NRS Universal Kayak Block

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Use the NRS Universal Foam Kayak Blocks to protect your kayak and the top of your vehicle during transport.
  • The two 14" wide, durable minicell foam blocks have molded channels that fit over your roof rack bars.
  • The V-shape cradles the hull of your kayak, protecting the boat and helping prevent side slip.
  • Traction pads prevent the blocks from sliding on the top of your vehicle.
  • If you don't have a roof rack, the Blocks can be placed directly on your vehicle's roof.

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  • 14" L - V-shaped foam blocks, 5"W & 3"D (on ends)
  • Molded channels for roof rack bars
  • Molded channel is 2 3/4"W x 7/8"H
  • Non-skid surface on block underside

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  • NRS Universal Kayak Block

    Q:

    How high does the padding sit above the top of an aero rack, both in the middle and edges of the pads?
    Also, is the material fairly smooth or does it grip the hull of your craft? I have a fairly heavy kayak that I load from the rear so I need it to slide over the pads.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Cheers, Tez.
    Asked on 4/19/2013 by Tez from Perth, Western Australia

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't have an aero rack, I have a Yakima.  It's a round pipe type.  The ends of the pads are 1 &1/2 inches from the top of the hole to the top of the pad.
      The center of the pad is 3/4" shorter than the edge. So. I would think 3/4"..
      The material is smooth, similar to the closed cell sleeping pad.  Doesn't slide real easy; but not too hard either.
      You might look into a roller on the back.
       
      You might be able to put a slippery substance on them to make it slide better. 
      I'm thinking bacon grease; becasue everything goes better with bacon. (joke)
      Hope thi,s helps.
       

      Answered on 4/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi,
      I don't use the insertion region on the foam. I simply place it between the two factory installed cross bars and then put the boat on top. It is just deep enough to soften the load on the bar and protect the kayak from damage. I am not tall 5'6'' and use my subaru impreza sport or my pontiac vibe. If its too high I would not be able to reach it.
      Hope that helps.
      Paul

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      At the center, the material is about an inch above rack height. At the
      sides, it stick up closer to 2-3 inches. It is at least somewhat grippy,
      so a kayak may or may not slide smoothly over/across it. You might be able
      to put the kayak up on the rack, and then lift either end to put the foam
      pads under it. Hope that helps!

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      On the ends the foam is ~ 1 3/4" thick, less than that in the center. The flat side of the block has a grippy surface, the vee-shaped side is non-coated foam that is still a bit grippy, but not like the flat side.

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The middle is about an inch; the ends are about 1.5 inches. It is smooth on the top so I imagine your kayak would slide over fine. Can't guarantee that, but it looks like it will. (I load mine from the side so have never tried)

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by prd from Virginia
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The pads are closed cell foam. Very smooth. I don't have the pads accessible right now for measurement. I'd say 3 1/2 to 4 inches.
      The kayak won't slide over the pads. You'll have to load from the side.

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      About10mm. Yes fairly slick. Sliding is possible.

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by Paddling Dave from Swansboro, NC
  • NRS Universal Kayak Block

    Q:

    How wide is the opening for the bar?
    Asked on 3/20/2013 by Jason from Sacramento, CA

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Thr opening is 3" by 1".
      It works great on my Yakima cross bars.
      I'm going to buy another set soon.

      Answered on 3/24/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Nicely fits a Thule cross bar.

      Answered on 3/20/2013 by Alaska Paddler John P.E. from Tucson
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Jason, the cavity molded in the block is 2-3/4"W x 7/8"H.

      Answered on 3/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It will fit easily over standard Thule and Yakima racks. It also does fit over the flat factory type racks on many cars. You just have to really bend them open to get them on those.

      Answered on 3/21/2013 by prd from Virginia
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Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Easy to install (3)
  • Stable (3)

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      4.0

      Works great

      By patshischild

      from Norco, CA

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Unstable Without Kayak

      Best Uses

      • Would Work On Any Vehicle

      Comments about NRS Universal Kayak Block:

      Very useful to keep vehicle and kayak from getting scratched.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Fast delivery.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Work great for their intended purpose

      By Charlie

      from Oklahoma City

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Stable

      Cons

      • Might Come Off In Wind
      • Used Velcro Strap 2 Secur

      Best Uses

      • Large Cars
      • Luxury Cars
      • Small Cars
      • SUV's
      • Trucks

      Comments about NRS Universal Kayak Block:

      I used a Velcro Strap around the Kayak Block to make sure that it would not blow off in the wind.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Simplicity in carriers is the way to go

      By BB

      from Nevada City CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Stable
      • Works on all cross bars

      Cons

      • Make sure you strap tight

      Best Uses

      • Large Cars
      • Small Cars
      • SUV's

      Comments about NRS Universal Kayak Block:

      After using every other kind of saddle, I have come back to this basic foam block. Nothing tricky or difficult to replace. It fits our round bars and allows us to carry our kayaks on their bottoms. Best for V bottom boats. A good 9 foot NRS strap to the cross bar and you are set to go.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simple and sturdy, it's all you need

      By Steve SUP

      from Seattle, WA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Stable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about NRS Universal Kayak Block:

          I put these onto my Toyota 4runner, which already has crossbars. Just put them on the crossbars and now I can put my stand up paddleboard on and strap it on stably, without any worry of damaging the board. They would work great for a kayak too!

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          • No

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