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Pro Canoe & Kayak Carrier - by Front Runner

Pro Canoe & Kayak Carrier - by Front Runner

MSRP $178.00
In stock - available for immediate delivery
Product Code: RRAC051

Don’t let rugged terrain stand between your vehicle and the perfect spot to launch your small boat. Get to the world’s most remote waterways without compromising the safety, security, and the integrity of your kayak or canoe. Front Runner’s Pro Canoe and Kayak Carrier is built for off-road adventure and features variable width adjustment, variable angle brace adjustment, padded hull protection and universal small boat compatibility.

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Complete kit. Includes everything necessary to secure small boats or water toys to Front Runner Roof Racks or Load Bars.

The angled rubber lined “V” braces are adjustable up to 20% for the perfect saddle fit for the hull of your boat.

The ultra dense yet soft weather resistant rubber pads cradle your valuable gear without harming or scratching the surface.

Fits most size canoes, Kayaks and Surf Skis.  The distance of the brackets from each other are only limited by the width and length of your Front Runner Roof Rack or Load Bars.

Boats are secured to the Canoe / Kayak Carrier using the supplied Front Runner Stratchit straps.

The included Front Runner adjustable and stretchable Stratchits are the perfect tie down for serious cargo.

The quick and efficient straps will keep loads stable and secure without damaging surfaces. Rated up to 300 lbs.

The Stratchit strap’s clever cinching system mean easy-on and easy-off secure transport every time.

he Front Runner Canoe / Kayak carriers are made of stainless steel and sealed with the same durable, weather rated powder coating as the Front Runner Slimline Roof Racks.

For quick and effortless loading of heavier boats and gear, consider Front Runner Cargo Rollers.


2 pairs of Canoe / Kayak Carriers
1 pair of Front Runner Stratchits
All hardware necessary to mount to a Slimline Roof Rack, Load Bars, or other flat surface.
Installation Manual
Front Runner Warranty

Made In South Africa!

Consists of:
4x Brackets
2x Stratchit Straps
Bolt Kit

Materials used:
Black powder coated 3CR12 corrosion resistant steel
SBR Rubber Pads

Product Dimensions:
Length: 75mm (3")
Max width: 80mm (3.1")
Height: Lowest - 185mm (7.1"), Intermediate - 220mm (8.7"), Max - 245mm (9.6")

Individual bracket: 0.7kg (1.5lbs)
Entire kit: 3.3kg (7.3lbs)

