Car 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.

Thule 898 Hullavator Pro

Thule 898 Hullavator Pro

The Thule 898 Hullavator Pro is the ultra premium lift assist carrier that reduces up to 40lbs of a kayak's weight and allows side of vehicle loading, unloading and strapping. New Pro model now holds up to 36" wide hulls.

$518.95 $649.95

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.

Thule 887XT Slipstream

Thule 887XT Slipstream

The Thule 887XT Slipstream is a premium load-assist carrier that supports up to 50% of your kayak's weight while ensuring there is no contact made with the vehicle. The Thule 887XT Slipstream fits most kayak sizes and shape for safe transportatio

$278.95 $349.95
Yakima ShowBoat 66

Yakima ShowBoat 66

The versatile Yakima ShowBoat load-assist roller makes it painless to get your kayak on top of your vehicle - even if you're loading multiple boats onto your car rack system all by yourself. Comes with a pair of Yakima 66-inch crossbars

$159.20 $198.95

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.

Thule 847 Outrigger II

Thule 847 Outrigger II

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.

$78.95 $99.95
Yakima BoatLoader

Yakima BoatLoader

The Yakima BoatLoader is the extra set of hands you need to slide your boat on or off your crossbars. Fits Yakima round bars only. The Yakima BoatLoader keeps your boat away from your car while loading and unloading.

$63.20 $78.95

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 883 Glide and Set

Thule 883 Glide and Set - CLEARANCE SALE

The Thule 883 Glide & Set kayak racks are the slickest and easiest way to load your kayak mated to the best fitting saddle carrier. This system is a complete set for carrying one kayak. Includes one pair of 875XT Hydro-Glide saddles (for the rear

$197.95 $219.95
Yakima SweetRoll

Yakima SweetRoll

The Yakima SweetRoll includes 2 front saddles and 2 rear saddles with integrated rollers for easy boat loading. And the spring-loaded base adjusts when loading. You'll crave everything about this boat carrier - sweeeeeet!

$175.20 $218.95

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.

Thule 835PRO Hull-a-port Pro

Thule 835PRO Hull-a-port Pro

The Thule 835PRO Hull-a-port Pro is built to carry kayaks of all shapes and sizes, and now includes the convenience of folding down. The Thule 835PRO Hullaport Pro fits Thule square bars, Yakima bars, and most factory installed bars out of the box.

$174.95 $219.95
Yakima SweetRoll

Yakima SweetRoll

The Yakima SweetRoll includes 2 front saddles and 2 rear saddles with integrated rollers for easy boat loading. And the spring-loaded base adjusts when loading. You'll crave everything about this boat carrier - sweeeeeet!

$175.20 $218.95

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

Thule 830 Stacker

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.

$134.95 $169.95
Yakima BigStack

Yakima BigStack

The Yakima BigStack is the newest universal kayak carrier that features locking capabilities. The Yakima BigStack is a post-style mount for securing up to 4 kayaks carried on edge, depending on racks weight limit and crossbar length.

$127.20 $158.95

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