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Yakima JayLow Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On

Yakima JayLow Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On

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

Yes, if you:

  • Swap out vehicles that you use to haul your boats and need a rack that's easy to attach to most roof bars
  • Park your car in a garage and would rather just fold down the rack instead of taking it off every time
  • Have other locking Yakima accessories and want the option to have all your accessories keyed alike

No, if you:

  • Have a hard time tuning out whistling wind noise, which can happen when the rack is folded
  • Transport 2 kayaks weighing over 55 lbs each
These J-style cradles let you transport 1 or 2 kayaks on your roof rack. Integrated ramps help you to load a kayak from the side of your vehicle. Padded arms fold down when not in use. Clamp to most crossbars without tools. 4 Tie-downs included. Great Prices for the best watersport carriers from Yakima. Yakima JayLow Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On part number Y04073 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Yakima Watersport Carriers

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

These J-style cradles let you transport 1 or 2 kayaks on your roof rack. Integrated ramps help you to load a kayak from the side of your vehicle. Padded arms fold down when not in use. Clamp to most crossbars without tools. 4 Tie-downs included.


  • 2 Folding, J-style cradles let you transport your kayak on your roof rack crossbars
    • Kayak sits on its side to free up space on roof rack for additional gear
    • Great for sea, river, recreational, and most fishing kayaks
  • Upright arms with integrated cam levers stabilize your kayaks
    • Carry 1 kayak in the J-style position
    • Carry 2 kayaks in vertical position
    • Fold down when not in use
  • Built-in ramps make it easy to load your boat from the side of your vehicle
  • Padded bases and arms cushion your kayak and protect the hull from scuffs and scratches
    • Grooves in base padding help grip your boat
  • Tie-down straps and bow/stern tie-downs secure 1 kayak to your roof rack and to your vehicle
    • Additional straps (sold separately) required to secure a second boat
  • Simple, clamp-on installation on most crossbars - no tools required
    • Adapters included to keep saddles from sliding on round bars
  • Lockable with 2 Same Key System (SKS) cores (sold separately)
  • Lightweight aluminum with silver powder coat finish resists corrosion


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
    • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 3-1/2" x 1-11/16"
    • Minimum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Carrying capacity: 2 kayaks
  • Weight capacity:
    • 1 Kayak: 80 lbs
    • 2 Kayaks: 110 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Jay Low Fit

Side-Loading, J-Style Carrier

Jay Low Kayak Carrier

This Yakima J-style kayak carrier can be adjusted to hold 1 or 2 boats on your roof rack. The space-saving design holds your boats on their sides to free up roof rack space, and built-in ramps make it easy to load from the side of your vehicle. The lightweight, rust-resistant aluminum rack includes tie-downs for securing 1 kayak. The padded cradles protect your kayaks during transport, and the upright arms fold down when you're not using the carrier.

Adjustable Upright Arms and Built-in Ramps

Jay Lo Ramp

When you're ready to go on the road, lift your kayak up and onto these J-style cradles. The integrated ramps will help guide your boat as you load it from the side of your vehicle.

Yakima Jay Low Arm

Each cradle has an integrated cam lever that allows you to adjust the upright arm. Simply release the lever, rotate the arm to the desired position, and close the lever. These levers allow you to move the upright arms from the J-style position to the vertical position, and they allow you to fold the arms down for storage when the carrier is not in use.

Jay Low Kayak Carrier

This carrier holds 1 kayak in the J-style position. To carry 2 kayaks, just move the upright arms from the J-style position into the vertical position. In this configuration, one kayak will rest directly on your crossbars.

Foam padding on the arms and rubber on the base helps to cushion your watercraft during transport and also protects the hull from scratches and scuffs. Grooves in the base help grip your boat.

Tie-Down Straps

Yakima Jay Low Tie Downs

Two nylon tie-downs are included to secure 1 kayak to your roof rack crossbars. Loop these straps through your crossbars, around the hull of your boat, and through the arms. The straps have cam buckles that let you tighten the straps and secure your boat. The cam buckles are rubber coated to prevent damage to your kayak or vehicle when you're using the straps.

Yakima Jay Low Bow Stern

Two bow/stern tie-down straps with stainless steel hooks let you anchor your boat to the front and rear of your vehicle. Tying down your boat's bow and stern helps to prevent the boat from shifting forward or backward during transport. And ratchet pulleys allow you to easily adjust the tension of the straps to ensure the boat is secure on your roof. A protective sleeve on each strap helps protect your bumper from scratches and friction damage.

You will need additional tie-down straps and bow/stern tie-downs (sold separately) to secure a second boat to your roof rack and to your vehicle.

Tool-Free Installation

Yakima Jay Low Mounted

The mounting clamps on these cradles fit most crossbar configurations without the adapters. To install, simply place the cradles on your crossbars and turn the integrated handles until the mounting clamps are tightly secured. If you have round crossbars, the included adapters will provide a secure fit, preventing the cradles from twisting or sliding on the bars.

