Off the Beaten Path
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Salmon Arm, BC, Canada.
Jessie, I bought 2 pairs of those Malones folding J racks for my Mazda Tribute. They're easy to use--I can do everything from the ground, no climbing up like Camshaft suggests, as long as you keep the tiedown straps long enough to flip around the kayak ends (our kayaks are similar size as yours).
They're identical to the Yakima model and very similar to Thule. I bought them on internet from the US (I did not see them available in Canada when I searched), at $130 + shipping they were a good $100 cheaper than either Yakima or Thule (whose Canadian prices are a ripoff - $249 vs $169-189 in the States - but they WILL NOT ship across the border).
We needed fold-down style to park in the garage. As for removal, it takes only about 30 seconds each. But why remove them if you can fold them down?
I haven't googled around to see if locks are available as accessories, we just use bike cables hooked into a U-bolt on the kayak deck.
I think they're every bit as sturdy as Thule/Yakima and will last as long.