Thule 887XT Slipstream Kayak Rack

Load-assist kayak carrier

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Thule's premium Slipsteam kayak carrier features a sliding roller assembly that extends beyond the rear of your vehicle, making it easy to load and unload without any unfortunate boat-to-car contact. Once loaded, pivoting saddles adjust to kayak's shape for consistent, even support.

The package contains two 25" load bars, two saddle assemblies, two Hydro-Glide saddle assemblies, tie-downs, hardware, and straps. All Thule equipment passes tough European safety standards for car racks.

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  • adjustable front and rear saddles cradle and protect kayak
  • thick frame tubing resists bow impacts and helps support heavy kayak loads (up to 75 pounds)
  • contact-free loading on any vehicle
  • easy two slide quick-release system can be positioned on either side of vehicle
  • roller extension for SUVs with spoilers or vehicles with forward-mounted racks
  • includes saddles, roller, base tubes, and all necessary straps and tie downs for one kayak
  • fits most rack systems
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 4 Tube frames
  • 2 Saddle assemblies
  • 2 Strap assemblies with buckle
  • 2 Buckle protectors
  • 4 Slider assemblies
  • Roller
  • 4 Couplings
  • 2 Hydro glide saddle assemblies
  • Two 25" load bars
  • Eight M6 x 60 carriage bolts
  • Sixteen M6 x 50 carriage bolts
  • Sixteen 3 wing knobs
  • 8 Metal brackets
  • 4 Load bard end caps
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Ratchets with hook
  • 2 Hooks
  • Two 1/4" rope
  • 2 Attachment straps
  • Instructions

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Overview: The Thule 887 - SlipStream is a fully adjustable, complete kayak platform which ensures contact-free loading on any vehicle and optimum kayak placement during transport. It is an ideal kayak transport location on any vehicle with easy to adjust sliding base system. This complete package includes saddles, roller, base tubes, and all necessary straps and tie downs for one kayak.

Compatibility: The Thule 887 fits Thule square, Xsporter, Aero, Yakima round and most factory installed cross bars.

Adjustable: Kayak to vehicle contact is eliminated with the use of its adjustable roller position. Adjustable saddles (fore/aft) allow positioning of your kayak at the strongest section (bulkhead) regardless of base rack system location.

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Thule 887 XT

Written By MaxS, Jacksonville, FL on Friday, January 31, 2014
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I purchased the Thule Slipstream to replace a Yakima Bowdown. The Yakima was a great rack system and locked to the crossbars; I just could not lift the boat any further onto the roof due to pain. The Slipstream remedied this issue and allows me to load the kayak without too much exertion and it rolls up from pushing and guiding the boat. The assembly process is easy and the fit is great, but the system has its shortcomings. One, the whole carrier is put together and attaches to the crossbars using quick-release fasteners. I do not want to be on the water a few hours and come back to my vehicle and realize someone has stolen my real nice kayak carrier. I replaced 20 quick release fasteners with metric lock-nuts and loctite. I also purchased two security chain locks totaling $70. Unless someone cuts my crossbars off my car, the rack will be there when I need it. This is the reason for only 5 stars. The Yakima physically locked to the car, and Thule makes other racks with locks. A very big oversight IMO.
Ease of use, portability, quality workmanship
No theft protection and too many fasteners.
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