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Comparing Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier to the Thule DockGrip Saddle Style Kayak and SUP Carrier

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Hello, Which is the best/preferred/easiest to use etc Thule product. The THULE DockSlide or DockGrip? I already have a set of THULE truck racks with aero bars and Im looking to make the best and most informed purchase that I can. Thanks!

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For your Thule truck rack aero bars, the Thule DockGlide # TH896 is better if you want to slide your kayak from the back and utilizes felt pads to protect your boat and ease loading. I've attached a video to assist. The contrast is the Thule DockGrip # TH895 which has rear feet that grip. This is helpful for Stand Up Paddleboard use as well. I've attached that video for you to see the contrast.

I recommend the Thule DockGlide for Kayak applications as the preferred easier product.

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Thanks! So if you had both a paddle board and kayak, would the most versatile/Kosher solution be the DockGrip? My kayak is easy enough fro my to lift, so I don't need it to slide necessarily. Thanks again!

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Since your Kayak is easy to lift and you may want to carry a paddleboard at times, the more versatile option is the Thule DockGrip # TH895. This carrier is the better option for you based on the information given. When carrying the kayak the saddles can be shaped to better form to the kayak and when carrying the paddleboard they can be flattened for a better contour to the board. It is a simple adjustment on the saddle that you can see outlined in the attached video.

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