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Old 11-04-2007, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, I'm considering getting a roof rack for my car this winter, seeing as I'd like to take some friends with me when I go instead of having the car taken up by my board. I'm probably going to get a Yakima if I get one, and I was just wondering what the best and worst aspects of them were. I've had a couple guys tell me that your board can get nicked up while it's up there, but I dunno, also I know it'll make my car look goofy when there are no boards up there.
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Old 11-04-2007, 10:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Make sure you don't cheap out on one. I've heard stories of people losing their gear on the way up the mountains, people that can break into the locks pretty quick, and there can be extra drag on the vehicle. Bright side is there is now more comfort room for the passengers, you can haul more gear and makes for one hell of an advertisement that you are a rider and damn proud! All considered, I would pick one up. Just don't leave it out of your sight when the gear is strapped in. What worries me more than anything though, is someone vandalizing the board, like with a lighter for example.
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is someone vandalizing the board, like with a lighter for example.
I'm guessing this happened to you?

Yeah, I was going to get a good one, and it wouldn't be out of my sight with my equipment, not for long at least.
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I'm guessing this happened to you?

Yeah, I was going to get a good one, and it wouldn't be out of my sight with my equipment, not for long at least.
Nah, I'm just paranoid and over analyze everything. I've always just thrown the split bench down in my car and put my gear in the trunk/backseat. I can carry 3 boards with attached bindings, boots, gear, luggage and three riders in just a Dodge Neon. Sucks for the dude in the backseat though, lol.
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Nah, I'm just paranoid and over analyze everything. I've always just thrown the split bench down in my car and put my gear in the trunk/backseat. I can carry 3 boards with attached bindings, boots, gear, luggage and three riders in just a Dodge Neon. Sucks for the dude in the backseat though, lol.
my car's got a ski port, but apparently the guys at Nissan didn't feel the Maxima's consumer base appreciated snowboarding back in 1999, no split though, so a roof rack it is then, more than likely at least
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my car's got a ski port, but apparently the guys at Nissan didn't feel the Maxima's consumer base appreciated snowboarding back in 1999, no split though, so a roof rack it is then, more than likely at least
Of course...snowboarding is just a fad that will likely disappear in about a year or two.
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sell your car and buy a truck, problem solved.
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sell your car and buy a truck, problem solved.
but I like my car...
I am looking at a WRX wagon though
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subaru ftw!

anyway, not many downsides to a rack (that i have seen anyway). there is a little drag so mpgs go down a little, thats about it.

i say do it. i love my rack.
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If you have the money get a box. Those are nice and allow you to throw a few more things than boards or skis up top. They do effect mpg and are a freakin' sail in high winds. I have thule racks with a 4 board carrier. Just make sure that both your racks and carriers have locks on them. You stuff should be fine while you're having a bite to eat after leaving the mountain. I've never had problem with vandals, but it's always possible.
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