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Curt J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount

Curt J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount

Item # C18320
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Is this right For you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Sometimes want to hit the water with your surfboard or stand-up paddleboard instead of your kayak
  • Park your car in a garage and would rather just fold down the rack instead of taking it off every time
  • Are new to kayaking or only kayak occasionally

No, if you:

  • Get annoyed buying things separately, like bow and stern straps which are not included
  • Leave the rack on your roof while you’re out paddling and worry about it getting snatched
  • Don’t want your fingers to get pinched by the folding lever
This aluminum, folding rack lets you safely transport 1 kayak on your vehicle's roof. Folding arms pivot to accommodate almost any size kayak or paddleboard. Universal clamp-on brackets mount on most roof rack crossbars with no tools required. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from CURT. Curt J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount part number C18320 can be ordered online at or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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CURT Watersport Carriers - C18320

  • Kayak
  • Paddle Board
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • J-Style
  • Folding
  • Aero Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • CURT
  • Clamp On
  • Side Loading
  • No Load Assist

This aluminum, folding rack lets you safely transport 1 kayak on your vehicle's roof. Folding arms pivot to accommodate almost any size kayak or paddleboard. Universal clamp-on brackets mount on most roof rack crossbars with no tools required.


  • Folding, J-style cradles carry 1 kayak on its side or 1 board - either stand-up paddleboard or surfboard - on it's face, safely and securely
    • Accommodates a variety of watercraft styles and sizes
    • Takes up minimal space on your roof rack so you can carry more gear
    • Folds down for overhead clearance when not in use and for convenient storage
  • Upright arms with integrated cam levers stabilize your kayak
    • Notched pivot points allow for precise positioning and locking
  • Padded bases and arms cushion your kayak and protect the hull from scuffs and scratches
  • 2 Tie-down straps anchor kayak to your vehicle
  • Brackets and hand knobs let you mount the carrier to most crossbar configurations - no tools required
    • Rubberized brackets help to keep saddles from sliding on crossbar
  • Lightweight, aluminum frame resists corrosion
    • Black powder coat finish provides additional durability and protection from the elements
  • Includes 2 J-style cradles, 2 tie-down straps, and all necessary hardware


  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak or 1 board (SUP or surf)
  • Application: round, square, aero/elliptical, crescent-shaped, and most factory crossbars
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Adjustable, Fold-Down Arms

Adjustable Kayak Carrier

Each cradle has an integrated lever that allows you to adjust the upright arm to fit virtually any size kayak. Simply rotate both of the side levers forward and pivot the arm to the appropriate angle to ensure that your boat sits properly in the cradle. Notched pivot points allow for precise positioning. Rotate the levers back to lock each arm into place.

Tool-Free Installation

Curt Kayak Carrier Mounting Clamps

Installation is quick and easy and doesn't require any tools. The included mounting clamps on these cradles fit round, square, aero/elliptical, crescent-shaped, and most factory crossbars. First, position the cradles so that they are lined up correctly and are sitting at least 24" apart. Then slide the mounting clamps underneath your roof rack's crossbars and attach them to the cradles with the included hardware. Use the included hand knobs to easily tighten and secure the clamps around your crossbars.

18320 Curt J-Style Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Folding - Universal Mount

Customer Reviews

Curt J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount - C18320

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (19 Customer Reviews)

This aluminum, folding rack lets you safely transport 1 kayak on your vehicle's roof. Folding arms pivot to accommodate almost any size kayak or paddleboard. Universal clamp-on brackets mount on most roof rack crossbars with no tools required.

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Good quality materials and easy to install - and uninstall. Two changes would give this product 5 stars: Some type of strap holder at the top of the back rack would make it easier to strap down the kayaks and some type of security lock so someone doesn't borrow your new racks while you are out kayaking. One unique thing to remember for the 2017 Toyota RAV4: the back OEM cross bar is about 3" shorter than the front cross bar - this takes some adjustments for the placement of the racks to fit 2 kayaks and still open the rear hatch.

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Quick service! Box was not damaged at all. Just what I wanted.

