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Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Review

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Review of the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with tie-downs, part number TH896. The Thule DockGlide enables you to carry up to one kayak on your factory or after market roof rack assembly, and it makes loading it up much easier as the rear points have a felt material to them, which enables you to load it from the rear and to slide it into position. This is a saddle-style carrier, and the front saddles have this lever adjustment here which will conform to the hull of your boat for a better fit. To use that, you just push this into the side as you're loading it up, and it'll go right to the shape of your boat. It comes with the tie-downs necessary to secure this to your roof rack, included with a rubber protector here to ensure that the hull of your boat won't get scratched up once it's being installed. This also has two ratcheting bow and stern tie-downs which makes securing those much easier. As I said earlier, this can carry up to one kayak with a weight capacity of 75 pounds. The maximum kayak width is going to be 36 inches, and this does have a limited lifetime warranty. The saddles grip to your crossbars by using this universal mount, and this is also called a flip-fit mount as well.

You can remove it like so, and for smaller crossbars, they'll actually flip around and secure the same way. It secures with these two handles here, and these will fit aero bars as you can see here, as well as elliptical, round, square, and most factory roof racks as well. The saddles are glass reinforced and UV resistant, and have stainless steel hardware to ensure durability. In comparing this to similar products, one that comes up is going to be the Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier with tie-downs, part number RR570. The biggest differences between these two kayak carriers, the Rhino Rack does not have any load assist, meaning it doesn't have the felt pads that this one does at the rear to help load them up. And another difference is it loads from the side, as opposed from the rear. Now that we've gone over some of the features of this, let's show you how it installs. We'll first need to assemble our saddles.

We have three of our saddles already finished. To do this, we'll move this rubber piece at the base, lining up these two holes here with these two holes. You know, see the general shape's going to match up as well. We're going to take our round Allen head bolt here and insert that into that hole there, and just start to tighten it down with our provided Allen here. With that done, I'm going to take a square bolt, put that through the top hole, push that all the way through where you can see it here. I'll take our turn knob and tighten that portion down.

Next, we'll take our universal mount and unscrew one end completely. Insert that into the closed end; this is a closed end, and an open end, and loosely tighten this back. Now we're ready to install these on a roof. Now the two portions that you're going to be doing this, as far as the cradles are concerned, you want this portion here with the felt side on it to go to the rear, while this will go towards the front. Now when mounting these, you have to figure out which side you're going to use to mount this with. Then just begin tightening it down to our bar.

You can repeat this for our other mounts. As we continue to install these into the front, we just want to make sure that they line up with our rear mounts as well. Now that we have our mounts attached to our roof rack, we can install our kayak. One of the benefits of this is being able to just load it from the rear, and pushing it up these felt pads onto our front mounts. I went ahead and removed the antenna from the rear of the vehicle just so it doesn't get in the way. Now we can start strapping it down. We'll take our strap here, the cam buckle with the rubber protector here; we'll toss it over to one side, leave this hanging like so. We'll take this end that we just tossed over, wrap it around underneath the crossbar, and then we'll take this end, toss it back over as well. Wrap this underneath the crossbar as well, and connect our ends here at the cam buckle. Get it tight. Then with the excess, tie it off, and we'll repeat this for our front bar as well. Now we'll move on to our bow and stern tie-downs. We'll first need to install our hook end to one end of our tie-down, bring it through like so, making a loop on the other side. We'll wrap it around that loop, and pull it tight. Now we can attach this end to this attachment point here, then these will attach to the handles of the bow and stern of our kayak. We'll feed our one end through, and we'll pull this through. Now we can go to our bow and stern handles. We have another strap here, and you can see that it's a loop. We'll pass it through our handle, then we'll thread it in through itself to create another loop. This is where that snap hook's going to connect to from our bow and stern tie-down. Next, we'll go underneath the vehicle and find a tow hook point where we can attach our hook to, just keeping it taut as we bring it back up. Come to our end here, we pull that tight. Then we'll tie up the excess and repeat this process for the rear. Now that we have everything tightened down, let's go ahead and show you how it looks. There you have it for the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with tie-downs, part number TH896.

Peter E.


lousy instructions. I've seen better instructions for model airplanes. I have a 2019 buick encore. And I have to remove my sirius xm antenna. I also have to take it to the dealer to have the front and back tie downs installed. all this so I can carry my kayak.

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