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Yakima BigStack Kayak Rack

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Speak softly and carry a BigStack. Yakima's BigStack has integrated padding and easier strap management, extreme stability, lockability with SKS lock cores and it folds down when not in use.
  • Integrated padding protects your sweet boat from dents and dings.
  • A closed ring and anchor head design works to easily catch straps; makes it simple to tie your boat down from any angle.
  • Universal built-in hardware fits round, square, factory and aerodynamic crossbars right out of the box. Optimized for aerodynamic bars.
  • When you aren't hauling your boats folding the BigStack down gives you a sleeker profile and saves the lives of uncountable bugs.
  • Includes two BigStack uprights, two padded straps for securing boats to the uprights and a pair of bow-stern tiedown straps and bow/stern tie-downs.
  • Your boat is only as secure as your rack, the BigStack will lock to your rack with SKS lock cores (sold separately)

Use the Yakima Fit Guide to determine what products work best for your particular vehicle.

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Weight: 8.9 lbs.
Locking: SKS compatible
Locks Included: No
Attachment:
  • Factory bars
  • Round bars
  • Square bars
Includes:
  • Heavy-Duty straps with padded buckles
  • Bow/Stern tie-downs
Features:
  • Padded mast
  • Anchor head design
Notes:
  • Use the Yakima Fit Guide to determine what products work best for your particular vehicle.

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Yakima BigStack Video (2:22)

Speak softly and carry a BigStack. Yakima's BigStack has integrated padding and easier strap management, extreme stability, lockability with SKS lock cores and it folds down when not in use.

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Yakima BigStack
 
4.7

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Pros

  • Easy to install (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Stable (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Lightweight (5)

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  • Suv's (6)
  • Trucks (3)
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5.0

works for me

By bob

from thomasville nc

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • SUV's

    Comments about Yakima BigStack:

    I use this on a honda crv with factory roof racks.
    I carries 3 whitewater kayaks with no problems.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Product works perfectly

    By Munky George

    from Tupelo, MS

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Easy To Use
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yakima BigStack:

        Used the Big Stack on my 2011 Suburban with the manufacturer installed oval crossbars to carry 2 pyranha burns, 1 pyranha varun, and a dragorassi mafia. The supports mounted securely onto the crossbars and the boats were stacked two on either side. The supplied straps held the boats very securely and felt as though they wouldn't need the bow and stern lines, but these lines were installed just for safety sake. Other reviewers who complained that the boats did not feel secure clearly weren't mounting the boats correctly. I have only used the product on one trip but the trip involved about 19 hours total of highway driving at speeds of 75 mph and I never once had to get out and check or rearrange the lines. I would definitely recommend this product.

         
        4.0

        Holds a kayak, what more to say

        By Kochie Monster

        from Wisconsin

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Stable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yakima BigStack:

            Actually it can hold up to four kayaks which makes it great for multi party trips.
            Loading a single kayak can be difficult at times, but still do-able. The difficulty comes in getting the kayak to stay upright with out falling off the roof, before you can get the straps on. This however, is only an issue when loading it by yourself. With two people the issue is well, not an issue.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Performs as advertised

            By Lynches River Kayaker

            from Lake City, SC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • A little bit pricey

            Best Uses

            • SUV's
            • Trucks

            Comments about Yakima BigStack:

            The Big Stack is performing as advertised. The pair stackers are used on top of a truck rack as well as a modified utility trailer. Trips are made from the mountains to the sea with no real issues. The fact the stackers fold is especially useful. The only advice I have is if Yakima could "beef up" the bottom adjustment slot.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fits the Outback's roofrack!!

            By Boaterchic

            from Concord, nc

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Hard to lay flat

            Best Uses

            • Multiple kayaks
            • SUV's

            Comments about Yakima BigStack:

            Finally a rack that fits the Outback's odd roofrack right out of the box! Very stable, even with 3 boats on the interstate at 80 mph! And you can add the Yakima locks to it too. Love it!!

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            • No

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            • Yakima BigStack

              Q:

              Would the bigstack handle a 3.5 (25kg viking espri) and 4.1mtr (29kg malibu X13) kayak tied either side of it. Would you perceive any problems with wind flexing? Looking at purchasing a mitsubishi lancer and options for carrying the big kayaks on a smaller car than present.
              Asked on 2/15/2015 by Brad lives the beachlife from Queensland Australia

              4 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Be very sure that your rack clips are adjusted snugly, & Always tie down bow & stern of both boats with 2  lines (it will looknlike inverted "V"'s.
                Yes, I've told Yakima this for years: a single bow/ stern tie-down line is absolutely inadequate...especially on small vehicle / long boat combinations.
                Your boats are ~ not all that long, but it depends upon your x-bar spread allowed by your roof rack....
                A good rule to follow might be if yor crossbar spread is much<1/3 of your overall boat length...you probably shouldn't do it.....at all.
                Side winds & heavy semi truck traffic are most troubling...slow down, proceed cautiously...or buy a small trailer that has adequate distance between crossbars to safely haul your boats...

