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    Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 6:29am
So i was thinking about buying a roof rack but was wondering if there were any extra wear to equipment by mounting it on roof all the time while going 75mph on the highway. might be a stupid question, but i'm worried about the debris hitting my board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 6:39am
you get a few scratches on the base from sand/dirt as the boards move around (they do slide back and forth a bit).
nothign to worry about though.
the board's obviously safer inside the car but if you dont have room or want to keep the car dry..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 10:19am
The thing I would be most worried about is my binding straps. I don't but if i was going to be worried about something it would be that.
My base has got dirty before but it was anything worse than taking a rag and wiping the dirt off.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 10:27am

rocks/debris can hit your board, but I haven't seen any major damage.  However roof rack faliure can be an issue (search the forum for death on my horroscope).........not that this is an issue with good roof racks. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 10:29am
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 10:35am
They're pretty safe. Just make sure you use it right. Getting a wind deflector or fairing will keep some debris away
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 10:50am
get a roof cargo carrier..you won't have to worry about the debris.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 10:52am
I have never had a problem with my Yakima... 100% sure its not going to drop my stuff and as for road grit hitting the tip of my boards... guess it doesnt bother me
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 11:01am
We also have a Yakima and have never had a problem with dirt, grit, etc on the boards or bindings. I've driven with four boards on the roof from east central Kansas all the way to Colorado and back with no ill effect. Youre more likely to scratch your base up riding on the hill than on the car (major disasters aside).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 11:03am
i love my thule 726 snowboard carrier, no problem what so ever, and it keep my car clean after whole day of riding.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 2:57pm
If your boards move in your roof rack, you need a new roof rack. It's not suppose to move.

Anyways I use one; I've driven 100 on the interstate with them and it was fine.

Yes debris will hit your board, especially sand and salt; that's pretty much it though.

Anyways I have factory snowboard racks on my car.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 2:59pm
I have always wondered the same thing, I would much rather keep it in the car and have one of my buddys hunch over akwardly for the whole ride as long as my baby is safe and cozy inside.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 3:04pm
Originally posted by str33tsweeper

I have always wondered the same thing, I would much rather keep it in the car and have one of my buddys hunch over akwardly for the whole ride as long as my baby is safe and cozy inside.

Let's see if your buddy would still like it after a day of riding and your board is cold, dripping wet, and cutting the upholstery in your car. Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 3:42pm
i dont even bother with the racks i just put it in my car just incase something does happen 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 3:50pm
Originally posted by ABrad25

i dont even bother with the racks i just put it in my car just incase something does happen 



Meh I use racks all the time never had anything happen.  It's nice to keep the extra room for gear and people + you don't have to have to put wet snowy boards in your vehicle.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 4:27pm
I've used mine- love them I got the inno nexus ones- the wide ones that take 4 boards- they work great and have that beautiful costco warranty- havent noticed too much debris but my white binding straps got a little discolored in a storm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2010 at 6:44am
Yes they are.  Generally speaking it's not damage you can see either.  I'd be less concerned with debris and more with whatever they're using to deice your roads where you're from.  Huge amounts of salt and magnesium chloride are not going to be friendly to metal, including edges and binding hardware.  I wouldn't want that stuff possibly getting into my base, either.

I'd rather keep mine in the car 100% of the time but sometimes it's just not convenient.  It's not something I'd actively worry about, but I would keep 'em in the car or in a cargo pod if you can.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2010 at 6:52am

Roof racks are really nice if you have 3+ people going up and don't have a ton of trunk space.  It can be annoying listening to the tapping on the roof if someone doesn't strap their bindings up good and the driver refuses to stop the whole way home.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2010 at 6:52am
I'm not worried about road stuff getting on there it has always been fine for me. love my racks - 4 people in a corolla makes gas cheap!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2010 at 6:57am
wow sorry about the horrorscope. I think if your only going to put your board on top of the card, at least put it into a board bad to protect from debris? 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2010 at 6:58am
Have you looked into an Atlantis or Thule?  My buddy uses an Atlantis and it works really well.  You get more cargo space and do not have to worry about what you are talking about.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2010 at 7:00am
If you're worried about it you can pack your gear in a board bag and just bungee those directly to the crossbars.  That doesn't require any rack attachment and keep your boards safe (assuming that you secure them properly).  However, then it's your board bag that gets covered in bugs and grime.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2010 at 7:06am
^^^ That's what i usually do. I don't really care how my bad looks, its more my board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2010 at 7:35am
my friend is selling his snowboard rack cuz he got a new one. if ur interested.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2010 at 7:33am
thanks for the responses everyone. Since i just got a brand new board i'm going to keep it in the car for now. mid way through the season or next season i will buy a rack and use it. sounds safe from most people responses. I would love to get a cargo top but i have a small car.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2010 at 8:09am
a lot of good ideas up there:

dnbreaks - bungee up a board bag, I did this on a trip to Mammoth.  I also used simple nylon straps for extra security.  Also, if you don't want a bunch of bugs on your bag from 6-7 hrs of driving, use some clear packaging tape in the front of the bag

CoMtnRider - yes, make sure the bindings and secure, with your straps.  Not only is does it tap on the hood...but if you're bindings loose, all the vibrations can scratch up the roof of your car.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2010 at 8:19am
We never had any issues with our Yakima rack, just make sure you secure all the straps down flat and the boards are nice and snug.  Never had any bug issues either.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2010 at 5:28pm
As long as you use common sense, roof racks are just fine.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2010 at 9:17pm
im worried about protecting my board too. think im gonna be renting an xterra for my trip.. anyone who owns an xterra knows if i can fit a few boards in the trunk?!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2010 at 11:57pm
Yer i was worried about using a roof rack too... not sure about transporting my board without it's board bag on the roof in the elements...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/08/2010 at 2:34am
I was soooo concerned about how safe a roof rack is! My sister and her husband just bought one and they said I could throw my board up there when we go to the mountin! I was kinda scared, i think i'll be wrapping it in plastic wrap haha
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/14/2010 at 9:29am
roof racks arent bad for equipments.. i only got 2 rubber line marks on my board from the clips that holds it down and it does get dirty but nothing serious. we use the yakima rack.. pretty good! roof racks are really bad for gas mileage though
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/14/2010 at 4:14pm
Whenever I would have my kayak on my roof I would put a towel between the yak and roof rack to further prevent it from moving and getting scratched.

If you're really paranoid about damage from light debris cover your board with something--just make sure that it's tethered down appropriately..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/15/2010 at 11:41am

I use a roof box, boards stay clean and protected, secure. Can also be used for non boarding purposes.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/15/2010 at 1:10pm
Originally posted by infinite

I use a roof box, boards stay clean and protected, secure. Can also be used for non boarding purposes.


True thats the next best thing to having the boards ride inboard. With open racks the small wear and tear the boards take is a compromise on not having them in the car. But if you need the room inside its a must.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/15/2010 at 1:13pm
a box is superior to all, last thing i want is to have wet, dirty ass boards in my vehicle, and i don't want to treat my precious to the rigors of road exposure.
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It's all about hog-tieing my board bag with my board in it on the roof. It keeps it safe and debris free while also giving more room in the car.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/15/2010 at 1:16pm
If I had the extra $$ I would buy a rack for the truck. Put the boards in it and throw all the other crap in the bed. Instead I will be throwing the board in a bag and everything in the bed. Got a double cab tacoma so boards will go in the back seat if I will be away from the truck for a bit.
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