Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks

Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks

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  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Yakima
  • J-Style
  • Post-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Clamp On - Standard
  • No Load Assist
  • Side Loading
  • Locks Not Included
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. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Yakima. Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks part number Y04073 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Yakima Watersport Carriers - Y04073

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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • 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







Video of Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima JayLow J-Style Kayak Carrier, part number Y04073. The Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier is going to allow us to transport one or two kayaks on the roof of our vehicle safely. It uses a universal clamp, which is going to fit around most factory roof rack systems, including your round, square, arrow, elliptical. We've got it around the Yakima round bars here today, using the included adapters. As you can see, it provides a nice tight fit. It features built-in ramps here on the front to make it easier for loading our kayak and, once we get up in there, we've got a nice padded base with grooves built in so our kayak doesn't slide around. Here at the top of our JayLow mounts, are completely adjustable. We've got it in the upright position for two kayaks.

We've got one on this side and one on this side. Completely adjustable. We can lean it back for just a single kayak. We can also fold it down for storage when not in use. For extra security, the JayLow also features a spot where you can put a locking core in. It's in the same spot on both JayLows.

You can find those on our website at etrailer.com, part number Y07202. From the bottom of our mount almost to the top provides good cushion for our kayak so it won't slide around as well. Now that we've gone over some of the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to install it. First thing we'll do is we'll grab our round bar adapters for our Yakima round bars here. We'll open them up, put it around the bar. We'll want to make sure that the grooved portion is facing up.

Let's go ahead and grab another one and place that one around the bar as well. We'll grab our JayLow. Let's go ahead and unlock it, pulling on this red handle here. We'll raise it up and lock it back in place. The reason why we want to do that is so we can free up our knobs here. We couldn't spin them all the way with it laying down. Let's go ahead and place it over our adapters.

