How To Carry Skis and Snowboards on a 2017 Lexus NX 200t With Flush Side Rails


Hi, im very new at this so not even sure where to being. Have a 2017 Lexus NX200t and am planning on purchasing aftermarket crossbar. Im planning on purchasing a pair of skis and 3 snowboards. Friends are steering me towards a cargo box but I dont really have a place to store a cargo box, is there a roof rack that will securely hold a pair of skis and 3 snowboards? What are my options? Thanks!


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So long as you have flush side rails on your 2017 Lexus NX 200t then I do have options for you to carry both your three snowboards and a pair of skis. The first option I have for you is much more cost effective than a roof rack but it only serves one purpose which is to carry skis/snowboards whereas a roof rack will serve many purposes such as carrying skis/snowboards, carrying a bike rack, and carrying a cargo box/cargo basket.

For the first option I recommend the Inno Dual Angle Ski and Snowboard Carrier part # INUK729 which installs on a bare roof with the Custom Fit Kit part # INTR139. The maximum distance between your door jambs cannot exceed 45-1/2" in order for this option to work for you. If it doesn't you won't have any issues using it to carry one pair of skis and three snowboards. The Dual Angle is easy to load as you can access the carrier from either side, it has locks for security, and rubber padding to protect your skis/snowboards.

The next option you have is a roof rack and roof rack mounted ski carrier or cargo box. For the roof rack, I recommend using the Yakima JetStream Crossbar System which is composed of part # Y00426, part # Y00145, and part # Y06027. The JetStream system has aero crossbars for reduced wind noise and integrated channels for use with channel mounted accessories.

For a roof rack mounted ski carrier, I recommend the Yakima FatCat EVO part # Y03096 because it has a very sleek look that matches that of the roof rack. It has the same padding to protect the skis/snowboards as the above carrier but it only opens from one side. For a cargo box, I recommend the Yakima SkyBox 21 Rooftop Cargo Box part # Y07337 so long as your skis and snowboards do not exceed 84-1/2" long. This option will also have a sleek look that matches that of the roof rack and it will allow for other items to be carried as well. In order to add locks to the roof rack and ski/snowboard carrier or cargo box you will need part # Y07206.

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