GanFindX Heavy Duty Kayak Cart

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GanFindX Heavy Duty Kayak Cart KC-400 v2.0

Welcome to our review of the GanFindX Heavy Duty Kayak Cart KC-400 v2.0.

The GanFindX Heavy Duty Kayak Cart is a little easier on the wallet than some, a good option for those on a budget.
Featuring a weight capacity of 220 lb, it has ‘no-flat’ wheels and it’s width is adjustable (up to 14.6”).
The aluminium frame is detachable and collapsable for easier transport. 
If your kayak and gear are going to be within this weight limit, the GanFindZ may be a good alternative for you.

Overview

In a nutshell, the GanFindX Heavy duty kayak cart is a bunk style kayak cart that is adjustable and has solid tires. It can be easily disassembled which is great for onboard stowing and and has a maximum rated load capacity of 220 lbs. (I recommend being well under this limit. (See capacity section below for an explanation)

From what I can determine the image above shows the updated version (v2.0) with the bent/curved bunks that act as stands which make it easier for people to load on their own. The lack of stand with the previous model was an issue for some customers. It’s really good to see companies responding to customer feedback and improving their designs to suit. Top marks for that!

A lot of thought has gone into the design, it has simple mechanisms for assembly/disassembly, and breaks down into five large, hard to loose pieces, excluding straps of course. The wheels have an integral thumb lever release mechanism which means there are no small retaining pins to potentially loose. It does incorporate plastic in its design of these and does have some small internal parts that I personally would keep an eye on with regards to long term durability.

It is also adjustable, up to 14.6 lbs so there’s some room for compatibility there.

How do the reviews stack up? Pretty good for a lower priced kayak cart. Not all good of course but pretty good overall.

Features

Frame

This kayak cart has an all aluminium frame and thankfully, stainless steel hardware! Well done GanfindX for not neglecting this small but important feature. After all, why go for a corrosion resistant frame and not bother with the hardware? Rusty bolts are no fun…

The frame can be easily dismantled making it much easier to stow it onboard.

Measurements

The width is adjustable up to 14.6″ and the height is stated as 14″ from the ground to the top of the bunks..

Wheels

8″ Diameter no-flat wheels. (solid tires = no punctures to worry about!)

Capacity

This kayak cart has a stated maximum load capacity of 220 lbs.
I personally take these weights with a grain of salt and would recommend choosing a cart who’s weight limit well exceeds the load you will be carrying.

There have been a couple of negative reviews saying the cart bent under loads that were under the maximum load capacity. I tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to stated load capacities. I suspect that most products get tested in controlled environments.
What I believe is not accounted for is the torque involved in using a kayak cart, particularly on uneven ground which, lets face it, is likely in most real world situations.
This is why I’d advise choosing a kayak cart that your load will fit comfortably under the limit rather than at the higher end of it. I think this is especially important with cheaper models.

Is there anything I can do to minimise the risk of breaking my kayak cart?

The strain on a kayak cart can be negated somewhat by making sure the cart is very firmly attached to your kayak so that your kayak and the cart essentially become one object. If the cart is strapped down but works loose your kayak can then act like a lever against the cart, which over uneven ground can impart some fairly significant forces onto the frame of the cart. With the two fixed together firmly most of the force is going to go onto the axle and wheels where it is most likely designed to go.

How can I fit my kayak cart to my kayak securely?

Firstly make sure the kayak cart fits your style of kayak well. It should have good solid contact with your kayak and your kayak should ideally be able to sit on the cart without rocking or wobbling around.

Secondly, having the straps tight is a given, they really need to be quite firm. (Without damaging your kayak of course.)
Kayak carts will usually be positioned anywhere from the middle to the rear, and as kayaks taper, when pulled the carts naturally want to slide back down the taper of the kayak therefore loosening the straps.
To circumvent this I have found it helpful to position the straps to go through or around something to act as an anchor which helps to stop this happening. And I make the strap very firm.
Just make sure that whatever you use to anchor the straps to your kayak are strong enough to handle it. I have handles in the centre of my kayak which are up to the task.
It is also recommended with this kayak cart that the straps get wrapped around each of the support posts instead of just threading it under the bunk bars. (you can check the Amazon product images showing this here)

I would also make sure that with this model the wing-nuts that secure the support posts in place are screwed down tight to make sure that the cart is held rigid at this junction.

With some trial and era with your own particular set-up you’ll be able to see if you can achieve the desired result.

Negatives

Although there are mostly positive reviews there are a few negative reviews saying the cart bent under loads that were under the stated maximum load capacity. The junction where the support posts fit onto the bottom rail appear to be where these bent. As mentioned above, making sure the wing-nuts are sufficiently tight may help to minimise this risk and again, I would advise picking a kayak cart that your load will fit comfortably under the limit rather than at the higher end of it particularly with cheaper carts.

The height of the cart is an issue for some. It’s fixed at 14″. If you position your cart fairly central on your kayak, when you lift the front the rear can potentially hit the ground. Moving the cart further to the rear will help but it also means you will be lifting more weight at your end.
If you think this might be an issue for you I would recommend doing a mock trial at home before purchasing it.
It can be as simple as positioning a box with a pillow on top under your kayak where you would position the cart and lifting your end to see. Obviously having the height of your box/pillow at 14″.

Alternatives

If you have heavy fishing set up I would recommend looking at the popular Wilderness Systems Heavy Duty Kayak Cart which is a great option for those needing extra weight carrying capacity. It boasts a huge 450 lb weight limit and is a very robust kayak cart. It doesn’t come cheap but it’s tough and versatile with multiple adjustment points and a marine grade aluminium frame. That said, it can be a little fiddly to disassemble and as I mentioned earlier, it is quite pricey.
Click here for our Wilderness Systems kayak cart review.

If you have a fairly light set-up I would also suggest comparing the Bonnlo kayak cart which is a simple fixed position kayak cart.
Click here for our Bonnlo kayak cart review.

Alternatively feel free to check out our other kayak cart reviews here

Conclusion

So, is the GanFindX Heavy Duty Kayak Cart KC-400 v2.0 worth it?
For the price, we think so, provided you are aware of the info above. We like the design and simplicity of use and also the price!
If you have a heavy set-up I would however recommend looking at something with a much higher load capacity such as the Wilderness Systems or Suspenz heavy duty carts.

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