Recommended Kayak Carrier for 2 Kayaks on 2017 Kia Sportage

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Im trying to find the right carrier to SAFELY transport 2 kayaks, 1 modern Future Beach model and one older heaver Critter brand] on top a 2017 Kia Sportage. Id like to do it for less than $250 all inclusive if possible. What products would you recommend? I know that my husband installed two Kia 'brand' rack parts that go across the roof at the front and back of the roof [rather than on each side].

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To safely secure your two kayaks for transport on the roof of your 2017 Kia Sportage, I recommend taking a look at the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier # Y04073. This J-style carrier will mount to the factory crossbars on your vehicle and can secure 1 kayak in the J-style position or both of your kayaks at the same time in vertical position. The built-in ramps make it easy to load up the kayak from the side of your Sportage, while the padded bases and arms cushion the kayak and protect the hull from scuffs or scratches (the grooves in the base also help to better grip the boat).

Tie-down straps and bow/stern tie-downs are included to secure 1 kayak, but you will want to add a second set of straps # Y05006 and bow/stern tie-downs # Y04031 for the second kayak.

I have attached a short video demonstration on this product so you can see exactly how it is used to secure 2 kayaks like what you will be doing.

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