriers at any time.
The price looks like its more than other sets but it really isn't because, as I said, they come with everything you need AND they fold down when not in use.
I realy do like these carriers.

Jonathan L.




These racks are versatile and work well; easy to install, remove, adjust. The tie-downs are nice. It was great to have everything needed in one package.



good. it does what it is intended to do and its sturdy and straightforward to operate.


These have held up well. They get only very occasional use, but they have lived outside on the truck and are still working fine. They are easy to adjust, they hold the boats well, and the straps are well-made.

Phillip R.


A year in, theyre still holding up. Be careful when loading boats that no protruding piece, especially a skeg lever handle, drags across the foam pads of the J-bar, or it will tear them. We had to reverse which boat went on which side to avoid repeating that.

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