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Comparing Thule AeroBlade Crossbars vs WingBar Evo Crossbars


apart from the name change what is the difference between these two bars. what benefit would i get from switching


Expert Reply:

Aside from a slight change in the appearance of the crossbar (the WingBar Evo has some boxed edges as opposed to the completely smooth front of the AeroBlade) the biggest differences are the rubber strip on top of the crossbar and the weight capacity.

The older AeroBlade crossbars have a solid rubber strip that inserts into the top channel which would need to be cut for accessories to fit. Thule eliminated the need to cut the rubber strip on the WingBar Evo, like part # TH711420) by using a 2-strip design where the mounting hardware for accessories that fit in the T-Slot fit between the rubber strips.

The WingBar Evo crossbars have a weight capacity of 220 lbs whereas the AeroBlade weight rating was at 165 lbs. Part of this was due to most vehicles having a max rating of 165 lbs for the roof though so a lot of roof rack manufacturers didn't even test past 165 lbs. Thule has done extensive testing on the WingBar Evo so that it can withstand higher weight ratings when necessary.

I have attached pictures of both the WingBar Evo and the AeroBlade as well as review videos so that you can see the slight design change and the difference between the top rubber strips.

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