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Yakima EvenKeel review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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There are many difficulties in life, but there are many easy things we take for granted.

  • Yakima EvenKeel Tying your shoes...easy
    Using your husband's AMEX to shop...easy
    Making spaghetti...easy
    Britney Spears...easy
  • Transporting a kayak with the Yakima EvenKeel...easy

Yakima has contributed to the easy things in life with their EvenKeel car rack. The Yakima Even Keel is one of company's newer car-top racks and is designed for transport of a kayak or canoe.

The crux of the EvenKeel surrounds the 4 universally-fitting saddle attachments that mount directly to your vehicle's roof rack. Your boat's hull rests on top of the 4 saddles and straps to the roof rack to the recovery hitches under the front and rear bumpers. The saddles are flexible enough to adjust and conform to your boat's specific hull design.

The Yakima EvenKeel's simple design is outdone by its ease of use. It connects to your roof rack effortlessly and the straps strongly secure your boat. The only negative to the EvenKeel is that your boat is mounted on its hull opposed to being side mounted. This takes up added space on your roof and may limit carrying additional boats or bikes.

Yakima LogoOne of the other major advantages of the Yakima Evenkeel is the price. It lists at $99. It also comes with Yakima's limited lifetime warranty.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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