Roof Mount Kayak Carrier That is Easy to Load From Rear of Vehicle

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Do the EvenKeel saddles allow a kayak to slide when loading it from the rear of the vehicle??

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I checked with Yakima and you are not able to slide a kayak onto the EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles # Y04052. The rubber pads on the saddles, that provide the grip on the hull of the kayak, do not allow for smooth sliding.

Instead I recommend the Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier # Y04074.

The SweetRoll has rollers on the rear cradles that allow you to roll your kayak up onto the roof from the rear of the vehicle. Once the kayak is loaded on the roof you use the 4 included tie-down straps to secure it and you're on your way.

If you're interested in locking your SweetRoll to your roof rack you may be interested in the Yakima Same Key System (SKS) Lock Cores # Y07204 as well.

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