Jay Low Lock Core Location

Each cradle has a removable plug that you can replace with a Yakima Same Key System (SKS) core (sold separately) so you can lock the system to your roof rack. Yakima's SKS cores can be swapped out to make all your Yakima locks keyed alike.

8004073 Yakima J-Low J-Style Roof Kayak Carrier

Item # Y04073

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Yakima JayLow Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On - Y04073

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (131 Customer Reviews)

These J-style cradles let you transport 1 or 2 kayaks on your roof rack. Integrated ramps help you to load a kayak from the side of your vehicle. Padded arms fold down when not in use. Clamp to most crossbars without tools. 4 Tie-downs included.


The product seems great but I have not figured out how to get it safely attached to my bars. I have an Agricover Adarac on the bed of my truck and the crossbars are 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches square. I thought this would work well since it's for up to 3-1/2 x 1-11/16" crossbars, but it isn't secure on these. I'm going to try and figure out an alternate method for attachment though. Thule Hull-a-port Pro's are the perfect (mounting) solution but don't seem to be made any longer.

The Thule Hull-a-port item # TH849000
Thule Hull-A-Port Aero Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Channel Mount
is recommended with Adarac racks. Or you can get tie downs like item # A4000882
Aluminum Tie-Downs for Adarac Aluminum and Aluminum Pro Series Ladder Rack Utility Rails - Qty 4
and load stops, item # A4000880
Load Stops for Adarac Truck Bed Ladder Rack Crossbars with Mounting Channels- Qty 2
, and use ratchet straps like item # EM34416
Erickson Re-Tractable Ratchet Straps w/ Push Button Releases - 2" x 10' - 1,100 lbs - Qty 2
. If you have a rack like the Adarac Aluminum Series Custom Truck Bed Ladder Rack item # A4001234
Adarac Aluminum Series Custom Truck Bed Ladder Rack - 500 lbs
then you can use item # RRS520
Rhino-Rack Nautic Stack Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Post Style - Folding - Universal Mount
with the channel.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 05/03/2022


The Yakima JayLows are ready to go out the box and very easy to set up. They attached to our vehicle’s factory crossbars with ease and seemed secure on the road with little to no movement with kayaks attached. We haven’t tested them on the highway yet, but I’m confident that they’ll be fine as long as you strap the kayaks correctly and use tie downs. I’m extremely happy with the JayLows and I’m considering purchasing another set if we get a third kayak. I HIGHLY recommend that you watch the videos on setting up and securing kayaks on the racks prior to first use.


The Yakima products are doing great. Just got home yesterday from a 18 day trip using them in Michigan's upper peninsula. Love them. Great products. Thanks again.


Easy to install. On my first trip, they fell open instead of remaining upright in carrier position, it might have been an operator error. I like the idea of being able to use them for two kayaks, however, I have determined that this would be too much weight on one side of my factory roof crossbars. I do like they are sturdy and look better than standard J hooks. A bit on the pricey side unless you only have to buy one for the job of carrying more than 1 kayak. Easy to Secure to cross bars, nice that they fold down.


I really like these kayak racks. They come fully assembled, and they installed easily on the aero crossbars of the factory roof rack on my 2015 Toyota Tacoma. The "ramps" on the front really do help in loading the kayaks, because you don't have to lift the kayak up as high. I opted to get two sets for our two kayaks, rather than try to transport two with one set of racks, because it seemed like it would be much easier to load. I agree with some other reviewers that the directions are a little cryptic, but the installation process is pretty self-evident. I also agree that the provided S hooks are a bit small (I'm going to replace them with carabiners), but these are minor issues. Overall, the racks are very sturdy, and I like the fold down feature. I also got the locks (not available for many of the Thule racks) because it seems like a small investment to protect the larger investment. My wife and I took our kayaks to a lake today using the new racks, and had no problems loading, unloading, or tying them down. Loading is a two-person job, however, at least for us and our 12-foot boats on a pick-up truck. We carry a folding two-step stepladder to make the reach easier. These racks are well worth the cost, and I would certainly recommend them to my fellow kayakers. And great service from etrailer, as always.


The carriers are very versatile. We often use them to transport two kayaks. It's great that they fold down because that allows us to go in and out of our garage without removing the carriers.


These work great. I went ahead and picked two sets for our two kayaks rather than try to wrestle two kayaks down to a single set. Comes with all needed straps, hooks, etc. Makes loading and unloading so simple. Being able to fold down the uprights when not in use is nice to reduce the clearance height of the overall vehicle for entering / exiting garages etc. The are a bit noisy with whistling sounds due to wind when in the empty and folded down position between 40 and 60 mph. This is well documented in other forums and reviews also. Not a deal killer, but loud enough to want to leave the sunroof closed.
Note that the deflector shield does not help with this on my vehicle application.