Now let's go ahead and tighten these down. We don't want to tighten them all the way down just yet, just to where it slightly grabs the bar. That way we can still move them as needed. Now that we've got that tightened down a little bit, let's go ahead and pull it all the way forward. I'm going to favor this side of the vehicle. That way we can make good use out of our little ramp here. It's going to make it easier to load up the kayak. With that being done and it all the way up against the foot pack here, let's go ahead and tighten it down all the way. Now that this one's installed, let's go ahead and do the rear one. Let's tighten down our second one here. If you look in closely, as I'm tightening you'll notice how the clamp is going around our adapter, and that's how you want it to be. We'll also want to make sure that our JayLow is all the way up against our foot pack, the same as the other one. That way we know they're both even. Now that we've got them installed, let's go ahead and load up two kayaks. As you can see, I've got it in the upright position, which is going to be straight up. That's going to make it possible to load up two kayaks. We'll grab our kayak and we're going to lean it up against the ramps of the two JayLows. That way we can simply just push it up until it seats nicely in the grooves, just like that. Once we get it in the grooves, we'll want to hop up there and make any small adjustments that we may need. That way it sits nicely up against the mounts on the other side. Before we grab our other kayak, we'll need to make sure and strap this one in first. Yakima has included a few straps, want to make sure and grab the one with the rubberized cinch. We'll undo that. We'll take the end without the cinch, we'll go ahead and drape that over our kayak. Then we'll run over to the other side and I'll show you how that loops in. Here on the back side we'll grab the strap, we're going to go on the inside just like that and then we'll just toss that back over. We can pull that down a little bit just to raise up our cinch, then we'll grab the strap again, we'll go underneath our roof rack between the foot pack there, just like that, and we'll get the slack out of that. Then I'm going to feed this through the cinch and pull it nice and tight, n the meantime checking my strap to make sure it still goes around my foot pack. We'll pull that nice and tight and then we can tie up our excess. Now let's repeat that same step on the front side. With that kayak in place, let's go ahead and grab our other kayak. For loading up our second kayak, it's a good idea to get a second set of hands, being as we'll be stretching over the top of the vehicle a little bit. For tying down our second kayak, we'll need another set of straps. The part number we are using today is Y05006. For running our straps on this side, we're going to do something very similar as we did before. We're going to come up over the kayak with it in this position, go around our mounts on top and bring it back through, and back over the kayak. This is going to make it way easier for when we lift up the kayak and put it into position. Now let's do that same thing with the other strap. With both straps in position, let's go ahead and tilt up our kayak and put it up against our JayLows. Once we get it up in this position we'll want to make sure that the weight is distributed between both sides of the vehicle and then we can go ahead and finish tying down our kayak. Once again we'll grab the strap without the cinch and we'll go underneath the kayak and I'll meet you on the other side so I can show you how I did that. Now on the inside where our two kayaks are, we'll grab our strap. We'll make sure it goes underneath our roof rack. Then we're going to go up around the JayLow on the front side and then back through, just like that. You'll want to make sure to go around the JayLow and in between the JayLow and the lever, because we don't want to pull the lever out. It'll come loose. With that being said, we'll put the strap back over to the side we started on and we'll run that through our cinch and tighten that down. Now let's go ahead and pull on our strap just to kind of even things up and to get our cinch up here. That looks good. Now let's run that through and pull it nice and tight. Then we can tie up our excess strap and repeat that same step on the other side. With both of our kayaks tied in place around the JayLows, we can then go ahead and tie down the bow and the stern. Yakima has included one set. You'll need another set for the second kayak and that's going to be part number Y04031. We'll take the cinched end of the strap first, the one with the loop, we're going to pull that around our handle up here and then take the longer portion of the strap. We'll make sure that the plastic part is at the very end, where we're going to hook it to under our vehicle. We'll need this, we'll go up through here, pull that down. Once we have that secure, we'll bring our strap down to the front of our vehicle. Going to bring my strap down. You want to attach this underneath the vehicle to a fixed anchor point. We'll slide the plastic pad up and you want that to make good contact with the vehicle so we don't make any scratches. With that being done, we'll grab our included hook, pull that over, then, for this particular vehicle, I'm going to go through the bumper and attach it to my anchor point underneath, just like that. Then we can come up and pull on our cinch strap to tighten that down. Now we'll pull on that just a little bit and then I'm going to come back down here and check my plastic pad and kind of put that in position to where I know it's going to make good contact with my vehicle. That looks pretty good. Let's go ahead and tighten that down. Now we can tie up our excess strap and then move on to the rear of the vehicle. Same thing as in the front, we're going to bring our loop over. Then we'll grab our longer portion of the strap, bring that up through, and we'll grab our hook and we'll attach that at the bottom. To make it simple, we can just attach it to our hitch here. Once that's done, we'll go ahead and pull it nice and tight, once again moving the pad where we need it to be. We'll tie up our excess strap and then we'll repeat the same process with our other kayak. Now with our two kayaks all loaded up, we're almost ready to hit the road and we've still got enough room to throw up any other Yakima accessories. Here on our test course, let's go into our slalom first. This is going to show side to side action, such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show a twisting action, such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. Then finally on to our solid speed bumps. This is going to show an up and down action, such as coming in and out of a driveway or out of a parking garage. That's going to complete our look at the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier, part number Y04073. .


Customer Reviews

Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks - Y04073

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (45 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.

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I already owned this product and purchased another rack at etrailer to hold another kayak. Was shipped quickly to my residence. 661640



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Great product and Sales Support from etrailer. I bought this for my Son as a Grad/BDay gift for a Honda HR-V which has slightly odd roof/door shape He installed it himself said the install was straightforward but the instructions could use a little improvement. etrailer Sales Support was great, I was a little concerned about getting the right parts and the return policy. Olivia was great to work with, she offered recommendations and matched the parts to the type and vehicle it was to be installed on along with a kayak mount. All the parts arrived in mint condition with no missing pieces. I'll for sure return to etrailer on future purchases. 666101



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Got exactly what I ordered and on time. Great email follow through with tracking numbers . Know exactly when I was going to receive my product . Definitely will use etrailer again in the future . 287901



