Yakima BowDown - Yakima Kayak Rack

Yakima BowDown
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Rating of 5.0/5 on 6 reviews
Product Code: 204042
Price: $239.00 USD

Status: In Store Only

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- Ryan D. Martin CEO Yakima
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Yakima Kayak Rack

The Yakima BowDown is a folding J-cradle style kayak carrier that supports your boat sitting on its side, where it's most rigid. The Yakima BowDown fits round, square and most factory racks out of the box.


  • J-Cradle design for carrying a single touring, recreational or whitewater kayak
  • SteelCore construction utilizes steel substrate encased in durable foam padding
  • Folds down flat when not in use for the ultimate in rooftop clearance
  • Padded with hull guard pads to prevent boat damage
  • Integrated ramp system assists in loading your boat
  • Fits Yakima round bars, Thule square, Thule Aero, and most factory crossbars right out of the box
  • For factory fit information use the Yakima Automated Fit Guide
  • Locks to crossbar using SKS locking system, sold separately
  • Includes heavy duty straps and bow/stern tie down straps


Weight: 16lbs

Length (carton): 20.25"

Width (carton): 10.5"

Height (carton): 8.5"

UPC: 736745040420

Manufacturer: Yakima

Manufacturer Part Number: 8004042

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Yeah the Jeep for in the garage with these folded

2006 Jeep Liberty


Fantastic product! Installed on our minivan easily (sqaure thule 50in crossbars). We hauled our tandem kayak (yes a beast) all over last summer. Prepare yourself for stares and questions from other boaters when they see this product. Looks impressive, and works even better. The fold down feature is great so the van fits back in the garage after the trip. Also the beverage opener is a nice bonus. Just added another boat, so I'll be buying another set of these ASAP...be sure to get the yakima locks with it.



This was a great purchase from Rack Attack! I can't say a negative thing about it! They mount easily to both my Jetta with Yak bars and my Pathfinder with factory bars and feel very secure when they are on. Loading and unloading the boat is easy and they are rock solid when traveling. Thanks Yakima and Rack Attack!


5 Rating is for the bowdown itself. Amazing product, works excellent. The addon lock cores are a must. Can't say anythign negative about the BowDown. The only problem I have is not with the Bowdown but the bow/stern tie downs. They have a PVC tube to supposedly protect the bumper. After one use there was still wear on the bumper. So i'm gonna have to just go without them. But the Bowdown itself is a great buy and I Highly recommend. Used it with a 12' Native Watercraft Manta Ray 2010.


SUV has roof rails with crossbars and needed a kayak carrier that would fit the OEM crossbars. RA tech support replied that the Yakima BowDowns would be the best fit for this configuration. The BowDowns fit great and are held securely in place with SKS locks. The fold down capability of the BowDowns allows entry to garages when the racks are not in use. The Thule quick release fold-down is probably a better idea than the slower screw knob release on the Yakima. Excellent construction and ease of installation make these four and a half stars.

2004 Volkswagon Touareg


Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions for this product. If you need more assistance you can email a rack-install technician, or call us at: 1-877-432-8301

No! Any tools required for installing this rack product come included in the box!

Absolutely. It's the law for a reason, it's the only safe way to carry your boats. Many of our canoe and kayak racks come with tie downs, if not you can buy them separately.