Yakima® - BowDown Kayak Rack

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BowDown Kayak Rack by Yakima®. A cradle type rack transports the kayak on its side, leaving space on your roof rack for other gear. It's the perfect type of rack for touring or recreational kayaks. The BowDown is Yakima's best cradle rack, carrying 1 boat securely, with top of the line HullGuard™ padding to protect your boat during transport, and an integrated ramp system that eases loading. It comes with built-in universal mounting hardware that fits round, square, and factory crossbars, and it's optimized for aero bars. Heavy-duty tie-down straps and bow/stern tie-downs are included, and when not in use the BowDown folds down so it's only 5" above the top of the crossbar. The BowDown is lockable with SKS (Same Key System) lock cores (sold separately) and it comes with instructions.


Base Rack System Required
10 Minute Install
Some Assembly Required
Tool-Free Install
Weight: 15.20 lbs
Dimensions: 10.5" L x 5.5" W x 21" H


Folds Down

Folds Down
Folds down when not in use for better aerodynamics and easier access to your garage.

Hullguard™ Padding

Hullguard™ Padding
Top-of-the-line Hullguard™ padding keeps your boat protected during transport.

Ramp System

Ramp System
Integrated ramp system makes it painless to load your boat.

Oversized Knobs

Oversized Knobs
The rooftop kayak mount oversized knobs for easier twiddling with wet hands.

Built-In Hardware

Built-In Hardware
Universal built-in hardware fits round, square, factory or aerodynamic crossbars right out of the box. Optimized for aerodynamic bars.

Bottle Opener

Bottle Opener
Integrated bottle opener.

Heavy-Duty Straps

Heavy-Duty Straps
Premium heavy-duty straps with coated metal buckles protect boat and vehicle.

Bow/Stern Tie-Downs

Bow/Stern Tie-Downs
Includes Bow/Stern Tie-Downs.


Backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

If you're looking for a safe, secure way to transport your kayak that won't take up a lot of room on your roof rack, will be unobtrusive when not in use, and will pamper your kayak in the process, look no further than the Yakima BowDown Kayak Rack. The BowDown features super strong SteelCore construction, with steel tubes for superior strength and support. It holds your kayak on its side, leaving plenty of crossbar space for other gear. The integrated ramp system simplifies loading, and once in place your kayak's hull will be gently cradled in top of the line HullGuard padding, with EVA foam for support and protection. When not in use, the BowDown folds down until it's height is just 5" above the level of the crossbar, for better aerodynamics and more roof clearance for garaging.

The BowDown's built-in universal clamps are designed to make installation fast and easy on any type crossbar without tools, including round, square, factory, and aero. The design is optimized for aero bars. You get everything you need to secure your boat including heavy-duty tie-downs for attachment to the roof rack, and bow/stern tie-downs to secure the boat to the front and rear of your vehicle. All tie-downs have padded buckles to prevent damage to the boat and your vehicle.

SKS lock cores (not included) can be installed in the built-in crossbar mounts to deter theft. Comprehensive, illustrated installation and user instructions are included, and the BowDown is covered by a limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

Yakima® Products, of Beaverton, Oregon is one of the world's largest manufacturers of cargo and recreational equipment carrying solutions. Founded 40 years ago in its namesake city, Yakima's guiding principle is that gear should be carried on the outside of the vehicle to make room for more friends inside. To achieve that goal the company makes roof rack systems for any style roof, and an array of roof rack, receiver hitch, trunk lid and hatch, and trailer mounted carriers. Yakima's designers and engineers are outdoor enthusiasts, campers, and travelers just like you, and they listen and learn what other enthusiasts need and want while participating in those activities. The combination of their own personal experience with that of other enthusiasts enables them to create the finest carriers and accessories for bicycles, watercraft, skis & snowboards, and cargo & camping. Yakima products are manufactured using the highest quality materials and the best engineering practices, and Yakima is so confident that you'll be completely satisfied with your purchase that they're backed by a "Love It Till You Leave It" lifetime warranty.


This limited lifetime warranty covers all Yakima-brand products and rack components manufactured by Yakima Products, Inc. (Yakima), and is effective for as long as the original retail purchaser owns the product. This warranty terminates when the original retail purchaser sells or otherwise transfers the product to any other person.

Subject to Yakima’s inspection of the product, Yakima will remedy defects in materials and/or workmanship by repairing or replacing, at Yakima’s option, the defective product without charge for parts or labor, subject to the limitations and exclusions described in this warranty. Yakima may elect, at its option, not to repair or replace a defective product, in which case Yakima will issue to the original retail purchaser, at Yakima’s option, either a refund equal to the purchase price paid for the product, or a credit to be used toward the purchase of new Yakima products or rack components.

This warranty does not cover problems caused by normal wear and tear (including, but not limited to, scratches, dents, tears, or aesthetic oxidation of surfaces, or natural breakdown of colors and materials over extended time and use), commercial use, accidents, unlawful vehicle operation, or modifications or repairs not performed or authorized by Yakima. In addition, this warranty does not cover problems resulting from conditions beyond Yakima’s control including, but not limited to, theft, misuse, overloading, or failure to assemble, mount or use the product in accordance with Yakima’s written instructions or guidelines included with the product or made available to the original retail purchaser.

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