So I am getting ready to pick up a roof rack for my kayaks. I have a '13 Unlimited JK, and use the hard top and soft top regularly. The main kayak I use is a 13' 7" Emotion tandem. It weighs in at 80lbs.
I am looking for a rack that:
1) Is easily removable, not permanently mounted
2) Is strong enough to hold at least two 80 lb kayaks
3) Is compatible with accessories like a basket/other attachments.
My search has led me to two options:
1) The Lange Rack with the large kayak option
2) Thule gutter foot mount with crossbars and kayak holders
My issue is: I like the Thule because of its versatility, but the gutter mount idea makes me nervous as heck. I am worried that 160lbs on top may cause those flimsy gutters to snap, and bye-bye kayaks and hard top.
I like the fact I can get a Thule or Yakima cargo basket and use that also if I need extra luggage one day.
I like the design of the Lange, because I can use my soft top or hard top with it. I already have a bike rack, so I could care less about the bike option. The Lange looks a heck of a lot sturdier, and I wouldn't be worried at all hauling my kayaks up there doing 70mph on the interstate. But, I can only haul the kayaks with the Lange, and from what I can see they offer no other baskets/rack setups for more versatility or luggage hauling.
SO...what's everyone's opinion? I am leaning toward the Lange, unless someone who has the Thule gutterfoot can convince me two 80lb kayaks are a piece of cake for it to handle...thanks in advance, guys. Need to bite the bullet on this this week for an upcoming trip...