Still works wonderfully
Denis - 04/25/2022

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We love these foldable kayak carriers! They have worked well for us each time. The fact that they can be folded for going under the garage door is a definite plus!

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Easy to install and adjust. Holds kayaks just fine. Ver happy with purchase.

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Ordered 2 pair of Curtis kayak carries and they arrived sooner than I expected. Tracking info provided by etrailer made it easy to follow my order up to and including delivery. etrailer’s price of the carries was lower than competitors with free shipping. Very satisfied with my purchase through etrailer.

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Great product for the price.

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Just perfect!

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Perfect for our kayaks and easy to set up. Love how they fold!

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Very nice! Excellent design and doesn't have the Yakima price!

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Excellent product! Comes completely assembled and easy to mount and use. Which we did within hours of receiving. No problem mounting 2 sets on the car and carrying 2 kayaks at the same time.

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Excellent product. Fast delivery. We bought 2 sets a year ago for 1 vehicle and they work so well we just bought 2 more sets for the other so our kids can go Kayaking as well. Or rather we can go Kayaking as well.

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As always excellent experience!!!

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Fastest delivery I have ever seen! The product was very easy to install and great quality

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Ask the Experts about this CURT Watersport Carriers

  • Will Curt Roof Rack Fit 2017 VW Tiguan With Factory Raised Rails
    The crossbars are 53-3/8" long of the Curt Roof Rack for Raised Side Rails # C18118 but the clamps that install on the rails are adjustable, so they will fit the width of your 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan. So the Curt Roof Rack for Raised Side Rails # C18118 will fit your 2017 VW Tiguan perfectly and allow you to easily carry your kayaks with the Curt J-Style Kayak Carrier # C18320.
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  • Recommended Solution to Carry Kayaks Using Curt Roof Rack on 2018 Jeep Cherokee
    I may have a solution to help you better secure your kayak on the crossbars, but there is not an available eyelet that can be mounted on the Curt # C18118 since there are not channels on the bars. It sounds like maybe you don't already have a kayak carrier, which would provide the best possible solution to secure kayaks to your roof rack. I recommend using the Curt J-Style Kayak Carriers # C18320, which will mount to the Curt roof rack bars on the # C18118 and comes with 2 tie down straps...
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  • Roof Board Carrier that can Carry More than One Board
    If you wanted a similar rack to carry 2 boards the Inno Board Locker part # INA744 would be a great option but the Curt you mentioned can only carry one board at a time.
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  • J-Style Kayak Carrier for Transporting Pelican Catch 130 Hydryve and Hobie
    Since your kayaks are on the heavier side you'd need a carrier with a higher weight capacity like the Rhino Rack # S510 which has a 99 lb weight capacity. This would attach to the Whispbar roof rack you have as well.
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  • J-Style Kayak Carrier For Old Town Sportsman 120 Kayak
    While we have an option for you, according to my research an Old Town Sportsman 120 kayak weighs over 80 lbs, which is too heavy for the 75 lb capacity of the Curt J-Style Kayak Carrier # C18320. So what I highly recommend is a different carrier: - etrailer J-Style Kayak Carrier # e98878 This carrier will be able to easily hold your Sportsman 120 kayak, which is a pretty standard 33-1/2 inches wide, so there will be no issue with its depth, and the etrailer Kayak Carrier # e98878 also...
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  • Does Curt Kayak Carrier Come with Tie-Downs to Secure Kayak
    The Curt J-Style Kayak Carrier # C18320 comes with tie downs to secure the kayak to the carrier, but it doesn't come with bow and stern tie-downs. We recommend using bow and stern tie-downs because it just further secures your kayak and helps to keep it from sliding back and forth if you have any extreme conditions while driving. I recommend either picking up the Yakima Bow/Stern Tie-Down Ropes w/ Ratchets and Strap Loops # Y04031 or just going with our J-Style Kayak Carrier # e98878 which...
