Best Kayak & Bike Rack Carrier For A 2015 Jeep Patriot

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Hello, I am looking for a roof rack for my 2015 Jeep Patriot. I am looking to haul a kayak and bikes. the roof has no existing crossbars at this time. thanks for your help.

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In order to haul a kayak and multiple bikes on your 2015 Jeep Patriot there are a few different options. The first option entails a roof mounted kayak and bike rack carrier. The second system entails a combination of a roof mounted kayak carrier and a trunk mounted bike rack carrier. This option will allow for a wider variety of bike racks in addition to an easier method of loading your equipment.

For the first option I recommend the Thule Complete Crossroad Kit with 50" Long Bars and Locks part # TH45050. These crossbars will allow you to fix 1 kayak and two bikes on the roof of your vehicle as long as they are under the maximum rated capacity of 165 lbs. In addition to the crossbars, the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Pro Kayak Carrier w/Tie-Downs - J-Style part # TH848 will allow you to position the kayak with space for additional bike racks. To carry the bikes you will want two of our SportRack Upshift Roof Bike Rack part # SR4883.

A better option more convenient to the user would entail the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack for Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum part # TH7502-TH7502. These crossbars are a custom, direct fit option for the factory side rails on your Jeep. Featuring a low-profile design made of lightweight aluminum,the Thule Aero Bars bars are a top of the line option.

Additionally, I recommend the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs part # TH898 as they are specifically design to fit the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack. In addition to being an exact fit, the Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier has a load assist feature making the process of loading your kayaks to be accomplished at waist level.

The second, and better option in order to carry multiple bikes with our Hullavator Kayak Carrier is a trunk mounted bike rack. I recommend the Thule Passage 3 Bike Carrier part # TH911XT. The Thule Passage is an affordable bike rack carrier featuring a 6 way mounting system to ensure a snug fit on your vehicle. It has the capacity to carry 3 bikes in addition to anti-sway cradles that keep your bikes from jostling around during transport. You will also want the Thule Bike Adapter Bar part # TH982XT if you plan to carry womens or childrens bikes to maintain a safe and level transport.

I have also attached some demonstration videos for your viewing.

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