Submitted: 06-27-2000 by Pilgrim
I've got the Saris roof rack load bars. These are triple channel aluminum load bars and are by far the strongest on the market. They come pre-assembled and just the clips need to be installed ( the clip type is determined by what vechile you have). Once you install your clips, mounting the bars to a vechile is a matter of minutes. The load bar feet have rubber pads to avoid scratching. The load bars automaticalaly center themselves (no need for rulers, guessing or choice words). The load bars are tightened by simply turning the knob on either end of the load bar. These knobs can then be locked to prevent loosening or theft. Accessories (gunnel pads, watersport saddles, bike racks, ski carriers, etc) are simply slid into the slot on top of the load bars. The accessories are then tightened in place by simply turning oversize, easy-on-the-fingers, thumbscrews. I have transported a 12', 100+ pound duck skiff on the gunnel brackets, strapped down with nylon ratcheted straps, at the posted speed limits, for four hours with no problems. Recently I've added the watersport saddles to carry a kayak. The saddles gently "grab" the yak and hold it in place. The biggest advantage of the saddles is that they eliminate distoration or crushing of the yak when secured with the nylon ratcheting straps. If your looking for an easy-to-use, no worry, theft preventive, strong roof rack, be sure to check into Saris.