Height and strength is no longer an issue! This Thule carrier actually lowers down and reduces up to 40 lb. of the kayaks weight, enabling anyone to load and unload a kayak from their vehicle.. . . . . Gas assist struts lift and lower up to 40 lb. of a kayaks weight, allowing one person to easily load and unload their boat. Load and unload your kayak at waist level for convenience and safety. Reduces lift height required to load and unload a kayak by 40 in.. Corrosion resistant kayak carriers expand and contract to carry a variety of different size and shaped boats. Superior boat protection with eight touch points of padded support. Aluminum, double coated steel construction for corrosion resistance. Includes all the strapping needed for securing one kayak. Side vehicle loading.