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  I'd go with Yakima over Thule...
  Posted by: johnysmoke on Mar-25-13 6:22 PM (EST)
 

-- Last Updated: Mar-25-13 6:31 PM EST --

Let try this again...

As Brei already pointed out, Yakima makes a kit specific to the 2012 Outback (control tower and landing pads 12) that replaces the stock bars and keeps the 30 inch spread. It's rated to 165 lbs. So this is probably your best solution. The most weight capacity with the best bar spread.

If you already have a Thule Crossroad setup laying around, and that is what you are planning on using, knock yourself out. You are gaining weight capacity but decreasing bar spread from 30 inches to about 20 inches, so it is probably a more solid setup than the stock bars, but still not as good as the Yakima setup two people have tried to point out to you.

Good luck with the setup whatever you decide to use. I'd be careful putting boats on and off the Outback. I've discovered the sheet metal is so thin on the roof of the new Outbacks, that even just bracing my forearms on the edge of the roof to gain leverage to move boats around, will leave indentations...


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