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Yakima EvenKeel Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Clamp On

Yakima EvenKeel Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Clamp On

Item # Y04052
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Don't freak out when searching for an affordable roof-rack kayak carrier - keep an EvenKeel. This system offers 4 flexible saddles that firmly grip your hull and includes bow/stern tie-downs and heavy-duty straps for complete boat stability. Great Prices for the best watersport carriers from Yakima. Yakima EvenKeel Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Clamp On part number Y04052 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Yakima Watersport Carriers - Y04052

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Factory Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Saddle-Style
  • Yakima
  • Clamp On
  • No Load Assist
  • Side Loading

Don't freak out when searching for an affordable roof-rack kayak carrier - keep an EvenKeel. This system offers 4 flexible saddles that firmly grip your hull and includes bow/stern tie-downs and heavy-duty straps for complete boat stability.


  • Complete, affordable system for carrying 1 kayak
    • Mounts to round, square and most factory crossbars - no adapter required
      • Adjusts to crossbar size with a turn of the integrated knob
    • Includes bow/stern tie-downs and heavy-duty straps
      • Straps provide additional stability
      • Bow/stern tie-downs engage with easy-to-use, ratcheting pulley
        • Sliding plastic tubes protect your vehicle from friction damage
  • Innovative HullFlex technology
    • Flexible cradles conform to any hull shape
  • Security bolts included to secure saddles to your roof-rack crossbars
  • Quick and easy, tool-free installation


  • Quantity: 4 saddles
  • Capacity: 1 boat per 4 saddles
  • Weight capacity: 80 lbs
  • Application: round, square and most factory crossbars
    • When mounted on round bars, EvenKeel has the potential to slide - use with caution
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Lifetime warranty

EvenKeel easy adjustment knob

The EvenKeel adjusts easily with an integrated knob to fit round, square or factory roof-rack crossbars. The claw loosens or tightens depending on the size of your crossbars to create a safe, secure grip.

8004052 Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof Rack Crossbars - Qty 4

Replaces Yakima Y04030 (8004030) and Y05007 (8005007)

Installation Details Y04052 Installation instructions

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Yakima EvenKeel Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Clamp On - Y04052

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (26 Customer Reviews)

Don't freak out when searching for an affordable roof-rack kayak carrier - keep an EvenKeel. This system offers 4 flexible saddles that firmly grip your hull and includes bow/stern tie-downs and heavy-duty straps for complete boat stability.


The kayak saddle kit(s) were just what I needed to carry two boats on top of my existing truck rack. They came out of the box and right onto the truck, fitting exactly as I hoped. The attachment mechanism is simple and strong, and can easily be adjusted to fit different kayaks which is important as we have some different ones we haul, depending on conditions. The saddles hold the kayaks firmly and the long straps included give plenty of extra length so there are no problems tying things down. We travel and camp all across the country and always take kayaks, so it is important to have a rack that we know will be secure and hold the boats firmly in all conditions. So much better than my jury rigged wood cradles I used previously. First trip starts tomorrow!!!

etrailer had these in stock and shipped so fast, I was amazed, especially since it was a holiday weekend when I ordered. Great people to work with and I have never been disappointed with shipping, service or merchandise after buying from etrailer over several years. Can' say enough good things.


I have included a picture of my 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse, with the Yakima Q
System and Even-Keel Kayak saddles. I also used a stretch Kit, which I
picked up locally due to time constraints.

I'll be sure to keep you guys in mind when I am ready to get additional
parts for the system.


Very happy with my purchase Yakima Even Keel. And, very happy with I will be a return customer. Attached are pics. 06' Nissan Xterra w/ Yakima Even Keel.


This makes the second set of these I have purchased. Great poduct and handle our single kayaks as well as out tandem without issue. The tie down straps are a plus.


I have just received my kayak kit, to be used on a Chevy Equinox. Here are my impressions so far.
The rack arrived and contains everything I need to tie down my Kayak. The Bow / Stern lines have got a protective shielding on them to protect the paintwork, although I will add a piece of chamois under the straps. These straps include a metal hook to aid mounting to the vehicle under-body. On inspection there are unused (manufacturing??) holes on my vehicle both ends, so this should not be a problem.The rack adapters fitted my Chevy Equinox rack bars with a snug fit I could rock the car on the suspension. The main straps are more than adequate.
Good product - see you on the water.

John G.


I have used the rack several times now, it is a good solid product. As with all nylon tie downs, if youre going a distance - check the tension at each pit stop.


The 4 SUV rack has been used to haul my Hobie Outback kayak. It has worked reasonably well but it is not ideal. The rubber fitted snap in inserts easily come out. In fact I lost a couple then removed the other 2. They hold the boat from sliding but also create friction when loading which is a pain. The plastic bases do not contour that great to my kayak and the boat shifts around pretty easily because of this and also the lack of rubber inserts. They are also 2-3 inches higher than the cross bars and so make lifting the boat a bit harder. I am still using them but have thought of finding something better. So far, I haven't found anything I like better.

Etrailer Expert

Heather A.


I recommend the Yakima kayak carrier part # Y04083-04082 for carrying your kayak. This carrier has a load assist feature in the form of 2 Padded, pivoting rollers that allow the kayak to be easily loaded from the rear of the vehicle. It also features felt covered saddle style paddles that hold the kayak in place but does not create issues with friction when loading.


85lb Liquid Logic Deuce Coupe rides like a queen on top of the Even Keel Yakima rack. 65-70 mph in my suv no problem. I'm a very confident 1st time yak owner now! Thanks etrailer for the excellent customer service.

Paul S.


I have not had opportunity to use the rack this year yet


I really liked this rack. It was easy to assemble and worked great for my kayak. However, it didn't last 6 months before it fell apart. The rubber top came off on two of the carriers exposing hard plastic.

Etrailer Expert

Sierra K.


Thank you for your review. We are in the process of getting replacement foam added to our website from Yakima. I will update soon.


Very happy with the Product. I have a canoe and now a kayak and wanted to carry on top of the car. Even though I have Yakima racks, I thought that these mounts to my SUV racks would be easier and they are.
Service and communication was excellent.


After two trips to the lake, I'm happy with the performance of the Yakima EvenKeel saddles. They install in only minutes and are very secure on the factory cross bars of my 2011 Nissan Murano. Time will tell how well they hold up; but for now, I'm happy with my purchase and would certainly recommend them.

Delivery was fast...they were actually delivered before the estimated delivery date.


For the most part the saddles do the job of stabilizing my Pungo kayak atop my roof rack. The trick is getting them positioned just right.


Received my EvenKeel saddles two days before I drove 630 miles to Lake Superior. Easy installation. Great stability. Very secure. Very pleased so far.

Casey S.


yup, still love my EvenKeel saddles.


Congratulations to Yakima. Even keel product is elegant, easy to use and robust- your competitors better start looking for another line of business.


Great product, BUT They broke off my cross bars. the info. stated they were universal but they fit but not very well after 3 uses they broke. :(


Fitment on round bar Yakima works perfect, very detailed instructions, easy installation.


This product work ok for our use on top of our Jeep..
I would like to see this manufacturer or others make a kit to fit the round roof bar that are sold for most Keeps.


Great shipping.
Simple easy to install
kayak supports.


Just put them on the car. Have not loaded a boat on yet so can’t really rate them other than to say they were a snap to install!


Great product and it works perfectly on my 2013 RAV4 .


Does what they are supposed to do. I would recommend


Easy to mount, seem very well made, good design & fair value.



Nice riding pad for carrying kayak.


Good product and fast delivery...


Excellent fit. Thank you

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