Rated 1 out of 5 by DuracellCassetteAdapter disappointed in this product's failure to live up to its specs
I originally purchased this product for a camping trip. I have a huge bag that can fit a lot of stuff into it, which I planned to mount on top of my roof. The HIGHLAND Multi-Purpose Roof Top Bar Carrier was bought for that very purpose -- so I could mount it onto my Acura SUV rooftop and securely fasten my bag of stuff on top of it.
The issue I had with this Multi-Purpose Bar Carrier was that I simply was unable to mount it and fasten/tighten it to the rooftop with enough tension, so that it would not slip off. I was installing it as per manufacturer's specs and instructions. Every time I would try tightening the belts (to adjust proper tension) on one side of the Bar Carrier, belts would snap off on the opposite side of that Bar Carrier. It was a very frustrating experience! And tension does need to be set properly with those adjustment belts, if one is to be able to mount a 50-100 lbs. cargo on top of that Bar Carrier (as was my case) and not have it slip off during driving. Manufacturer specs are up to 300 lbs.
Also, the rubber feet that were provided, to increase friction between the Bar Carrier and the car rooftop, kept slipping off once I actually placed the weight on top of the Bar Carrier. Under that weight, those little rubber feet squezzed in so much so that they started to slip off.
In the end, I could not properly utilize that Bar Carrier. I ended up strapping my rooftop cargo to my rooftop using heavy industrial type belts that ran through the inside of my SUV, from both sides, diagonally. My cargo bag simply sat on the Bar Carrier, but the bar carrier is not what kept it secure on the rooftop. I could not utilize it for its inended purpose, as it was designed.
All in all, I would strongly recommend against purchasing this product, It was not designed to do what it advertised and is inferior in that sense. Low cost, regardless, it is not worth it. The chances of one's cargo slipping off the rooftop and falling are not worth taking.
August 24, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ckozmo It was effective
I purchased these carriers to move a ladder from my parents house to mine and planned to put them on my pick-up. The carriers worked great but the rubber covers for the feet fall off. Any time that I picked them up, I had to make sure that the feet were there, otherwise I was looking for them.
July 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by bluemoonistasty This product is great if you set it up correctly.
You can set this up by yourself, but I'd recommend another person to help you. To save yourself time, while you're in the same aisle as this roof rack, there are 12' red straps that I think are around $10, for a pair, I'd highly recommend getting those. Next, assemble this roof rack next to your vehicle on the ground. Place the item you'll be moving onto the rack and secure it to each bar criss-cross pattern with duct tape, yes I said duct tape. Then with a friend lift the roof rack and item together and place it on your roof. The metal clips go under the weather strips.. Now, if you're traveling only a few miles, you will not need the red straps, however, if you're going 600 miles like I did, I would highly recommend them. I strapped the roof rack down better to my vehicle than relying solely on the metal clips.
Highway driving? Well, this roof rack is noisy, but there's 2 types of noise it will make. If it sounds like a door is vibrating really loud, a clip has loosened. If it sounds like you're flying a cessna, you're okay. I wouldn't recommend going faster than 65, otherwise you run the risk of losing your cargo.
April 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by eddard Got What I Paid For
They worked but keep in mind that I used them in a way they were NOT designed for as a luggage carrier and I had to manufacture a hard base out of 5/8" plywood to hold 2 large soft suitcases. Except for the fact that the plastic "feet" kept falling off and ratcheting tie downs would have been better they seemed to be sturdy and well made.
September 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BH14 Great, inexpensive roof rack!
I was in the market for a temporary roof rack and the $300-500 roof racks were definitely not an option. I didn't expect to see the same quality as the real expensive roof racks but I was pleasantly surprised by the Highland roof rack. Here are pros and cons...
1. 125 pound weight capacity ... It is listed on page 1. That is more than enough that I need. The bars are really strong.
2. Fits nicely on roof... When I first saw the strap and the hook, I didn't think it would hold tightly enough. When I put it on, I was surprised how tight the strap got and how the hook fit without scratching. The hooks have a little rubber covering that makes contact with the car so it won't scratch. When I close the doors, the weather strip is over the hooks so don't drive in the rain with them or you may have a little leak. When I remove the hooks, the weather strip isn't damaged and returns like it was. That made me happy. Some people may prefer a ratchet strap but I think hand tighten with the regular straps is perfectly fine. A ratchet strap may be too strong and do damage.
3. Added eye bolts on each side of the bars in the available holes so I could put ratchet tie down hooks or ropes through them to better secure my items.
4. PRICE PRICE PRICE! Much cheaper option than renting a truck a couple times or paying for a real expensive roof rack.
1. Rubber footings.... They work nicely but they will fall off. I just put some strong Gorilla black tape on them and it solved the problem.
I highly recommend this roof rack. As long as you remember that this roof rack isn't suppose to be permanent and use it only when needed, it should be very durable.
July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ntman Excellent product
I bought this HIghland Roof Top Carrier to transport a 32 foot aluminum extension ladder. I have a 2006 Honda Accord and the carrier did a great job. Due to the type of cargo I was carrying I used extra ratchet tie-down straps to secure the ladder front and back and also to secure the Roof Top Carrier to my car. I passed one tie-down through the car interior to secure the right and left sides of the carrier to insure the carrier did not slip. Belt and suspenders security. :) Overall I really like this carrier and expect to use it for years to come.
December 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by grandpa6times Sturdy but noisey
Good quality for $$$ but "wind blowing" noise is annoying.
July 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jewelz4usa Great product for "what" it is!
I needed it to be able to carry a cargo carrier on a trip. It was easy to install and secure. I can see using it on both my SUV and car to move longer items such as boards as well. The only thing to know is that for some cars, the part that "catches" the roof panel edge has to go under the door weatherstrip. Because of this you will get some added wind noise until the bars are removed. But overall well worth the price!!!
June 13, 2013