I have a Rav4 and needed a rack for my kayak that was sturdy, safe, easy for me to get my kayak into, and would fit into my meager budget. This fits the bill in every way. It came with two solid straps and tie downs, however I just use the straps. Once you strap it in and the fact that the saddles have rubber grip material, your kayak isn't going anywhere. In fact the bigger challenge for me is getting the kayak off the saddles once I get to my destination. I've learned that it is easier to just loosen the saddles on one side of the car and then pull the kayak off the saddles and gently slide it down the back end of my Rav4. I did purchase the Thule 854 water slide to help me with sliding the kayak on and off my car and to protect my car from getting scratched. I'm a 56 year old women who is not overly strong but I can handle this just fine. Happy kayaking everyone!