Carriers for Subaru Outback: Saris RS Trunk Mount or Thule Hitch Mount
Do you have any advice, opinion or experience on a good carrier for a Subaru Outback? We would like to carry either 3 or 4 bikes on a good quality carrier. We need at least three, the fourth would be nice if a friend wants to come along.
I was told about the Saris RS Bones trunk mount - it tightens by ratcheting down steel cables and is about $260.00 at the LBS. No straps to hand tighten, just ratchet the cables down. This only holds three bikes I think max.
The other is a Thule hitch mount that holds up to four bikes and could swing down to allow access to the hatchback while the bikes were still attached, but I have read the Subaru hitches do not accept other brands of bike carriers, or at least not very well.
All else being equal, which is better for preventing damage to the (brand new expensive) bikes? and which company has better service?
Thanks! Hope you all had a happy Fourth!