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Needed carriers to haul my old 17 foot P&H Icefloe. Yakima J-low carriers were easily installed and are good fit for my '04 Toyota Highlander. I really dig the low ramp as I dont have to lift the boat as high to get it on the carrier. 269481



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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. 629629



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These work great. Easy to install and the hold the kayak nicely. Very happy with eTrailer service! 528515


Comments

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

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What I like about the Jaylow is the versatility. I researched these carriers and talked to a couple friends before deciding what to get. We have two kayaks, but mostly go alone, flatwater. If you do get one, I recommend getting the SKS Key Lock Cores so it can be locked to your vehicle rails. Same key locks both Jaylow units. 444924



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These are so easy to install! I've used with one boat and two. They work great. I bought a second set because it's tough reaching over the truck to secure the second kayak. I bought the locks for them, because of how easy they are to get on and off. 419430



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This is my second set as I bought a second kayak. I bought the first set about a year ago. The first set has been easy to use with my Thule aero cross bars. The kayak was easy to load and tie down with just myself. 387363



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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 644616



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They work great, easy to get kayak on and off, easy to tie down kayak, etc. My only complaint would be that the cranks are a bit hard to use. First, you simply have to do a lot of winding to get these on and off -- I suppose this makes them more secure but they can be awkward to reach. Could the cranks be reversible? Second, if the top of the rack is folded down, it can interfere with access to the handle of the crank. But, we use them a lot and are generally happy. 438993



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Fantastic addition for the kayak lover. Super easy to install and looks slick too ?? 633350



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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. 279975



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The JayLow kayak carrier is easy to install and does the job nicely. Great, on-time, no hassle service from etrailer. Better than that other online site! 543208



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I originally purchased just one set for two kayaks, as Yakima rates these for one or two kayaks. After the first trip, I purchased a second set. Using just one set for two kayaks was a pain, plus you need to have extra straps on hand (thankfully I did). It's soooo much easier just to mount each kayak in their own cradle, and use the appropriate straps, which come with the rack. Product looks and works great. Install and mounting instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I also purchased the lock sets that go with the Yakima roof rack products. Only bad part, is a whistle sound that appeared after installation. I now just leave the racks in the up/open position, and it seems to be help. 517025



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This was my second large order from Etrailer.com and my wife I are VERY pleased! Our first order was a Curt 5th wheel hitch which performed as advertised - so easy to use. Now we haul our 5th wheel camper and that takes up my entire full sized F250 truck bed which in turn messed up hauling the kayaks back there. I was leaning toward rigging something up on the back of the camper, saw lots of posts on how to many looked very sketchy. Rather than risk dumping our two $$$ fishing kayaks onto the highway.... somewhere..... we bought this GREAT Yakima roof rack system for the TOP of my truck cab. You see, it made me uneasy that I wouldn't be able to keep an eye on our boats if strapped to the back AND we read about many horror stories not limited to the rear bumper falling off from fatigue. Yakima Install; I'm a General Contractor and fancy myself a pretty handy guy so mounting the towers, the rack bars, and all of the accessories onto those took a total three hours. [on-line] videos very useful and follow the easy to read instructions that come with each part and you'll have NO trouble. I have to add, etrailer said it would take one week but I received the complete order within four days. Thank you etrailer for making the ordering through delivery experience so very streamlined! 529290



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Product meets expectations. Now I understand what other reviewers said about instructions. It took a while to figure out how the handle pulls out to adjust the rack and that it does not spin. It just flips. Otherwise, the instructions and videos on instalation were fine. 385950



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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. 462349



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Excellent products and customer assistance. I needed help determining what items would fit my car, and changed my mind a few times. The customer service staff was really very helpful in all aspects. Thanks so much etrailer! 386558



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This is mostly a great boat rack. I have an 11' kayak and the rack carries it nicely under most conditions. I upgraded my set to include the locking device, and I highly recommend it. My one gripe with this setup is that sitting a boat on its edge presents a big face to the wind, which can be very problematic with the wind gusts get high. It can, in fact, get very scary. I recently took a long road trip in the SW, and found myself crossing the highway that runs along Hoover Dam. There are permanent wind warning signs posted there, and the day I went across, the gusts were howling. I drive a Honda Element, which already has a high profile, and I seriously thought I was going to get blown off the road. I ended up taking the first exit I got to and, in that howling wind, had to pull my kayak down, remove the j-rack, and strap my boat to the crossbars, top down, to reduce the profile. I could have done that without spending the money for this rack... 391901



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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! 281675


Comments

Tie-down straps permanently attached to the rounded top of the rack sure would be convenient.

