BowDown

Premium J-Cradle Rooftop Kayak Mount
SKU: #8004042
$239.00
Keep your mind on the water and not on the safety of your boat. Top-of-the-line HullGuard™ padding keeps your boat comfy, and when not in use, folds down for better aerodynamics and roof clearance. Universal mounts fit most crossbars out of box.

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Product Details

BowDown

Product Details
  • Folds when not in use for better aerodynamics
  • Tool-free installation
  • Fits Yakima round, square, factory, and aerodynamic bars
  • Top-of-the-line Hullguard padding keeps your boat protected during transport
  • SteelCore construction uses a steel tube frame for superior strength
  • Integrated ramp system makes it painless to load your boat
  • Includes Heavy-Duty Straps and Bow/Stern Tie-Downs
  • Integrated bottle opener
  • SKS Locks sold separately
  • Supports one boat up to 80 lbs
  • Minimum crossbar spreads of 24” or more

Product Specs
Installation

BowDown

Installation Details
  • Base Rack System Required
  • 10 Minute Install
  • Some Assembly Required
  • Tool-Free Install
Resources / Manuals
Accessories

Add Accessories to Your Rack

SKS Lock Cores-2 Pack

SKU: #8007202 $40.00

Allows you to lock 2 Yakima items with just one key.

BoatLocker

SKU: #8007237 $59.00 This 10' cable secures boats and paddles to your roof rack.

Hood Anchor

SKU: #8007416 $21.00
  • Vehicle Attachment Point For Tie Downs
  • Used With Bow/Stern Tie Downs
  • Can Be Placed At Hatch, Trunk, or Hood
  • Sold In Pairs

BoatLoader EVO

SKU: #8004085 $109.00
  • Load-Assist Roof Rack Accessory
  • Telescoping Bar for Easy Boat Loading 
  • Extends 28” from End of Bar
  • Fits Yakima CoreBar & RoundBar Only
Spare Parts

Don't Worry, We Have A Spare

SKU: BOW/ STERN LINE

#8860050 $18.70 Spare part for boat mounts (1 line)

SKU: BOWDOWN HARDWARE BAG

#8860051 $12.10 Spare part for BowDown

SKU: AERO MOUNT BALES (1PR)

#8860053 $7.70 Spare part for BowDown

SKU: T BOLT1/4"X3"

#8860061 $5.50 Spare part for BowDown

SKU: WAFFLE ADJUSTMENT PADS, PLASTIC

#8860063 $7.70 Spare part for BowDown

SKU: STRAPS HD 14 FEET

#8860064 $35.20 Spare part for Mako Saddles (1pair)

SKU: BOWDOWN CRADLE PAD

#8860065 $35.20 Spare part for BowDown

SKU: BOWDOWN ELBOW

#8860074 $7.70 Spare part for BowDown

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  • Great folding J carrier with a few minor issues

    Review by Paul

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    The bowdown is a great folding J carrier but two things I don't like. It has the little tabs under the tip of the hoop I once had the strap around one of those when I threaded the strap with the kayak already on the and nearly lost my kayak on the interstate when the strap slipped off the little ta...read more

    Posted on September 11, 2018

  • Good but could have been designed better

    Review by Michael

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    I have owned 2 sets of these since 2010. They are used on my wife's Suburu Forrester. I do not use the factory bars as we do not leave them on the car. I have the rail grabs with round bar so I can take the whole thing off in minutes and not have to "set them up" again. Down side is th...read more

    Posted on May 19, 2018

  • not with round bar

    Review by NewKayker

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    I have two sets of bowdowns for 13' Kayaks. They work well enough for Kayak loading/unloading and transportation, but they DON'T BIND well to round bars! No matter how tight you get them they will want to twist around the bar when loading and unloading and even get push back or twisted around from ...read more

    Posted on July 4, 2017

  • Not for big Sit on Tops

    Review by Outback kayak

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    I have a tandem sit on top kayak. It has a pretty flat wide base. The Bowdowns seemed like a good idea because I wanted to carry the kayak on its side while I was using a top carrier cargo box. Two problems ar always present. 1) the bowdowns rotate on the round bars regardless of how tight you lock ...read more

    Posted on June 13, 2017

  • Buying my second set ...

    Review by JAM

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    I've had a set of these for 3 years now. They mount directly to the flat bar on my 2013 Outback without issue. I especially like that I don't have to remove them when driving the car without the kayaks, or when driving into my garage. I purchased a second kayak last year, and for some time have b...read more

    Posted on October 4, 2016

  • Buying my second set ...

    Review by JAM

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    I've had a set of these for 3 years now. They mount directly to the flat bar on my 2013 Outback without issue. I especially like that I don't have to remove them when driving the car without the kayaks, or when driving into my garage. I purchased a second kayak last year, and for some time have b...read more

    Posted on October 4, 2016

  • Great Product!

    Review by BD

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    I love my BOWDOWN's! i have been using them for the past 3 years and havent had any trouble with them at all. as for my crossbars, towers and clips, thats another story that i hate talking about!. The BOWDOWN's are good though.

    Posted on February 12, 2016

  • Works!

    Review by Ian

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    My wife and I paddle a couple of Pygmy sea kayaks and needed to upgrade our 6 year old Thule rollers. The Yakima Bowdown was exactly what we needed. I love how easy the Bowdown is to install and that they can be folded relatively flat when not in use. I drive a 2011 Subaru Outback - it took about 10...read more

    Posted on June 4, 2015

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