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jetdog9 wrote a review of on August 21, 2012

4 5

Just purchased and have not used many times, so I can't comment on durability although they seem sturdy. I bought racks to carry two kayaks on top of a 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT using factory aero bars and everything fits fine. Current kayaks being carried are 13 footers.

These things work as advertised, allow you to secure the kayak with confidence. With padding and caps on the J-cradles and rubber bumpers on the tie-down buckles, they are easy on the boat.

Key Pros: Easy to install and remove, easy to secure kayaks (the included tie-down straps are nice and keep you from having to tie a ton of knots)

Some Cons: I think they are a little pricey given their simplicity, and there's no security measure to keep the kayak carrier on your rack (if that's a worry for you, you'll have to come up with your own way of cabling things together and then locking to the car somehow).

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jetdog9 wrote a review of on March 23, 2007

5 5

I have either the 2005 or 2006 version, and I know the 2007 has one upgrade in particular which is fuzzy lining around the collar and I think the sleeves.

There are probably dozens of jackets on the market that are similar, but I chose this one because it was well priced, and few jackets have a tuck-away hood like the Oracle. I've always liked this feature because there's not point in putting a hood on that's already filled up with water.

The light weight and breathability are, as advertised, very good.

I have definitely been in very wet conditions while wearing this jacket (most notably a rainy week in Alaska on a cruise) and it performed very well.

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