Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The SeaWing V-Cradle Kayak Carrier from Malone

The Malone SeaWing V-Cradle Kayak Carrier
    The Malone SeaWing V-Cradle Kayak Carrier is a great way to carry your kayaks on a factory installed rack. Not that it doesn't work perfectly well on Thule or Yakima crossbars (it does!), but it's really great on factory racks. The SeaWing's centrally located universal mounting hardware allows you to mount these kayak cradles as far to the side as possible, you can even let the cradle extend past the edges of your roof. On many factory racks this lets you carry two boats flat at the same time, something most other kayak saddles can only accomplish with longer aftermarket crossbars. The Malone SeaWing was designed to withstand Maine's punishing winds and saltwater, and it's sturdy polycabonate construction and corrosion-resistant mounting hardware ensure you'll be able to depend on the SeaWing for many years to come. The Malone Stinger Slide-Out Kayak Load Assist ModuleThe rubber insets in the SeaWing's cradles ensure a frim grip on your kayak's hull, and their V-shape design fits most hull types quite well (though we probably wouldn't recommend it for fiberglass hulls). The Malone SeaWing includes everything you need to carry one kayak on your roof rack, and for even easier loading, you can pair it with the Malone Stinger Kayak Load Assist Module.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Helium Lightweight Aluminum Hitch Mounted Bicycle Rack from Thule

Thule's 970 Helium Aluminum 2 Bike Carrier
    Thule's new Helium Lightweight Aluminum Hitch Mounted Bicycle Racks are the most impressive new products that Thule has rolled out this year. They sport an incredibly sleek look, with an eye catching all-aluminum design. With such a slim profile you might think the Helium is a lightweight rack, and it does weigh about 1/3 less than a standard steel-frame bicycle rack. But don't let its good looks fool you. The Helium is every bit as tough as a steel-frame rack, and its aluminum frame can't rust!
    As I'm sure you already know, looks aren't everything. The Helium wouldn't be much of a hitch rack if all it did was look good. With fully integrated locking security, Thule's premium T3 bike cradles, and the best anti-rattle hitch mechanism in its class, the Helium offers much more than just bike rack bragging rights.The helium comes with Thule's 955 No-Sway Cages. Thule's T3 cradles with included No-Sway Cages hold your bikes gently but firmly in place and help eliminate sway even on rough roads. The bike arm assembly folds down out of the way when not in use, and features an integrated bike cable lock to make sure your bicycles are safe from theft. The new "stinger" tongue assembly will fit both 1 1/4" and 2" hitch receivers, and its integrated tightening mechanism with locking knob hold the Helium securely in place and eliminate "rattle" while making sure no one walks off with your sweet new rack. There are two versions available, the 970 Helium Lightweight Aluminum 2 Bike Hitch Mounted Bicycle Rack and the 971 Helium Lightweight Aluminum 3 Bike Hitch Mounted Bicycle Rack. So if you want a hitch rack that'll really baby your bikes and make your neighbor's jaw drop, check out the Helium Aluminum Bicycle rack from Thule.