My wife bought a 2012 Outback. It is not my primary carrier for canoes and kayaks, but I wanted to be able to use it for this purpose as well so I put a Thule Rack on top.
However, after doing so I started to question this decision. The car does have a factory rack that apparently you can get J cradles and now even gunwale style canoe carriers.
So do I need the after market Thule Rack? Does it really give me anything more than what I already have in the factory rack?
Specifically I plan to use the Yakima bow down cradles for carrying kayaks. Does anyone use these in conjunction with the factory rack on the Outback?
Just seems that the aftermarket rack may not be necessary and that I may be able to unload it and get some cash that I could use for some more needed paddling accessory.
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Have you checked weight capacity?|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-24-13 9:10 AM (EST)
Last I knew the third party racks still had a higher top end than the new Subie racks.
Posted by: bowler1 on Mar-24-13 1:20 PM (EST)
Good point on the weight capacity. I will have to check that out.
Yakima Foot Pack|
Posted by: BREI on Mar-24-13 2:29 PM (EST)
The Yakima Control Tower and Landing Pad 12 will work on the top of your car to both give you more load capacity and a wider bar spread.
For short drives|
Posted by: pikabike on Mar-24-13 3:16 PM (EST)
...you can put minicell blocks on oval/flat factory crossbars. Rutabaga sells the blocks that have cut-outs to fit ANY bars: round, square, or oval. I wouldn't do this for long highway trips but it's OK for local jaunts. My husband used them on his older Subaru once or twice; no problems doing so.
Posted by: ShadyClip on Mar-24-13 8:52 PM (EST)
2012 and up....|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-24-13 9:30 PM (EST)
Subaru added a slot for the rear cross bars that is further back - in fact I'd say it is very, very close to the spread you got on the pre-racksfromhell redesign in 2010. I parked my 2007 Outback next to one of the newer ones in a lot and compared.
Posted by: george4908 on Mar-25-13 9:32 PM (EST)
"you can put minicell blocks on oval/flat factory crossbars ... I wouldn't do this for long highway trips but it's OK for local jaunts."
300 miles is not that long|
Posted by: pikabike on Mar-26-13 1:35 AM (EST)
Especially if it's not through big, windy stretches like much of Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Colorado...hell, a lot of the interior west, with its 75 mph Interstate highways.
I agree with George|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-07-13 11:18 AM (EST)
Too many people, including independent shippers and kayak shops, use this simple setup for me to doubt it. I also use it myself and have never had any problems. It may require a bit more diligence and attention.
I have a 2012 Outback...|
Posted by: johnysmoke on Mar-24-13 9:30 PM (EST)
As stated above...|
Posted by: bowler1 on Mar-25-13 5:29 AM (EST)
The bars on my 2012 Outback will pivot around to become cross bars, and they have the same spread as the Yakima setup I currently have.
Posted by: bowler1 on Mar-25-13 5:35 PM (EST)
I have been researching this topic. Weight capacity may be the issue.
I'd go with Yakima over Thule...|
Posted by: johnysmoke on Mar-25-13 6:22 PM (EST)
Thanks - Johnysmoke|
Posted by: BREI on Mar-25-13 7:17 PM (EST)
Thank you Johnysmoke.....
Posted by: bowler1 on Mar-26-13 6:56 AM (EST)
I missed that post above. Sorry. I got now though. I didn't realize they made something to extend the crossbar width. That would be great.
Posted by: bowler1 on Apr-06-13 6:38 PM (EST)
I was going to ditch the Thule bars (which I already have) and get the Yakimas but then....
Bowler, the Subaru weight limits for |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-06-13 7:08 PM (EST)
their racks are not based on actual measurements, but are probably a ballpark figure from Subaru lawyers.
trying to understand but not disagreeing|
Posted by: bowler1 on Apr-06-13 8:33 PM (EST)
I am not necessarily disagreeing, but just trying to understand why putting a thule or Yakima rack on top of the factory rack makes it better. If they still have the same weight limit and my Yakima accessories will fit my factory rack, and I have enough space on my factory rack, then I am just wondering why the aftermarket rack is better.
Factory vs. Yakima...|
Posted by: johnysmoke on Apr-07-13 8:46 PM (EST)
I haven't looked at Thule but Yakima's|
Posted by: bigspencer on Apr-07-13 3:24 PM (EST)