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Thule Hullavator Kayak Load Assist Rack Review

Thule Hullavator Kayak Load Assist Rack Review

The Thule Hullavater kayak rack is an award-winning universal kayak lift-assist system that brings the load platform down to your level and enables anyone to load and unload a kayak without assistance from anyone else. Lowers traditional loading height by more than 3 feet, reducing the power needed to load a kayak to the vehicle’s roof rack. The gas-assist struts lift 90% of the boat’s weight! Fits Thule Racks load bars (including classic square, modern AeroBlade load bars, Xsporter Pro truck racks, etc.), Whispbar and Yakima Rack bars, ProRack, SportRack, Malone, Inno, RockyMounts base roof racks etc. (AeroBlade t-slot channel cross bar conversion kit also available for pre-2014 Hullavator models).

The Thule Hullavator kayak rack system received the Silver Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA), one of the most prestigious, global awards for innovation in product design. The all-new Thule Hullavator replaces the previous 897 Hullavator design with enhancements and now offers greater kayak size capacity and protection with a more robust latching mechanism.

The Hullavator kayak rack system is a vehicle side loading lift-assist system that brings the load platform down to your level, and enables anyone to load and unload any type of kayak without assistance from anyone else. For many solo and tandem kayak paddlers one of the biggest challenges they face isn’t on the water, but the loading of their boat on their vehicle’s car roof rack. The Thule Hullavater kayak rack lift-assist system functions without any contact to the vehicle and dramatically reduces traditional loading height by more than 3 feet, simultaneously reducing the power needed to load a kayak to the vehicle’s roof rack. The gas-assist struts lift 90% of the boat’s weight!

The Thule Hullavator mounts to Thule Racks load bars (including square, AeroBlade and Xsporter Pro truck racks; however not compatible with AeroBlade Edge car rack bars), Whispbar and Yakima Racks cross bars, Inno, RockyMounts, ProRack, SportRack, Malone base roof racks etc. Not compatible with factory roof racks. Only takes up approximately 25 inches of load bar space, so other gear carriers (or a 2nd Hullavator kayak rack) can live next to it on the roof rack load bars at the same time. Everything is included for a complete kayak carrier system with gas-assist struts, boat cradles with padded support, mounting hardware, boat straps, and ratcheting bow/stern tie downs all included. Locks to the base rack load bars using a two pack of Thule locks (not included; see accessory add-ons below).

Features

  • Works with all types of kayaks including touring, sit-on-top, tandem, whitewater, sea & recreational kayaks etc.The Thule Hullavator kayak carrier reduces lift height required to load and unload a kayak by three feet!
  • Reduces effort required to lift kayak with gas assist shocks that help raise boat onto the vehicle roof rack. gas-assist struts lift 90% of the boat’s weight! No need to reach top of vehicle to secure boat to carrier – kayak strapping is easily done with carrier in down position.
  • Thule Hullavater offers superior boat protection with cradles and integrated padded support.Mount side by side with other gear carriers (or a second system) as the carrier only requires approximately 25 inches of roof rack load bar space.
  • Compatible with any boat up to 34″ wide and 75 lbs. Everything is included for a complete kayak carrier system with gas-assist struts, kayak cradles with padded support, mounting hardware, boat straps, and ratcheting bow/stern tie downs all included.
  • Compatible with Thule Racks load bars (including square, AeroBlade and Xsporter Pro truck racks; however not compatible with AeroBlade Edge roof rack crossbars), Yakima and Whispbar Racks cross bars, ProRack, Inno, RockyMounts, Malone, SportRack base roof racks etc. Not compatible with factory roof racks.
  • Locks to the base rack load bars using a two pack of Thule locks (not included; see accessory add-ons below).Easy to follow, step-by-step Thule Hullavator side-loading kayak carrier installation instructions manual included.Thule Racks Lifetime Warranty!
Last modified: January 11, 2021
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