We bought our '18 Outback Limited a few months ago and I was really impressed with the utility and robustness of the roof racks. I particularly liked that they fold out of the way when not in use. Granted I haven't had an opportunity to use them yet, but what is it exactly you find objectionable about them?It's about time to part with my beloved 2001 Outback with 248 k on it. I have been looking at later models. It appears that the roof rails are about worthless H would I attach my Yakima rack system? I see that Forrester racks are still okay
It theoretically also holds more weight, provided you correctly install the threaded inserts in the roof. Not that I'd advocate overloading it or carrying a ton of bricks that high, but having lived with my Prinsu for half a year, I can vouch for its solidity... Solidness... Whatever; you know what I mean. It ain't goin' nowhere.The Prinsu roof rack (granted, a bit of trouble to get it in as you have to remove the headliner) makes way more sense in that now I can put things on the rack and tie it down in a much easier way. You can also clamp things to it a bit better as you have something to clamp to.
And with the crossbars stowed ... probably more than 95% of the time for most people ... there are significant fuel savings at highway speeds due to reduction in aerodynamic drag, as well as less wind noise.I really like the roof rack on the Gen 5 I have and think it's the right choice for probably 90+% of buyers.
On my 17 Premium with the swing out cross bars, there's an eye in the roof rail next to each end of the cross bar. That's big enough to fit the hooks on my ratchet straps.I have mixed feelings about the roof rack on my '21 Outback Touring. It's elegant as roof racks go and cleverly designed with the swing out crossbars... perfect for baskets, attached racks and cargo containers. However, one small complaint is when I threw my Xmas tree up on top to travel to the recycle site. The crossbars were in place and that left zero tie points along the sides to lash it down, except for the ends of each. I have been used to cinching down loads on past wagons without the benefit of a basket, so I use a lot of rope! This did not work, although a bit more use of it may likely help. further, the bars and end points are way too thick to accept most bunnies or other hooking tie downs, in my brief experience. When we ever start to take road trips, I'll look seriously at a Thule cargo container.