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Malone "DownLoader" Fold-Down Kayak Carrier

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Malone Downloader Folding Kayak Carrier

Make & Model

Brand:
Malone
Model:
DownLoader
MSRP ($):
160.00

The Malone "Dowloader" Fold-Down Kayak Carrier is a strong J-style cartop carrier that folds down and out of the way when not in use. The mini boarding rack on the face of the rack assists in loading the kayak and allows the attachement of the optional Telos Kayak Load Assist Module. The Downloader is constructed of aluminum for years of use and features universal JAWZ mounting hardware which fits round, square and most factory oval cross bars.

 

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DownLoader Worked Great!

I recently purchased the DownLoader from Malone for my wife's minivan. We've been able to take our kayaks on the van a little over 1,000 miles and put them through the ringer.

The Good

Installation was easy. Everything you need to do the install is right there in the box. I already had Malone crossbars so it wasn't a problem. The approximate install per set was less than five minutes.

I love the ability to lay these hooks down and lock them when not in use. They are pretty low profile and allowed us to get into low clearance areas.

The straps and rope that come with the kit were more than plenty to secure the kayaks. Driving through rain, wind gusts and fields of grasshoppers we still had no issues (other than a dirty car).

The price is right too. At $159 per set, these beat out several other brands selling similar models with fewer features at larger prices.


The Needs Improvement

On the back of the hook is a U that the strap runs through to keep it close to the hook. While strapping up, these came out a couple of times (loading by myself). I'd like to see the U enclosed to become an O so that once threaded, the strap will keep its place.

The locking mechanism is plastic and could be a little more sturdy. It's a push in pull out type secure button that needed a little coaxing the first time I used it. Eventually I was able to figure where to apply pressure to get it to lock. An aluminum interlock would be better here for longevity and more precise fitting.

The padding is still good but seems a bit thin. I worry that in the Texas heat the adhesive might start to give way in the future. It hasn't yet and this is just speculation. Time will tell.


Final Thoughts

Overall, this is a great product that performed well on the fly, is easily installed and removed, and helped us turn mom's minivan into a fun adventuring machine with kayaks. I'd definitely recommend purchasing these to friends and family.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
2-6 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Easy setup
Cons:
minor details
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