October 30, 2015
Before I bought this I bought a cheaper system to carry my two kayaks. Big mistake. We had problems with the crossbars staying mounted to the car and the J-frames sliding on the bars the whole trip. It was a truly dangerous situation. I wish I'd gone with the Thule gear from the beginning. When properly installed these mounts and crossbars are as stable as if they were set in concrete. I have rather heavy and wide fishing style kayaks. After hours of high speed highway driving, going through turbulence passing trucks, they didn't move a millimeter.
Pros:High quality, good fit, and most importantly safe
Cons:They're pricy. The installation is more complex than so called universal systems, but that's to be expected from equipment designed for specific vehicles.