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THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack

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  • THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack

    Designed with whitewater kayakers in mind, The Stacker allows you to carry up to four shorter-length kayaks side by side atop your vehicle. The upper-bridge design on the two posts makes anchoring the kayaks easy. Quickdraw bow and stern ratchet tie downs included (no knots to tie!)

    Features/Benefits:

    • Includes security for one boat: one pair Quickdraw ratcheting tie downs, two straps, and buckle protectors
    • Set of two vertical posts - one mounts on the front load bar and one on the rear
    • Folds down when not in use
    • No tools required for setup
    • Thule base rack assembly sold separately
    • Replaces the 520 Kayak Stacker
    • Fits Thule, Yakima, and most factory-installed racks
    • Please consult the Thule Rack Finder to match the correct Thule parts with your vehicle

  • THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack

    Weight Limit 600 lb.
    Fits Factory Racks Yes
    Fits Thule Aero Bars Yes
    Load Assist Design No
    Mount Position Vertical
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THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack
 
4.0

(based on 19 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (12)
  • Compact (7)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Rugged (4)
  • Cleans easily (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Recreational rider (7), Intermediate (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

    Reviewed by 19 customers

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not for Recreational Kayaks

    By Kayaker

    from New Hampshire

    About Me Recreational User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Functional

      Best Uses

      • WHITE WATER kayaks

      Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

      We bought these stackers after having read many good reviews for the item. Once we got the stackers on the car, they didn't seem very sturdy. One tap and the kayak slid out from the straps. We returned them and were told they are brought back often - they are for the white water kayaks, not recreational kayaks. Switched them for the Hull-a-Port, which works great!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Like It Very Much

      By Paxy Cambertson

      from Lake Norman, NC

      About Me Recreational User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kayaking

        Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

        It's what I expect from Thule-- a functional product with decent directions that make it easy to mount and use the rack.

        My only gripe is-- if you're going to call it a stacker, please include a second set of straps for a second kayak. The straps are long, but not long enough for double boats.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        a big help

        By meno jim

        from menomonie, wi

        About Me Recreational Rider

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Kayaking

          Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

          is a great unit i have been able to haul 3 kayaks on top of our Grand Cherokee a 14.5, a 14, and a 12 foot kayak. haven't been able to haul four though, had to put one more kayak in our camper, but other then that they work great, and would recommend the stacker to anyone.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great if you have a helper

          By Rockland Weekend Paddler

          from NY

          About Me Recreational Rider

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to fold
          • Easy to install

          Cons

          • You need a helper

          Best Uses

          • Kayaking

          Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

          It seems the only way to transport 4 kayaks on your car, or the cheeper way to transport 2 kayaks.
          I had a problem when I tried to mount kayak by myself: I had to use one hand to hold kayak upright, while with the other hand I tried to tie it in - not an easy job and not a safe one.
          I returned it and got Thule Hull-a-Port instead. More money, but so-o-o easy to use. Love it.
          For the second kayak I got THULE SlipStream. It is big and expensive, but it allows my wife to mount her kayak by herself.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          New Model Thule Kayak Stackers

          By Stacey

          from Baltimore, Maryland

          About Me Competitive

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Not Durable

          Best Uses

          • Rapids Paddling

          Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

          The old model seemed much more sturdy. The knob that you twist to lock the stackers in position must be stripped on one of my stackers, because when I put the stackers in an upright position and attempt to lock them, the stackers will still fold down. A friend of mine has a crack in the plastic tip of the stacker from the force of tightening down straps. The new model stackers are still functional, and I still prefer Thule over yakima (all attachments slide on round bars). I believe the older model is the 510 or 520(?). If you can find the older model new, I would certainly recommend them over the 830. Other factors: The 830 looks better. The old model rusts. We'll see if the 830 rusts!

           
          4.0

          Working for two 11ft Recreational Kayaks

          By Jonathan

          from Northwestern Vermont

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Less Expensive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Kayaking

            Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

            The Thule 830 stacker is working with two 11ft recreational kayaks atop our Chevy Equinox SUV. The stacker takes some getting used to - kayaks balance on side rather than rest in cradle while being strapped and the figure 8 strapping technique for 2 kayaks takes a bit of thought. Works best when strapping pattern allows you to pull down to tighten. Takes me 20-30 mins to load two, but that may pick up as I get more used to the strapping of two. At 5'4 I use a small folding step ladder to load and strap the kayaks. The tightener to make it vertical does feel as rugged as I'd like and almost makes this a 3 vs a 4, but I'm trusting the Thule name and expecting it to hold up. Required a set of feet and cross bars to mount to our roof rails and we added locks, sot the price of the pieces adds up. Still, the stacker lets us load two for noticeably less than two Thule cradles, so we went with it. Works well so far for our boats.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            3.0

            Not the best choice

            By Joe NY

            from Nanuet, NY

            About Me Intermediate

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attaches easy
            • Functional
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Difficult to use

            Best Uses

            • Kayaking

            Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

            Was inexperienced when purchased, the first couple of times using product, kayaks slid off car while trying to tie down. Once tied down, kayaks are secure. Had to make modifications to make adding and tie down easier. Takes about 20 - 30 minutes to add two kayaks. should have purchased something else.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            does its job

            By Rock

            from Pequea, Pennsylvania

            About Me Intermediate

            Pros

            • Cleans Easily
            • Compact
            • Functional
            • Lightweight
            • Quick Drying

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Kayaking

              Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

              definately serves its purpose. I went out and bought stainless steel hardware for it, some of my bolts were already used beleive it or not and crossthreaded. i think stainless should standard for the price of this stuff. +30 bucks or so

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Great for carrying 1 to 4 kayaks

              By Dave S

              from Orange, MA

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Functional

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Kayaking

                Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

                The Thule Stacker is a great rack for carrying up to four kayaks. I was using the Thule Hullaport J racks, but switched to the stacker when I went from 2 to 4 kayaks. I use the stacker with 4 Perception Swifty Kayaks. The use of this product to carry more than one kayak per side requires a second person to stabalize the first on a side while the second is loaded, but it is very quick and not a hassle. To use with the Perception Swifty Kayaks, all four boats must be placed with the keel towards the center of the car. I also highly recommend an extra 15' strap to go around all boats to better stabalize the load from shifting. These racks make loading and unloading multiple kayaks very quick and easy and are very stable for long trips when properly secured.

                 
                5.0

                As advertised

                By Aquaman

                from Philadelphia

                About Me Advanced User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Cleans Easily
                • Compact
                • Functional
                • Lightweight
                • Quick Drying
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Boating
                  • Kayaking

                  Comments about THULE 830 The Stacker Kayak Rack:

                  I had no problem using the stacker for old style river runners or newer play boats. Easy to use strap slots at the top make it simple loading. If you are putting multiple boats up on there side, you need a second set of hands to keep the more rounded boats steady as you load the second boat.

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