2018 - the year I’ll finally buy that kayak I’ve always talked about. I think I’ve decided on the kayak itself so I started researching roof racks and some threads here came up so I figured why not sign up.
The two car options to carry the kayaks are a 2017 Subaru Forester XT Limited (I mention this because it has a hatch spoiler and raised side rails) or a 2018 WRX. I’m leaning towards the former but getting the kayak up onto the roof rack is the hangup and reason for my visit.
The first conclusion I came to is that the cross bars offered by Subaru are not the best. I looked at Yakima, Thule, and Malone and the price of the Malone square bars is the only option that made sense to me. Next is what type of “holder” do I want - a “J” cradle or hull cradle. I’m leaning towards the hull-type simply because Malone (and others) have a system for loading the kayak from the rear of the car that seem like the most easy and cost-effective way of getting the 60 lb kayak 6’ up onto the roof rack of the Forester.
Anyone here faced a similar dilemma or have any recommendations?