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Kanulock or Thule lockable straps? Recommendations.

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Created by DaveL1963 A week ago, 11 May 2019
DaveL1963
NSW, 13 posts
11 May 2019 8:27AM
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Any thoughts regarding these two options. 14'x28" sup on roof racks for trip around Australia.

Helmy
VIC, 667 posts
11 May 2019 10:17AM
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I use the Kanulocks. I have 2 sets, plus heaps on non lockables.
Havent tried the Thules.
Kanulocks good, but :
they need lubricating now and then - take some wd40
keys are small and not particularly sturdy - easy to mislay - i keep them on a rope that lives in the consol of the car
the rubber collars can kinda melt in heat - I've had a couple melt and break on the corner. Kanulock will replace them, or they do superglue together again pretty well
the loose ends don't tie off very well. the s/s wire makes them a bit stiff, but that's just the nature of what they are - lockable and secure - can present problems if your racks aren't wide enough

Interested to hear the Thule comparison though

obijohn
74 posts
11 May 2019 8:45AM
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I have been using Kanulocks for two years now to lock down two 16' downwind boards on our van. So far, they have worked great. Like was said, a squirt of WD40 every few month to keep the locks working smoothly. Some people complain about the locks being hard to work, but if you read the instructions, and pull on the housing properly, they work just fine. If we are going to be leaving the boards out overnight, I do add a heavy chain encased in a cloth fabric protective layer, around each board and the rack bar.

primevalmariner
NSW, 9 posts
11 May 2019 10:59AM
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Used Kanulocks for 12 week trip to WA last year with two SUPs on roofracks. Very happy with them. Locking mechanism can get a bit tight so be careful not to bend lightweight keys. Just don't force key to turn, take the pressure of the lock by pulling the locking lever a bit firmer on the strap while turning the key. Same when unlocking. I also put the two straps tight around both boards just in front of fins (narrowest point) and then put the boards under my camper with a bike lock chain attached through the straps to the chassis when I didn't want to take boards away with me on the car or when I wanted to keep them out of the sun. You can do the same with one strap and use the second to loop through the chassis if you want.
A good deterrent for amateur walk by opportunists.

KP.
NSW, 96 posts
11 May 2019 11:24AM
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The kanu locks are great if you want to protect your gear. I have 3 sets and they have never failed me. Going on 9 years with one set now. Worth the money to spend as it is a lot of time and money to replace if they are stolen.

JEG
VIC, 1115 posts
11 May 2019 11:43AM
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Lockrack if carry 1 to 2 boards, if more then strap it is.

DaveL1963
NSW, 13 posts
12 May 2019 7:31AM
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Anyone else got feedback on using the lockrack system? Is it the Universal model that is being used for sups?
Thanks.

JEG
VIC, 1115 posts
12 May 2019 8:43AM
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Yup universal if you carry 1 or 2 sup but ask for the 50cm base.

micksmith
VIC, 1297 posts
12 May 2019 10:23AM
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DaveL1963 said..
Anyone else got feedback on using the lockrack system? Is it the Universal model that is being used for sups?
Thanks.


No not the universal. There is SUP specific 50 or 65 widths. When you open their site click on the view all. You will see sup, once in there you can choose width and colour, interesting to note black is dearer than other colours.
Great product for up two boards, I compressed foam between lockrack and roof racks this stopped what little whistle there was. Interestingly my other car doesn't whistle at all without foam, did I say what a great product it is.
And I don't have any affiliation with company.

DaveSandan
VIC, 790 posts
12 May 2019 12:50PM
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I use the Kanulock straps as well as some cheap ones I throw in my pack when DWing and they are good however over a long road trip of more than an hour they always loosen off and the board starts to move around. When you drive from Melb to Noosa it's a pain constantly stopping to tighten them up especially on a windy day, any fixes for this issue?

Helmy
VIC, 667 posts
12 May 2019 5:54PM
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Its the board that moves, not the Kanulocks Dave. every strap has the same issues IMO.

WCC
38 posts
12 May 2019 4:36PM
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I know you wanted feedback on the two options, but I have also used straps till I started using the Lockracks and now I don't use anything else. It's just so easy with no more messing around with straps and readjusting boards on trips. Been driving at 140 on the freeways with SUPs on it and it is solid - what's more is that they are also secure for leaving your boards on the car while out paddling.

DaveL1963
NSW, 13 posts
13 May 2019 5:24PM
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Are the lockracks suitable for securing a 14' sup? Is there an option for carrying 2 x 14' sups? Thanks.

micksmith
VIC, 1297 posts
13 May 2019 5:47PM
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WCC said..
I know you wanted feedback on the two options, but I have also used straps till I started using the Lockracks and now I don't use anything else. It's just so easy with no more messing around with straps and readjusting boards on trips. Been driving at 140 on the freeways with SUPs on it and it is solid - what's more is that they are also secure for leaving your boards on the car while out paddling.



140kph now we're talking, what country you in.

micksmith
VIC, 1297 posts
13 May 2019 5:55PM
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DaveL1963 said..
Are the lockracks suitable for securing a 14' sup? Is there an option for carrying 2 x 14' sups? Thanks.


