The Thule Hulavator is a cool idea, but $600 per kayak is more than I'm willing to pay to get a kayak on top of my vehicle. Until I get too old and decrepit to lift one end of a kayak, I'll stick with my current system, which involves putting a towel (about $3.00 at Walmart) on the back of my vehicle.
I have seen this alternate handle placement, I will look into that some more.
The Hullavator is indeed a cool system, but too costly for me!
Yeah, Hullavators seem expensive until you drop your kayak and rip the side view mirror off your car. Fortunately hasn't happened to me, but it has to plenty of others.
My old OK Scrambler was light and my old '98 Jeep GC relatively low, so I could just press it up there. The Outback on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner, that wasn't happening. I tried a variety of ways and while I could do it, it always left me pushing things to the limit and I knew it was only a matter of time before I had a catastrophic event, so I decided to spend the money on the Hullavator before I was spending it on body work.
Now that I have it, best money I spent. I get a lot more use out of my kayak since it is so much easier to load the tie down.