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Just got into kayaking and needed to pick up a rack to protect the roof of my car. The plan was the Hull-a-Port for me and the Glide and Set for the wife so she can load and unload her own when she wants to go out solo.
These are easy to set up on my Aeroblade bars and the kayak does slide easily on the felt pads and is gripped by the set and go cradle. In addition the friction straps and bow and stern ratchet lines are great.
The think I don't like is that the felt pads only pivot in and out to follow the hull. They do not pivot front and back to maintain in contact. They are also very flexible. This meant that the yak slides on them but when it's all the way on and ready to go, the aft half of the pad isn't touching anything, so the footprint is reduced and the pressure on the hull more localized. The Aeroblade bars prevent any real adjustment of the felt saddles to realign them with the hull.
So, eight of ten. I would give it a ten if the felt pads pivoted lengthwise as well and were more rigid to spread out the load when strapped down.
So I added a Thule rack with a 65" crossbar system which accommodated a second set of Glide-n-Set. Just came back from a 500 mile trip which entailed removing and mounting both kayaks many times for paddling. The side by side setup was as solid as a rock at highway speeds, over bumpy road and through rain.
I would hardily endorse them. Note that the mounts worked equally well with my wide factory crossbars and the square Thule crossbars.
I would give it a 10 except that I feel I need to replace the Thule wingnuts with something that requires a tool in case someone tries to steal it. Thule should give you the option of either way (quick adjust or security).
Not a good combination. The Q-Tower rack system is actually very good, solid and easy to put on and take off.
The Glide N Set kayak racks are another matter. Mostly plastic, cannot be tightened enough to stay put on the bars. The tie-downs are extremely time-consuming to tie the kayaks down.
I needed the Q-Tower system for my racks due to the vehicle I use (F-150 SuperCrew). I should have insisted on Yakima kayak holders even though the Thule's are supposed to work on the round bars.