Roof Rack Buying Guide

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This Roof Rack Buying Guide comes directly from our friends over at YAKIMA.


When it comes to a multi-sport adventures, start at the top—of your vehicle, that is. A roof rack offers a world of options for carrying gear, but first you need to find the right fit. Building a system of bars, towers and attachments just takes a little fine tuning. We’re here to guide you through it!

Types of Roof Racks

Traditional Roof Rack

Organize and store your gear. Attach Yakima mounts to carry anything from Kayaks to Rooftop Tents.

Platform Rack

Carry more gear with a higher weight rating. Attach more accessories for off grid travel. 


Building a Complete Rack System

Attaching to the Vehicle

Your vehicle’s roof determines how the roof rack is attached. This is done using our specially engineered towers and attachments. Don’t worry, we’ve already figured all this out for you.

Attaching Your Mounts

Crossbars are how you attach gear mounts. Here’s where you get to make some choices: We offer four crossbars of various finishes, colors, and weight ratings to fit your needs.

Vehicle Roof Type