Chris G - 08/09/2017

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These really worked well on my 2018 Jeep Renegade. Great product! 683608



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These Yakima JayLow folding Kayak Carriers are the single most useful and convenient cartop carriers I've used over the past 40 years. They're easy to mount and remove, and provide excellent support and safe traveling with expensive kayaks. 667681



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Really nice product. Installation is a snap. Will load up kayaks tonight to test, but so far I love this product. Thanks Geoffrey for your help on my order. E-Trailer is the only way to go-easy ordering, great product selection, and excellent customer service! 586092



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This is a nice quality rack with all of the required straps and adapters included in one kit. The only issue I have with this model is that it does not firmly fit my Malone aero style crossbars and "leans" to the rear when mounted. I doubt it will come off when snug on the cross bars but it does leaves a sloppy appearance. It also will not "straddle" the cross bar feet as shown in the mounting instructions and diagrams so both of my kayaks are left toward the middle of the roof and difficult to reach for stow and go. 567556


Comments

Theses have been great and the down style when not in use means I can park my jeep in the garage without removing them from the bars. They have help up well and I have only removed them during the winter season otherwise it stays on the roof top.

Joseph - 09/21/2019

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a year later - Folds flat, easy setup, easy use. We didn't take them off for winter- you'd not know it (NEngland region). I would say tough to use on a Sienna, perhaps because it's a van: just high and the car door that you can step on on when open is far to the vehicle's front. Great service/price/shipping from etrailer of course! 558552



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JayLow Kayak Carrier fits great on my daughter's Jeep Wrangler 2Dr with a MasterCargo rack system. Easy for her to load and unload kayak, but modified upright bars with tubing to hold straps in place (YouTube video modification.) Quality materials and sturdy construction. 526906



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Received outstanding service by Meghan at etrailer helping me find the best product for my needs in carrying two kayaks. Have not used the Yakima Y04073, but the reviews and video show The simplicity of it’s use on my Tahoe. 514569



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Carriers fit great on my 2018 rav4 crossbars. Shipping was very fast. Haven't had a chance to load my kayak but it seems like it will be easy. 514418



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We've been buying kayak, canoe, and bike racks for close to 30 years. I am always amazed at design changes that make the items easier to use. This kayak rack is really nice--it goes onto load bars very quickly and is easy to use. In addition, it's the quality you expect with Yakima products. Great choice! 435241



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Used these racks on top of a 2007 Kia Sorento to carry 2 kayaks on a 6 hour 75 mph drive with 40mph crosswinds. Kayaks never moved an inch. Impressed me! 406842



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Great, well made, easy to use product. Holds my kayaks like a baby! Used these for two kayaks- held up wonderfully. 391892



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Great product, easy to install, very happy with etrailers shipping. 390438



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Like the quality 358938



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I have ordered several products from Etrailer over the past few months-a Yakima roof rack; ski rack; kayak rack and accessories. Every product has been shipped and delivered promptly along with constant communication about timelines. I also find Etrailer has excellent videos and instructions/questions and answers about product specifications and installation. Very pleased. 321665



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Product is as advertised. Easy installation on 2015 Chevy Equinox with Factory Installed Crossbars. Pat C. (sales representative) was great to work with and very well informed. Great Company!!! 291807


Comments

The Yakima Kayak Carriers that I purchased are a very effective product. I had previously purchased and used Yakima products dating back to 1995. Im an avid skier and purchased 3 different ski racks over the years for different vehicle applications and I was never disappointed. The Kayak Carrier is easy to install and load. Great product! Thanks for the follow-up.

