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Roof Rack Options For Carrying 2 Kayaks Flat On A 2020 Subaru Impreza Naked Roof

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Was wondering if you have a roof rack for my 2020 Subaru Impreza hatchback that is strong and wide enough to carry 2 kayaks laying flat, side by side? I included a picture of that description, although my car has a bare roof with no rails. Thanks

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For a roof rack that fits your 2020 Subaru Impreza Hatchback with a naked roof, I recommend going with the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars 49". For black use # RRVA126B-2 and for silver go with # RRVA126S-2; you will also need Legs # RRRLKVA and Fit Kit # DK285.

For a carrier that will allow you to mount your kayaks flat on the crossbars I recommend the Rhino-Rack Nautic 580 Side Loading Kayak Carrier # RR580. This carrier mounts into the T-slot channel on top of the Rhino-Rack Aero Crossbars which allows you to utilize the entire crossbar length. This kit is for one kayak, so you will need a quantity of two. Now keep in mind the crossbars are 49" long, so if your kayaks are no more than 24-1/2" wide each then it will work just fine.

If your kayaks are wider than 24-1/2" each, then I recommend going with a J-style carrier such as Thule Compass Kayak and SUP Carrier # TH890000. This allows two kayaks to be installed on their side which is a great option for trying to save space on the crossbars. I attached several demonstration videos for you to check out.

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