I don't have a 14 but I've seen plenty using lockrack, not sure on two up

WCC
38 posts
13 May 2019 7:13PM
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Are the lockracks suitable for securing a 14' sup? Is there an option for carrying 2 x 14' sups? Thanks.


Yes, you get a longer arm extension for double boards.

Todzilla
180 posts
14 May 2019 8:29AM
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I use the KanuLocks, but only for security. I use the standard Sea to Summit silicone straps to do the heavy work of holding the board down, then I use the KL's for security. You don't want to pull the KL's down too hard, I've heard tales of the wires digging into rails if pulled too tight...

DHUPEDNORTH1
49 posts
14 May 2019 10:51AM
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I've used green and yellow (longer) Kanulocks many many years and they are good in that they do the job, keep your boards secured on the roof, and safe from opportunistic thieves. But, my issues with them which I wish they would fix (they may have already) is:

1. the ends of my shorter green straps are sharp enough (and have been from the start) to damage the paint on my car when I throw them over the top and they hit the side panels. Happened on three cars now (i.e. not a specific car and weak paint). Took me a while to work out what was causing the oddly aligned scratches - first wondered if the neighbour's cat had been sliding down the sides off the roof to cause them. Dear Kanulock, please make the ends covered with something soft.

2. the keys are made out of some weak metal, or I am getting superhuman stength (it's possible). They bend too easily. So much effort is put into the quality of the straps, and then to have such easily bendable/breakable keys? It just doesn't make sense. Please make keys out of something stronger than a gummy bear alloy please Kanulock.

(Also, it is a good idea to have the board in a bag so that they aren't marked by the straps, and don't do them too tight on an uncovered board)

Other than that, have always used them. Worth the money for the piece of mind.

Helmy
VIC, 667 posts
14 May 2019 4:20PM
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DHUPEDNORTH1 said..
I've used green and yellow (longer) Kanulocks many many years and they are good in that they do the job, keep your boards secured on the roof, and safe from opportunistic thieves. But, my issues with them which I wish they would fix (they may have already) is:

1. the ends of my shorter green straps are sharp enough (and have been from the start) to damage the paint on my car when I throw them over the top and they hit the side panels. Happened on three cars now (i.e. not a specific car and weak paint). Took me a while to work out what was causing the oddly aligned scratches - first wondered if the neighbour's cat had been sliding down the sides off the roof to cause them. Dear Kanulock, please make the ends covered with something soft.

2. the keys are made out of some weak metal, or I am getting superhuman stength (it's possible). They bend too easily. So much effort is put into the quality of the straps, and then to have such easily bendable/breakable keys? It just doesn't make sense. Please make keys out of something stronger than a gummy bear alloy please Kanulock.

(Also, it is a good idea to have the board in a bag so that they aren't marked by the straps, and don't do them too tight on an uncovered board)

Other than that, have always used them. Worth the money for the piece of mind.


Re your first problem - I'm guessing your straps are old if the s/s wire is showing through the ends. This because the webbing will shrink over time, but the wire won't. If the ends are sticking through, then pull them out an inch or so further and them cut the end off with wire cutters. Then pull the webbing back over the wire.

Agree with the key issue

DHUPEDNORTH1
49 posts
15 May 2019 10:04AM
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Helmy said..

DHUPEDNORTH1 said..
I've used green and yellow (longer) Kanulocks many many years and they are good in that they do the job, keep your boards secured on the roof, and safe from opportunistic thieves. But, my issues with them which I wish they would fix (they may have already) is:

1. the ends of my shorter green straps are sharp enough (and have been from the start) to damage the paint on my car when I throw them over the top and they hit the side panels. Happened on three cars now (i.e. not a specific car and weak paint). Took me a while to work out what was causing the oddly aligned scratches - first wondered if the neighbour's cat had been sliding down the sides off the roof to cause them. Dear Kanulock, please make the ends covered with something soft.

2. the keys are made out of some weak metal, or I am getting superhuman stength (it's possible). They bend too easily. So much effort is put into the quality of the straps, and then to have such easily bendable/breakable keys? It just doesn't make sense. Please make keys out of something stronger than a gummy bear alloy please Kanulock.

(Also, it is a good idea to have the board in a bag so that they aren't marked by the straps, and don't do them too tight on an uncovered board)

Other than that, have always used them. Worth the money for the piece of mind.



Re your first problem - I'm guessing your straps are old if the s/s wire is showing through the ends. This because the webbing will shrink over time, but the wire won't. If the ends are sticking through, then pull them out an inch or so further and them cut the end off with wire cutters. Then pull the webbing back over the wire.

Agree with the key issue


thx but there's no wire showing. It's happened from the start. It's possibly the hard glue/resin(it seems to have some hard substance there holding the end?) at the end of the strap. It doesn't happen on the yellows because they are longer and so the ends don't hit the doors/rear panels like the greens do.

R4H
NSW, 64 posts
Tuesday , 21 May 2019 6:21PM
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Bought the Thule ones first and had two pair replaced under warranty and when the third pair broke they replaced them with Kanulocks. The problem with the Thule ones was that it was a single cable and the nylon ends weren't sealed/welded sufficiently enough to stop the cable breaking through.



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