Tom B - 10/27/2017

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Great product! 281019



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Quality product. Fair price. The blocks are great for changing vehicles. One has aero bars the other square. I did have to tighten the lock bars a bit out of the box, but previous reviews had mentioned that. 275302



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The J Low is a great system. Works great for my kayak. 270668



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These were easy to install no thanks to the instructions. The instructions could be more informative with more words instead of just pictures that I have to decipher what they are trying to show me. Other than that they seem like a good product. 263208



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This was the first time ordering from etrailer. The items arrived quick and as advertised. The videos are useful in deciding on what item to purchase and how to install it. I would order from etrailer in the future. 261075



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The rack installs very easily and is mostly intuitive to use. I feel more comfortable with a kayak in the jay low rack than I did with the kayak flat on my old car rack -- the kayak's weight and shape help to hold it into position. The straps are pretty easy to figure out, etc. My only complaint is less about the jay low than about the new Subaru Outback I own. There are no tie-downs locations on the front of the car! So, if the front tie-downs are needed, then perhaps this is not the best rack if you own a new Subaru. On the other hand, I've now used the rack three times without bothering with the front tie-down. Go figure. 258388



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Haven't used it yet, but super easy to install. 228494



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Easy to install and directions were spot on with what I needed to do for end results success. 183801



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Just what we ordered - great price too Instructions were pretty bad but I found a youtube video that was very clear 151554


