Kayaking is a fantastic experience! The moment your boat slides into the water your stress disappears and you become one with the water. For as long as you’re in the water life seems simple, fun, and exciting! Unfortunately, struggling to fit your kayak onto your vehicle can easily ruin the pleasure of the experience. That’s why you need the right kayak rack, it should make fitting easy and almost effortless, allowing you to focus on what really matters! It’s worth noting that the Kuat Class 4 roof rack is a great bit of kit for carrying 1 or 2 kayaks on your roof.
But, if you need the space for a cargo box, or have more than 2 kayaks, you’re going to need to consider a kayak trailer.
Kuat Racks offer an array of accessories designed to help you carry your bike, kayak, or anything else you may need to take with you. A relatively young company, but dedicated to providing the highest quality products with unique design twists. The idea is that they will perform the job better than the competition, and be easier to use in the process.
Let’s see if the Kuat Class 4 roof rack can live up to their claims.
- Capable of carrying up to 80 pounds
- Pull the lever for easy folding and unfolding
- Rubber molding to protect your boat
- Adjustable Tilt – helps if your roof bars aren’t level
- Dimensions 23.5” x 7.6” x 5.8”
- Weight of just 13 pounds
The Good Stuff
The Kuat class 4 roof rack offers plenty of positives:
When purchasing anything that has to be fitted to your roof, the first thing to consider is how easy is it going to be to get it into position?
The good news is that the Class 4 is surprisingly easy to secure. It folds when not in use, so you can keep it mounted for as long as you want! That makes it much easier to load your kayak on a whim and head for the water.
Ease of Installation
However, you will need to crossbars on your vehicle. If you don’t, you will need to purchase some separately, including the right towers to fit them to your vehicle.
A Kuat class 4 roof rack consists of 2 clamps, one fitted to each of your roof bars. Therefore, the distance between your crossbars is not relevant.
Simply slot the rack into position. You’ll see a rubber-coated steel strap that loops around the crossbar and back into the rack. Inside, you’ll see a tab, pulling it upward will release the tension, allowing you to remove the strap to take the rack off.
When mounting it, simply pull the strap tight and push the tab down, to secure it in position. You can then use an Allen key to tighten the bolt and ensure that the rack isn’t going anywhere! Secure the second rack onto the other crossbar and you’ll have two cradles for your kayak!
Loading kayaks with the Kuat class 4 is relatively effortless. The rack is fitted to the sides of your vehicle’s roof making it much easier to reach and unload!
It is worth noting that there is a range of adaptors that can be purchased to ensure the Class 4 fits comfortably and securely to any type of roof bars, including factory fit, aerodynamic, square, and even T-tracks.
The quick mount feet have locks built into them, allowing you to secure the rack. That’s perfect for when you want to leave it on your vehicle.
The Class 4 s available in black or grey. It’s made from powder-coated steel which ensures it will last for many years. But, most importantly, the rack actually looks good. Fold it down and you’ll barely notice it on your crossbars, that’s how smart it looks!
The fact that it’s sleek and won’t affect your aerodynamics is a bonus!
Because the Kuat Class 4 is actually two separate mounts, it is possible to adjust the height and angle of each mount separately. This will help to ensure you get the racks level, ready for your kayak, regardless of what angle the roof of your vehicle is at.
By ensuring the kayak is level you’ll distribute the weight better and find it is safer on your roof.
As well as lockable feet, the kayak can be locked to the rack. This means you can feel comfortable leaving your rack on your vehicle or your kayak and your rack.
You’ll also note there is a rubber pad on the bow and stern straps. These are used to secure your kayak, the rubber pads protect it from getting damaged in transit.
The Not So Good
Of course, there are always a few issues that need to be considered:
The Class 4 has a clamshell design which looks fantastic and folds shut, allowing you to leave the rack on when it’s not in use. This is good, even the profile of the design will barely disrupt the aerodynamics of your vehicle. But, it does come at a price. This is between $50 and $100 more than the similar Class 2 design, although its loading capacity is the same.
This is a well designed and made roof rack, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. Providing you’re a serious kayaker then the Kuat Class 4 gives you the freedom to take off at a moment’s notice. The rack is stylish enough and discreet enough to stay on your vehicle. It has enough security to ensure it will still be there, and you can load your kayak in minutes
Although the Class 2 is a cheaper option, if you’re interested in the best and something you can keep in situ, the Kuat Class 4 is an excellent choice.