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Why Is The Malone AirFlow2 65 Inch Bars Not Compatible With My 2020 Subaru Forester?


I have a 2020 Forester with raised side rails. I frequently need to put two canoes on my car side by side. My old car was compatible with a rack with 65 inch crossbars that worked well for this. The smaller Malone AirFlo racks will fit the Forester but Im concerned that 58 inches will not be a big enough crossbar to fit my 2 canoes. This AirFlo has the longer crossbars but says it is not confirmed to fit my Forester. I realize these bars will stick out beyond the edges of the roof of my Forester, but I am used to that from using the old rack and I dont think it will be a problem it is mainly a question of whether the towers can slide close enough to each other on the bottom of the crossrails to mate with the Forester side rails. If it helps, the Forester side rails are 38 inches from inboard side to inboard side and about an inch and a half wide.


Expert Reply:

We will be able to get your two canoes to wherever you need to go with your 2020 Subaru Outback! It is always best using a system that is recommended to be used with your vehicle. One reason why the longer AirFlow2 rails # MPG217 aren't recommended is because how the feet clamp to your raised side rails. They do not wrap around the rails all the way like the Yakima TimberLine Towers # Y00147.

When the rails stick out farther than your roof it is okay as long as they are not sticking out farther than your mirrors, but since the AirFlow2 rails don't wrap all the way around your raised side rails, the clamp could come off if too much weight is applied outside of the raised side rails.

If you were to get the Yakima TimberLine Towers # Y00147 and the Yakima CoreBar # Y00423 you will have plenty of room on your roof! Then you have options for the Canoe Carrier. I like the Inno Locker # INA446 because it is super simple and comes with all the straps needed installed. These carriers are about 20 inches wide so you will have plenty of room up on your roof for two carriers and your two canoes. If you have the need to carry 4 SUP boards, you can do that too!

I've included some videos for you to get a closer look!

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