Can Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier Haul Fishing Kayak

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Swagman exo aero kayak rack compatibility? Can these racks work with a 36 in. Wide fishing kayak or are there better options?

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Yes, the Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs # S65145 is compatible with a 36 inch wide fishing kayak, but there are also better options for this style of kayak.

Instead of the single saddle of the Exo Aero I highly recommend using one with four separate saddles that you can position at the width of your choosing for optimal security. A budget-friendly but solid option is the Swagman Rincon Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier w/ Tie Downs - Saddle Style # S65141. This carrier has rubber pads to protect your fishing kayak, a 100 lb weight limit and pivoting heads to make loading and unloading your kayak easier. I have attached a photo of this carrier installed on a roof rack.

The premium option is the Yakima Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style with Rollers # Y04083-04082 because its it provides you with the simplest way to load your fishing kayak. The Yakima carrier has felt pads on the saddles to gently cushion your kayak and and the rollers are padded as well. This carrier has an 80 lb weight limit, comes withtie-downs and can be locked to your roof rack with Lock Cores # Y07204.

I have added links to video reviews of these systems for you to take a look at.

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