Car-topping your ’yak can be a challenge to do by yourself, but a removable pad cut to fit your roof rack makes it simple.
My uncle Bud Roche helped me put one together in a half-hour. He had some extra insulation, closed celled, about 4 inches thick. A carpet remnant would have done the job, too, especially if it had rubber backing that wouldn’t slide on the roof.
1. Make a template from cardboard.