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Yakima Racks
BowDown Kayak Carrier

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The BowDown Kayak Carrier is a top of the car mount that allows for excellent aerodynamics due to its ability to fold down tightly when not in use, and gives you better access to garage parking.  With an integrated boat ramp that assists you in loading big recreational kayaks, and Hullguard pads protect and keep your car and boat looking new.  Yakima also put a huge adjustment knob for securing the boat down that can be used by small hands or gloved fingers, and the final touch is an integrated bottle opener on the end for those necessary beverages after a long day on the water. 

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  • J-Cradle design for carrying a single touring, recreational or whitewater kayak
  • New SteelCore construction utilizes a steel substrate encased in durable foam padding
  • Folds down flat when not in use for the ultimate in rooftop clearance
  • Integrated ramp system assists in loading your boat
  • Hullguard pads protect and keep your boat looking brand new
  • Locks to crossbar with SKS locking system (lock cores sold seperately)
  • Includes 1 pair of Heavy Duty straps, with padded buckets
  • Includes Bow/Stern tie-down straps
  • Integrated bottle opener
  • Fits round, square and most factory crossbars out of the box

Gender: Unisex
Season: N/A
Vendor ProductId: 8004042
Review ProductId: 12771


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All hail the BowDown!!

By PT Trout Bum

from Chattanooga, TN

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  • Durable
  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Use
  • Stable


  • Slight Wind Noise

Best Uses

  • Large Cars
  • Luxury Cars
  • Small Cars
  • SUV's
  • Trucks

Comments about Yakima Racks BowDown Kayak Carrier:

I got the BowDown earlier this spring to carry my Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 around. Needless to say this is a great Yakima accessory! It is exceptionally stable; once the boat is up there and strapped down it does not move. I like the fact that you can fold it down so that it is out of the way and does not protrude above the roofline when not in use, so you don't have to take it off when you are not using it. You really have to crank it down when you are installing it so that it does not roll on the bar, but mine has not moved at all now that it's set. It comes with all of the straps and the bow/stern tie down so you are ready to go right out of the box. About the only other thing that you would need would be to get some locks for it. The integrated bottle opener is nice when you need to re-hydrate after being out on the water. There is a little bit of wind noise at highway speeds, but I don't really know how you could ever avoid that with a roof rack. Overall this is a great carrier and I would absolutely recommend it.

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