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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


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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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Jon G

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Hi, recently bought the Thule Evo wingbar, but would like to know does Thule make a fairing to work with the wingbar? Btw, I have 2016 Honda CR-V; thanks for the help

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Reply from Jon G.

According to Thule the correct AirScreen for your 2016 Honda CR-V is the 38" part # TH8701 .

Reply from Mike

@JonG Awesome, thanks Jon! I did notice on the Thule site that it mentioned your answer but a lot of their sites state you can’t use a fairing or it’s not clear if you can use a fairing. Good to have reassurance there is a fairing out there

Reply from Bart

I just installed the Wingbar Evo 135 on my 2015 Honda Accord and I would like to purchase a fairing. The Thule website says their fairings do not fit the Wingbar Evo. Is there a Thule option that would work? Thanks.

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Reply from Jon G.

@Bart When I checked with Thule it looks like they recommend using the 44" AirScreen # TH8702 for your 2015 Honda Accord.

Reply from Eric O.

@JonG can i use the Thule Evo Clamp and Kit 145071 with the ARB60? Thanks

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Reply from Jon G.

@EricO Yes. The newer Thule Evo Clamp Feet and Fit Kits are compatible with the older AeroBlade crossbars.

Marc-antoine M.

HiAre the slots under the bar still the same lenght ?

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Reply from Chris R.

The strips themselves are different (as Jon explained above) but the length remains the same. They don't run the entire length of the bar like some from other manufacturers.

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