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Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier Review

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Review of the Thule DockGrip Kayak and SUP Carrier


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Thule DockGrip kayak and stand up paddle board carrier with tie downs, part number TH895. The Thule dock grip can carry up to one kayak or one stand up paddle board on your factory or Thule roof rack systems. The saddles are adjustable and padded to provide protection and stability while you travel as well. It does come with all the necessary tie downs to secure your kayak to your roof. These are great for river, sea, recreational and fishing kayaks and the saddles themselves are adjustable to conform to the hull of your kayak as well, with these adjustment levers on the side. You push those in and as you can see, it adjusts to a different setting. The tie down straps do have these rubber protectors here and that's going to make sure the hull of your kayak won't get damaged once it's being installed or tightened down.

And the bound stern tie downs do ratchet down into place, which makes tightening those down much easier. We've gone ahead and taken the kayak off to show you the saddles themselves and how easy they are to install. With the kayak off you can see the adjustability that we have with the saddles and the different positions that they can be in, to fully flat for your stand up paddle boards. Now this also can adjust to other style roof racks, right now we have it on the arrow but this can also work with round, square, elliptical and most factory roof racks as well. Right now this is the set up that you would have for the arrow bars as you see here.

Now if we wanted to set it for say, smaller bars, this comes around and flips to fit around those. This is more so for your factory style roof racks. The DockGrip has a 75 pound carrying capacity and has to have at least a minimum of 24 inches of cross bar width between them, and has a limited lifetime warranty. When comparing this to other kayak carriers, one that comes up is going to be the Rhino Rack Nautic Roof kayak Carrier with tie downs, part number RR570. The biggest difference between these two being is that the Thule is designed to work both with kayaks and with stand up paddle boards, while the Rhino Rack Nautic Roof kayak carrier is for kayaks only. Now that we've gone over some of the features of the DockGrip, let's go ahead and show you how it installs on your vehicle. First we have to do a little bit of assembly for our saddles.

So we'll set these out of the way, we'll flip this up on its end and pull this rubber cap off the bottom, and take this plastic piece, line it up and in this hole, we'll install the circular screw and tighten that down with the included alan key. In this hole we'll take the square bolt, push that through and we'll take the turn knob here and tighten that down as well. Then finally we'll install our universal mount on the bottom of our saddle. We'll just loosen up one of the turn knobs all the way, doesn't matter which one. We'll take that end, place it in.

You'll see that there's a slotted end and an enclosed end, take this and put it through the enclosed end and loosely install our turn knob back into place. Now we're ready to install these on our roof rack. Set it on our bar, close it up on the other side and just start to tighten it down. Now we're going to repeat this for our other saddles. Now we can start to load this from the rear. We'll bring it up to our first set of saddles, set it down and then push it the rest of the way, bringing it forward as we do so. Also as we do this we're going to try to keep it centered as best we can. Now that we have everything in place, you'll notice that it's not necessarily conforming right here. Well we have an adjustment lever, or button, on the side here. We'll push that in and up until it clicks. Now it better conforms to the hull of the kayak. We'll do this on the other side as well. Now with everything loaded up, we can start installing our straps. We'll take the one end, toss it over our kayak, leaving the end with the rubber protector hanging like so. Now we'll go to the other side. We'll take this end, we'll wrap it underneath our crossbar here, then we'll take the rest of our excess and throw it back over to the other side. Back on the passenger side, we'll again wrap it underneath the crossbar here, then we'll hook it up to our cam buckle, placing our protective coating over here so we don't scratch up the hull. Pull it nice and tight and then we'll repeat this process for the front saddles as well. Now we'll tie off the excess and get ready to install our bound stern tie downs. Next, we'll get our tie down ready, we'll first attach our hook, put the one end through and as we do that we'll make a loop on the other side and we'll bring it around, bring it tight and we'll repeat this for the other hook as well. Next we'll take the end that's going to attach to our kayak mount, we'll push our tie down point in through there while pushing in on this button on the inside that'll make it free spin. We'll continue to push it around until it comes back out the side. Once our tie downs are ready we can move to our kayak and make our connections up there as well. Next, we'll install our loop, our kayak carrier point of the front. Just wrap it through like that, pull it tight. We'll do this for the rear as well. Next we'll take our tie downs with the hook and attach it underneath the vehicle to the tow hook portion at the front. Once we attach it, we'll bring it up keeping it taut as we do so. We'll take our one end with the snap pin here, attach that, ratcheting it tight. Remember to keep this taut so the hook stays in place at the bottom. Now we'll pull this tight as we can, there we go. Now we'll repeat this of the rear. Attach it pretty much the same way except we'll just start from the top this time, start tying it town, then we can hook it to our hitch while we pull it tight and then finish up. Now we can tie off the excess in the rear in the front, and there you have it for the Thule DockGrip, kayak and stand Up paddle board carrier, part number TH895.


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