                Answered on 2/16/2015 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Brad, Yakima puts the weight limit for the Big Stack at 75 kg, so you'd be within that limit. But run your vehicle through the Yakima & Whispbar Fit Guide, linked there on the product page under More Information.

                Answered on 2/16/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I think the issues would not be the Big Stack itself but the strength of
                the rack and most importantly the spread of your crossbars. The crossbars
                need to be as far apart as practical. I have a 5 meter kayak, and a spread
                of 1.5 to 2 meters on the cross bars is ideal. Having said that, if you
                tie the bows and sterns together and tie them off to your car, you should
                be all right. The end-lines will prevent much deflection and let the
                rack/stack bars simply handle the static weight. Good luck!

                Answered on 2/17/2015 by Paddler Poet from Erie PA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I use mine to carry 2 recreational kayaks (each roughly 9ft and 100lbs) on
                my subaru forester.. i put them side by side and not on either side of the
                rack.. have owned the carrier for over 4 years and love it. i live in
                buffalo ny where we see some real bad winters and i have left it up during
                and it still works perfect. hope this helps

                Answered on 2/20/2015 by Black Betty from Buffalo, NY
            • Yakima BigStack

              Q:

              Is it possible to mount two Yakima BigStacks on the rack to carry two kayaks at once?
              Asked on 6/7/2014 by Michelle

              7 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                1set (pair) of these mounts 2 boats on edge
                Be sure to use enough straps -total of 4 straps + bow & stern tiedown lines to stabilize.

                Answered on 6/7/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                You can carry two kayaks using only one pair of BigStacks. Just put the 2nd
                kayak on the other side of the stack. You will need extra straps.

                Answered on 6/7/2014 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Michelle, the Big Stack is designed to hold two boats, one on each side.

                Answered on 6/7/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                one set of big stacks will support up to four kayaks (2 layered per side). make sure your roofs weight rating is appropriate for the amount of weight you want to carry.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 6/7/2014 by Dr. Hox from North Florida
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Michelle,
                You can carry 3 or 4 boats with this stacker depending on your vehicle. You only need one set of stackers. The picture below shows how to do it on a regular car. One boat can go on either side of the stackers, or you can move the stackers 2/3 of the way over and stack the boats side by side. You need to watch a video on how to load boats properly. Just go to u-tube and google it. Directions come it the stackers. I am sure that there is an experienced boater around your area that will help you learn how to safely load your boats.
                Good luck!

                Answered on 6/8/2014 by Boaterchic from Concord, nc
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Michelle,
                You only need one pair of BigStacks to carry multiple boats. The package
                comes with two upright masts, one for each bar, straps, and end lines.
                You stack your boats on edge, side-by-side, and strap them to the BigStacks
                and your crossbar.
                You can load as many kayaks as your rack will support on one pair of
                BigStacks. You can download the instructions for the BigStack and read
                them before you buy. The instructions are thorough on how to load your
                boats. So far I have enjoyed mine. (In fact, Yakima has never
                disappointed me, ever, in fifteen years of using different products).
                --Greg

                Answered on 6/7/2014 by Paddler Poet from Erie PA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It is possible to mount 2 boats. Most of the time that is what I used it for. I have even had 3 boats on a Ford Escape with the Big Stack. It is a good product and easy to install and use.
                Brian

                Answered on 6/9/2014 by bass47 from Meadville, PA
            • Yakima BigStack

              Q:

              Do I get the front one & back one for the 159.00
              Asked on 1/30/2014 by River rat from Newnan ga.

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                It includes both upright towers, two padded straps for tying boats to the uprights and a pair of bow-stern tiedown straps.

                Answered on 1/31/2014 by Clyde from NRS
            • Yakima BigStack

              Q:

              Can/should the BigStack be used with composite kayaks?
              Asked on 5/7/2013 by Oldfoxx from north east Pa.

              4 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Composite boats are more fragile than their plastic cousins. They're safer being cradled in supportive units like the Yakima LandShark, EvenKeel and Mako roof rack attachments.

                Answered on 5/7/2013 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm not sure what a "composite" kayak is. We have used our BigStack to tie down my Dagger Mamba, daughter's Wave Wavesport Diesel 70 and my husband's old school Perception Super Sport and it has worked great!
                Hope that helps!

                Answered on 5/7/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                it "can" but i wouldnt recommend it. the tie downs are necessarily pretty strong, and theyll put a good bit of flex in your typical poly kayak to get it road ready. i would get a more dedicated solution higher up in yakimas lineup. the big stack is really best suited for carrying recreational, durable, plasticky kayaks that u dont mind banging around. for my needs it fit the bill.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 5/8/2013 by Dr. Hox from North Florida
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have never used it on a composite kayak, everything I have hauled has been poly. The system works great. I don't think I would be afraid to use it on a composite boat if the need came up. You can't overtighten the straps on the BigStack like you can with some other systems. If you stack more than one boat you might want to add some padding anywhere the boat may rub..
                I am not sure if that helps or not, but good luck with your search.

                Answered on 5/10/2013 by Anonymous
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