What to consider when starting with roof racks and their accessories:

 Kayaks & Canoes

Kayaks & Canoes

  • How heavy is your boat and can you lift it comfortably by yourself?
  • Would getting your boat on your vehicle be easier with a load assist accessory?
  • How many boats/boards do you want to carry and do you have the rack space to do so?
  • Does your vehicle have the proper front/rear tiedowns for your watercraft?


Cargo

  • How many people are traveling?
  • Do you have any pets traveling with you?
  • Do you want to carry other items on the roof beside the box?
  • Would extra storage at the back of the vehicle be more accessible to you than on the roof?
  • What length of ski/snowboard do you need in the box?
  • Will you be able to fit into your garage?
  • What is your overall height?

 Cargo


 Skis & Boards

Skis & Boards

  • Will the ski/board hit the hatch of the vehicle when its up?
  • Will you need a ski/board bag for protection from road salt?
  • How many pairs of skis/boards will you need to bring?


Bikes

  • Can you reach the top of your vehicle while holding your bike?
  • Do you need access to your trunk/hatch when you have the bikes?
  • Do you have a full suspension mountain bike or a step-through (female) frame?
  • Do you have front fenders or other accessories that would prevent your bike from fitting?
  • How do you think your child's bike will fit?

  Bike Racks


 Base Racks

Base Racks

  • Do you intend on leaving the roof rack on year round?
  • Do you have any older accessories that only work on certain types of bars that you want to continue using?
  • What length of crossbar will you need to use to accomplish what you want to carry?
  • Is the noise reduction feature associated with aerodynamic bars more appealing to you?
  • Will you leave certain accessories on your crossbars for the season or put them on only when you need them?


Strollers

  • Do your multi-season activities require a stroller with multi-season accessories?
  • Does your child require specific back and head supports during the early months of life?
  • How much extra storage do you need?
  • Do you want to be able to stroll with your bike trailer?
  • Are you looking for a stroller that's light and quick to use or one meant for the long haul?

 Strollers