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Aftermarket Roof Rack Recommendation for Heavy Kayak on 2016 Ford Escape with Raised Rails  


2016 Ford Escape with roof rack, crossbars, and pano sunroof I am wondering what is the best option to haul a 12 foot kayak weighing approximately 70 pounds. My OEM crossbars are only rated to hold 45 pounds because of the pano sunroof. Any help would be appreciated.


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According to my research your 2016 Ford Escape with the OEM roof rack has raised rails so you can easily switch to an aftermarket roof rack with a higher weight rating. I recommend picking up the Thule WingBar Evo roof rack because it's easy to use, looks really sleek, and is really durable. Here are the parts you'll need:

53" WingBar Evo Crossbars - # TH711420
Evo Raised Rail Feet - # TH710401
Lock Core Kit - # TH450400 (optional)

This roof rack has a weight rating of 150 lbs so it will be more than capable of handling your 70 lb kayak. If you don't already have a kayak carrier I recommend checking out the etrailer J-Style Kayak Carrier # e98878 for a cost-effective option or the Malone SeaWing Kayak Carrier and Load Assist w/ Tie-Downs # MPG113MD for something that helps make loading your heavy kayak easier.

Attached are review videos for you to check out.

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