Beware Saltwater use!
Review by Mike Posted on September 13, 2019The bar, bar screws and clamp screws are carbon steel and will rust quickly when exposed to salt water. These should ALL be stainless steel or anodized marine grade aluminum as kayaks are commonly used in salt water. Same goes for strap cam clamps.
Good so far!
Review by RAM Posted on July 26, 2019I bought these and have taken them on a few trips so far but have only had them for a few months. I got them when Yakima was having their great sale on their roof racks and accessories and we have two kayaks so I figured buying a rack that allows me to take two will save me some cash. They are supe...read morer easy to put on and take off and take only a few minutes each. It is great you can fold them down when not in use. Quality seems great. I also have the locks for added security. I have had no issues as of yet with these. I have read other reviews about faulty locks but mine have been okay thus far transporting two kayaks. I do use bow and stern ties with my boats for added security. I do not notice any crazy whistling with or without the boats. I love them so far! The only reason I did not five 5 stars is that I haven't had them for a long time so I think time will tell!
Should be called the Banshee
Review by Byron Posted on July 23, 2019They work great for carrying a kayak or two. But for around $200 I would expect Yakima to put a little effort into aerodynamic optimization. These howl like crazy when folded, to the point I just leave them open all the time. On a 2015 Kia Forte with a Corebar setup the recommended Yakima windshi...read moreeld didn't help the JayLow noise significantly. A couple strips of 1/4" adhesive foam did more, but even so it's annoyingly loud at 40mph and over. Also the black cushioning material on the uprights leaves marks on my lighter colored boat, although they scrub off without too much difficulty.
Faulty lock disaster
Review by Robert Posted on July 1, 2018I recently purchased the JAYLOW system to transport a 1-person 9.5' Kayak. They looked great and made sense with the ability to fold down. However, while using only for the second time, the red handle latch disengaged, the lock failed, and shifted the Kayak off of the side of my vehicle. This occur...read morered while driving on a busy highway at 65 mph. I had to pull over on the narrow shoulder of the busy highway to assess the situation and was very concerned about my safety as well as the safety of the other motorist. I didn't want to take any chances with the JAYLOW latch disengaging again, so I tried to store the Kayak in my SUV and accidently cracked my windshield in the process. I was able to strap-down and exit the highway to the nearest REI store and purchases the JHOOK model instead. I'm now unable to pull into my garage since it can't fold-down, but it's safer and I don't want to take another chance with the JAYLOW system. I do not recommend this product, it was faulty. Aside from a $400 windshield replacement, it could've been a lot worse for myself and other drivers on the road. Please be careful!
Kayaking- Carrying Heaven!!!
Review by Rixtory Posted on May 30, 2018ME: Roundhead for the last 25-26 years, with exception to my Dodge Dakota Truck Cap that came with a Thule Rack, I have experienced both major brands. I started with the old fold down Inverted U-shaped Kayak Stackers, which I loved. Since then I have gone to Land Sharks & Hully Rollers. But f...read moreor my new Jeep - I decided to try the Jaylow so I could carry 2 touring boats if need be without taking up all the roof space.
Wow. WOW. WOW! So easy to install. Jaylows came complete with straps and front/rear tie downs. Picking the boat up from the side could not get any easier to load. No more dealing with rollers and getting my boats around satellite antennas or rear spoilers.
When I got to my destination, The boats came off quickly and the Jaylows popped off in about 1:30 seconds - I locked them away in the back and was on the water in a flash. Never, has this been so easy.
I was worried about road noise between my Jet Stream bars and the Jaylows. Virtually nothing. A slight whistle a couple of times when going over 85 MPH. (I know... I know.... it was crazy keeping pace with traffic in NJ/NY)). Simply a wonderful product and I cannot say enough good things about them ... If you are on the fence, and you might need roof space, do yourself a favor and check them out. And lest anyone think I am spry enough to throw my boats around, I will be 60 next year and these things are the cats pajamas!!!
Beware of the whistle
Review by Roger Posted on August 7, 2017I bought a pair of these for my 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R to use with the factory crossbars. Installation was a breeze as was the installation of the SKS core locks. I was completely unprepared for the insane level of wind noise these would generate. I ordered a Yakima Windshield (34") hoping to...read more solve the problem, only to realize the feet of the Windshield would have to sit directly on my sunroof, rendering it virtually unusable. I'm returning the Windshield and would've really hoped Yakima could've provided a better solution. The workaround for me was to buy an OEM Subaru Moonroof Air Deflector.
**READ THIS***OH SNAP - THE JAYLOW
Review by Tim S Posted on May 10, 2017Okay, I compared the Jaylow and the Bowdown. The bowdown is a one yak show! The Jaylow up to 2 yaks! Get some! I just had back surgery 4 months ago, loading my yak was easy peazy! Tying down the yak, was a snap, and you can just wrench the straps down like you were the Hulk. I tied down just t...read morehe front of the yak, and shook the daylights out of it, didn't even budge. I have an 08 Jetta with Q-towers and round bars I've had forever. The two systems tie down the same, lay flat the same, but the Jaylow can hold 2 yaks, and is cheaper. MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!!!!
Review by Mike Posted on August 15, 2016These are easy to use on my GMC Terrain, and fit well on factory cross members. Kayak loads easy, and stays in place when traveling. Bow tie down is needed for highway. If there was a means to keep straps from sliding down upper arm while loading, that would be helpful. Having to go around and ad...read morejust strap up the support arm is a challenge once the kayak is on the rack.
Review by Cory Posted on April 27, 2016Bout a new outback which has integrated crossbars built in. The Jaylow fits the crossbars like a glove. I have not carried more than just my own Yak on top but my fiancé got a kayak for his birthday, and we can't wait for it to arrive from LL Bean so we can strap up and head out to the marsh and ri...read morever. Can't wait to fully maximize the versatility of the JayLow!
Buy it, you won't regret it.
Review by Caleb Posted on January 10, 2016I use the yakima jaylow on my factory installed crossbars on a Subaru baja. I used to attach my kayak directly to the crossbars and fasten using ratchet straps. This process worked but it took forever. I broke down and bought the jaylow and I've never regretted it. My kayak is securely attached in m...read moreinutes and because of the jaylow's design I can even haul my girlfriends kayak at the same time. Sometimes my kayak would work loose while attached with ratchets but that no longer happens now with the jaylow, even when traveling on the interstate.
I own a few yakima products and I've called customer support in the past. I was connected with a very friendly and very helpful employee of yakima here in the U.S. They went above and beyond to ensure I was taken care of. Don't waste money on other brands. Yakima is top quality and if for some reason something does go wrong, yakima stands behind their products and will take care of you.
Reasons why you should but the jaylow:
1. Attaches easily (to your crossbars and the kayaks to the jaylow)
2. Hauls two kayaks at once
3. Kayaks are secure
4. Yakima stands behind their products
5. USA made
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