Malone kayak trailer – MegaSport Review

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Malone kayak trailer – MegaSport Review

Considering the ultimate Malone kayak trailer for fishing?

Let’s review the MegaSport, which according to Malone, has been designed to meet the needs of the serious kayak angler.

The Malone MegaSport is no simple trailer. We believe this is the ultimate fishing kayak trailer.

This is a heavy duty kayak trailer with a huge 1000lb load capacity.  

The MegaSport is also the most accessorized trailer Malone produces, meaning there are plenty of  features and customized options for wet or dry gear management, overhead storage, lighting and electronic recharging. 

Lets review the specs and then check out the affordability, quality and usefulness of this trailer.

Specs:

Length – 14′ 6″
Width – 68″ (without crossbars)
Weight 325 lb (without accessories)
Capacity – 1000 lb
Fits up to 2 kayaks plus storage options (or more kayaks if choosing the Outfitter) 
Max 20’ in length
Wheels – 10″ with 1650 lb load capacity
Hitch 2” receiver
16” ball height with 2 safety chains
Marine grade 11 gauge galvanized steel frame
Triple leaf spring suspension
Galvanized 1000 lb capacity jack stand with wheel
86” long crossbars

Affordability

This fishing kayak trailer is the deluxe version of Malone sports trailers and comes with the appropriate price tag, but if you can afford it, this trailer has all the gadgets a kayak fisherman could dream of. And perhaps a few more gadgets you didn’t realize you needed until this moment!

Malone kayak trailer quality

As with all Malone trailers, this one comes with a 5 yr limited warranty within the US. 

Almost everything about this trailer is just a little bit bigger and stronger than the other models.The frame is 8‘’ wider than the MicroSport  at 68” and the 1.25” square galvanized steel load bars are 86” long so there should be plenty of room for those wider fishing kayaks. This trailer has a fixed crossbar spread of 68”.

The 1000lb weight capacity will handle those behemoth fishing kayaks in style, not to mention all the gear that goes with them. The 8″ x 10″ high speed wheels have a 1650 lb load capacity and being galvanized, coupled with sealed bearings make them great for all conditions. The triple leaf suspension ensures a smooth ride.

The reinforced 7-1/2’ long tongue supports a 2” receiver and has a towing skid to protect the coupler. The ball height measures 16″ from the ground to the top of the ball.

There are also 2 safety chains to ensure this trailer does not accidently come off. A galvanized crank assist 1000 lb capacity jack stand with wheel is stored on the tongue for easy handling.

This kitset trailer is fully wired for DOT LED lights and includes the paperwork required to be road legal as well as a license plate holder. The lights and hubs are designed to be submersible so you will be able to back into the water, reducing that distance that you need to haul your kayak. Each package also includes a full size spare tire with locking attachment for off-road confidence & security.

Usefulness

The largest and most accessorised trailer Malone offer… set up options abound to the point where it’s almost overwhelming when you look at what set-ups are available.

Choose the basic trailer or go for one of the numerous package options avilable or even mix and match, plus with all the addition accessories you can really customise it to suit your needs.

For kayak anglers there are three main packages on offer. Within each of these packages there are three different craddle options, you get a choice of either Bunks, MegaWing, or SaddleUp Pro cradles depending on how you like to support your kayaks.

For those needing to transport multiple kayaks, perhaps for a commercial operation, Malone offers the Outfitter package.

As you can see, Malone has made selecting the type of kayak trailer you want incredibly easy to do right from the start.

Let’s look at what options Malone offer.

Malone kayak trailer angler packages

The MegaSport 2 boat ultimate angler package includes the base MegaSport trailer, 15′ straps, spare tire kit, sliding storage drawer, 2nd tier load bars, wet gear basket, two sets of rod storage tubes, and milk crate cage.

The 2nd tier load bar system has a load capacity of 150lbs and sits 70” from the ground when installed on a standard MegaSport trailer, providing more space for an extra kayak or cargo box.

The Storage drawer sits directly on oversized rollers integrated with the trailer frame under the kayaks and can conveniently be pulled out sideways for easy gear access without having to move the kayaks first. The molded plastic drawer has a removable lid and measures 48″ (l) x 20″ (w) x 10″ (h). This unit is water-resistant but not waterproof, so items that must not get wet will need extra protection. The storage box is lockable, however locks are not included in this package.

The wire basket also fits into the MegaSport chassis and measures 48” (l) by 16” (w) by 18” (h). It is manufactured from powder coated steel and is designed to hold items not affected by moisture or outside conditions.

