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Review of the Malone MegaWing Fishing Kayak Carrier


Adam: Hi, everyone, Adam with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Malone MegaWing Kayak Carrier. This is going to be a pretty simple setup to just get even your heavier of kayaks to, and from your destination. It's just going to pretty much just bolt on and wrap around your bars. So then you can get your kayaks nice and tied down. What really hits home with me when it comes to kayaking.

I love kayaking, but what I don't like is loading them up. Sometimes it can be a pain, especially since my Tahoe here is a little bit higher off the ground. Before, like right when I get to the spot and then I take it off. That's not really the hardest part, it's after I go kayaking for a couple hours and my arms are absolutely dead. So to be able to get the right equipment, to be able to get it up and load it up as quickly as possible is definitely something I look for in a kayak racks.So just to kind of throw it into a situation for you, I'm going down to Lake St.

Louis going kayaking, and just being able to kind of just throw this thing up from the back. Not a lot of these carriers are going to be able to do that. This does make it a lot simpler. And just the fact too, that I have multiple different types of kayaks and some of them are kind of loaded up with gear and are pretty heavy. This is actually going to have one of the higher weight capacities of the kayak racks as well.

And that's definitely a plus. At the end of the day, it's just getting your kayak up and strapped down as quickly and effortlessly as possible is definitely what we're going to look for. Just so we have more time to have some fun on the water.So if you guys are like mean you like to go fishing when you're kayaking, whether you have a Hobie Yak or a Old Town Yak. I do think that this is going to be one of the easier ways and better ways to get those heavier kayaks to, and from your destination. So what we're going to do today in this video is go over what really sets this kayak carrier apart from others, go over some specs and of course, show you guys how to install.