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  • How To Carry Two Kayaks Using A Retrax XR Tonneau Cover With Tracks
  • I have the perfect option for your to carry two kayaks atop the Retrax XR Tonneau Cover on your 2019 Dodge Ram 1500. For this, I recommend the Yakima OverHaul HD Adjustable Truck Rack part # Y01151-58 with the Retrax XR Tonneau Cover Adapter Kit for Yakima OverHaul HD part # Y01155. This option will allow you to position the kayaks up over the cab that way you can evenly support them on both crossbars which eliminates the need for a rear load extender. This option will also be the most...
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  • Comparing 339-LRUNISETX vs 339LRUNISETA Lockrack Watersport Carriers
  • The biggest difference is that the Lockrack Watersport Carrier # 339LRUNISETA has a single pad that you use to mount your kayak, canoe, or SUP on while the Lockrack Adjustable Watersport Carrier # 339-LRUNISETX has 2 sets of pads that your kayak, canoe, or SUP rests on. The advantage of using the adjustable option is that if your roof rack does not use round bars you can actually ignore the middle black piece and adjust the pads freely from each other on your roof rack. This means that...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier for 2 Kayaks on 2019 Mazda CX-5 with Side Rails
  • For your 2019 Mazda CX-5 I recommend going with aftermarket crossbars for a couple of reasons. The first is that aftermarket bars will give you more crossbar space to work with on your roof to better accommodate your 2 kayaks (and possibly more). The factory bars for your CX-5 likely feature a flush design where the bars don't actually extend past the side rails. This allows for a sleek appearance but reduces the amount of mounting space you have for your items. Aftermarket bars will...
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  • Kayak Carrier for a 2019 Toyota Highlander with Factory Roof Rack
  • I'm sure we're going to have kayak carriers that fit the factory crossbars on your 2019 Toyota Highlander but nothing is confirmed at this time. A very common and likely fit for you is the Yakima JayLow, part # Y04073. The JayLow is great for two kayaks because it's a J-style for one but can be converted to a Post-style for two. It can also be folded down when not in use. You will need extra tie-downs for the second boat. Use part # Y04031. To lock the JayLow to the crossbars use...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack to Fit a 2014 Ford Fusion and 2018 Ford Edge with Panoramic Roof
  • Yes, we do have a way that you can combine most of the parts for a roof rack that fits both your 2014 Ford Fusion and your 2018 Ford Edge with the panoramic roof! For this system we have the 60" Yakima JetStream Crossbars # Y00426 Black or # Y00429 Silver, along with the BaseLine Towers # Y00146. The fit kits for your Fusion are parts # Y06110 and # Y06102 while the kits for your Edge are parts # Y06102 and # Y06139. To add locks to the roof rack you would need the 4-core lock kit #...
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  • Kayak Rack for 2018 Subaru Outback Limited with Factory Roof Rack
  • The Yakima JayLow, part # Y04073, is a great J-style carrier that fits the factory crossbars on your 2018 Subaru Outback. All of the tie-downs are included. I like the JayLow because it can be folded down when you're not using it and it can also be adapted to carry two kayaks if you ever need it. They aren't required but I like to recommend the Malone QuickLash hood loops, part # MPG308, to make the tie-down connections easier. For another option look at the Lockrack carrier, part...
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for 2019 Dodge Caravan
  • I recommend the Yakima Q Tower Round Bar roof rack for your 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan because it offers a combination of functionality and durability. The rack consists of Yakima Crossbars # Y00409, Yakima Q Towers # Y00124 and TWO of the Yakima Q Clips # Y00657. These 58 inch Yakima crossbars are constructed from a strong galvanized steel so you can be confident the bars will last and measure 1-1/8" diameter to fit any variety of accessories such as the Yakima SkyBox 12 # Y07334 cargo...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Carrying 2 Kayaks
  • Since your kayaks are longer than 10 feet you can't use the Thule part # TH830 but since you have two kayaks the Yakima Jaylow part # Y04073 would be a fantastic solution since it can be a J-style for a single kayak or can carry 2 in a stacker like configuration.
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  • Attaching a Kayak Carrier to a Rooftop Basket on a 2018 Subaru Forester
  • I have a potential solution for you, however, the Rola Cargo Basket, part # 59504 is not able to have traditional roof rack accessories like the Yakima EvenKeel, part # Y04052 mounted on top of it. Instead, I recommend the Yakima LoadWarrior, part # Y07070, a cargo basket actually designed with using accessories on it in mind. The front and rear bars of this carrier are actually Yakima's standard roof rack bars, and will let you mount the EvenKeel directly to the basket. You will need...
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  • Yakima Outdoorsman Ladder Rack and Kayak Carrier for a 2017 Ford F-250