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Product Questions

Any experience installing the Pro Kayak Carrier on the Slimline II 1/2 for a 2-door Jeep JK and hauling a 14-foot kayak weighing 53 lbs? I realize the distance between brackets would be small...
Question by Daniel Miller
Our brackets are more than strong enough to handle the weight of the kayak but we recommend checking with your Kayak manufacturer to ask about the strength of your particular kayak given the available mounting point distance with the 2 door JK.
Answer by Front Runner
i want to know if you guys still make the one that holds a paddle and you can install it on the side of the rack. thank you
Question by jay-r
Yes, we do. The Ratcheting Spade/Shovel Mount (RRAC024) is what you are looking for.
Answer by Front Runner
Will this work for a 10ft kayak with the rear expedition rail kit installed on a slimline roof rack?
Question by Jim
There a few variables at play. First, you the actual kayak brackets are adjustable- the closer you make them, the higher the kayak sits. Second, the size of your rack. If you have a large vehicle like a Sprinter van, then a kayak will fit within the expedition rails. Third, the curvature of your kayak- some curve up more than others at the ends. The expedition rail, inserted into the rear or side profiles add 3.5 inches of height. We recommend doing some measuring of where your kayak will be sitting on the rack and seeing which part of the kayak, if any, will be overhanging the rear rail, keeping the 3.5 inches of added height in mind. Thanks!
Answer by Front Runner
Will this kit work with the slimline rack with the expedition rail kit installed ?
Question by Jim
The expedition rails are taller than the kayak mount, however, it all depends if you have full perimeter rails or only partial and what size your kayak is. Thank you!
Answer by Front Runner
Would this kit work on a Thule Aerobar, or similar type of bar from Thule?
Question by Pablo
Many of our accessories are specifically designed to work within the Front Runner family of products. This allows us to make sure everything works the way it should and maintains function and strength. The Thule bars, in this case, will not be able to take our Kayak brackets. We have different Load Bar options, however, that are a great affordable way to join the Front Runner family.
Answer by Front Runner
Will this kayak mount work with a TracRac SR Sliding Rack? Here are the dimension schematics
Question by Riley
It may be possible, but you would need to change the mounting hardware to hardware that fits your rack system. Our mounts come with M8 hardware but were not sure what hardware is required for your system. Or, we can help you buy one of our racks too!
Answer by Front Runner
Will this carrier system be able to support a 17ft canoe?
Question by john brainard
Yes! As long as the canoe is less than 300 pounds and the load is evenly distributed on the rack you will be fine.
Answer by Front Runner
Is there a weight capacity limit to the kayak mounts? For example I have a fishing kayak that weighs 90lbs.
Question by Wayne
The kayak mounts are mostly side support while the majority of the weight is supported by the rack. You'll be fine with a 90lbs kayak. Thank you!
Answer by Front Runner
Is it okay to keep the kayak mount on when not in use?
Or will the elements effect the padding over time? Sun, rain, salt ect.
Question by Tucker Taylor
Yes! You can keep the Kayak mount on when not in use. If you know you won't be using it for a length of time then we do suggest taking it off because the elements can impact the longevity of the padding over the time.
Answer by Front Runner
Can this kayak carrier fit the load bar kit/ foot rails for the Toyota Tacoma?
Question by TJ Trantham
Yes. The PRO Canoe & Kayak Carrier (RRAC051) is mountable to the load bar kit for the Toyota Tacoma.
Answer by Front Runner
Can two kayaks/canoes fit on the roof rack if two kayak carriers are purchased?
Question by Tyler
You can double-stack the kayaks or canoes depending on their size. The mount adjusts in pitch and can slide along our slats so they are not in a fixed width until you lock them down. Of course you would need padding to double-stack your kayaks or canoes to avoid damage.
Answer by Front Runner
Are these kayak mounts able to fold flat when not carrying a kayak? Or do they remain upright until fully removed?
Question by Mark
Hey Mark,

Our kayak mounts have a slotted adjustment that can change the angle of the mount, but unfortunately it does not go flat. You would need to remove the mount if clearance is an issue.

We hope this helps.
Bryan Rush
Answer by Front Runner

Customer Reviews

Easy install, average protection Review by Speedy
I bought a set for my Pinnacle fishing kayak and here are my thoughts and suggestions on it. upon first sight you already notice its a very easy and very practical design and very easy to install on your roofrack or load bars. Even adjusting the spacing when your kayak is on it is relatively easy. My first trip was 30km with the kayak fitted and I immediately noticed the pads werent working very good. It might be that the kayak alone weighs in at 36kg, but it was a bit of a turn-off. My second trip was 1300km and I added extra padding between the carrier and the kayak to avoid it rubbing against each other on the. I have to admit, seeing their cargo straps at first glance, I was a bit skeptical, but after the big trip, I was really impressed, seeing that we did the trip from JHB to Ponta Mamoli through Kosi Bay border and in total did 60km offroad. I would give this product 4 stars with the only downside being the padding. (Posted on 11/6/2017)
Blown away by how great this Kayak Carrier is! Review by Caleb
I recently bought a 14ft long Wilderness Tandem Kayak and definitely couldn't fit it in the bed of my Tacoma. So when I bought the Slimline II rack for our 4Runner, I had to get these. The installation was super simple and I'm really impressed by how well those stratchits work with tightening down the kayak. Proper transportation of a kayak is key, these mounts make sure the kayak is cradled nicely and it won't bend the hull when tightened down. If you were to try to mount a kayak just across two crossbars on a roof, as you tightened it down the hull would bend. Not with these mounts. My only wish is that when not being used, I wish you could fold them flat, especially since my garage is just barely high enough to clear the mounts. But that's more of a personal problem. (Posted on 6/24/2017)
The Kayak holder that ROCKS! Review by RiverBottoms
I bought this knowing that it was easy and adjustable. Works great and it's sturdy! These guys know how to engineer great products. Takes a small hand to get in there and adjust the pitch of the holders. But once adjusted to fit the hull there's no need to ever change it. The mounts fit my boat like a glove! (Posted on 8/26/2015)

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