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The Yakima Kayak Stacker (8004036) is an efficient kayak rack system that can hold several kayaks by transporting them vertically, on their sides, against two non-scratch coated steel upright posts. Because the kayaks stack vertically on their sides when mounted to the Yakima Kayak Stacker, you have more room for several boats or the option to carry kayaks alongside other gear carriers without running out of car rack cross bar space.
The versatile 'arrow' top hooks make it super quick and easy to securely tie off the kayak(s). Mounts directly to round Yakima base rack crossbars and Inno Racks & Thule square load bars. Also compatible with Thule AeroBlades and virtually all factory roof rack cross bars when used in combination with a set of Yakima Universal MightyMounts or Yakima Horizontal Mighty Mounts (not included; see accessory add-ons below). Fits Whispbar Through, Flush and Rail cross bars using Yakima MightyMount 32H snap-arounds and Whispbar HD crossbars using Yakima MightyMount 34H snap-arounds. Includes pair of Kayak Stacker upright posts, two 16' heavy-duty padded straps and two bow & stern tie-down straps. For complete kayak protection, we recommend using the KayakStacker in combination with Yakima bar pads (not included; see accessory add-ons below).
- The Yakima Kayak Stackers work great with all types of hard-shell, plastic kayaks including river, whitewater and recreational kayaks.
- Quickly tie off kayaks using the versatile 'arrow' top hooks and the included pair of heavy-duty 16' straps with padded buckles.
- Quickly installs onto round Yakima base rack crossbars and Inno Racks & Thule square load bars. This kayak carrier is also compatible with Thule AeroBlade bars and virtually all factory roof rack cross bars when used in combination with a set of Yakima Universal Mighty Mounts adapters or Yakima Horizontal MightyMounts adapters (not included; see accessory add-ons below).
- Fits Whispbar Through, Flush and Rail cross bars using Yakima MightyMount 32H snap-arounds and Whispbar HD crossbars using Yakima MightyMount 34H snap-arounds.
- Long lasting stainless steel hardware.
- Because the kayaks are carried on their sides there's no need to have to use longer base rack cross bars, even when loading several kayaks!
- For complete boat protection, we recommend using the Kayak Stacker in combination with Yakima crossbar pads (not included; see accessory add-ons below).
- Pair of Yakima Bow & Stern tie-down straps included. If carrying more than one kayak we recommend additional Yakima Bow/Stern tie-down straps (see accessory add-ons below) for each boat.
- We highly recommend the Inno Racks INA451 Cradle Set (not included; see accessory add-ons below) for easy loading of kayaks onto kayak stacker style kayak racks. The Inno INA451 prevents each kayak from sliding down and holds it upright & in place when loading.
- Yakima 4036 Kayak Stacker easy-to-follow instructions included.
- Yakima Racks Lifetime Warranty!
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Read the reviews below to find out what other customers are saying about the Yakima KayakStacker kayak carrier.
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Just What We Needed
this Yakima KayakStacker review by Deana N.
vehicle year/make/model: 2008 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab pickup truck
item(s) transported: multiple kayaks
We looked at several kayak stacker options and ultimately went with Yakima. Certain we made the right choice! Well constructed plus easy to load and stack the kayaks. Love how there's no unnecessary gimmicks (that you always end up paying for but not needing) built into these. A great product at a great price. Highly recommend.
Simple, Easy and Functional
this Yakima KayakStacker review by Matt M.
vehicle year/make/model: 2008 Subaru Forester X
item(s) transported: Kayaks
Got the stacker a couple weeks ago and used it to carry 3 larger kayaks (12-15ft). Loading and unloading was simple and pretty quick. The stacker holds the boats solid and transport is pretty simple. Pros: Simple, easy to mount, solid and enables transport of multiple boats (4). Cons: Managing the straps to tie down the boat is a bit tricky. The straps easily slide off the head of the stacker while you're putting them on. You've gotta be careful to make sure they are properly aligned, but once you have the boats up it's difficult to access the top of the stacker. Once you've got it set up right the attachment is bomber. Strapping down boats on their side places the straps and crossbars at a position that easily flexs the boat side walls. Not a big deal for short carries, but for longer trips in the sun I'd worried about permanently bending the boat. The solution is to make sure you're not over tightening the boat and also using the bow-stern straps. Overall this is a simple, fairly easy to use and solid setup for carrying boats. I've used the Thule alternative on other cars and I find that to be superior because it is far easier to strap down the boats without the straps coming off the attachment point.
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Yakima 8004036 Kayak Stacker review video & demo by ORS Racks Direct. Demonstration movie of the Yakima Racks Kayak Stacker features. Compatible with any aftermarket multi-purpose base roof rack systems including Yakima, Thule, Inno etc. Also mounts to virtually all factory racks using a set of Yakima Mighty Mounts. Includes all mounting hardware, pair of premium padded kayak stacker uprights, pair of heavy duty load straps and pair of bow & stern tie-down straps. The Yakima Kayak Stacker is a solid, straight-forward solution for stacking kayaks side by side on your car roof top. Uses up less crossbar space than other kayak rack styles, allowing you to carry multiple kayaks or use along side other gear carriers on your roof rack.
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We highly recommend the Inno Racks INA451 Cradle Set (not included; see accessory add-ons above) for easy loading of kayaks onto kayak stacker style kayak racks. The Inno INA451 prevents each kayak from sliding down and holds it upright & in place when loading.
We also recommend the Yakima BoatLocker, Kayak Lasso, SteelCore straps or the Lashlock kayak lock system (all sold separately; see accessory add-ons above) to lock and protect your kayak(s) from theft.
Mounts directly to round Yakima base rack cross bars and Inno Racks & Thule Racks square load bars. Kayak Stacker also mounts to Thule AeroBlades as well as virtually all factory car rack cross bars when used in combination with a set of Yakima Universal Mighty Mounts adapters or Yakima Horizontal Mighty Mount adapters (not included; see accessory add-ons above). Fits Whispbar Through, Flush and Rail cross bars using Yakima MightyMount 32H snap-arounds and Whispbar HD crossbars using Yakima MightyMount 34H snap-arounds.
For complete kayak protection, we recommend using the Yakima bar pads (not included; see accessory add-ons above) in combination with this carrier.
Because the kayaks are carried on their sides there's no need to have to use longer base rack cross bars, even when loading several kayaks!
We recommend purchasing Yakima Accessory Lock Housing (not included; see accessory add-ons above) to lock Kayak Stacker to your base rack crossbars. Each Yakima Lock Housing unit requires one Yakima SKS lock core.
QUICK ORDERING SOLUTION
Alternatively, we suggest using our easy Yakima Racks automated fit guide to quickly order the correct multi-purpose base roof rack system and/or kayak carrier attachments if you don't have one already installed: