Thule 881 Top Deck Kayak Carrier

Complete carrier for one kayak

Item #: 094881

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Thule's basic 881 Top Deck kayak carrier holds your kayak safely and tightly on most roof racks. The package includes four saddles, mounting hardware, and four straps. The custom-designed saddles conform to most hull shapes, and their rubber pads offer a secure fit.

The saddles are compatible with Thule, Yakima, and most factory roof racks. All Thule equipment passes tough European safety standards for car racks.

Product Highlights:

  • complete carrier for one boat
  • additional safety provided by bow and stern tie downs
  • includes four saddles, all mounting hardware, and heavy-duty straps
  • fits most roof racks
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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What's in the box?

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  • 4 Saddles
  • 2 Hooks
  • 8 Carriage bolts
  • 4 Metal brackets
  • 4 Wing knobs
  • Two 1/4" ropes
  • 2 Straps
  • Instructions

Product Research


Overview: The Thule 881 - Top Deck Kayak Saddle is a complete carrier that includes everything needed to transport your kayak safely and securely. This complete carrier for one boat includes four saddles, all mounting hardware, and heavy-duty straps.

Construction: The Thule 881 - Top Deck Kayak Saddle features steel, plastic, and rubber construction.

Custom Designed Saddle: The 881 firmly holds your kayak with a custom designed saddle that conforms to the hull.

Integrated Rubber Pad: The Thule 881 provides maximum kayak protection with its integrated rubber pad.

Large Contact Surface: The 881 virtually eliminates hot spots due to its large contact surface area.

Compatibility: The Thule 881 fits Thule standard and Xsporter load bars, Yakima, and most factory installed cross bars.

Note: May require the use of Xadapt3 (80 MM bolts) on some factory applications. This item will require the use of Xadapt3 (80 MM bolts) on our XSporter (421/422) and Rapid Aero Bars.

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Thule's Hydro Glide (SKU #875XT) and Set-to-Go (SKU #878XT) saddles

  • smooth loading of kayaks using low friction, felt-lined saddles
  • Hydro Glide saddle provides maximum support with 6X more contact area than roller-type loading
  • soft, adjustable Set-to-Go saddle protects and stabilizes kayaks for safe transport
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