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THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System

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  • THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System

    Height is no longer an issue! This Thule carrier actually lowers down, enabling anyone to load and unload a kayak from their vehicle. With a more robust latch mechanism, the improved Thule 897XT Hullavator offers greater boat capacity and protection than the previous 897 Hullavator model.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Accommodates kayaks up to 36-inches wide with improved cradle design
    • Stronger, more user-friendly latch mechanism ensures carrier stays down when loading/unloading, and securely on roof for transport
    • Thule Hullavator reduces lift height required to load and unload a kayak by 40 inches
    • No need to reach the top of your vehicle to secure boat to carrier - boat strapping is easily done with the carrier in the "down" position
    • Superior boat protection with integrated padded support
    • Side vehicle loading
    • Mount side-by-side with other accessories - Hullavator lift system requires only approximately 25 inches of load-bar mounting space
    • Includes lift system, integrated padded support, mounting hardware, and all straps necessary to transport one kayak
    • Mounts to Thule square, Thule Aero, and Yakima round bars (no adapters required)
    • Please consult the Thule Rack Finder to match the correct Thule parts with your vehicle
    • Looking for a boat carrier that allows for rear vehicle loading, factory cross-bar compatibility, and adjustable roller and saddles (fore/aft)? Check out the 887 Thule SlipStream, item #210244282.

  • THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System

    Weight Limit 75 lb.
    Fits Factory Racks No
    Fits Thule Aero Bars Yes
    Load Assist Design Yes
    Shipping Surcharge Yes
    Mount Position Horizontal
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THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System
 
4.3

(based on 20 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Durable (6)
  • Rugged (6)
  • Stable (6)
  • Functional (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Suv's (9)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
  • Large cars (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (5), Advanced (3), Advanced user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

disabled friendly

By GoldStarMomma

from North Evans, NY

About Me Anytime

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mini Vans

    Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

    I'm 5' tall and have back and mobility issues, with this product I'm able to load and unload my pungo 120 without help. Kayaking is one of the few sports I am still able to partake in and I get out as often as I can. I use to have to wait for help with my kayak, now I travel the country by myself. this product has given me freedom I thought I had lost. I drove over a thousand miles this past summer without problems or worry. Renting a kayak is not a good option for me because of my physical problems and I have my kayak tuned to fit me. Now I can check out waterways that I haven't been able to paddle in the past without assistance.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Kayak Carrier Ever!

    By Bob

    from Stuart, FL

    About Me Advanced User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Kayaking

    Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

    I have owned two sets of Hullivators for three years and use them year round in Florida and in the North East. I belong to two kayak clubs and when the members saw how easy it is to load a kayak, many went out and purchased them. They all rave about them and now call me "Hullavator Bob"!
    The units go on and off the roof in seconds by pulling out a single pin, leaving only the thin support brackets attached to the Thule rack. Some wind noise is the only thing that remains.
    The paint on the support brackets is the only weak point, requiring a seasonal wire brushing and re-paint if it bothers you. It does not effect performance. Make sure the bars are in perfect square alignment and the arms will go up very easily and lock into place. Save your back and buy a set or two!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Extremely awesome !!

    By Gustav

    from Boca Raton, Florida

    About Me Aggressive Rider

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cleans Easily
    • Compact
    • Functional
    • Great grade materials
    • Rugged
    • Superb manufactured
    • Well made

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking

      Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

      I own the Tarpon 160i Angler…16 feet long weights 70lbs, not heavy but difficult to maneuver if you have a tall truck. With the Hullavator makes it easy and effortlessly to transport a Kayak.
      The Hullivator not only is a superb product but also looks awesome... when in top of any SUV van, or truck... Specially For all the kayakers with a tall truck or vans, this is the perfect Instrument to safely and secure transport your Kayak.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Takes the work out of loading Kayak

      By Jim

      from West Chester,PA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use

      Cons

      • Poor instructions

      Best Uses

      • For tall Vehicles

      Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

      Could not handle getting kayak off and on car by my self. Now it is no problem. Have been ask at least 20 times were someone could get the unit.
      Poor written instrutions the DVD is much better.
      Not easy to remove from cross bars so I remove them also and will only take it apart when ski season starts.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      5'2

      By kayaking nana

      from Grand Rapids, MI

      About Me Intermediate

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Stable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • SUV's

        Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

        I am blessed to have a hubby that puts this unit onto my SUV, and adjusts the space between the two sections to fit my arm width, making it easier for me to raise and lower the kayak. I am a 17 year veteran of kayaking and wish I had had a Hullavator in the beginning, but they weren't available at the time.
        There have been other paddlers that will come up to me while I'm fueling my vehicle and ask if I'll demonstrate it for them. They are amazed and impressed. The quality of the Hullavator is very good. As long as I kayak, this unit will be put on my car for transporting my boats.
        We liked it so well we purchased 2 from EMS.
        I absolutely recommend this item to kayakers, especially of short height or with back problems, wanting to save their body and/or vehicle from harm that can be done when trying to use other types of carriers.
        Love my Hullavator. When going kayaking away from the river by our property, I don't leave home without it

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        We love our Thule Hullavator!

        By recordsclerk

        from Warren, PA

        About Me Beginner

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Stable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • SUV's

          Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

          It makes hauling my husbands 13' 61 lb kayak so easy!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Unit - Totaly Thule

          By The old Rock Dog

          from Western Mass

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Inst could be better

          Best Uses

          • SUV's

          Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

          I bought this for my wife - so she can load her boat solo. And she can. We have 14' boats that weigh 50+ pounds, and after a few practice runs to find a technic that works for her - it works great.
          Only after installing the unit did we find that locks are an accesary, and so we had to buy them after.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I'll be back...

          By Stavco

          from Outer banks of NC

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Great back saver

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • SUV's
            • Trucks

            Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

            The perfect system to prevent me from visiting the spine center. As I get older, I like to work and play smarter, not harder and the Hullavator provides one of the avenues to achieve this!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Works very well

            By Avid paddler

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Aggressive Rider

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Functional
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Boating
            • Kayaking

            Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

            Does exactly as promised, but lift rate (spring strength) varies per hullavator. Seem to have more drag without my sea kayaks on board, so it pays to remove them when not needed. That is fast and easy to do if you remove the Thule load bar with it, with a helper. It is pretty heavy.

             
            4.0

            A good product

            By Up North In MI

            from Charlevoix, MI

            About Me Advanced

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Hard To Install Or Use

            Best Uses

            • SUV's

            Comments about THULE 897XT Hullavator Kayak Lift System:

            A great back saver. At age 74, I can easily load a 50 pound kayak on my SUV. There was some problem with installation. The directions did not state that the mounting bracket must be mounted on the load bar so that the hinge pin hole is clear of the end of the load bar.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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