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Rhino Rack Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2017 Toyota Highlander

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Review of the Rhino Rack Ski and Snowboard Racks on a 2017 Toyota Highlander


Hi, everyone. Aiden here with etrailer.com. And today we're going to be taking a look at this Rhino-Rack Ski & Snowboard Carrier here on our 2017 Toyota Highlander. Now, with this method of carrying the skis or snowboards you've got it up on the roof between these two arms. You can see there, they are spring loaded. So everything just goes in between these two very large rubber pads.

These arms come down and latch in just like that. And the rubber pads will one keep them well gripped, so they're not gonna be sliding around. And two, is going to provide a lot of cushioning. It's gonna keep your gear nice and safe while it's up here. You also have this pretty good sized button to release them.

It's pretty easy to press. So if you do have mittens gloves, anything like that on it's easy to do with just the palm of your hand. I really like that because there are some of these options out there where the button is not very easy to press. So I like seeing that where it's easy to do. You can go ahead and take the skis down right now and we can get a closer look at the inside there.

And one thing you're probably wondering is can it hold all of my gear So I'm gonna actually close it down real quick and get a measurement from inside edge to inside edge of the actual usable space which is about 20 inches from side to side. So I'd go ahead, lay out your gear see if it fits within that dimension. And you should know if it'll fit in this carrier. Now, I also wanna point out that it does have a lock on it. So with this, whenever it's closed, we'll throw that lock.

And then all of our gear inside will be locked in the carrier. Now, the other thing I first ask myself is how does it lock to the roof rack Well, on top there are these bolts. You need an Allen key, but it's a specially tooled Allen Key. So someone with a regular one can't just come along and loosen up those bolts. For me, it works. It's not the perfect system. And for me, it's also kind of a pain to get it up on the roof and actually get it started. I prefer something like the INNO where you just set the size for your crossbar throw the lever and close it up and it's locked. That's a lot quicker, a lot easier. You don't have to remember the tool and it's just simpler in my opinion, but this will definitely work. Now overall, I think it's gonna be a good method of carrying your skis and snowboards. It's not too high up off the roof, either from the top of the crossbar, it's only going to be adding about six inches so that's not too bad, especially when you compare it to other options, like a rooftop box. Those get really bulky and not to mention when you're not using them, takes a lot of space in your garage and they're generally way more expensive. So for me, this is probably my preferred method of carrying those skis and snowboards on the roof of your Highlander. Thanks for watching..


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