Bring your planks to the mountain with the Thule Flat Top Ski Rack.
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Solid product. Can carry snowboards and skis at the same time. To think, together...
Do you need load bars for this, my car is...
Do you need load bars for this, my car is a 2000 Chevy Cavalier. Will this work? (no load bars)
5 pairs can be a squeeze
I took four of my mates up to Alta for the last day and we were able to fit all our skis in the rack, but it was a tight squeeze.
One pair of skis had to be split because the binding plate was too big, so we had one pair of skis taking up two places.
If we had 6 pair of straight skis we would have been fine, but I was the only one on 210 Heli-Dogs (for some reason).
This is my second Thule rack. I moved up to the 6 pair version (from the 4) for a trip to Whistler. There was enough room for 2 boards and 3 pairs of skis on it. I've had no problems with either rack. Thules are solidly made and very durable.
This is my second Thule rack. I grew out of the 4 pair rack and needed more room. 2 boards and 3 pairs of skis fit on this rack. It was odd to see an all black Thule rack instead of their signature silver, but nonetheless, it's still a durable rack. Typical Thule.
Sturdy and dependable. Relatively easy to install and product performed as advertised. Locks are an easy add on. Didn't even notice added wind noise from drag. Can't go wrong with this brand of carrier.
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Easy install and typical Thule quality, though I learned the hard way that not every factory rack can accommodate the expanse of the 6 ski carrier.
I bought the Thule about 5 days before heading to Western Wyoming for a backcountry yurt trip with 3 other ski bums. Knowing we'd be tight on car space, the Flat Top saved the day. Before I attached this to the factory rack on my just bought '05 Toyota Sienna (bought a set of Thule Fat Mouth clamps), I worried it would sit so low that the bindings and safety straps would scratch and dent my roof. No worries - even with super high Rossi alpine bindings - plenty of room to spare. This rack is solid too. Withstood backing out of my garage while forgetting to close the rack gate - it just closed on its own rather than being ripped off by the garage door roof. Fits 6 sets of skis easily (no boards allowed on my rack). I'll stick with Thule.
FLAT TOP SKI CARRIER
I bought the this Thule ski carrier, good quality but make sure you buy the fat mouth clamps if your load bars are not rectangular.
like these racks
Nothing is worse than going on a trip with 4 buddies in your car and then there skis, boards and all the gear flying around the inside of the vehicle. Put the sticks on top and enjoy the extra room and keeping the car dryer. I like getting the racks with the lock sets to match. At one time I had more than one set of these up top and was able to lock them all with the same key. You might have to call to arrange the same key locks though. Definitely worth the investment and piece of mind while you leave your car and sticks unattended.
Thule Flat Top
I love my Thule Flat Top. I got the 6 because it's more versatile. I never have any problems with the locks freezing or the buttons freezing. It was very easy to install on my Thule bars. I use it every day and it rocks.
i own a lot of stuff.
Seriously. Ages ago I was able to move from NM to UT with just my car (yes, its a gas-guzzling SUV, but still.) Now, however, I've aquired more gear than is healthy, and to go anywhere, I need to have the Flat Top on my car to move my skis around (2 pairs and a snowboard). It was super easy to install on my factory rack, and is sturdy and easy to use. I'm really glad I got the six-capacity one also! I definitely recommend getting lock-cores too (buy more than you think you need, so when you buy a bike rack and boat carrier, use still only need one key!)