For car sharing, the available luggage compartment may not be sufficient to carry everything you need. There are also situations when you need to transport oversized cargo, which at the same time has a low weight. In such cases, the external luggage system installed on the roof of the car will help out. It can be used to transport things (plastic case), oversized materials (rack bars) and sports equipment (special fasteners).
The review presents the best roof racks of various types that are popular in the Russian market. The formation of the rating position was based on the characteristics of the manufactured products and the positive experience of their operation by various owners.
The best luggage box firms
The roof boxes provide maximum protection for the items carried on the roof. In our rating, you can choose a stylish model that will perfectly harmonize with the car body.
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This company was one of the first in Russia to master the production of plastic roof boxes for the carriage of goods. Over the past 20 years, Eurodetal has significantly expanded its range, creating luggage systems, including for business.
Due to constant improvement and growth of quality, the products are in stable demand in the market. More than 27 models in various sizes and colors allow you to choose the best option for any car – from a subcompact sedan to a large SUV.
All products are securely attached to different body types (with or without roof rails) and have an aerodynamic shape, due to which even at high speeds (over 130 km / h with a box of this type it is impossible to accelerate) the spacious trunk presses the air flow to the roof of the car.
At the same time, the most affordable price on the market gives a special appeal, which for many owners is still a decisive factor.
Menabo products stand out from the competition with their unique style and affordable price. At the same time, the quality of the boxes is always high, and the installation system is simple and reliable. Products are made of three-layer plastic, the assortment includes a wide range of models and a varied color palette.
This makes it easier for the car owner to match the trunk to the body color.
Thanks to the unique installation system, it is possible to mount boxes on crossbars of different shapes and sizes.
The locking mechanism can be opened with one turn of the hand, while a special control system does not allow the key to be removed until the lid is locked at all points. In addition to boxes, the product line includes bicycle and ski bindings.
Domestic car owners distinguish exquisite style, reliability, good quality in Menabo trunks. Among the shortcomings, there is the inconvenience of opening the lid and clanking of the locks while driving.
One of the best roof racks is produced by a Russian company, whose branches are located not only throughout Russia, but also in neighboring countries.
For 15 years the company has mastered the production of excellent auto boxes, the quality of which is consistently at a high level. It is not entirely correct to compare Yuago trunks with the leaders in the rating, but in their price category, the products are highly competitive in the market.
A wide range of series of plastic boxes allows them to be installed even on the roof of small cars (Lite) or sedans (Pragmatic). Various design and color solutions allow you to choose the best model for any car.
High strength and resistance to external influences (including temperature) is achieved due to the quality of raw materials and wall thickness of 4 mm. Among the large assortment of products, a box tent stands out, inside which you can organize a sleeping place measuring 2.1 X 1.3 m.
Thule, Sweden, uses a simple motto when designing roof racks to value an active lifestyle. Therefore, in the assortment you can find the most incredible models adapted for storing sports and fishing goods.
Fans of a healthy lifestyle can choose a rack for a canoe or bicycle, skis or fishing rods. All products have international ISO and QS certificates. Swedish roof racks look elegant, functional, strong and durable.
Thanks to the well thought-out design of the fastening, installation and dismantling is done by car owners with pleasure. It should be noted that all the elements are perfect, from the supports to the fasteners. The company’s arsenal includes not only finished products, but also spare parts for them.
Russian car owners distinguish in Thule roof racks such qualities as elegance, a wide variety of shapes and capacities, and versatility of use.
1. Whispbar (Yakima)
The American company Yakima’s purchase of Whispbar, a New Zealand manufacturer of car roof racks, has certainly benefited. The company is a recognized world leader in the manufacture of the highest quality roof racks and boxes.
The products are designed to provide not only convenience and practicality, but also serve the car owner for a long time. The manufacturer pays a lot of attention to the issue of safety.
For this, they are constantly tested for strength and reliability. The designers do not forget about aerodynamics, so even at high speeds, Yakima trunks do not try to drown out the sound of the stereo system in the cabin. The assortment of the company includes both universal models and specialized products.
Roof racks are distinguished by a stylish design that is in harmony with the appearance of the most expensive car.
Domestic users note the highest quality of Whispbar roof racks and boxes, their spaciousness, durability and elegance. The disadvantages include only the high price.
The best rack and pinion roof rack companies
The rack and pinion racks can be installed quickly and easily on the roof. Many of them are affordable for a wide range of motorists, and storage of these products does not require a lot of space in the garage or apartment.
The domestic manufacturer produces excellent roof racks for cars. Among the large assortment of systems for the transportation of payloads, rack-and-pinion products that are attached to rails are in special demand. The profile of the crossbars is made in the form of an ellipse and demonstrates excellent aerodynamic properties. The use of industrial aluminum for the manufacture of luggage bars provides high strength and resistance to stress.
Fastening is carried out using four clamping “paws” and is reliable and versatile – the rack can be installed on rails with any profile. The modern locking system allows you not to worry about the safety of the device, leaving the car unattended. The popularity of “Zubr” in the domestic market is largely determined by the affordable cost. Suffice it to say that a similar luggage system from a brand like Thule (certainly better quality) will cost the owner four times the price.
The most affordable roof racks presented in our rating are produced under the Ant brand. The assortment of the company includes products for domestic cars and foreign cars. Thanks to the variety of mounts, you can choose a rack for a wide range of cars.
The construction is based on a steel rectangular profile. It is covered with plastic, which protects the metal from corrosion and gives the product a pleasant look.
The reason for the popularity of Ant roof racks is not only an affordable price, but also the use of special clips, as well as a guarantee of 1.5 g. There are also reinforced roof racks in the product line, which are designed for installation on commercial vehicles such as Gazelle, Sable, Ford Transit.
