This product is more than I expected for the price. I was quoted over $400 to get a rack installed on my 2007 Hyundai Elantra and that was a little over budget for me. I bought this unit to carry my brand new Kayak that weighs about 40 pounds. The rack holds my Yak with no issues at all. It installed easily with some modifications and I had the whole thing done in under 20 minutes. I attached mine to my handles that are inside the car over the windows. The problem is that the driver side has no handle. I had to get 2 small ratchet straps and attach them together inside of the car. It works GREAT. My only issue with the system is that it is VERY noisy over 40 MPH. As long as I can carry my Yak, I'll deal with the noise. For $40 with shipping, I would recommend this to anyone who wants a rack for a Yak or another small boat.
yea... what can i say it is okay product for short distance. if you are thinking about carrying a kayak on top of it, you also need to buy "kayak carreir" and install on top of this bars. or you can just buy a noodle for swimming for little kid and put them in the bar too but you gotta becareful if you are using noodle, even with me strapping the kayak with the heavy duty straps it is not for long drive.
just use it for short distance driving.
and one more thing. when i first bought this bars, i installed it in my car and it kept on moving as i shake them to make sure if they are snugged in prorperly. just make sure you pull the strap up, toward you and down. until the bars are snugged in properly and doesn't move any more
This is the second Highlandcartopcarrier I've purchased, the first one served me well for years before finally succumbing to over loading and the elements (rust). It was my fault the first one didn't last longer though. It made it through a cross country trip, very overloaded and performed like a champ! The thing felt very secure (though I have an unorthodox set up that pretty much clamped the carrier straps inside the car).
The new carrier I just is not "textured" like the older one (though they are listed as the same model) and the clips are different (thankfully they still fit my car). The lack of textured finish on the metal means I scratched it the very first day as I was putting it together, which is a big minus for the newer design. Even with the changes on the "new" model I'm quite confident that it will last just as long (or longer) than my old one. Sure, you'll probably get a better fitting and performing carrier if you want to drop a couple of hundred bucks more for a custom carrier matched to your specific vehicle, but as long as the carrier fits your vehicle, you won't find another one for close to this price!
This little carrier has done everything I've asked of it and I'm very satisfied with my purchase both times.
Highland 48" BlackUniversalCarTopBarCarriers are designed to provide additional carrying capacity. They are made to fit cars, vans or SUV's. These bar carriers facilitate hassle free installation by using straps and universal, non-mar coated hooks.