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Old 05-26-05, 03:09 PM
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Roof Rack Recommendations?

I know the Thule works well, but is a little pricey. I've used the Performance Xport and it was a solid product for the money, but they told me it is not designed to fit my new car, a Mazda 3 hatchback. How do the Saris and Yakima compare? Anyone have a favorite to recommend? Thanks, Mike
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Old 05-26-05, 06:37 PM
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I think that Yakima is an exact Thule equivlent. I'd rate Saris as a step behind but still a good product.

My personal preference is Thule but I think that's because I have much more experience with Thule than the others.
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Originally Posted by MickE
I know the Thule works well, but is a little pricey. I've used the Performance Xport and it was a solid product for the money, but they told me it is not designed to fit my new car, a Mazda 3 hatchback. How do the Saris and Yakima compare? Anyone have a favorite to recommend? Thanks, Mike
I use a Yakima, and it is very high quality.
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Old 05-27-05, 12:27 AM
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I use a Yakima as well, well I don't use my Yakima roof rack anymore cause I have a Jeep now, but I have a Yakima hitch carrier, very good quality.
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Old 05-27-05, 09:40 AM
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Yakima/Thule pretty much equivalent. I bought Thule mainly for the better fit kit availability for cars sold in Europe and Australia (one of which I'll probably move to in a few years).

Agee's Bike have them both 20% off, free shipping, no tax outside Virginia. Sale ends May 30. I bought mine from here about 2 months back, and was very happy with the service. One of my bike trays was damaged in shipping and they sent a new one out immediately.
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I'll throw in another vote for Yakima. I've used their racks for years and they're very well-built. Yakima claims their round bars are stronger than Thule's square bars and offer more mounting options. Aside from the bar shape I can't detect a lot of difference between the two systems.
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Old 05-27-05, 11:00 AM
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Add one more vote for Yakima, great product and I've used them for 15 years on 6 different vehicles.
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