The Thule straps with the rubber piece that slides over the damage-provoking metal clasps are awesome. These are on my "do-not-lend-to-anyone" list. The cradles don't fit my load bar / canoe size combination. I've tried every conceivable combination of putting them inside and outside of the posts, turning the canoe around (it's a-symmetrical), pushing the canoe further forward or back. Eh. But because the Thule straps wrap perfectly around the Thule load bars, I haven't found the cradles to be necessary anyway. The ropes with the metal s-hooks are a nice feature - they're not nearly as strong as the straps of course, but they're a good for just-in-case security on the front and rear of the boat, especially on a windy day.