Pros and Cons of Rooftop Ski Racks & Snowboard Racks
- Rooftop racks are generally less expensive than other cargo carriers
- Very secure and stable way to carry cargo
- Leaves you complete access to your vehicle doors and trunk
- Low-profile design allows more clearance and is less detrimental to gas mileage than other rooftop cargo carriers, such as a cargo box
- Added cost of a roof rack system if your vehicle is not equipped with factory rails or crossbars
- Lack versatility since they can only hold skis and snowboards
- Loading can be difficult since you have to lift heavy gear overhead
- While cargo boxes are more expensive and affect fuel efficiency, they offer extra protection for your gear from snow, salt and road debris, along with the benefit of year-round use for luggage and other sporting equipment
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Things to Consider
How many pairs of skis or snowboards?
- The best roof top snowboard rack for your ride will accommodate the proper amount of equipment. Most roof racks are available in several lengths and sizes to fit your needs and are capable of carrying up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards (or a combination)
- Rooftop ski and snowboard racks offer many advantages for carrying your winter cargo, but are considered slightly more difficult to install or remove than a hitch mount rack and may call for the additional cost of a roof rack system if your vehicle is not factory-equipped.
- Most rooftop racks offer safe and stable transport for your gear and come with locking systems that secure your gear to your rack and your rack to your vehicle’s rooftop. Thule products feature a patented One-Key lock that even allows you to set all your racks to use the same key for added convenience