  • The Yakima Outdoorsman 300 Ladder Rack for full size trucks like your 2017 Ford F-250 is actually going to be # Y01137-Y00411. The one you asked about is for compact trucks. The Outdoorsman is compatible with all current Yakima roof kayak carriers because the bars are the same size as the roof rack bars. The most popular Yakima option is the JayLow, # Y04073. But you may want to consider a rear loading option with rollers such as # Y04083-04082 since trucks are so tall. I have linked...
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  • Will Yakima J-Style Kayak Carrier Fit Rhino-Rack Vortex Crossbars on 2017 Ford C-Max
  • The Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack System, which consists of # RRVA137B-2 for the two 54 Inch Vortex Crossbars, # RRRLKVA for the 2500 Series Legs, and # DK357 for the Custom DK Fit Kit, is confirmed to fit your 2017 Ford C-Max and is a great choice. With these bars installed, you can indeed use your existing Yakima J-Style Carrier like the JayLow # Y04073 or JayHook # Y04084. These are compatible with crossbars that are up to 3-1/2 inches wide. The Rhino-Rack Aero Crossbars measure...
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  • Carrier for 2 Kayaks on 2019 Subaru Crosstrek with Factory Roof Rack
  • It's likely going to fit just fine but I checked with Thule and they haven't tested the Hull-A-Port XT, part # TH848, on the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek as of yet so I can't say with certainty. It does fit the 2018 and the 2019 is the same generation so that's a good sign. A similar kayak carrier is the Yakima JayLow, part # Y04073. It is confirmed, by Yakima, to fit the 2019 Crosstrek and will also carry both your kayaks. I've linked videos on both of the carriers. With either of...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2019 Subaru Outback wagon with flush rails on the roof the roof rack I recommend is the Yakima JetStream part numbers # Y00425, # Y00148, and # Y00241 because this rack will give you aero shaped crossbars which will minimize wind noise and because this rack installs easily and is made of very high quality components. If you happen to have the Touring model you'd need the part numbers # Y00425, # Y00145, and # Y06028 instead. Then for a kayak carrier the Yakima JayLow part...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carriers for 2012 Nissan Murano
  • I can help you get everything you need to carry a pair of kayaks on your 2012 Nissan Murano with a naked roof. Starting with the roof rack, I highly recommend the Rhino Rack Aero Roof Rack, which consists of Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRVA137S-2 as well as Mounting Legs # RRRLKVA and Custom DK Fit Kit # DK205. This is a high-quality rack that features aero bars to give you a quiet ride and the bars include locks to help prevent theft. To carry a 12' and 14' kayak I recommend the Yakima...
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  • Kayak Carrier for 2 Kayaks on a 2015 Nissan Armada with Factory Roof Rack
  • For the factory roof rack on your 2015 Nissan Armada I recommend using Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount Item # S512 with Expansion Arm for Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier Item # RRS512X. With these 2 items you can carry 2 kayaks that together weigh up to 99 pounds. To help reach the roof easier when loading and unloading the kayaks I recommend using a small step stool, # CAM43672, which you can store in the vehicle for when it is needed. While there are...
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  • Can A J-Style Kayak Carrier Be Attached To A Yakima Warrior Cargo Basket
  • Yes, you can attach a j-style kayak carrier like the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier part # Y04073 directly to any of the Yakima LoadWarrior like part # Y07070 or Yakima MegaWarrior part # Y07080 roof rack cargo baskets on your 2018 Subaru Outback. If you like you can add the Replacement Movable Bar part # Y8870046 for the MegaWarriors or part # 8870042 for the LoadWarriors but otherwise you can just use the front and rear bar on the actual basket unless they are too far apart.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier to Transport 2 Kayaks on a 2019 Toyota 4Runner
  • I recommend going with the Yakima JetStream crossbar roof rack system on your 2019 Toyota 4Runner because it gives you a great aerodynamic roof rack system that doesn't require you to cut the rubber strips for the installation. This means you can use it for a variety of applications and accessories without modifying anything. The parts that you would need for this system are the 50" JetStream Bars # Y00425 Black or # Y00428 Silver and the TimberLine Towers # Y00147. By adding the lock...
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  • Lock Core Kit Recommendation for Use with Yakima Jaylow Kayak Carrier
  • Any SKS lock core would technically fit the Yakima Jaylow Kayak Carrier part # Y04073 but we have a kit that comes with two cores that would work well as the part # Y07202. This will give you a pair of cores that match but aren't going to be the same pair every person would get if they ordered it.
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  • How to Carry 2 Kayaks on the Roof of a 2014 Nissan Xterra
  • The Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier part # Y04073 is the only j-style kayak carrier we have confirmed to fit the factory crossbars on your 2014 Nissan Xterra. However, with the Yakima JayLow you will not need to purchase two sets in order to carry two kayaks. If you take a look at the attached review video. If the arms are used in the vertical position you can easily carry two kayaks without having to purchase another set.
