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Kayak Carrier and Roof Rack for a 2017 Nissan Rogue

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Hi there! I’m looking into getting roof racks for my car. I currently have a 2017 Nissan rouge with no existing rails but im not sure which set of racks would be best for what I need them for. Im getting a 10 ft kayak, that weighs about 60 pounds and a kayak rack to add on. I’ve never purchase rails and I don’t really know what I’m looking at so I was hoping you’d be able to help!

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For carrying a Kayak on almost any vehicle, I recommend aero style bars, as their width is a better platform for the shape of the kayak.

For a rack kit, I recommend the RhinoRack Vortex Aero kit, consisting of:

Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars, 49 inches long, Silver, part # RRVA126S-2, or Black, part # RRVA126B-2
Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Legs for Vortex bars, part # RRRLKVA
DK Fit Kit for 2500 Legs, part # DK396

This provides you with a solid rack for your vehicle. Additionally, since the Vortex bars have C-Channels, you can flush mount the carrier for a quieter ride.

For a carrier, I recommend the Rhino Rack Nautic series, part # RR580 for side loading and part # RR581 for rear loading. These mount directly into your C-channel, giving you an easier, more direct fit to the bars and less height to clear with the kayak.

The side loading variant of the Nautic, part # RR580 uses hinged saddles to help support the kayak as you lift it up and over the side of the vehicle.

Comparitively, the rear loading Nautic, part # RR581 uses its rear saddles to support the weight of the kayak
as you load or unload it from the vehicle.

Between the two, I prefer rear loads, as they tend to be a little kinder to lift onto the vehicle.

Malone makes a few handy accessories that will be useful to you on longer trips and at the end of the day.

The Malone Quick-Loop, part # MPG308 and Speed Line, part # MPG309 are a two part system that makes tying down the bow and stern easier. The Quick Loop adds reinforced nylon loops to the hood and trunk of your vehicle, letting you avoid putting hooks or straps directly onto your vehicle's finish. The SpeedLine then compliments this with a ratcheting pully system for the bow and stern, keeping the boat balanced and securely in place. I strongly recommend this as the Rhino Rack Nautics do not include bow and stern ties in their box.

I've included video of all of these parts so you can better see their features and performance up close.

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