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Old 06-01-2011   #1
winnipeg, manitoba
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Kayak Carriers VS Ratchets

Hi all, I'm going to get to the point quickly here.

Transporting on your roof rack.

Using J-cradles vs just using ratchet straps to secure boat to roof rack.
What exactly is the point of a J-cradle VS ratchets?

So as long as you don't over-tighten a ratchet strap, I don't see why not..
It seems like getting a J Cradle is a waste of $100+ when you can just ratchet it.

Thoughts? THANKS!

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Old 06-01-2011   #2
Longmont, Colorado
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They make it less dangerous to be stupid. If you don't get the boat right on just a set of cross bars it can come loose, j cradles are more "idiot proof". First time I strapped a 4Fun down I was a bit surprised (and scared) that it has loosened a little on my way home. Got it right the next time!

I also prefer cam straps for this purpose, no big buckle and hooks to deal with.

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Old 06-01-2011   #3
dillon, Colorado
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I don't ever use ratchets...just cam straps with or without carriers...if there are only 1 or 2 boats then just cams.
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Old 06-01-2011   #4
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The j stacker holds one boat up on edge then you can stack more along side, so you fit 4-5 on a small car instead of just 2.

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Old 06-01-2011   #5
Lakewood, Colorado
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Be sure to strap the boat to the rack and not only to the J-stacker. I made that mistake once and lost boat and stacker on a highway at 65 mph.
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Old 06-02-2011   #6
Englewood, Colorado
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I picked up a set of J cradles for $85 @ rackattack. Came with the straps and everything. Real easy to get the boat loaded and go..
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Old 06-02-2011   #7
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The point of J-cradles is to let the world know that you are a noob.
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Old 06-02-2011   #8
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Originally Posted by deepstroke View Post
The point of J-cradles is to let the world know that you are a noob.

Hahaha. Yes.
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Old 06-02-2011   #9
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J cradles guarantee you won't be running shuttle...not enough rack real estate left with those things on.
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Old 06-02-2011   #10
Carbondale, Colorado
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Someone recommended zip tying cut up mtn bike tires to the cross bars to prevent the kayak from sliding down the stacker while strapping it down. We tried it and it works...awesome. One thing, cut the tag ends of the zip ties short and melt them smooth or you will be bleeding before your boat is secure.

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