Best Lift Assist
Thule 898 Pro Hullavator

This lift system by Thule can be of great help to you if you are planning on solo kayaking. The Hullavator might seem pricey at first, but when you evaluate the benefits of having a tool that allows you to load and unload your gear without any assistance, it becomes a worthy investment.

You can secure your kayak to the roof as well as to the side of your vehicle – that’s how versatile this rack is. The gas-assisted struts can hold up to 40 pounds of weight, which helps you to safely lift your kayak and load it onto the car where you can then tightly secure it.

The cradles can expand to up to 36 inches wide in order to fit the wider hulls. They also feature eight padded points of contact that provide your equipment with the required protection.

The hardware is constructed from the double-coal steel and is coated with a corrosion-resistant layer of aluminum that adds up to the longevity of the tool.

Our Overall Review

4.7

Things we like:

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    The waist-level loading allows you to load and unload the gear without an outside help
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    The eight padded contact points ensure no damage is done to your watercraft

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIt works only with Thule crossbars
  • check-markCan accommodate only 1 kayak at a time

Where to buy:

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Thule 898 Pro Hullavator

Specs & Features

  • Material: Double-coal steel
  • Type: Saddle
  • Capacity: 36 inches, 75 pounds
  • Straps: Included, 2 x 9.5 feet
  • Crossbars: Not included
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Our Overall Review

4.7

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    The waist-level loading allows you to load and unload the gear without an outside help
  • check-mark
    The eight padded contact points ensure no damage is done to your watercraft

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIt works only with Thule crossbars
  • check-markCan accommodate only 1 kayak at a time

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