The 4Runner only comes with side rails. So (1) I need cross rails. Then (2) I need to reevaluate the carrier.
I’m short and old and not that fit. I don’t kayak all that often, hoping for more but in reality I’m only a heavy paddler in terms of my weight:)
I can buy toyota cross rack bars for 140.00, says max weight distributed is 132 lbs. I have a saddle roller on my Blazer I could move over on to these (right?) but don’t think they’d work because of that damned thing that hangs out over the back window (feels very flimsy), (who the f designs this stuff anyway?)
I was told a whole yakima new flat cross bar system would be close to 400. It would also feel taller and the 4runner already feels super tall to this 5’4" 62 yr old.
I have just left the saddle/roller system up there. Getting up and down to take this stuff on an off is not something that is going to happen, don’t know how much less aerodynamic the round bars are.
If I wanted that loader helper where the bar comes out to the side, it would take round bars which would be slightly less money for the bars but there is still the mounts etc.I did try to read some threads and saw some complaints of flimsy feeling. Might be ok for me since I dont carry that often. That said, I might be taking this back and forth across the Mackinaw bridge which is windy…lower the profile the better!
Has anyone loaded their yak with the saddle roller system reversed and gone over the hood? Not sure I can envision that.
Recommendations on cross rails? My rather immediate impression is that the Toyota ones should be fine…?
Then for a carrier that is loadable.
(P.S.) I just have an old town loon 11footer. Someday I might get a sit on top. Meanwhile I hate carrying that thing facing up. I’ve gotten stuck driving in
the rain and when it gets some water in there and starts sloshing back and forth at a stop and it feels like its going to pull your racks off. You have to stop, get out and bail. Any remedy, as in a way to carry face down?