Thule Hull-a-Port Kayak Carrier

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Thule Hull-a-Port Kayak Carrier and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: N/A (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.4 stars 
Expert Rating: N/A stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 198

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Sturdy and does not allow kayaks to move around.
  • Unit stays secure on the crossbars.
  • You can tuck the straps so they don’t blow around in the wind.
  • Rack is easy to install and uninstall.
  • Comes with hooks and ropes to easily secure the kayak.

Expert Reviews

  • Upright arms are padded to protect the kayak from scratches.
  • Wide-mouth design lets you easily load the kayak from the side.
  • The two tie-down straps secure the kayak and balance the weight.
  • The universal mounting hardware works with most factory crossbars.
  • Folds down when not in use, letting you easily store.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Reports of the arms getting loose over time.
  • Some reports of the screws loosening over time.
  • Multiple reports of the internal lock failing, which causes the kayak to fall out of the carrier.
  • If you don’t load the kayak at the right angle, it can come loose.

Expert Reviews

  • Need at least a minimum cross bar of 24” for the carrier to work.
  • Might need two people for putting the kayak into the carrier, limiting the convenience factor.


The Thule Hull-a-Port Kayak Carrier is a highly-compatible carrier that works with most crossbars, but unfortunately has some reports of the mechanisms failing. Reports of the internal lock failing, the screws loosening, and arms getting loose over time diminish confidence in this product.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1.