Choosing the Right Rack for your Gear – The Pros and Cons.

Choosing the Right Rack for your Gear…

Great, I have crossbars – now what?

There are a variety of options available for you to transport your winter gear to and from your destination.

They make a rack for everybody… whether you are primarily concerned with price, storage, garage clearance, largest capacity possible… knowing what those options are is half the battle.

We have cargo boxes from Yakima and Thule as well as scissor racks from Yakima, Thule and Rhino-Rack all on display at the shop for you to touch and feel. But most people prefer to do their initial research online so they know what they’re looking at once they get down to the store.

The selection process can be daunting but we are here to help you determine what best suits your needs.

Let’s get started with the pros and cons of each…

Cargo Boxes

The Pros:

  • Keeps your gear safe – out of sight, out of mind, from sticky fingers.
  • Automotive finish that compliments your ride.
  • Available in multiple colours – matte black, gloss black, gloss titanium and white.
  • Versatile, you can use it for pretty well anything!
  • Tailor fit – different length, width and height combinations for a perfect match.
  • +/- 11 cubic foot options up to +/- 22 cubic foot options available.
  • Available in a variety of styles – shorter and wider for just luggage or long and narrow, offset to one side for nordic skis up to +/- 220 cm.
  • Low profile options at around 12″ tall for garage clearance.
  • Secure – with 3 latch points per side.
  • Single Key and One Key compatible, so you can match the keys to other Thule or Yakima products you have.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Internal tie downs on some models.
  • Internal ribs on some models.
  • Steel cross-braces to help support the nose on some models.
  • Dual side entry on MOST models.
  • Easy open lever instead of key actuated mechanism for opening and closing on most models.
  • Spring hinges/dual force struts for easy entry, both sides.
  • L.E.D. lights inside some models.
  • Steel support rods built into the bases on some models.
  • Universal fitment to round, square, factory and ‘aero’ aftermarket crossbars.
  • Installs in minutes, with adjustable mounting hardware.
  • Lightweight ABS construction to keep weight down, so you can maximize gear load.
  • Buy the box, get the install for free – no additional components required.

The Cons:

  • Large object to store for people with limited space.
  • Can be a bit pricey starting at +/- $500 and going up to around +/- $1200.
  • Garage parking on larger vehicles can sometimes be tricky.
  • Hatch clearance can leave your options slim if you have nordic or even sometimes alpine skis.

Scissor Racks

The Pros:

  • Economical alternative to a cargo box – starting at +/- $150 and going up to about +/- $400.
  • Compact, easy to store.
  • Low-profile and sleek.
  • Available for up to 6 pair of fat skis or 4 snowboards.
  • Available in a variety of finishes – matte silver, gloss black and gloss titanium.
  • Single Key and One Key compatible, so you can match the keys to other Thule or Yakima products you have.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Universal fitment to round, square, factory and ‘aero’ aftermarket crossbars.
  • Installs in minutes.
  • Can be track mounted, flush into crossbars with a t-track type profile.
  • A great solution for taller vehicles to have unlimited garage access.
  • Buy the rack and get optional install for $15 – no additional components required.

The Cons:

  • Your gear takes a lot of abuse, dirt and road salt – more time spent tuning and washing your coat and pants.
  • Gear is exposed to criminals.
  • Only fits skis, boards and poles.
  • Single side access.
  • Sometimes difficult to configure gear as width is limited and gear is ever-changing.
  • Snowboard bindings can contact roof in some cases where crossbars are low profile.


Now that you have an idea of what these accessories are all about, you can make an informed decision.

Still have questions? Feel free to give us a call 250-762-2110 or come on down to the shop between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Saturday.

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Vehicle Protection – floor mats – a winning combination of function and aesthetics!

Road Racks Outfitters – we rack up adventure and more!

With winter upon us, it’s time to start thinking about what that means in terms of wear and tear on your vehicle.

Your number one defense against snow, salt and mud on your carpets is a floor liner!

Weathertech is the number one manufacturer in laser measured, digitally cut liners for a seamless fit!

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Ski Season is here!!

Have a Silver Star Or Big White season Pass?? If you need to get ready for the season and get your gear to and from the hill come down to Road Racks and will give you a discount on your purchase. We can get you racked up and ready for your adventure!

Custom Seat Covers

Seat covers are a great way to protect your upholstery from damage – rips, tears and stains… let’s face it – shit happens! Let the seat covers take whatever life can throw at them…. however – hopefully not literally.

Most seat covers are machine washable so they can be removed, cleaned and re-installed!

Or take them off when it comes time to sell your vehicle and leave people wondering how you ever had a pet or a child in your back seat!?

They are a relatively inexpensive way to dress up your interior – with more unique fabrics than factory has to offer as well as custom stitching in some cases.

Camo, neoprene, wrangler, OE, two-tone stretch “leather” and more options are available for most makes and models and they are designed for use with side air bags too.

Come down to the shop to check out our samples today!