Roof Rack Ski Carriers

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Ski and Snowboard Carriers

Ski Carrier

 

Fits these racks: Prs Skis No. Boards Load width $
Rhino Rack logo
Rhino Rack 556 Most crossbar profiles 6 4 70cm $245*

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Rhino Rack 554 Most crossbar profiles 4 2 45cm $195*

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Rhino rack 552

Most crossbar profiles 2 0 25cm $145*

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Rhino Rack MPH Various models available to suit a range of crossbars 1 0 na $45 more info and buy on line
Thule logo
Thule Xtender739 Bars with T-channel and 32x22mm square bar 6 4 60cm $375*
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Thule Delux 726 Bars with T-channel and 32x22mm square bar 4 2 40cm $235*
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Thule Delux 740 Bars with T-channel and 32x22mm square bar 3 2 30cm $199*
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Thule 575 Snowboard Most aero crossbar profiles and 32x22mm square bar na 2 na $275*
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Whispbar logo
WHispbar WB300 Most crossbar profiles 6 4 72cm $295*
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Buying a Ski or Snow Board Rack

What Steve thinks...... when you need to carry skis or boards the first thing to decide is whether a dedicated ski carrier is the solution rather than looking at a long luggage box. You may think it useful to have something that can be used for the summer road trips as well as the run to the mountains. Personally I tend to use a luggage box just so that I can get the boots out of the car as well. While my Rossignols smell of roses unfortunately my kids boots are humming after a week on the slopes. So up on the roof they go. But assuming you don't want the expense or storage burden of a luggage box what should you look for in ski/board carriers?

So what carriers should you buy? Now all the units listed here have merit in their own way which is why they have made it into the list. Quality is pretty much irrelevant in the systems we sell because Thule, Rhino Rack and Whispbar all make great products which they support with multi-year warranties.

The first question should be what make of roof racks have you got? Ski racks are getting increasing universal and some like the Rhino and Whispbar models come with a universal fitting kit which will fit most roof racks. Thule ski carriers continue to support fitting to 32x20mm square bars or fixing to a T-Channel under the racks buffer strip. I do like the idea of a carrier that clamps around the crossbar like the Rhino or Whispbar to avoid cutting or removing the rubber buffer to fit a T-bolt attachment. On some factory racks or older Rola crossbars that do not have an easily accessible top channel then clamp around fittings are definitely the go.

So how wide do you need. The usable width is listed in the table above which for reasons I have never understood have always been barely enough to accommodate the number of skis they are specified to carry. This is finally changing with the Whispbar WB300 which at 72cm has a full 12cm more load width than the Thule Delux. Rhino's latest range of ski racks also have respectable usable widths with the increase of their 6 ski units to 70cm. My view on width is go as big as you have space for on your racks and with the exception of the Whispbar which only comes in large go one size bigger than you need for ease of use and maybe to carry some poles as well.

Best ski racks:

I can't pick it between the the Whispbar WB300 and Thule Xtender. The sliding feature of the Thule is cool but the very generous width of the Whispbar is very handy to get skis as well as poles in there. Also the Whispbar just appeals to me aesthetically because they look like they means business and the universal clamp means you do not have to remove/cut buffer strip in the crossbars for mounting.

Why buy anything else?

Because the Whispbar and Xtender are in the top price bracket. You may want a ski rack that has costs in line with the fact that it only comes out of the cupboard once a year. In this case you won't go wrong with any of the carriers listed. I would base your choice on how you want to attach it to your racks, how much clearance you need and the usable width you require.

And finally......

What ever way you choose to get your gear to the slopes I look forward to seeing you there. I'll be that bad-assed snow boarder, chopping up the corduroy and making too much noise with my edges before the inevitable 'stack'. So I apologise in advance for that.