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  • Will Thule and Curt Kayak Carriers Fit Thule Crossbars
    Yes both of the kayak carriers the Malone part # MPG114MD and the Curt # C18320 that you mentioned can fit the Thule crossbars that you have.
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  • Kayak Load Assist For Loading 10.5' 60lb Kayak Onto 2019 Subaru Crosstrek With Factory Roof Rack
    I know just what you are looking for! The most affordable option for a load-assist kayak carrier is going to be the Malone SeaWing Kayak Carrier and Load Assist w/ Tie-Downs - Rear Loading - Clamp On # MPG113MD. This system will simply clamp onto your 2019 Subaru Crosstrek factory crossbars and provide a V-style kayak carrier with load assist. The load assist slides out to the rear of your vehicle and will help you tilt the kayak up and onto the roof. I recommend this option if you don't...
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  • How to Carry Kayaks With 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab
    We have a couple of options for you, though I checked with all the roof rack manufacturers and there are no clamp-on roof rack fits for your 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab. If you did want to go with a roof rack, the only option is from SeaSucker, which is a vacuum-mounted rack, the SeaSucker Monkey Bars Roof Rack # 298-SX6000B. This is just as strong as a standard roof rack, using vacuum cups that attach to your roof which makes it really easy to take on and off so it's really convenient. The...
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  • Inno Roof Rack Fit on 2019 Chevy Volt With Naked Roof For Carrying a Kayak
    Yes, there is an Inno roof rack that fits your 2019 Chevy Volt with a naked roof that will allow you to carry a kayak. The roof rack you were referring to is made up of three parts - the bars, feet, and fit kit. The correct parts for your '19 Volt are the following: - Inno Square Crossbars # INB127 - Inno Feet for Square Crossbars # INSUT - Custom Fit Kit # INK688 Then for the easiest loading of your kayak on the roof rack, I recommend a J-style carrier, which will allow you to load...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack and Kayak/Paddleboard Carrie for a 2020 Kiat Forte
    I have a watersport carrier for you. First, though, in order to mount any carrier to the roof of your 2020 Kia Forte, you will need a roof rack. I recommend the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars, part # TH711400. They are 53"-long aero-style crossbars, making them compatible with most accessories. To mount them to your roof, you will need the Evo Clamp Feet, part # TH710501, and the Fit Kit for Thule Evo Clamp Roof Rack Feet, part # TH145162. For the carrier, you won't have enough room...
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  • What Tracks and Crossbars do You Recommend for My Pro Tops Camper 2019 Toyota Tacoma?
    With your ProTop camper shell on your 2019 Toyota Tacoma (6-foot bed), the system you need depends on how much length and width you have on your shell. For example, if you have a long shell with considerable width, I recommend the Rhino-Rack Aero Bar Roof Rack for Camper Shells - Track Mount - 54" # Y02-480B. This system comes with 62" tracks. For the optimum crossbars and track length, I recommend measuring the length and width of your Undercover shell. For a water-tight solution, we...
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  • Which Ladder Rack Will Fit 2017 Ford F-250 6-3/4' Bed With BAK Revolver X2 Tonneau Cover?
    Luckily, the BAK Revolver X2 Hard Tonneau Cover # BAK39330 on your 2017 Ford F-250 6-3/4' bed mounts inside the bed rails, which allows for a ladder rack to be installed on top of the bed rails. A compatible ladder rack would be the Adarac Pro Series Custom Truck Bed Ladder Rack Aluminum # A4000952, or if you want a matte black rack then go with Adarac Pro Series Custom Truck Bed Ladder Rack - Matte Black # A32BJ. You can secure your kayaks or other cargo with Tie-Downs # A4000882 or Load...
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  • Roof Rack For 2014 Ford Escape For Carrying Kayaks
    Since your 2014 Ford Escape has a naked roof, you can simply add a roof rack system that clamps onto your door jambs, so you don't need to spend the extra $600 to get additional side rails. We have the perfect option for '14 Escape, which is a rack from Rhino-Rack. The reason I like this option the best is because it is the best value for a roof rack; the quality is the same (or higher) than similar name brands, but at a better price point. Going with the Rhino-Rack allows you to get...
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