1st Day: Thule Racks

On the first day of getting ready, I got my Thule Racks all setup.

Actually that’s a lie. I’ve had these things on since September when I bought them from Eastern Mountain Sports through a sale. They were just too awesome to leave in a box and ignore until it got all wintery around here. But fortunately, I’m a New Englander. We’re allowed to drive around with Thule Racks year round and wear fleece like it’s skin. And not say the letter ‘R’. And use the word ‘wicked’ as an adjective. Ah New England.

Anyways, back to the Thule Racks.

There are a few different varieties of Thule Racks, and for the life of me I don’t remember how I ended making the decision I did. It was probably a mix of prices, looks, reviews, and just some blind clicking, but when all was said and done (and bought), I found myself with:

  • 480 Traverse Foot Pack (and a fit kit)
  • LB50 Load Bars
  • 91725 Universal Ski & Snowboard Carrier
  • 871XT Fairing

So, how much did this entire lovely setup cost? Overall, I spent about $470 and that’s actually on the inexpensive side. A new Thule setup just isn’t cheap at all, but it’s definitely worth it if you are an outdoorsy person with a small vehicle.

As for a pre-review, I can definitely comment on setup. Thule spared us all the nightmares of trying to read translated directions and poorly written English by skipping right to pictures. For the most part, it’s a welcome change and the pictures are great. However, when it comes to actually getting this contraption on top of your vehicle and all perfectly aligned, I recommend another set of hands. Just try to pick someone who isn’t OCD. 😉 On a side note, and I don’t blame Thule for this, but don’t try to setup or adjust any portion of your Thule setup with gloves on or ice on your car. I’m sure it was entertaining to the neighbors, but yeah… not so much. (Edit/Side Note: JD from Eastern Mountain Sports HQ let me know this morning that stores will actually set-up and adjust the racks and accessories for you if you purchase it through them, so apparently my valiant gloves in the dark blindfolded one handed efforts weren’t necessary.)

Oh and I should mention that the fairing isn’t necessary, but it just makes the Thule Racks so much cooler. Besides, it’s the best place to throw the stickers for some of your favorite mountains and board shops, so why not.

For more information on Thule Racks, check out the Thule Fit Guide or just head right to an EMS store. They know their stuff.

Up tomorrow for Day 11:  Osprey Karve 6 Backpack

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About Jillian Bejtlich

Hey! I'm Jillian Bejtlich. I’m a lifelong New Englander with a serious love of the outdoors, adventure, and a pretty serious inability to sit still. I’m plagued by the travel bug, and it seems I’ll try any relatively sane and safe thing once. My big goal in life: Get people outside!