The telescoping fishing rod storage tubes fit under the load bars and overhead vertical supports. The tube has a 6” diameter and a length of between 73” and 102”. The tubes are molded with padded ends and have a hinged lockable door for access, however a lock is not included. The storage tubes can safely hold up to six oversized rods.

And finally, the milk crate cage which can hold up to five standard crates with 100 lb total capacity. The crates are not included in the package. 

This trailer package ticks all the boxes for a kayak fisherman’s dream trailer- storage options galore and a substantial load capacity of 1000lbs. This trailer does not come cheap, but it would make transporting all the gear an absolute pleasure.

You can choose the cradle option that suits you best, either Bunks, MegaWing, or SaddleUp Pro.
See below for description of each.


The MegaSport 2 boat with storage and second tier package can include either bunks, V-style carriers or saddles. Let’s first look at the components of the package that are universal to all of them, before we consider the rack configuration.

Each of these packages comes with the base MegaSport trailer, spare tire kit, sliding storage drawer, 2nd tier load bars and a wet gear basket.

The 2nd tier load bar system has a load capacity of 150lbs and sits 70” from the ground. This space could be suitable for an extra kayak or cargo box.

The Storage drawer measures 48″ (l) x 20″ (w) x 10″ (h) and sits directly on oversized rollers integrated with the trailer frame under the kayaks. It can conveniently be pulled out sideways for easy gear access without having to move the kayaks first. This molded plastic unit is water-resistant but not waterproof, so items that must not get wet will need extra protection. The storage box is lockable, however locks are not included in this package.

The wire basket also fits into the MegaSport chassis and measures 48” (l) by 16” (w) by 18” (h). It is manufactured from powder coated steel and is designed to hold items not affected by moisture or outside conditions.

Again, you can choose the craddle option that suits you best, either Bunks, MegaWing, or SaddleUp Pro.
See below for description of each.


These are the final trio of MegaSport kayak trailer packages, these more basic packages include the base MegaSport trailer, spare tire kit, sliding storage drawer and a wet gear basket.

With your kayaks on top and the storage containers underneath within the frame of the trailer, this setup is compact and makes the most of the available space.

The Storage drawer measures 48″ (l) x 20″ (w) x 10″ (h) and sits within the trailer frame under the kayaks. It can conveniently be pulled out sideways for easy gear access without having to move the kayaks first. This molded plastic unit is water-resistant but not waterproof, so items that must not get wet will need extra protection. The storage box is lockable, however locks are not included in this package.

The wire basket also fits into the MegaSport chassis and measures 48” (l) by 16” (w) by 18” (h). It is manufactured from powder coated steel and is designed to hold items not affected by moisture or outside conditions.

Again, you can choose the craddle option that suits you best, either Bunks, MegaWing, or SaddleUp Pro.
See below for description of each.


Malone kayak trailer craddle options

Bunks

Bunks can be great for larger fishing kayaks and suit nearly all kayak hull designs. Each pair has a load capacity of 500lbs and measures 84” long so there are plenty of places to tie your kayaks down securely.

They are manufactured from yellow pine with a marine-grade, weather-resistant covering which offers great protection when loading and unloading your kayaks.

MegaWing

If V-style carriers are better suited to your kayak than bunks, consider the MegaWing package.

These are designed to transport heavy sit-on-top (SOT) fishing kayaks and have a load capacity of 150lb per kayak or boat. 

SaddleUp Pro

The very adjustable nature of saddle racks makes them great for transporting larger fishing kayaks with tri-hull and irregular hull designs, SOT and touring kayaks.

The SaddleUp Pro has a weight capacity of 90lb per boat. 

Transporting multiple kayaks?

The Outfitter 3 Tier Trailer is designed for the commercial and large-scale transport of multiple kayaks. As the name suggests it has 3 tiers for storage, and depending on the size and weight of your kayaks, you can transport a lot.

The Lower and middle bars on this system are 86” wide and the top bar is 55” w, creating a massive amount of space to load kayaks. Unless you are a commercial outfit and need the top bar also for kayaks, it can be really useful to store cargo boxes, fishing rod holders and lightweight boats up on the top tier. These would need to be purchased separately as the Outfitter 3 Tier trailer comes with only the 3 tier set.


Malone kayak trailer – MegaSport  summary

The Malone MegaSport is a beast of a trailer and will likely be the envy of all your fishing friends. The storage options are amazing and make this such a versatile trailer, not just carrying your kayak or boat but also your rods and all the other gear needed.

This Malone kayak trailer is not cheap but it is a workhorse and should make heading out to fish an even greater pleasure.


For those who are after a serious kayak fishing trailer set-up, check out the Malone MegaSport kayak trailer.


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