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Just recently purchased an Old Town Loon 126 in the black cherry color. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase. It paddles straight and glides smoothly through even slightly choppy water. I love the fact that I can remove the console for more leg room or a furry friend. My only niggle is the acs 2.0 seating on mine. While super comfortable the back support does not stay where I put it. Any pressure in leaning back and the belts just seem to slip and the adjustment is lost. So I just put a piece of foam behind the seat to where I feel comfortable and voila and nice comfy seat again. The rear hatch isn't huge but it is roomy enough to fit in what I need for a day on the pond. The removable console has a water tight compartment large enough for my cell phone and a small camera.
The rack itself is a combination of metal and plastic and I have never had good luck with plastic in the outdoor environment, but the rack does have a lifetime warranty so I'm hoping if the plastic does crack/break it won't be a problem to get replaced.
The rack is super simple to setup and once setup is firmly attached and I'm very confident that it will stay put. There is a square plastic coated metal crossbar that attaches to adjustable towers. The towers are part plastic, part metal and have two giant rubber suction cups for each base. The rack attaches to the car via cam straps that run through the car doorways. The straps are wide and fairly good quality. Thankfully the suction cups are attached with screws. I had to put some washers between the suction cup and plastic tower to accommodate the curvature of my car roof from front to back. 4 metal washers on just one of the suction cups for each tower angles the tower just enough to allow the square bars to be level to each other from front to back. Side to side is not a problem due to the design of the towers.
All and all I'm pretty happy with this rack and the SeaWing carrier. I've made quite a few trips with it the last few months without any issues. It's almost rock solid on the car and I'm happy that I can use it on another car if I need to. It is super easy to put on and take off. Malone has done an excellent job with this and I'm happy that I will save hundreds of dollars in not having to buy a dedicated rack for any new cars that I get.
My one real gripe with this type of rack is that it is not lockable on the roof and could be stolen fairly easily. But where it is so easy to put on and take off I just take it off and leave it IN the car when I'm out paddling.