Join Date: May 2017
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Car: 2018 Outback Touring 2.5i
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If you're negotiating from invoice, the net cost of the Thule bars in pop pack 3A is actually pretty good (assuming you want the rest of the package), especially if it's already included in a car you want on a dealer lot (my case).
If I were custom ordering now, I'd probably go with the Yakima Jetstream bars (they didn't have the fit kit out when I bought mine, either). My Thule's have a high-pitched whistle I can't track, and the Yakima gives you angle adjustment on the mounts and slightly wider bars (50/60/70" for Yak vs 47/53/60 for Thule) - I have the ARB47s and could use the 50 without bumping into them. 53" might induce extra head injuries. Yakima's implementation of the t-track filler is better, too, since you don't have to cut it.
In any event, you're looking at a few hundred $ diff on a ~$37k car, so you might want to test them both to see if one is noisier or better sized for your applications.
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