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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!