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Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier Review - 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

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Review of the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier on a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500


Hi everyone, Aidan here at etrailer.com. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at the Yakima JayLow J-Style Kayak Carrier here on our 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. Now we're using this in combination with our ladder rack today. You definitely could put the boat in the bed but you risk damaging the boat that way. We've got a ladder rack on here so why not take advantage of that Get the boat up there in a proper carrier so it's nice and secure and protected. Let's check it out.

Now I really like J-style kayak carriers because they hold the kayak really well. We're saving a lot of space by holding it more upright here so there's tons of room on our ladder rack to add another kayak or maybe even another two. So we can get a lot of boats up here and still have access to our bed this way. We can put other cargo in here and everything is really secure. You can see up and down, there's not any movement in the carrier and side to side, everything's really solid so I'm not worried about this shifting around.

Part of what makes it so secure is the strap kit, works really well on our truck here today. We've got our cam buckle straps around the main body of the kayak. Those just loop through the top of the carrier and down here underneath our ladder rack and secure just right in front of the kayak. Then we also have our bow and stern straps on the front and back. Those are just gonna loop through some secure point on the kayak, have a buckle that we feed the free end through and the S-hook on the bottom.

So at the back, we're just looped into the safety chain loop. And then on the front, we're actually looped into an integrated tie down point on our ladder rack. And honestly, if I we're to set this up again, I'd probably move this back strap to this strip hook here. That way we retain full bed access too. It's gonna keep it secure.

It's gonna keep those ends held down, just the same as it would if it we're hooked into the hitch there. If you do decide to hook those S-hooks somewhere else like the safety chain loop down there, we do have a nice protective rubber coating on the strap here. You can adjust that anywhere we want so we are not having strap on paint contact on our vehicle. Getting it unloaded is really easy. These bounds stern straps, a lot of times on other carriers, they'll just come with ropes, you have tie your own knot and undoing those is fine, it's super easy. But actually having to tie the knot every time does make it a little bit slower to set up. This is nice because you can just feed the strap through the buckle and pull it tight and you're well on your way a lot quicker. Now the one thing with it being on a ladder rack here is it's very high up. I would recommend for something like this in this application, getting a load assist kayak carrier. Malone DownLoader has an option with the Telos Load Assist and so does Yakima with their ShowDown. They're not gonna get the kayak super low to the ground where it's like hip height loading but it's gonna be way easier than trying to get it up and down from the top of the ladder rack here. It is doable on your own. I would probably advise having a friend help you out but you can just sort of tilt it out, catch it right there and then ease it down right here. It's a lot of sand in this kayak. With the kayak off, you can kind of get a better look at the carrier here. We do have a small loading ramp so it is helpful if you kind of set the kayak up here. It'll rest against the crossbar in that ramp and you can kind of push it into place. Not the best thing in the world, but it does help. You have a ton of good padding here throughout. It's all like a rubberized kind of padding so it is gonna be more durable than foam. And when it's unloaded, you can pull this red lever and fold the carrier down. This is gonna condense it a lot more and help you with your clearance. The highest point on here when it's like this is gonna be out in the front here and it's just gonna be under 4 inches from the top of your crossbar. So you can kind of measure your setup at home. If you've got a ladder rack or a roof rack, measure up 4 inches and that's how much it's gonna add to the top. Carrying the kayak like this, you do have an 80 pound capacity, but we do have the option to fold this arm straight upright like a post style carrier and get a second kayak on the other side here. You will need a second strap kit because it doesn't come with two strap kits. But if you do end up carrying two kayaks, your total weight capacity is gonna be 110 pounds so just be mindful of that. And the way these attach is really simple. We just have these two hand knobs on the side, loosening them up will open the clamps right here, just a long ways. And you can just get it on the bar and tighten it down. So everything here is tool free, which I really like. You don't have to remember anything. And it's super easy to do, especially if you're not standing in the most comfortable position to actually get it tightened down, it is gonna be simple. And on the front here, we do have a spot where you can add lock cores. So if you're worried about security, you can add those and lock the carrier to your roof rack or ladder rack. And I think the Yakima JayLow is going to be a great fit for your Silverado here. It does work really well with the ladder rack we have on there. My only complaint is that it's just really high up. It's already a tall truck with a tall ladder rack so you have clearance over the cab. And I would just maybe look into something with load assist. I think they would make the whole experience a lot easier but this is definitely doable, especially if you can get into the bed to actually help tie that kayak down and you have a friend to help load. But overall, that'll do it for our look at the Yakima JayLow here on our 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. Thanks for watching..


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