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Thule Compass Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On

Thule Compass Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On

Item # TH890000
Our Price: $349.95
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Shipping Weight: 26 lbs
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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Have other stuff that you need to pack onto the roof and want the boats to take up as little room as possible
  • Have boats and boards and want to be able to haul them with just one carrier
  • Often get on the water with a buddy and like keeping your stuff together

No, if you:

  • Typically paddle around on a fishing kayak, which tends to be heavier - this rack can only handle up to 75 lbs
  • Have a hard time justifying the expense of this rack, especially if you only will need it a couple times a season
  • Have a taller vehicle where it will be tricky to reach at least one of the kayaks mounted, if not both
This versatile carrier lets you transport 2 kayaks or SUPs on your roof rack crossbars. Carry in stacker, J-style, or saddle position to maximize usable space on your crossbars. Fold arms flat for overhead clearance. Tie-down straps included. Great Prices for the best watersport carriers from Thule. Thule Compass Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On part number TH890000 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Thule Watersport Carriers - TH890000

  • Surfboard
  • Paddle Board
  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • J-Style
  • Thule
  • Clamp On

This versatile carrier lets you transport 2 kayaks or SUPs on your roof rack crossbars. Carry in stacker, J-style, or saddle position to maximize usable space on your crossbars. Fold arms flat for overhead clearance. Tie-down straps included.


  • Kayak or SUP carrier lets you transport your watercraft on your roof rack crossbars
    • Works with composite and plastic hulls
  • 3 Different configurations let you maximize usable space on your crossbars
    • Angled (J-style) position lets you carry 1 kayak
    • Vertical (post-style) position lets you carry 2 kayaks - 1 on each side of carrier
    • Flat (saddle) position lets you carry 1 kayak or 2 SUPs and provides overhead clearance when carrier is not in use
    • Hand knobs let you easily adjust arms to desired position
  • Wide cradle mouths make it easy for 1 person to load and unload kayaks and SUPs
  • Thick rubber saddles and padded arms help protect your gear from scratches and scuffs
  • 4 Tie-down straps with padded buckles secure kayaks or SUPs to carrier
    • Integrated StrapCatch keeps straps centered and in place, so your hands are free while you load
  • 2 Pairs of bow/stern tie-downs secure kayaks or SUPs to vehicle
  • Easy, tool-free installation with universal mounting hardware
  • Durable, black powder coated and e-coated steel resists corrosion
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Carrying capacity: 2 kayaks
  • Single watercraft weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 130 lbs
  • Dimensions: 32" long x 7" wide x 19" tall
  • Maximum hull width: 36"
  • Carrier weight: 20 lbs
  • Strap dimensions: 15' long x 2" wide
  • Limited lifetime warranty

890000 Thule Compass Kayak and SUP Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style, Post Style, or Saddle - 2 Kayaks or SUPs

Installation Details TH890000 Installation instructions

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Thule Compass Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On - TH890000

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (46 Customer Reviews)

This versatile carrier lets you transport 2 kayaks or SUPs on your roof rack crossbars. Carry in stacker, J-style, or saddle position to maximize usable space on your crossbars. Fold arms flat for overhead clearance. Tie-down straps included.


Excellent technical support. Yet to test it all out? Thanks


It's mostly a good design, sturdy, and easy to use. Unfortunately, it's a little impractical if you plan to use it for 2 kayaks. In the 2-kayak setup, it will need to be mounted in the middle of the roof and this makes it challenging to reach the kayaks -- especially on taller vehicles like SUVs without two people and strong shoulders.

It's probably more suitable on sedans or lower vehicles like many Subarus.


Not crazy about this kayak carrier. Very diffficult to arrange two kayaks on this thing


Works well for me and looks great on the Thule rack on my Tacoma.


Very adequate but a bit awkward to attach and load kayaks. Using with a low profile Rhino Rack, I was able to attach, load and carry 1-10’ and 1-12’ Eddyline kayak and travel over 1000 miles this past spring without incident.


This is a really well-made, quality product. The top surface feels somewhat squishy like it will provide cushioning to the board(s) held onto it or to the kayaks. It shipped very quickly from e-trailer and arrived in pristine condition. The layout and packaging is gorgeous as well. I do wish there was an option for over-packaging to conceal the contents but to their credit the delivery person did put it out of the line of sight on my porch. I would definitely buy from here again.


The installation is super easy, looks great, and very little wind noise. Great purchase!


Although I believe Thule is at the top of the carrier field, it seemed like this product is mostly plastic especially in places where stress and pressure could cause cracking like the knobs for righting the middle rack, and the grooves where the middle rack can be moved to. I’ve had a Thule rack in the past and these areas did crack and made adjusting them difficult. For the price we pay, the materials should be more durable.


The roof rack is performing like a champ.
It is everything we wanted, researched and purchased, with your help off course.
Here are a couple pics from our camping trip last year.
They can be shared anywhere if you like.


I was very satisfied with my purchase. The quality is excellent, the price was reasonable and the carrier looks great on the car. I would definitely buy another product from etrailer.


great product! Functions as intended, well constructed and easy to use. Ordering and delivery was top notch.


Not providing the "T" slot mounting of the Aero bars brought my rating down a star. It sort of misses the point when used with integrated mounting style bars. Otherwise solid product.


Easy to install. Works with two different size / shape kayaks


Great product and quality. A little bit noisy when no kayak on board and no worry about the kayak really secured with all straps come with it. Loved it and enjoyed it.


Love etrailer and the new Thule Compass! Just what I need to fit two kayaks on my roof, next to my 18ft old town canoe. Solid construction and easy install (less than 20 min).


I downloaded the Install Guide from Thule and watched the video one prior to buying.

Everything was spot on!

I was done with the install quickly!

Shopping experience / delivery experience was excellent.

Thank you!


Hey guys,Montrell M.,and Erik B were great and spot on with all info and delivery! I am very happy with the 890000 Thule Compass with my 1995 Toyota 4-runner.,will send some pics later., THANKS AGAIN for the great service!


I have not installed them yet but have taken them out of the box. They feel heavy duty and is a good upgrade for what I have now!


I haven't used it yet but it was easy to put on the roof

Cynthia - 06/18/2021


Thule makes outstanding products. This is not the first Item I purchased. Excellent hardware and easy to assemble. We have two kayaks and look forward to warmer weather.


It’s great


Easy to install, easy to use.

Takes me to the river, my kayaks in the water... floating me down, floating me down... love my Thule kayak roof mounts
David - 09/07/2021


Great product, work at designed for 2 kayaks carrier. Easy installation, clear and detail instruction on how to correct secure kayaks.


Big well...just like the video posted on the website.


Easy install.Lock option would be good.

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