And then at the very end, I'll give you my 2 cents over this carrier, specifically. So let's just go ahead and get going. So this here is the V style type of kayak carrier, and it is going to be ideal for even those wider kayaks that you may have, whether they're the fishing ones or whatever. These are going to be able to house those wider ones a little bit better than those J style carriers. The J styles for one, we do have them at an angle kind of.So for those wider ones that is going to sit quite a bit higher than some of the actual support on the J style carriers. And in my opinion, that's not necessarily the best. With this, pretty much the whole entire kayak has some sort of structure underneath of it, even throughout the whole entire width. So I would definitely say that this is going to be probably one of you secure bets. One thing that is something I thought of, it is a little bit wider of a carrier compared to those J style carriers. So getting to up on your roof might not necessarily be possible, but also since these do have a weight capacity of 150, your roof might not even be able to handle that kind of weight. So just be mindful of that whenever you're loading these up. So another thing that sets this apart from some of those J style carriers is the fact that we actually have rubber on the underneath here, and it's nice and textured here.So we don't really have to worry as much about it sliding, especially if it's going to be wet. A lot of the J style carriers do have foam. I'm not necessarily a fan of foam because over time it's going to rip and such like that. This is definitely going to be a lot more solid, rubber contact point. So I think it'll be better for your kayak and is better for the grip. So we also have included straps, they're going to be plenty long for even your larger kayaks. I even had to take all the excess and wrap it around this bar here. But what I really like about this style, we actually have two different gaps on the inside of our carrier here. And as you can see, it comes down, but then it goes underneath your kayak and then loops around. So you're not just pulling straight down from the side you're actually pulling kind of in, and it just kind of hugs that kayak a little bit better.A lot of those J style carriers, they kind of, again, just tie down right to the outside of where your kayak sits. But with this one, it's actually going to go in there about two to three inches. So again, it's just going to really hug that kayak and that's just going to give me more peace of mind going down the road. So it does come with these straps, but it also comes with our bow and stern straps as well. The MegaWing here only is going to add about four and a half inches to the top of your bar. So you can probably just go ahead without a kayak on it, just drive right into your garage without any issues. So we talked about earlier about how this was a little bit easier to load up, and it definitely is. It's a lot easier to kind of just pivot it onto the back and just feed it on yourself.You don't really have to hold that whole entire kayaks weight by yourself, definitely a plus. I would definitely go with these just because the way it ties down is a little bit better, in my opinion, I think it's a lot more solid. There's no moving parts. Once we mount this down, it's fixed you put it up on there, you strap it down, done deal. Also for those low clearance situations, I know down at the river, whenever I went, the bridges aren't necessarily the tallest thing. So being able to have all of that clearance up top compared to the other carriers that actually hold it at an angle, I do think this going to be your best bet for clearance. I do think it's the best choice for weight. And I do think it was the easiest to install.Alrighty, so everything you guys see here is going to come with your kit. We're going to get two little carriers for our kayaks. We are going to get some hardware. We're going to get a set of two, some longer ones and some shorter ones we can pick between the two. Of course, our brackets to secure to our bars. And we're also going to get some bow and stern tie-downs as well with some nice metal hooks. And we are going to get some other tie-down straps as well to get our kayak nice and secured down. We're going to get two little caps to cover up our bolts once we get those installed. And then of course, the caps to tie everything together to our carrier here. So what we're going to do is just go ahead and pick between our longer bolts and our shorter bolt. This is just going to pretty much determined by what size bars that you have on your roof.Alrighty, just so you guys know something to take into consideration is the kind of bars you're going to be using. The ones we're using right here are going to be the Yakima HD bar. So they're going to be about an inch and a half thick. So with our longer bolts, it is actually somewhat difficult to get both knobs threaded down. I'm kind of struggling just to get the one on this end kind of threaded and started. Now that's threaded and started. On this end, really going to have to push down and kind of try to bend this bracket to really get it to fit. And I'm still struggling. And this is actually, I'm not doing this upside down. So when you are putting this on your roof, you would be doing it upside down, which would make it a lot more difficult. And I can't really get that threaded on really just because the threads don't start until they're halfway into this knob.So that is something to think about, even with the longest ones we are struggling. So be sure to take a measuring tape out and measure your bars first. And I mean, this doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't get this kit. It really is only going to be a couple of dollars at the hardware store to get longer bolts. But I just wanted to point that out to you guys. So you guys know before it arrives at your house. So I did want to let you guys know, I did manage to get these threaded on, so it's not impossible. It's just a little bit more of a task, but the majority of your roof rack systems are going to be under about an inch and a half in thickness. So I don't think you guys will have any issues there.Alrighty, so I am going to go with the shorter studs on both of mine and you just got to feed them through the top, come down through like that. And then we are going to have these little caps, that'll kind of slide in there. I'm going to do my best kind of line them up like that. And this is all we really need to do before we put it up onto our roof and be sure to just grab the same size harbor for both of them. And of course just put the caps on.All right. So I am going to place it onto the driver's side and is pretty much just plop it on top there, got to let it balanced a little bit. Then we can grab our little bracket. It is coated, so you don't have to worry about it, scratching your roof and or the bars. Now we can go ahead and put our knobs on kind of have to lift up on this a little bit to get it underneath there, just because it starts hitting the roof. And that's another reason why I kind of went with the shorter hardware, just so it won't be sticking onto my roof. So once you get that knob on there, I usually try to get both sides nice and even. It's not really resisting too much, but once it starts actually like tightening tightening, that's when I'll go on the other side and even that one up.So now with our tie-downs, they are included with the kit. We're going to go through from the top on the closest innermost hole. And we're going to go back up through the other side like that. So as of right now, it's all we're really going to do, pull it through a little bit, and we're going to keep all that excess strap onto the side here. We're going to load it up, bring those straps up and over and then do the same thing on that side, connect them, pull them tight, done deal. So I'm going to go get a yak and I'll be right back. Now that we have our carriers all installed. The only thing we need to do is put a cloth down just so I don't scratch the vehicle's paint. So now with that in place, I can do my best to kind of get this thing kind of lined up the best I can.And then kind of just fish this guy over like that and kind of slide it up into place. Get it nice and even, then we can go ahead and finish tying it down. Now we can go ahead and grab both sides of our straps and bring them over to the other side. Then we can go ahead and feed it into the hole closest to the middle, kind of get it to where it seats in a good spot. We're going to feed it back through the one on the end, just like that. Now we'll go ahead and fish that through there. And also here, get all that slack out and then we can go ahead and give it a good tug, nice and tight. Then we can do that same exact thing for the backside. Alrighty, so whenever you have the carrier installed and you put your kayak up on top of there and it's nice and tied down properly, this is what it's going to look like.What I actually ended up doing is taking some of the tie-downs. I didn't end up using those metal hooks that it comes with. I actually just went from the top there and I actually have a hood loop. They don't come with the kit, but it just goes in your hood just to get that tie-down for the front there. We did have quite a bit of excess of strap here. So I just use that excess to kind of wrap around our roof rack bar here and tie it up like that. And then with the back kind of the same as the front, we didn't use the hook that was included, but we just brought it down and tied it to our hitch and made it real tight. And as you can see, it's pretty solid. This thing isn't going anywhere.So the MegaWing is going to get the job done. It's just going to be one of your traditional V style kayak carriers, but what really sets it apart is the amount of weight that it's going to be able to carry. A lot of the carriers that we have here only really ranged from about 75 to 110 pounds of weight capacity. This one here is going to be up to about 150. So for some of your fishing kayaks, just the kayak alone is going to weigh over a hundred pounds. Some of them even getting up close to the 150 range. And of course, if you're fishing on your kayak, you're going to have maybe a cooler for some food and drinks, obviously your tackle box and of course rods. So that is something to definitely take into consideration when picking a kayak carrier. And in my opinion, this one really does stand out with the amount of weight we can put on it. So if you're really just deciding, honestly, I would definitely go with this one just because of that high weight capacity.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Dan O.

I have a nucanoe frontier 12 fishing kayak. It is 77 lbs and 41” wide and I have the Rhino rack aero bars car carrier that I purchased from etrailer. Will the malone megawing work for my kayak?

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Les D.

It looks like you have the Rhino-Rack aero crossbars (only?) installed on your vehicle. You can definitely use the Malone # MPG207 MegaWing on aero crossbars. If by "car carrier" you are referring to some kind of rooftop cargo basket, then I will need to know more about it (brand/model) to recommend a method to carry a kayak.

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