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Old 01-27-2013, 07:47 AM   #308
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Default Rails with Cross Bars vs. Cross Bars Only?

Currently, we transport 2 kayaks (each about 14 ft long and about 42 lbs) on top of a Honda Element, using the OEM cross bars with Thule Hullaports (J style cradles), with stern and bow lines. This works well, except that the Element is a bit tall.

As a second car, we are considering a Suburu Impreza hatchback, and we are wondering if the same set up would work? Should we consider a Sport hatchback (which comes with rails) or a non-Sport version (which doesn't come with rails)? We would add the OEM cross bars to either version, and use the J cradles that we have. Also, the Element has great options for bow/stern tie downs, and I'm uncertain if the Impreza has this. Would appreciate advice from anyone familiar with this idea. Thanks.
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