Thule Kayak Cradle


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The Thule® Kayak Cradle features a wide J-profile for easier loading and unloading of 1 kayak. This carrying system includes 2 load straps, 2 bow/stern tie down ropes and accommodates kayaks 36'' wide and up to 75 lbs. Quickly load and unload your kayak and get out on the water in no time!

  • Transports 1 kayak
  • Accomodates kayaks up to 36'' wide and 75 lbs
  • Designed for Thule rack systems, round bars and most factory rack crossbars, not included
  • Wide J-profile offers easier loading and unloading
  • 4 touch point padding and rust resistant steel design
  • Quick on/off hardware ensures fast installation and removal
  • Rust resistant tubing and hardware
  • Includes all straps (2 load strap and 2 bow/stern tie down ropes)
  • Manufacturer's lifetime warranty
  • Model: 815
  • Thule

For additional information relating to the Manufacturer's Warranty, please contact 1-800-238-2388.
Country of Origin: United States
Web ID: 3104997

Customer Reviews:

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 32 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by So far so good Easy to install. Only have had it for a week, but seems sturdy. September 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for our kayaks This product was familiar to us since our neighbors have the exact same kayak holders. They are easy to install and keep the kayaks stable, even on long road trips. July 7, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Nonexistent customer support I like the easy installation, and the quality looks pretty sturdy. We used it with a large 2-person kayak, about 13 feet and 65 pounds, that's within the specifications. We immediately noticed the kayak felt like a sail on top of our SUV, with lots of movement and noise event though everything was tightened to the point of starting to deform the kayak. On the return trip, the front cradle snapped and collapsed where the J-shaped metal pipe bends upward, and the kayak came half loose at about 55mph. Thule's customer support may be the worst I've ever experienced. There is no phone number to reach anyone, so e-mail is the only possible communication. After sending them warranty information and pictures of the damage, the representative said they were sending a replacement. Nothing was ever sent. The rest of our e-mails were ignored. Months later, we found a supervisor to e-mail who said she'd send out a replacement. Again, they sent nothing. Infuriating. I would not recommend using this cradle with anything more than a small or mid-size kayak, and if you ever have trouble, you're on your own. June 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome 2nd set!!! They fix my Yakama bars and stay pretty sturdy. December 4, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not like they use to make This is basically the same carrier I bought 10 years ago except it is made cheaper. The main problem I've encountered is that the foam rubber that the kayak sits on is not covered with fabric to protect the foam. So after the first use the foam started to tear. They should have kept the fabrication the same as 10 years ago. Other than that, works fine. September 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great kayak holder bought this for my daughter. She loves it. Holds the kayak really well July 11, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Damaged My Yukon XL The third time I used my Thule model 815 Kayak Cradle I used it on the highway. I installed it according to the instructions, hand tightening the knobs that hold the J Cradle to the factory cross bars. My kayak is an Old Town Dirigo 120, is is 50 lbs., well below the 75 lb. limit. The kayak traveled well the 30 miles to my river destination, but 5 miles into the return trip the J Cradle slid toward the middle of the crossbar causing it to bend up. The line tied to my bumper was the only reason there was not more damage. I cannot recommend this product. June 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Not for every kayak ! I bought an Old Town Vapor 12XTS kayak and saw what great reviews these racks had gotten and bought a pair....just so anyone who has bought the newer style Old Town kayak, the hull is to wide and deep to fit properly in the racks and causes the kayak to act like a sail and moves around while your driving. I used the term sail because a friend driving behind me described it that way ! I brought it to the Adirondacks via the thruway and had to pull over 4 times to re adjust the kayak and I used ratchet straps along with the ones that came with it,.it holds as long as you don't travel faster than 50mph! with any of the older style kayaks im sure these are wonderful racks! February 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Quick setup for your kayak Easily put together, this rack was such a good price that I bought two! Careful though, no locks for the rack August 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Thule J-rack I purchased this Thule j-rack online for my kayak recently. Basically, I'm pleased with the rack itself and feel that the price is competitive to other retailers selling the same item. However, my only complaint with it is how it attaches to the luggage rack on my suv. Each j-rack has two pairs of brackets (halves) that sandwich the luggage rack from top and bottom and comes with bolts that go through the brackets. Round plastic knobs with threaded holes inside them are provided to screw onto the studs to pull the brackets together and tighten against the luggage rack. Here's the problem: I think the knobs are meant to be hand-tightened to secure the j-rack to the luggage rack, but hand tightening alone will not sufficiently secure the j-racks, necessitating some tightening with pliers which can cause damage to the knobs with each installation and removal, if the racks are not left on permanently. If the knobs are not tightened with pliers and are only hand tightened, then the wind resistance against the vessel when driving, especially at highway speeds, could cause the j-rack to loosen and the boat to move around, regardless of whether straps are used also. I used pliers to tighten the knobs so my Kayak did not budge, but the knobs are now a bit chewed up by the pliers after one installation even though I had a rag wrapped around them while tightening them (which was difficult). I just didn't feel comfortable with not tightening them with a tool, but perhaps I could have explored using some other kind of tool to prevent damage to the knobs. Unfortunately, I may eventually have to purchase new knobs if these break. My suggestion to the designers at Thule: Maybe create an adjustable "quick release" type bracket similar to the ones for attaching and removing bicycle wheels, push the quick release down to lock in place and lift to release the tension. These should be adjustable to create the proper tension for each luggage rack. June 30, 2013
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