Solid carrier; minor issues
Review by DM
I'm a 52 year old kayak fisher using a Wilderness Tarpon 12 and a GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab short box. First and foremost: Secure, solid attachment for hundreds of miles of travel. If this is what you covet, the rack does the job. Loading: The rear rack is well forward of the rear of the Cab. I find it necessary to put a bath map/rug on the back of the cab to keep the boat off the vehicle until it engages the rear rollers. When it does hit the rollers they typically rotate back, due to my round bar construction (regardless of how tight you make them). Once engaged on the rollers the boat easily moves forward. If I can stand in the bed I can manage this pretty easily, but if the bed is loaded I need to finesse the loading from the rear and walk around the side as the boat gets close to final position. I then have to position the boat to the rack from the side. Sometimes the rear pads don't rotate back to the correct position and need some help. Not "Unhappy" with the purchase, just see room for improvement.
Better Then I Thought
Review by JG
I'm 55 y/o, and I wanted a rack that would allow me to load and unload my fishing kayak by myself. I wanted something easy install and compact enough to throw behind the seat when it wasn't in use. I have a Wilderness Ride 115, kayak, and loading it is a breeze with the Sweetroll. I like how it stabilizes the kayak once it's on the rack, and you can strap it down w/o worry of it going anywhere by yourself with ease (even in windy conditions). Although think I paid a premium price for this product, it does what it says it will do. The only draw backs I have with this besides the price, has nothing to do with the rack system itself, but handling my 80lb kayak, when taking it off the rack of my 2015 Toyota Tacoma. By the time I have the stern of the kayak on the ground, the bow is almost vertical, so I have to reach across the the kayak to grab the handles, and physically lower it w/o breaking my back. Overall, I'm glad I made this purchase. This will save me time, and I feel a lot safer hauling my kayak then I ever did before. One caveat before ending: do not forget to stop every once and a while to check you strapping...better safe then sorry.
A Very Helpful Kayak Loading System!
Review by p_rod
Having kayak fished for over 10 years I have always had a pickup truck, which made loading and unloading any variety of kayak very easy (especially when using a T-Bone bed extender). Recently, I sold my 17 year old truck and purchased a Subaru Outback, necessitating the use of a roof rack. My Outback came with (dare I say it here?), Thule Aero Bars but I didn't see anything on their website close to the Sweet Roll. So I rolled the dice, purchased the Yakima Sweet Roll saddle system, and I am very glad I did. The Yakima Sweet Roll saddles paired up with the Thule Aero bars easily and solidly.
Although my kayak only weighs about 50 pounds (unloaded), loading and unloading, especially on steep boat ramps was a chore; plus, I didn't want to damage the roof or the antenna of my car. Plus, being 67 years young and really liking to go fishing or to just go out with cameras aboard, and alone; I couldn't depend on receiving any help at the ramp.
The Sweet Roll has made loading, and unloading; both at the lake/river or at home, a much easier proposition. I also employ a roller 'bar' that attaches to the rear window using suction cups to give my car a little more protection and makes loading, especially on steep ramps, much easier.
My Jackson Kilroy LT now rolls up the backside of the Outback up to the Sweet Roll rear saddles with built-in rollers and with just very little exertion, rolls easily onto the front saddles. Unloading? Don't pull too hard or the kayak will almost roll off the saddles by itself! ;-)
I am very pleased with the construction of the saddles. Being spring 'loaded', they easily adapt to the bottom of my kayak. The straps included in the box are of excellent quality, and the included bow and stern straps with heavy duty metal hooks rounds out the whole package and makes transporting a kayak on the roof of your vehicle a much safer proposition.
After using this system now for about a month on 12 kayaking 'expeditions', I just cannot imagine being able to load and unload my Kilroy any easier than I can with this Sweet Roll system. 5 stars to Yakima and their engineers for dreaming up these saddles! ;-)
Review by TJ
I had a set of Holly Rollers on top of my Jeep Wrangler because it's a little over 6' tall so loading by 70 lb. sea kayak from the side was problematic.
When I upgraded to a carbon boat I wanted something that would spread the load out and cradle the boat a little better so I bough a set of Sweet Rolls. They work great and I'm now planning to buy a second set for my wife's boat.
As the previous review mentioned, they don't come with locks, but you can add the SKS key cylinders in about 2 minutes.
Flawed but works.
Review by Krieg
I used this on a 2014 Subaru Outback and it mounted nicely on the car's crossbars. The rack tends to bind when extending it but it's not bad. The roller assembly pulls completely off the sliding bars when extending it due to the clamps having too little holding power which is the primary problem with this setup. I carry the 15' kayak hull down resting on foam blocks and load the kayak using a step stool to lift the bow onto the roller. The roller then makes it easy to lift the stern and slide it into place. Overall, I'd say that it works well even with the aforementioned problems. Of note: It's a pain to remove in order to go through a commercial car wash, requiring near total disassembly.
SWEETROLL is sweet
Review by Nella
I put my kayak on the car from the side rather than the back because the trunk won't allow the bow of the boat to sit on the rollers and the stern on the ground without hitting the trunk lid. However, the rollers are still helpful in adjusting the kayak into the right position once on the rack.
Very easy to install right out of the box (took <5 minutes); adjusts easily to the kayak; very stable (does not rotate on round bar.
Delivery was prompt. I had purchased another product that did not fit. When I contacted customer service they suggested the Sweet roll system which worked well for me. My one suggestion is that the customer service person mention also the availability of locks for the rollers. If I had been made aware of that option I would have purchased them at the same time I purchased the rollers. As it was, I was headed out of town with the kayak the day after I received the rollers and did not have time to order locks.