Vehicle Kayak Racks

Kayak Racks are a must when carrying a kayak on or behind your vehicle. You will not run the risk of ruining your car or ruining your kayak, and with innovative products to help you load and unload the boat, getting to the water and enjoying the day will be a breeze. Whether it is a rack for recreational kayaks, whitewater kayaks, or touring kayaks, Rack Attack sells Thule and Yakima Kayak Racks to suit your individual taste.

Roof Mounted Kayak Racks REQUIRE that you already have a roof rack system in place, either from the manufacturer of your vehicle, or if your vehicle roof is bare, one of our multipurpose base rack systems. To see what multipurpose base roof rack system options are available for your vehicle, check one of our Automated Roof Rack Fit Guides.

The next step is finding the right kayak rack to best suit your needs. Kayak Racks are best categorized by the style in which they carry your boat.

Lift Assisted Kayak Rack Information

Useful with company, and crucial when paddling alone, Lift Assisted Kayak Racks help you get your vehicle on to the roof of you car. Rack Attack sells a number of products which will help you lift your boat onto your roof, widely ranging in features and price

Full Lift Assistance

By far the best system to help you get your boat onto your roof is the Thule Hullavator Pro. This system uses pneumatic gas struts to lift the vast majority of your boats weight. The system folds down to the side of your car only requiring you to lift your boat to a comfortable height

Note: The Hullavator Pro ONLY works with Thule roof rack systems, and can not be used with a factory rack.

Yakima ShowDown Kayak & SUP Rack
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Yakima ShowDown Kayak & SUP Rack

The first load-assist mount to both SUPs and kayaks, the ShowDown lifts 45% of your load's weight for you, making loading and unloading heavy boats and boards a breeze.

Roller Lift Assistance

A good roller system allows you to life just one end of your boat up to the roof of your car, and then pick up the rear and simply roll the boat forwards onto the roof.

Simple Lift Assistance

The most simple type of lift assistance is having a pole that slides out of your roof rack allowing you to lift just half of your boat at one time.

Note: The products below ONLY work with roof racks of the same brand. Yakima for Yakima racks, Thule for Thule.

Yakima BoatLoader EVO Kayak Rack
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Yakima BoatLoader EVO Kayak Rack

The Yakima BoatLoader Evo is the extra set of hands you need to slide your boat on or off your crossbars.

Thule 847 Outrigger II Kayak Rack
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Thule 847 Outrigger II Kayak Rack

The Thule 847 Outrigger II Lift Assist replaces the discontinued Thule 547 Outrigger. A brand new design that makes it even easier to load and unload boats alone. Great for the lone paddler, the extension bar provides the extra hand when loading.

Horizontal Kayak Rack Information

Horizontal Kayak Racks lay your boat flat on its belly. This style of carriers offer the most surface area contact to your boats hull and can be adjusted so as to fit a wide range of boats. Horizontal Kayak Racks are easy to load and unload and transport your boat in a safe, sturdy, and stylish fashion. They also feature minimal wind resistance and utilize the aerodynamics of your kayak to reduce fuel consumption. Higher end models of Horizontal Kayak Racks are engineered to assist you in loading your boat on and off your vehicle's roof. The number of boats you can carry is limited by the width of your vehicle's roof and essentially the size of your crossbars. Pay attention to the model that you select as some are sold in pairs, which is only enough to carry the front or the back of the boat. This means you can combine them with another pair of the same product, or a different pair of a different product.

Thule 895 DockGrip Kayak Rack
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Thule 895 DockGrip Kayak Rack

Carries both Kayaks and SUPs! A versatile, horizontal kayak carrier with large cushioned, flexible pads that conform to a large range of hull shapes as well as SUP’s.

Thule 881 Top Deck Kayak Rack
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Thule 881 Top Deck Kayak Rack

The Thule 881 Top Deck kayak rack offers a great alternative to full featured kayak saddles. The Thule 881 Top Deck is a complete kayak carrier system that includes everything needed to transport a kayak safely and securely - at an economical price.

Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles Kayak Rack
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Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles Kayak Rack

Yakima EvenKeel, comes with universal attachment system for fitting with round and square cross bars. HullFlex design conforms to your boat for unbeatable protection. Includes, straps, hooks and bow/stern tie-downs. Easy tool free installation.

J-Style Kayak Rack Information

J-Style Kayak Racks or j-cradles, are the world's most popular kayak racks and have the convenience of folding down when they are not in use. Sitting your boat on a 45 degree angle creates more room on your crossbars so that you can transport other water toys. J-Style Kayak Racks allow you to load your boat from the side of the vehicle or from the back. They also feature locking capabilities so you can lock your boat to your rack and your rack to your vehicle with the purchase of locking accessories.

Yakima JayLow Kayak Rack
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Yakima JayLow Kayak Rack

The Yakima JayLow allows you to carry 1 boat in J-cradle position or 2 boats in vertical position, and folds down when not in use. There may be divas on your road trip but this fabulous boat carrier is very low maintenance.

Yakima JayHook Kayak Rack Kayak Rack
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Yakima JayHook Kayak Rack Kayak Rack

The Yakima JayHook is a pair of J-style kayak carriers for holding a kayak on its side on your vehicle's roof rack. The JayHook is designed to carry all types of kayaks, from whitewater to recreational to touring, including tandems.

Thule 834 Hull-a-port Kayak Rack
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Thule 834 Hull-a-port Kayak Rack

The Thule 834 Hull-a-port is a standard J-style cradle that delivers superior carrying performance and protection with its 4-touchpoint adjustable padding and rust resistant steel design.

Vertical Kayak Rack Information

Vertical Kayak Racks or kayak posts, allow maximum boat capacity by stacking your boats vertically on their sides. Their on/off hardware allows rapid installation and removal, and there is no adjustment ever needed. Simply lift the kayak and place it against the post or against the neighboring kayak. Vertical Kayak Racks will hold up to 4 kayaks at a time.

Thule 830 Stacker Kayak Rack
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Thule 830 Stacker Kayak Rack

The Thule 830 Stacker kayak racks carry up to four kayaks and are the most efficient way to carry multiple whitewater kayaks. The Thule Stacker can be mounted directly on Thule load bars, Yakima round bars and most factory installed crossbars.

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