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Thule 881 Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier

by Thule
5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Custom designed saddle conforms to multiple hull shapes
  • Maximum kayak protection with integrated rubber pads with large contact surface area
  • Complete carrier for one boat includes four saddles, mounting hardware, heavy duty straps and ratcheting tie down lines
  • Fits Thule standard, rapid aero, Xsporter bars, Yakima and most factory installed racks
  • Accommodates kayaks up to 36" wide and 75 lbs
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight2 Kg
Product Dimensions40.6 x 27.9 x 15.2 cm
Item model number881
Height6 inches
Length16 inches
Weight2 kilograms
Width10 inches
Batteries Included?No
Brand NameThule
Additional Information
Customer Reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
Best Sellers Rank #181,610 in Sports & Outdoors (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 Kg
Date First AvailableOct. 26 2006
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Product Description

The Thule 881 Top Deck kayak rack offers a great a

From the Manufacturer

A great alternative to full feature kayak saddles.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa214a030) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa217d804) out of 5 stars works great July 25 2012
By Jean Giles - Published on
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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!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa217da2c) out of 5 stars Thule881 Top Deck kayak rack May 4 2009
By David A. Reed - Published on
easy to install, very sturdy, no worries of them loosening their grip on the luggage rack or my kayak. Only concern is that the angle the pads face is fixed, if it was maybe slightly adjustable they would be perfect, while they do fit my kayak pretty well I could see where some kayaks would pose a problem and leave plenty of open space against the pads.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa217db10) out of 5 stars Good for cars, may be hard to load for tall SUV's and Vans. Nov. 8 2012
By HD Hockey Guy - Published on
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I got this carrier after using a THULE Hull a Port carrier for 5 years. Picking up a kayak and having to step up on a cooler to reach the Hull a Port got to be a little laboring and after pulling my back once doing the clean and jerk move and overextending to reach the carrier on top of my Xterra, I decided this design may be a better option for me hauling just a single kayak as I can slide it up from the back and use the SUV roof as leverage. It works somewhat well, but I didn't expect both sets of the carrier to have rubber on them which stops the kayak from sliding forward once you have it half loaded. The rubber grabs and even started to roll up from the friction of trying to load it so I end up climbing up and semi-lifting and sliding it into the final position.

It's not that bad if I put up a towel and use the roof as a lever and drop it down but it's still a tad trickier than I would have liked. After I bought this carrier I saw another brand of carrier with a similar design but the back set actually had little rollers while the front set had rubber to keep it from sliding. I think that design would have been perfect for me. This isn't an issue if you have a car or lower height SUV, so if you are buying for that type of vehicle, these would be 5 stars for sure.

Overall another good product from THULE.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa217dfcc) out of 5 stars Thule website shortcoming June 30 2013
By Stephen R. Martin - Published on
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The Thule website does a good job of matching rack to vehicle--less so matching the rack to what you want to carry. While I was able to make it work for my 11 ft. Ocean Kayak the "boat" doesn't fit comfortably into the four curved pads which comprise the saddle. Instead the kayak rests on the 2 outside edges of each pad. It works but doesn't look comfortable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa218121c) out of 5 stars Thule Top Deck Oct. 25 2012
By TJ - Published on
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In general, the Top Deck is avery good product at a reasonable price. It is easily adjustable to different kayaks. My only negative comment is the tie downs and straps are not of the same quality I received with the Thule J frame kayak carrier I purchased.

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