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
Review by archrenov8 Posted on August 16, 2015I love the way the new Yakima JayLow kayak carriers hold my kayaks securely, without deforming them when strapped in tightly. And they are very easy to load, because you can slide the kayak up on the outer sloped surface, and lay it flat in the carrier. Then you can change your grip and rotate it in...read moreto position.
I ordered two, and positioned them at the outer edges of the crossbars. When I need my two bikes on the roof, plus the kayaks, I plan on trying to load two kayaks back to back on one JayLow, to make room for the two bike carriers.
I ordered these as a replacement for my Thule 835 Hull-a-Port Pro folding carriers. I liked them, and they were very quiet, but I noticed that they were leaving indentations in the hull of my new kayaks.
It would have been nice if there was a loop at the top of the JayLow, to keep the strap there while you are loading the kayaks. Once the kayaks are up there, if the strap has slipped down, as it is prone to do, it is a chore to get it back up top, because the kayak is using against the upright. The Thule carriers had a little slot to keep the strap in place at the top.
The Yakima JayLows hug my new kayaks nicely, and don't deform the hulls. However, I am a little disappointed that they whistle when folded up, mounted on my Whispbars on my 2014 Jetta Sportwagen. The whispbars on their own are so silent, and the JayLows start whistling at about 25 mph.
So I tried leaving the front JayLows open at the first notch, and the whistling seems to have stopped. It isn't as nice a look, and I have to wonder if this will make them less aerodynamic.
I have not tried this at highway speed yet, so I may need to fiddle further to eliminate the whistling at all speeds.
Easy fit and installation
Review by Tim Posted on June 4, 2015Easy to install on my Outback. Yakima has great fit guides.
It is easier to have two Jay Lows than mount two kayaks on one rack, so I ordered a second one.
Easier to get boats up and down. Folds down when not in use.
Jay Low on the top, bike rack on the hitch mount.
Thank...read mores, Yakima!
Easy to put kayak on roof.
Review by Jenny Posted on June 4, 2015Easy to put kayak on roof.
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