I just ordered some GFC Cross Bar rack Mounts, and I’m planning on buying a pair of Yakama Roundbar. From that point on, purchasing decisions get complicated. We have two kayaks: my wife has an old 9’ LiquidLogic, and I just bought a 12’ Wilderness Systems Pungo.
I’m looking at ease of transport and being able to get the kayaks up on top of the camper without it being a hassle. I’m 6’1", 55 years old, and reasonably fit. So many options, some costing $$$. I really don’t want to spend a ton of money only to be frustrated by a system that adds unneeded complications. If it’s just one kayak being transported to the lake a half-hour away, I just toss it in the bed with a bed extension bar (goal-post thingy). The top-of-the-camper set-up will be for multi-day camping trips.
I’ve been looking at Yakima Jayhooks, but I wonder how hard they’ll be to load (my truck does have a bit of a lift to it). Some people appear to strap their yaks directly to the crossbars, but I hear that can cause misshaping on hot days.
Any advice would be appreciated!