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Yakima Kayak Stacker Review

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Review of the Yakima Kayak Stacker


Today we'll be reviewing the Yakima Kayak Stacker Roof Mounted Kayak Carrier, part number y04036. This kayak carrier features a vertical post style which allows you to carry up to four kayaks on the roof of your vehicle at one time. This carrier will fit on square and round crossbars as well as factory and aero crossbars with an additional Yakima Mighty Mount which is sold separately and vehicle specific. See our website for more details.The minimum crossbar spread for this application is 30 inches. We'll begin our review by installing the Stacker onto our roof. We'll do this by first placing the clamps onto our crossbars.

We'll place two clamps on the front crossbar and two clamps on the rear crossbar. Next we'll set the Stacker on top of our crossbars lining up the holes in the bottom part of the Stacker to the holes in our two clamps that we just clamped around the front crossbar.Once the holes are lined up we'll insert the silver bolts down through the top of the Stacker and out through the bottom of the clamps. We'll then use the black wing nuts to thread onto the silver bolts to secure the front part of the Stacker to the front crossbar. We'll then repeat these steps for the rear part of our Stacker. It also has a feature of being able to fold down when not in use.We can do this by loosening up the wing nuts and folding the two parts of the Stacker inward and then tightening down the wing nuts to secure it in place.

Now that our kayak carrier is installed we can see that the posts are made from a non-scratched vinyl-coated steel to keep your kayak safe from scratches and provide ultimate durability. With this carrier your kayaks must be positioned on their side. To install the kayak we'll simply place the kayak onto the crossbars up against the post.The kit comes with two heavy duty straps with padded cam buckles that will secure the kayak to the carrier as well as the crossbars. We'll throw the strap up over the kayak making sure the cam buckle is to the top of the kayak. We'll then move to the other side of the vehicle.

As you can see here the post features an aero-shaped hook at the top which makes it easier to strap your kayak down.We'll take the straps that we threw over from the other side and hook them around the post. We'll then throw the straps back over the other side of the kayak. Next we'll move to the other side of the vehicle where we will take the two ends of the strap, wrap one end around the crossbar making sure it is on the inside of the tower. We'll slide one end of the strap into the cam buckle and tighten it down.Now you want to make sure not to tighten it down too tight before the other strap is installed. We'll then repeat these steps for the other strap.

Now once both straps are around the kayak and in position we can then further tighten them down to secure the kayak to the Stacker. Now with both straps tightened down we'll secure the excess strap. You'll notice that the straps have a rubber padding around the cam buckles to keep your kayak from getting damaged by the metal buckles.Now we'll use the included bow and stern tie down straps to further secure the kayak to the roof of our vehicle. To do this we'll simply start with the short strap with the loop and buckle at the end. We'll insert one end here at the end loop of our kayak, insert the cam buckle into the loop of our strap and pull it tight. Next we'll take the end of the longer strap and feed it through the cam buckle. Now you want to make sure the end that you feed through the cam buckle does not have a loop on it.Now that we've done this we'll take the silver S-hook and insert the small part of the "S" into the end loop of our strap. We'll then move to the underside of the vehicle to find the mounting point for our S-hook. Once we've established the strong point we'll then hook it in place. We'll make sure that the sliding plastic tube is up against the rear bumper and we'll then tighten down the strap.Once again we don't want to tighten the strap down too tight until we get the other strap in place. We'll then repeat these steps for the front of the vehicle. Now with both straps in place we can then further tighten them down and secure the slack. Now for today's demonstration we only have one kayak loaded up on our Stacker but it does have the ability to carry four.This kit provides you with everything that you will need to secure and tighten down one kayak to the roof of your vehicle. When loading more than one kayak additional straps may need to be purchased. See our website for more details. This carrier weighs only 5-1/2 pounds and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Now that we've shown you how to install the Yakima Kayak Stacker and showed you how to load up a kayak we'll take it on a test drive and show you how it looks driving down the road.That completes today's review of the Yakima Kayak Stacker Roof Mounted Kayak Carrier, part number y04036.