Make your trip run a little smoother with Yakima's ratcheting Bow-Stern Tie-down.
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Peace of Mind
These tie-downs do exactly what they should-- secure your boat-- and that immediately makes them worth the money.
All the components are good. The "quick ratchet" works great and tightens in a flash. The ropes and straps are solid; this kit even comes with two rope "sleeves" (oddly not pictured or mentioned here) to prevent the ropes from getting friction wear by rubbing against your car. My only negative is a repeat of an earlier reviewer that the hooks are fairly short. While I have not had any problem with them coming unhooked I would like a little extra length on the hook or a more aggressive hook angle.
Combined with the straps included with the Yakima gunwale brackets my wife and I can load and secure our canoe on my car in less than 5 minutes. Not only do these straps attach quickly they provide invaluable peace of mind when carrying your craft.
Worth the money
Excellent investment. Very secure and yet simple to use. I would highly recommend these bow/stern tie downs. I purchased one set for myself, to 'try them out.' Immediately I bought two more sets, one for myself and one for another kayaking friend. The tie downs snug up very quickly and easily (be careful not to pull too tight!). There is a quick release when it's time to get the boat down and into the water.
ease of use
These bow/stern tie-downs really make it easy and quick to [re]secure your kayak to your vehicle. High-quality and sturdy materials - definitely recommend for quick set-up/tear-down.
I love these tie downs because if I am going far with my boats I feel more secure about having them on the roof with these bow/stern tie downs on there. You always get a little lift when you have kayaks on top of your roof but when I crank these down it really cuts that out. Love em.
Kayak Tie Downs
Quick and easy to use. Another great Yakima product.
Yakima tie down system
I bought the tie-down system from Yakima. It is easy and looks pretty but the hooks are not long enough. When the kayak bounces (which happens because the Yakima saddles have a lot of play) the hooks undo themselves. A helpful modification would be for Yakima to use a hook with a longer curved part at the head.
Yakima Tie Down
I use the tie downs I purchased here to accompany the Yakima Kayak Stacker. The tie down works great. It was easy to set up and adds to the safety of the kayak during transportation. I highly recommend using this to accompany the kayak stacker.