Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2021 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack on a 2021 Subaru Outback Wagon

Ryan: Hey everybody. Ryan here at etrailer. Today, on our 2021 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Hitching Post Pro Four Bike Rack. One of the big questions we do get asked all the time in regards to these hitch mounted bike racks is if you're still going to be able to have full access to the back of your Subaru when you have the rack installed on your Outback. The answer is yes, it does fold down out of the way, and allows us to do that. We're going to have a pin and clip here.

When you pull that out, the centerpiece here is really going to fold down pretty far, a lot further than other racks that I've seen. It really does give us a ton of room to open up our hatch and get anything we might need in and out of the back of our Subaru.When it comes to hitch mounted bike racks, this is one you really can't go wrong with. It's a great, reliable, easy way to carry around up to four bikes. This one has been around for a long time, and for good reason, and that's because it's simple, yet effective. Honestly, I think it looks really good too.

On the back of the Subaru, my first impression is I think it's going to work out real well with it. It's just kind of a good matchup. I really like the fact that it sits about eye level with the back window. That way, when you're driving down the road, it's going to be up high enough, you can kind of keep an eye on your bikes through your rear view mirror, but they're not going to be so high, in the way, that it's really going to block or obstruct your view, which is always a good thing.The way the rack is going to secure your bikes, really straightforward. We're going to have two straps here along the top tube, and then a strap down here.

This is actually going to work as an anti-sway strap. That's really going to help prevent that side to side movement. That way you're not going to have to worry too much about your bikes bouncing or banging into each other as you're going down the road. That being said, let's go ahead and take our bike off so we can have a better look at the rack itself. You're just going to pull down on the straps, and flip them up.

Really isn't challenging or shouldn't fight you at all. We're able to pull our bike off and go have some fun.I really like, especially with these three, four, five, larger bike racks, a lot of times the arms are a little bit wider and that really can make it difficult to wiggle your bike off the rack. You really have to kind of fight it. These arms are relatively narrow, and so that's really not the case. It's much more manageable to lift your bike up and take it off.The cradles here, where your bikes frame is going to sit, are nice and deep and wide, and they're almost made from, it feels like a hard rubber, so shouldn't have to worry about it scratching up your paint or anything like that. It's going to have some channels in there to accommodate your cables so they don't get smashed up. One thing I'm a big fan of is these straps. These things are very thick and heavy duty. We use this rack a lot here at the shop doing all these test fits, so it really does have a lot of use. You can see they're still holding true, they're still holding tight. I think these will last for a very long time. That's just not something you see with a lot of bike racks that have similar straps. A lot of them are kind of flimsy and wear out pretty quick. I do suggest though, just to put them back into position whenever we're not using it.With this being a larger bike rack, one thing you definitely want to keep in mind is the fact that it is going to extend the overall length of your Subaru. To find out exactly how much, we'll just measure it from the Subaru logo there to the very edge of the rack, looks like it's going to be right at about 41 inches. Something you want to think about maybe when you're pulling into your garage or potentially even a tight parking spot.The good news is whenever you're not using the rack, these arms do fold down, and then it becomes pretty compact. You have a pin and clip here, pull that off, pull the pin out, you can swing the arms down. Whenever you're going to drive around with it like this, you definitely want to reinstall that pin and clip just to keep everything secure. As you can see, with it like this, really did free up a lot of space. Take the same measurement, and with it like this, it's only going to extend your Subaru about 20 inches. So, set like this, really don't see it giving you any issues when you do go to pull into your garage or that tight spot.Moving down here, the rack is going to work with those two inch by two inch receiver tube openings, like we have here today on our Outback. It also has the ability to work with the smaller inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening, so definitely gives us some versatility there. It is going to come included with an anti-rattle bolt, and what that's going to do is eliminate any slop or play here in the connection point. That's just really going to help keep things nice and quiet on the inside of your car. To give you an example on how it's going to work, say if we're going down the road hitting some bumps, you can see that the rack is going to move with our Subaru and not on its own.At the end of the day, a tried and true rack that you really can't go wrong with. And, it still has that modern clean look that really does do a great job of matching up with your Outback. If you're anything like me, you always want to see the product you're interested in actually working or in action. Let's go ahead and load this up with some bikes, take it out on the test course, and see how it performs.This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then, onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or even uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and out of a driveway.That'll finish up our look at of the Thule Hitching Post Pro Four Bike Rack on our 2021 Subaru Outback wagon.

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