Telos™ XL Load Assist Module

Telos™ XL Load Assist Module Description

The Telos™XL temporarily attaches to J-style carriers (DownLoader™ - J-Loader™ - AutoLoader™) and the SeaWing™ V-style carriers. This lift assist provides a safe way to vertically raise the kayak into a position where it can easily be loaded into the carriers. You can detach the Telos™ XL and use it on the other side of the vehicle to load your second kayak, or, store it in the trunk for unloading later. The new ground level adjustable extensions totally avoid contact with the vehicle's sheet metal. There is simply no other load assist on the market with this versatility or value. Comes with assembly tools, instructions and Malone Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Additional Attributes

  • Self-locking vertical ratchets for ensured safety
  • Adjustable bottom extensions with pivoting feet
  • Fully padded steel cradles help protect the kayak
  • Quick release detachment system to load a 2nd kayak
  • Sized to conveniently store in the trunk
  • Made in the USA
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty

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Telos™ XL Load Assist Module Reviews

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I'm 70 and love my original…

Submitted by: paddler868421 on 9/5/2020
I'm 70 and love my original Telos. I've modified the retaining clip for the plastic ratchet trak so that I can remove the cradle hooks when they were not being used. Now I can pack the Telos lifting tracks in a kayak paddle bag with the cradle hooks packed in with the PFDs. I've also put a drop of crazy glue on the threads of the spring loaded ratchet locks, no longer for the ratchet's missing spring, piston, or other parts. The only parts that's hard is getting my kayaks into the cradle during loading, being only 5'10".

The load assist is a great…

Submitted by: mihoDundalk on 2/14/2020

The load assist is a great idea, but does not work very well. Here are the pros and cons... Pros: 1. Hooks into most Malone j-cradles and can be used to load more than one kayak (one at a time of course). 2. Sturdy construction. 3. Still thinking...

Cons: 1. The cradle does not lower far enough to the ground. The height is awkward and I find it harder than just getting the kayak on top of your head and lifting it onto the roof with out the load assist. 2. Along the same lines as above, the "J" of cradle that keeps your yak from sliding off sticks up too high. This makes it more difficult to load than it needs to be. I might try using a hack saw to cut this shorter, but then risk it sliding off when I try to push the yak up onto the car. 3. Even when collapsed, the load assist XL legs are pretty big and take a lot of space in the trunk/cargo area of your vehicle. 4. The XL model has legs that extend all the way to the ground and you have to stand on the feet to keep the units from twisting while using it. 5. The units are not spring loaded or anything. The way it works is you sit your yak on the cradles and then lift on end at a time while the other end is supported by the other cradle. you alternate lifting ends until it is completely raised and then you push your yak up and onto the J-cradles for transport. The idea is that you only have to lift half the kayak at a time. The load assist cradles do not always slide easily, so you have to lift the yak and then raise the cradle which requires you to stand directly in front of the end you are lifting. The problem is while you are lifting one end the load assist unit at the other end wants to twist (because you cannot stand on both feet at the same time).

Ultimately I would not recommend this to anyone. Maybe if you have limited ability in your shoulder or arm it could be helpful, but I doubt it would be enough help unless you have a really light kayak (like 40 lbs or something).

As an FYI, I have used these to load a Viking Profish Reload (68 lbs) and an OK Malibu Two (54 lbs) onto a 2013 Toyota Sienna minivan. If you have a shorter vehicle and/or lighter yaks, maybe you will have a better experience. That said, what is this for if not to raise a reasonably sized yak onto a common height vehicle? It did technically work, but not well enough to be worth the trouble of using it and certainly not well enough to justify the price.


I recently added the…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/10/2019

I recently added the Extension Kit to my Telos Lift Assist. The original was good if your vehicle had a body shape that worked with the suction cup attachments - mine did. When I got a new vehicle I was not sure how the Telos lift assist was going to work on the curvy body of the new vehicle. So I purchased the Extension kit that uses the ground surface for the bottom mounts (watch their videos to understand how it works). It makes loading heavy kayaks by one person a reasonable option. If you frequently load kayaks without the help of two tall strong friends you should invest in one of these. It is cheaper than replacing the nice kayak you dropped and broke trying to lift a boat by yourself.


