Planning your next adventure is easier when you know it'll be easy to haul all your gear. With the proper roof rack on your vehicle, you can bring your bike, kayak, extra equipment, and even a rooftop tent with you. Below shows 9 tips to choose the right roof rack.
#1 Check the Weight
Strong is good, heavy is not. A well-engineered, all-aluminum rack will be 30 percent lighter than steel, with more strength and load carrying capacity.
#2 Go for Modular
A modular rack will allow for easy assembly, and let you add rack slats for different uses—like constructing a full platform, swapping out accidental damage, and adding items like expedition rails.
#3 Check Out the Accessory Lineup
The best rack is one you’ll use for multiple purposes. Having the widest range of accessories creates endless adventure possibilities.
#4 Strength and Durability
There is no quicker way to ruin a trip than with a rack failure. If you plan on heading into the back country, a cheap rack might not make it. Make sure the rack manufacturer specializes in building gear that has been proven in harsh conditions
#5 Low Profile
No matter what you put on your roof, it will impact noise and fuel economy.
#6 Product Support
Stick with companies that have been around for decades and can offer you live customer service to assist in rack installation or questions about performance.
#7 Learn from the Pros
People who need the toughest gear for their daily life have been through enough experimentation to know what works.
#8 Wide Product Range
More racks and more accessories will mean more options for you no matter what you’re driving.
#9 All Metal
More plastic components for both the rack and accessories means more chance for failure.
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