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Have design flexibility that fits most any hull on contact. Rear saddles have removable glide socks that fit over the pads, which make solo loading from behind the car very easy. The saddles also pivot sideways, which allows easy loading from the side as well when 2 people load the boat, and the saddles pivot back into place with the hull of the boat as it's loaded on.
Easy to install and maintain, and very solid in use. Saddles don't go flat with use like some saddles do, or not give at all to hull shape like other saddles.
A little noisy when driving with no boat on the car, but that's zero issue when you see how well they work with a kayak.
There are two things that could be improved. One is the instructions could be a little clearer on how to use the ropes that are for the front and rear of the kayaks. The main thing though would be to give specific advice and/or an extra gadget for "calming down" the straps that wrap around the kayaks. Sometimes they get vibrating from the 50 to 70 mph winds they feel when you drive on the highway, and they can make quite a racket w/ a loud and annoying humming noise. We have had to stop numerous times to make adjustments to try to get rid of the noise. Here are a few things I have found to help. One is to use kayak covers over the cockpits. Then you can tuck the loose ends of the straps into/underneath the cover, and the center strap which goes around both kayaks goes tightly over the covers. (Last resort you can duct tape the strap ends to something, or wrap them around and around till they're a big tight ball.) Another thing I did was to place the one strap that goes around both kayaks a bit forward from the mid-point of the kayaks (instead of a bit behind the mid point), so it has the tendency to pull the noses together instead of apart. The third thing I did was underneath the kayaks where that strap goes across just above the car rooftop – it is very taught and can vibrate, so I ran a piece of duct tape from the van roof up over that strap and back down to the roof. That did not give the strap any opportunity to vibrate.
All in all, I am very happy with the fit and finish of this product. I have had two 17 foot sea kayaks on the system with no problems. I would recommend it. The only thing I wish is that those were just a few inches taller so those were easier to reach when wrapping the straps around - minor issue.