Can't lift the kayak into the supports.

Submitted by: paddler371386 on 6/26/2017

 I thought because I'm just 5ft this was the answer. Now I have a very expensive toy that I can't use.

I can't rate this because I can't lift the kayak into the cradles, so I don't know if it works


This is much more trouble…

Submitted by: vmgillen on 7/15/2016
This is much more trouble than it's worth - easier to just lift the boat onto the car. Interestingly, when we opened the box, there was a return slip inside that said essentially the same thing!

New user of the Telos but if…

Submitted by: tmcblane on 7/11/2016

New user of the Telos but if you read the other reviews you have all you need to know. To touch on those points:

Once in the cradles you still need to lift the BOAT not the slide mechanism, this is easy to do because the other rack holds the weight, then shift to the opposite rack and raise it. I probably swap sides 4-5 times to get the boat to the top. I drive a Honda Ridgeline and my racks don't go very far apart so hold on to your boat just in case, the higher you try to raise it at one time the more likely it is to slide off the racks. It isn't a big deal with a 10' boat but when I load my 14' that is something to watch.

As said, fold your mirror in if you can. It will be in the way and if you have painted mirrors they are gonna get scratched.

Definitely place suction cups in areas that are reinforced or like a panel bend where there is strength.

These are well worth the money to save your back. I find the older I get the harder things get and quickly.


I have used Telos Lift…

Submitted by: clansweeney on 5/19/2016
I have used Telos Lift Assists w/ Malone Downloaders for a couple of years. They are an effective way to move larger boats onto a car roof without loading 'over the rear'. There are a few issues to be aware of-none fatal.

1. They're meant to 'hold' a boat as it's being raised or lowered-you're still going to be doing the lifting - but with far less drama and far better physics.

2. The aluminum track vs. the plastic slide expand/contract in temperatures at different rates... The slides can get quite balky in cold weather.

3. Making sure the tracks are plumb and the suction cups are in 'reinforced' locations may involve readjusting normal cross bar positions and shimming the rack if your roof isn't flat. When I use them, they do collect curious onlookers.


I've had the Telos load…

Submitted by: tvcrider on 5/11/2016
I've had the Telos load assist system for about 4 years now and currently load my 60+ pound sea kayak into Malone Autoloader Xv J-cradles on our 2014 Subaru Forester. I found years ago that it helps to use a folding Rubber Maid stool, which I keep in the car. This allows me the height I need to thread the retaining straps and for the final push or pull that is required to get the boat in or out or the J-cradles. It takes a little finesse, but with being over 60 it saves on my back and shoulders. I usually place my kayak on the driver side of the car, so I always fold in the driver's side mirror before I start the load/unload process.

If I have any complaint it's that the Telos takes up a bit of storage space in my vehicle. I generally end up storing it in our roof box. The user needs to take some care in wiping off the areas on body panels where the Telos suctions cups will go. That will eliminate scratches. You also need the set the placement of the suctions cups so they fall near an edge or contour on a body panel. This is where the panel is most ridged. If you simply place a suction cup in the middle of a thin body panel that can lead to the denting that has happened to some owners.


I use the Telos Lift Assist…

Submitted by: currion on 5/8/2016
I use the Telos Lift Assist to load two kayaks onto my vehicle. I currently have a Subaru Outback but. until recently, I was loading kayaks onto my Ford Explorer. The first set of kayaks were Native Watercraft Redfish 12's. They weighed over 60 pounds each and they were a struggle for two people to load onto the Explorer. With the Telos system, loading is a snap and I can do it myself (no husband required). You do need to pair the Telos with a Malone Downloader, Jloader or AutoLoader kayak rack. We have the Downloader which I have reviewed separately.

We considered getting the Thule Hullivator, but to put two hullivators on the roof adds a lot of weight. If you are loading two kayaks, you need two. With the Telos, you only need one loader because you just move it to the other side of the car when you need it.

Every time I use it, people ask me about it. One of the ratchet springs on one of the arms came loose and got mangled. I called Malone for a part and with their usual great customer service, they sent me an entire new arm assembly for free.
Love Malone products and Malone customer service!!