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  • Which Length Crossbars for Carrying Bikes, Kayaks and a Cargo Box on 2019 Mercedes Benz GLC 300
  • You could certainly mount two bikes using racks like the # Y02103 FrontLoader and a kayak using a carrier like the # Y04073 JayLow or two bikes with a cargo box like the # Y07193 RocketBox Pro as well as a cargo box and a kayak on a 50 inch crossbar. I've confirmed the fit with Yakima. The Yakima JetStream rack recommended for your vehicle would assemble using the following parts: The JetStream 50 inch crossbars, part # Y00425 RidgeLine roof rack towers, part # Y00145 Vehicle specific...
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  • Carrying a Kayak on a 2017 Toyota RAV4 with a Factory Roof Rack
  • You have a great range of options with the 2017 Toyota RAV4's factory roof rack. You'll want to ensure that the weight of the carrier plus the weight of the kayak. My research shows that your RAV4 is rated for 100 pounds on its roof, though you'll want to verify with your owner's manual the exacts of your configuration. For a carrier, I recommend the Yakima JayLow, part # Y04073. This carrier includes small side ramps to assist with loading the kayak onto the vehicle, and also folds...
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  • Multi Kayak Carrier for 2019 Subaru Outback
  • I recommend the Thule Stacker multi-kayak carrier # TH830 since it can handle up to 4 kayaks. It will fit on just about any type of roof rack crossbar -round, square, elliptical and your Subaru factory bars too- as long as they are at least 24-inches apart which is important for stability. This carrier can be used for kayaks up to 10-feet long. If your kayaks are not compatible please tell me a bit about them so I can suggest a suitable alternative. Another similar carrier is the Rhino-Rack...
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  • Can 2 Kayaks Fit on 50 Inch Long Yakima JetStream Roof Rack Crossbars
  • You can fit 2 kayaks on the 50 inch Yakima JetStream crossbars # Y00425 if you use the right kind of kayak carrier. You can use the Yakima JayLow # Y04073 which has a 2-kayak capacity. I have included a link to a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Can the Thule Hullavator be Used to Carry 2 Kayaks on a 2019 Toyota Highlander XLE
  • I do have a way that you can carry 2 kayaks on your 2019 Toyota Highlander but when I checked out the online version of the owner's manual on page 204 it states not to exceed 165 lbs of weight on the roof rack. Since your 2 kayaks have a combined weight of 130 lbs and the Thule Hullavator Pro # TH898 weighs right at 40 lbs that puts you at 170 lbs which is over the weight rating for your Highlander. The best solution for you is the Malone DownLoader Kayak Carrier and TelosXL Load Assist...
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  • SportRack Roof Rack to Fit the 2013 Nissan Juke
  • Your 2013 Nissan Juke isn't a long vehicle by any means but it does have plenty of space to mount the SportRack roof rack, part # SR1010. So you don't need the short-roof adapter, part # SR1116, like some vehicles do. According to the roof rack's installation details, which I've linked on this page for you, the front crossbar should sit 10 inches towards the windshield from the door seam (measurement A) and the rear crossbar sits 26 inches behind the front crossbar (measurement B). I...
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for 2 Kayaks on the Roof of a 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • To carry two 10 foot kayaks on the roof rack of your 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser the Yakima JayLow, part # Y04073, is a great option. The JayLow holds the kayaks on their sides. It includes straps to secure them to the FJ's cross bars as well as at the bow and stern. Also add part # Y04031 for the straps to secure the second kayak.
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  • Kayak Carrier to Carry a Jackson Kilroy Kayak on a 2015 Lexus RX350 and Fits Yakima Round Bars
  • If your 2015 Lexus RX350 has a factory roof rack with the crossbars already then you can use a kayak carrier that fits your current bars as well as the Yakima bars on the Rack and Roll Trailer # Y08107. I recommend the Yakima JayLow # Y04073 because of the versatility. The JayLow is designed to carry one or two kayaks and can also be folded down when not in use. The tie-down straps for the first kayak are included. If you need a second set use # Y04031. The JayLow can also be locked...
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  • Recommendation on a 1 or 2 Kayak Carrier for a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • If you looking for a kayak carrier that will work with factory, Aero, round, or square crossbar roof racks, then I recommend the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier # Y04041. The BigStack carrier can carry 1-2 kayaks at a time. The BigStack includes hardware and tie-down straps to help secure your kayaks to your roof rake and vehicle.The BigStack carrier can be mounted on a vehicle with a minimum crossbar spread of 24 inches. I you are looking for a carrier that will carry up...
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  • Compatibility of Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier with Rhino Rack Aero Crossbars
  • You can indeed use the Yakima # Y04073 JayLow kayak carrier on your Rhino-Rack aero-style crossbars. The carrier includes tie-down straps and bow/stern tie-downs. Adding the optional locks, # Y07202 is recommended.
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