Rhino Rack Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2013 Volkswagen Jetta

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Review of the Rhino Rack Ski and Snowboard Racks on a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta


Evangeline: Hi, it's Evangeline from etrailer.com and today we are looking at the Rhino-Rack Ski and Snowboard Carrier here on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. So this is a great carrier for if you want to carry your skis, your snowboards, even your fishing rods during off season and you don't want them inside your car and you want to maximize your space and put them on your roof rack. So the way this works is, you can see how the carrier sits on top of our car. It has a pretty cool sleek design here. It has a big button, so if you have big gloves like me or even bigger gloves when you go skiing you can just hit it with your palm and it goes straight up. This can also be locked.

So, it ratchets down onto your skis and your snowboards and when you do have them in there please make sure to have it locked whenever you're using the carrier. So let's see how it looks like when you take the skis and the snowboards off. So, just hit that button.So you can see how the arm is up because it is spring loaded. So that means it just stays up, you don't have to keep lifting it up while you're mounting or dismounting your equipment. It's a nice little feature there, that just makes life a little bit easier.

So this comes in three different sizes, what we have here is the larger size where it fits six skis or four boards. The other size can fit four skis or two boards and the smaller size can fit three skis or two boards. So this is the larger one and you can see how it fits on a car. Takes up a bit of space, but that just means you can carry a little bit more equipment. So if you look over here at the carrier itself, it has this nice design here.

It has a nice rubber padding. So when you have the skis and the snowboards in there you really squish down on them, providing that support to really keep them secure. So it ratchets down and the padding helps protect them from extra scuffs and scratches that would have occurred otherwise while you're carrying them.It locks here and that really keeps it in place. It has nice spring loaded arm here, so when you are mounting it, it stays up. So, let's put it down.

So you can see when it's down exactly how high it is. Let's take some measurements. So on our Jetta, we do have a sunroof. So if you are concerned about if your carrier would come in contact with the glass roof up here. You don't need to worry, because you can see how the clamps are actually a bit low profile so they don't stick down too much and you have a lot of clearance between your carrier and the roof. So measurements from the bottom, from the top of our roof to the top of the carrier itself is nine and three quarter inches. That's just something to keep in mind in terms of height. So, this is when it's all the way down. When the arms are up, you can see how it goes all the way back over there.So, if you are driving around with it you can have it down here and that really just helps if you want to keep it on there so you don't have too much drag while it's on there. This is a long carrier, so you can see how it takes up a bit of the real estate on your bars. So especially if you have it on a car like this you might want to keep that in mind if you want to carry other accessories. You can have this here but it takes a bit of space. This clamps around different types of bars. So we have it here on WingBar Evos by Thule and it fits around arrows, round, square bars and even though these wing bars are a little bit wider you can see how you definitely have enough space here. It's also a bit little profile, which is nice. It comes with included tool that helps tighten it down and that tool has a special nub on the inside just for extra security purposes. So with that here on our Jetta, it has a weight capacity of 79 pounds.Just something to keep in mind if you have skis. For the bindings underneath you might want to get a lifter, so that the bindings don't come in contact with the car. But my final thoughts about this carrier is, it is a nice classic design, it works well. It's pretty large, so you can fit a bunch of different skis, some boards in there, you can lock it. It's nice, it works well. It's very easy to use. So that was the look at the Rhino-Rack Ski and Snowboard Carrier, here in our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta.


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