Malone DownLoader Kayak Rack

Malone DownLoader Kayak Rack is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 25.
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Malone DownLoader Kayak Rack
Malone DownLoader Kayak Rack
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The Malone DownLoader™ Kayak Rack is an all-in one kit to store your kayak vertically. Making frequent trips with your kayak is made easy with the fold down carrier frame that lays flat on the roof when not in use. Load your kayak with the help of the built in loading ramps and once strapped in secure it with the included load straps and tie-downs. Universal JAWZ™ mounting hardware makes this a versatile kayak carrier.


  • J-style kayak carrier with built in loading ramp
  • Fold down technology increases overhead clearance
  • Oversized padding and acrylic fabric sleeves protects boat during transport
  • JAWZ ™ mounting hardware fits round, square and most factory oval cross rails
  • Assemble or transfer to another vehicle in minutes with no tools required
  • 12’ cam style load straps with buckle protectors
  • Comes with 60mm and 70mm pre-coated mounting bolts
  • Manufacturer’s Lifetime Warranty
  • Model: MPG114MD


  • Weight: 12.2 lb
  • Length: 17”
  • Width: 6”
  • Height (deployed): 19.5”
  • Height (folded down): 6”
  • Load Capacity: 75 lb


  • Two (2) DownLoader Kayak Carriers
  • Two (2) Jawz Kits with Mounting Hardware
  • Two (2) Cam Buckle Straps
  • Two (2) Bow and Stern Safety Lines
  • One (1) Instruction Manual
  • Brand: Malone Auto Racks
  • Country of Origin: Imported


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid and easy to install I have only used these a couple times so far, but they seem to hold the kayak well. They are easy to attach/detach and the fold-down feature is nice. I made a 30 mile trip at speeds up to 50 mph (on a very windy day) and everything stayed in place. I wasn't even using the bow/aft tie-downs.My only complaint is they are designed more for square crossbars, not oval-shaped like mine. There is a groove at the base of each carrier to fit over a square-shaped crossbar. As a result, there isn't much thread left for me to screw on the mounting hardware, but enough to keep them secure. These carriers would be best with square-shaped crossbars.
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nearly a perfect kayak carrier The folding aspect is wonderful - we can use it quickly for evening kayak trips after work in only a few minutes. The slide assist ramps on the outside allow anyone to load a kayak with minimal effort (slide up, slide over, and let it down into the cradles). The straps and buckles are also very nicely designed. The only issue is no strap loop across the top bar to hold the strap in place so it does not slide down to the side. I fixed my issue rather easily with a few paper clips and electrical tape to hold the straps. I understand Malone had to remove prior strap guides since "people" were using that thin piece to actually hold the the tension of the line and not just as a guide to pull the strap back under.
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Loading Bought these racks in early spring and have used them numerous times. The fold over feature allows for easy stringing of the hold down straps. Highly recommend these over fixed J style racks.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So easy to use This rack works great. Very easy to install to my Rav4 rack and I love that it folds down. The kayak stayed secure and no worries of the straps loosening while driving.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very, very good after 2 yrs of use... Recommended -> As a canoeist/kayaker for 47 years, I've tied/racked/trucked a lot of boats. I can recommend the quality of the Malone racks... sturdy frames, reliable attachment system to the car/van, good padding to avoid damage to the boats, good sturdy straps for securing the racks & boats. For two years now I have been using 2 sets of these Malone J-Racks which can stay attached to the vehicle but can be folded down when not in active use. I've transported boats hundreds of miles to upstate NY and New England at highway speeds without a problem with them. Getting the racks folded or locked upright back into place for use is very easy and can make setting the straps before racking the boat a tad easier than a stationary rack. I also like the idea of calling less attention to the fact I have the racks on the SUV when I don't have a boat loaded and have the racks folded... also cuts down on wind resistence and noise. For a few dollars more than the stationary racks, you should shop around for a deal on this type of Malone fold-down racks.
Date published: 2012-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As advertised and more Purchased two sets to haul 2 kayaks on a 2012 Suburban. Works as advertised, and didn't need the front and rear tie downs - only the straps. Observed others in the campground using Yakima and Thule racks, and the Malone seems the most robust and foldable feature was handy when not in use. Would recommend to anyone. 4 hours of highway driving each way with no issues.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I bought two sets for use on a 4-Runner with Wilderness Pungo kayaks! Performed perfect on the interstate and the kayaks stayed put! Love that I can put them down and use the garage and keep them installed all summer.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay for the price Don't care for the way the "Jawz" grip the cross rail on my 2016 Outback. It works but not as solid as I would like. The t-handles were a little bit of a struggle to tighten.
Date published: 2016-05-24
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