Have used these primarily with one kayak on several occasions, though have used it for two once. Works well in both modes. Very solid product and secures your boat tightly with no movement. I feel confident at freeway speeds. High quality straps as well.


These work great. Easy to install and the hold the kayak nicely.
Very happy with eTrailer service!

Careful if it is windy - We took our Kayaks up the 395 from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe and back. On the way back we hit wind gusts from the side and it ripped the factory Jeep rails right out of the roof. Because of the straps provided from the boats to the front and rear bumper they did not blow off the car entirely. It seems like the boats on their edge just catches too much wind if it comes from the side. From now on we just put the boats basically flat on the Yakima racks and that seems to work well. You have to be careful when you tie them down but I think it would have saved a $3000 repair bill to fix our roof.
Paul - 06/29/2019


These make it easier for one person to load a kayak up on the roof by themselves. We have used them for a whole year and they are holding up well so far.


Easy to use. Does as expected. I use it to hold 4 ~ 10' Pelican kayaks on the ARE truck cap Yakima rack. Installation took less that 30 min.


The kayak carriers worked very well.


Highly recommend This is the second time I have used them for a product either for towing or roof racks and there service is excellent. Also they are always on the mark with regards to fit for the vehicle. The staff is very knowledgable and friendly. Would highly recommend them.

I like the Yakima product I ordered and I think it looks great on the 4Runner. It was easy to install with the exception of one confusing piece of the instruction. It was not clear in the fit kit instruction manual what was being referred to adjust the spacing of the foot piece now attached to the bar (in Step 2 of installation). In addition to this etrailer video, this etrailer video shows it better at about minute 1:50 That screw needs to be loosened and THEN the foot will slide easily in and out when it is pushed upon. I am pointing to it with a pen in the picture in my review. Hope that helps others avoid some frustration I had.

I would definitely recommend.


The bars along with the kayak carriers (Y04073) worked perfectly. Easy to install. The lock system (Y07208) keeps the carriers and the bars secure. The kayak carriers are easy to take off to reduce noise. The bars stay on all the time and are not noticeable noise-wise. We've taken several trips of 1000 miles or more and many local trips without any issues.


The bars along with the kayak carriers (Y04073) worked perfectly. Easy to install. The lock system (Y07208) keeps the carriers and the bars secure. The kayak carriers are easy to take off to reduce noise. The bars stay on all the time and are not noticeable noise-wise. We've taken several trips of 1000 miles or more and many local trips without any issues.


Great for one Kayak not good for a second kayak cross bars they are mounted on can dent a kayak. That’s why I bought this second one to protect my kayak.


Easy to install. Cradles my kayaks securely. Superb value with timely shipping and delivery. My CRV is now ready for summer and transporting two kayaks!!


I'm very impressed, but not surprised, at the quality of another Yakima product.
I've somewhat placed the cart before the horse as I've not yet received the kayak I recently ordered, however, by then I will have my JayLow installed on my existing Yakima cross bars & be good-to-go.
I purchased this particular kayak carrier due to the side loading feature as well as the ability to fold it down, thus I can keep it installed while parking in my garage. That of course as long as the kayak is not on top as well!

Tie-down straps permanently attached to the rounded top of the rack sure would be convenient.
Chris G - 08/09/2017


They broke after one use. Made poorly. We had a great experience with our first set of these but during the pandemic we have found that there was a drop off in quality

The Yakima brand is one of the higher quality options we carry so I am surprised to hear this. If you can let me know specifically what broke on these carrier I am happy to assist you. They do have a limited lifetime warranty.
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 08/25/2022


Fantastic service and quick shipping. Etrailer never disappoints.


Great Product!!


Fantastic addition for the kayak lover.
easy to install and looks slick too ??


I am using these for two kayaks. They were easy to mount and easily hold the kayaks as I had hoped.


It whistles.
I would absolutely love
this carrier if it didn't.
I have two of these each on my 2009 and 2013 Subaru Outbacks.
These carriers whistle like a bastard from 30 miles an hour up to 50 or 60, and loudly.
I regret buying them for that reason. I have had other carriers that don't whistle. When the boats are on they don't whistle, and I think I've gotten used to the sound whether in the lowered position or the up doesn't matter. The whistling honestly ruins my review. Other than that fact, I love the carriers. They are durable, cushioned for my carbon boats, the non skid rubber keeps them from moving around, the plastic angled slide makes it easy to slide the boats up into the cradle, the super simple fold down makes it easy to go through the car wash, and I bought the Yakima lock system which gives me peace of mind on my roof racks.
I am getting used to the sound and it doesn't register much any more, but I would choose something else next time, though these will probably last a long time for me.


the product was great but the roof rack, unfortunately, slid around due to the friction-only mounting on my Honda Fit. We almost lost our kayak due to that. But there was no problem with the yy04073

I actually bought a new car, so this rack does not fit it. Im thinking of purchasing a suction cup type rack to avoid the difficulties with the friction type racks that kept sliding around.
William - 05/23/2020

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