The Russian manufacturer FicoPro boasts a wide range of roof racks. Both the owners of domestic cars and foreign cars can choose a suitable model. Moreover, there are products for budget cars and premium cars. The main specialization of the company is roof racks with mounting on roof rails.
The designers have developed a unique fastening system, introduced light-alloy bows, and selected different colors.
This made it possible to obtain practical products that are quickly and easily assembled. All products have Russian quality certificates.
To the advantages of FicoPro roof racks, domestic car owners include a wide range of models, ease of installation, availability of a quality certificate, and good aerodynamic properties.
From the negative points, it is necessary to highlight the lack of overlays that prevent scratching, weak locks of the secrets and the high price.
The main purpose of Lux roof racks is to operate a car in Russian climatic conditions. The manufacturer has several gradations that differ in the profile and coating of the crossbars. Rectangular steel arches are used in the Lux Standard configuration. They are covered with frost-resistant plastic.
Lux Aero crossbars have an oval profile. During the production process, all products are subjected to heat treatment, which gives the structure strength.
In the future, steel products undergo galvanic treatment, the coating protects the trunk from corrosion. Racks can be mounted both on a smooth roof and on roof rails. The company also offers consumers bike boxes and racks.
Motorists from Russia distinguish in Lux trunks reliable protection of steel products from corrosion, good quality. But at the same time, the cost of production is quite high, and installation takes a long time.
Atlant roof racks are in great demand among Russian motorists. The manufacturer managed to expand the range of its products so much that it is possible to choose a model for almost any passenger car.
There are products that are designed to be installed on a flat roof. They are supplied for sale both in the form of a modular system and assembled. For the manufacture of arcs, innovative composite materials are used; they can have a conventional rectangular or aerodynamic profile. Roof racks for cars with rails are distinguished by their stylish design and streamlined shape.
There is also an economy series, in which steel cross members are covered with plastic. The manufacturer offers special bike and ski bindings for sports enthusiasts.
Consumers praise the quality of Atlant roof racks. They are durable and reliable, have a modern design and an adequate price. Sometimes there are flaws in the details.
The best roof rack companies for sports equipment
Skis and snowboards, bicycles and kayaks – to transport these sports items, special luggage systems are required to securely fix oversized equipment on the roof of the car. The category presents the best brands of the market in this area.
Simple and unpretentious systems are produced by Inter. The range also includes a rack for transporting a bicycle. Unlike rack and pinion arches, it is made of a steel profile, which radically affected the cost of the equipment – in the domestic market you cannot find a bike rack cheaper. The versatility of the mount allows it to be installed on transverse arcs of any profile, including wide aerodynamic ones (up to 56 mm).
The metal rack easily copes with the transport of bicycles, the weight of which does not exceed 15 kg. Among the shortcomings, it should be noted the quality of the paintwork – with frequent use, it demonstrates poor resistance to external factors. Of course, there is no key protection against withdrawal either. However, the low price is a factor determining the choice of many consumers.
This brand is familiar to the consumer for electronic gadgets for the driver, but the range of products includes luggage systems for the roof of a car. Plastic boxes, slatted crossbars for roof rails and equipment for transporting sports equipment from CARCAM are distinguished by their reliability of manufacture and an affordable price. And, despite the fact that the level of quality of products is still far from the market leaders, there is a demand for the trunks of the domestic brand.
The simplicity of the design allows you to quickly install and remove the bike. the device weighs only 2 kg – the body is made of industrial aluminum, which is highly durable. The device can withstand a load of up to 15 kg and is capable of holding bicycles with a wheelbase of up to 1.4 meters. Some owners may lack modern protection against unauthorized access, but overall the equipment makes a good impression.
Among many manufacturers of luggage systems for transporting skis or snowboards, Fabbri differs not only in quality, but also in modern design solutions, which makes these products of the company popular on the market and worthy of participation in our rating. High-quality aluminum and heat-resistant plastic, which is not afraid of low temperatures, ensures a secure fixation of sports equipment. Some models can be installed on the roof of any vehicle (without roof rails and crossbars) thanks to powerful magnetic clamps.
Anti-vandal protection allows you to safely leave the car unattended – it will be problematic for lovers of profit to steal skis or snowboards. Rubber seals reliably hold objects on the roof of the car and allow you to safely move at a maximum speed of 130 km / h. As for the cost, although it is higher than many competitors, it fully corresponds to the practicality and high quality of these trunks.
This brand produces high-quality roof racks for transporting various goods, including systems for fixing sports equipment. They are installed on transverse arches and securely fix sporty oversized vehicles on the roof of the car. Designed for the demanding European consumer, AMOS systems are distinguished by an affordable price, which gives an additional advantage in the domestic market.
Of course, the quality of the trunk is inferior to the leading brands (Thule, Peruzzo), but it copes with its task perfectly, and looks more attractive to the consumer than many domestic systems. Protection against unauthorized removal (including in trunks for transporting snowboards and skis), the ability to adjust for any bike and the use of durable materials – AMOS products have something to attract the attention of the future owner.
It is best to transport a bike on the roof of a car using a roof rack from the Italian brand Peruzzo. A large assortment allows you to choose the best option according to the number of installed bicycles and the method of their attachment (for the connecting rod or frame). The systems have a lock, so you don’t have to worry about the safety of equipment and cargo, quietly leaving the car in the parking lot unattended.
Roof racks are mounted on any vehicle (with or without roof rails) – from sedans to SUVs. Quick release clips take a minimum of time to mount the bike on the roof or remove it. High reliability, ergonomics and quality make Peruzzo systems the best for transporting this sports equipment, which is confirmed by the choice of many owners who preferred this brand.