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Stop wondering if it's really worth the money and just buy them. I bought twelve and it is so nice to be able to walk away from my car with complete confidence that when i come back, my whole rack system will be there. And if I want to take it apart, the same key works with all of the components, from my towers to my ski racks and back again. Think about the amount of money you have invested in your racks, plus the amount you have invested in the gear that is held by those racks, and $110 for twelve cores starts to sound like a mighty good deal.
I bought an extra large size right before a trip to Moab Utah and used all 9070 cubic inches of space. Just to give you an idea of how big this bag is, I had a sleeping bag, pad, tent, clothes, cookware/stove, outerwear, my climbing gear (including a rope) my half shell mountain bike helmet and also my full face mountain bike helmet, a frisbee, and a slackline. The bag didn't even flinch under the load, and the zippers stayed solid even when they were under a bit of tension. This bag is going to be pretty heavy when full, but if you can wrestle it up, it carries with the backpack straps pretty well, though not for long distances. Buy one and take a sweet-action trip!
I recently outfitted my '09 Subaru Impreza five door with Q-Towers and so far they have worked flawlessly. Yakima makes it pretty easy for you, included with my towers were very specific directions and measurements to ensure that my racks were mounted in the correct place on the roof according to Subaru's recommendations. Yakima even included a small measuring tape to make the job easier. I did find that it took to people to latch the Q-Towers down, not because it was hard, but both sides have to be latch simultaneously. I routinely carry three downhill bikes and totally trust that my Q-Towers will stay put.
Love them. Comfortable for long periods and fit very securely. The fit is true to Smith sizing, and Smith sizing is true to most people, so if you have a medium sized head, chances are pretty good that they'll fit you nicely. They're nice and compact but still have that stylie square look.
I recently returned several helmets because they did not fit correctly and in my current location I'm not able to try them on in a shop. I was more than stoked when my Giro Encore 2 came today and there were three different thicknesses of pads included. Nothing like the ability to fine tune the fit of one of your most important pieces of snow riding gear. Two thumbs up.