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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
If you fold down the rear seat of an Outback, is the cargo hold long enough to hold 2 pr of skis (in a hard tube)?
post #2 of 19
I have a 05 GT Wagon. My 170cm skis fit easy. In a tube you may need put it in on an angle.

Do you want to buy a Thule 440 mount kit to fit an Outback ?
post #3 of 19
Which Outback? I think pretty much any Subaru model (except the Baja) can come customized with the Outback finish (two-tone paint, slightly bigger wheels and slightly higher suspension). I have a Subaru Impreza TS (without the Outback finish) and skis fit fine at an angle with the seats folded.
post #4 of 19
Tons of room with the rear seats folded down for 178's in my '97 Outback.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by kelly001
Which Outback? I think pretty much any Subaru model (except the Baja) can come customized with the Outback finish (two-tone paint, slightly bigger wheels and slightly higher suspension). I have a Subaru Impreza TS (without the Outback finish) and skis fit fine at an angle with the seats folded.
I have the Subaru Impreza TS too (just got it Saturday) and my 2 pair of skis fit easily in the back with the seat down (40% of the 40/60 split) straight. I do not have the hard case, but one pair is about 180cm if that helps any. The Impreza TS is shorter than most of the Outback models, though this also comes in the Outback finish as noted by Kelly001. If your outback is the full length model you should have NO problem. Give it a try. If you already own the Outback this is no problem, if just buying it, bring the tube with you, they'll let you try it out.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
I should clarify, we will be renting one, and I just wanted to make sure the skis would fit without need for a roof rack. Thanks for the assurances!
post #7 of 19
I think you'll have no problem but just to be sure, ask for a Legacy Outback model, those are the biggest models, I believe.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by segbrown
I should clarify, we will be renting one, and I just wanted to make sure the skis would fit without need for a roof rack. Thanks for the assurances!
From what company are you renting the Subie? I'd kind of like to rent one next month. Sorry for the thread jack.
post #9 of 19
it's a rental- doesn't that mean that by definition the skis WILL fit??
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by kelly001
I think you'll have no problem but just to be sure, ask for a Legacy Outback model, those are the biggest models, I believe.
As a long time Legacy owner. When someone mentions an Outback they are talking about the real Outback not the little Outback Sport they made for a few years.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by RISkier
From what company are you renting the Subie? I'd kind of like to rent one next month. Sorry for the thread jack.
Hertz in Jackson Hole.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity
As a long time Legacy owner. When someone mentions an Outback they are talking about the real Outback not the little Outback Sport they made for a few years.
If the OUTBACK name is on it and the company put it there, then it is a REAL OUTBACK. Since this is to be a rental, it is quite possible that this could be an OUTBACK sport, which they do still make, BTW. I could have gotten mine with the OUTBACK package this past weekend when I bought it (and it's a 2005).
post #13 of 19
An Outback is identical to an Legacy wagon as far as cargo space is concerned.
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
Yes, it's an Outback Wagon. Apparently you can get an Outback hatchback (the Sport) as well as an Outback sedan. Most Outbacks, though, are wagons.
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kelly001
Which Outback? I think pretty much any Subaru model (except the Baja) can come customized with the Outback finish (two-tone paint, slightly bigger wheels and slightly higher suspension). I have a Subaru Impreza TS (without the Outback finish) and skis fit fine at an angle with the seats folded.
Since this has generated so much discussion I thought I'd look it up on the Subaru website. Outback does not appear to be a finish, exactly. There are the Forester, the Outback, the Impreza, the Legacy, and the Baja. The Forester keeps the same body style throughout its models, the Outback is mostly a wagon but also a hatchback and a sedan, the Impreza is either a sport wagon (hatchback) or sedan, and the Legacy is a wagon or sedan. Baja is sport or turbo.

So, there isn't really a Legacy Outback, for example. It's either an Outback wagon or a Legacy wagon. Of course, I could be wrong. And I suspect this could have changed in the past few years, because I kind of remember a Legacy Outback. I haven't owned a Subaru since the 80s.
post #16 of 19
1 pair of skis, 3 snowboards, 4 adults, 90lb dog and gear.
post #17 of 19
Yes the wagons will hold a lot of gear. That's why I'm on my 3rd Legacy GT Wagon.

I think it was in 97 or 98 that the Outback became it's own model. But who cares. I'm sure the thread was started with the Legacy size Outback in mind.

I didn't want to into a rent here back I don't understand why anybody wouldn't spend a little more money or in some cases less money and buy a Legacy over the Forester. If you say you wanted the ground clearence, why didn't you buy a truck. Sorry I'll stop now.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by segbrown
Since this has generated so much discussion I thought I'd look it up on the Subaru website. Outback does not appear to be a finish, exactly. There are the Forester, the Outback, the Impreza, the Legacy, and the Baja. The Forester keeps the same body style throughout its models, the Outback is mostly a wagon but also a hatchback and a sedan, the Impreza is either a sport wagon (hatchback) or sedan, and the Legacy is a wagon or sedan. Baja is sport or turbo.

So, there isn't really a Legacy Outback, for example. It's either an Outback wagon or a Legacy wagon. Of course, I could be wrong. And I suspect this could have changed in the past few years, because I kind of remember a Legacy Outback. I haven't owned a Subaru since the 80s.
Okay, let me clarify! lol.

Subaru currently has two platforms: Legacy and Impreza.

Legacy is the bigger, longer model. SO there is a Legacy Outback Wagon, a Legacy Outback Sedan, and a standard Legacy Wagon and Sedan that are basically the same car without the added ground clearance.

Baja is a Legacy platform.

Impreza is the small car. Their is a sedan and a hatchback, wrx and sti models that are fast. You can get an impreza in Outback trim, its called the Outback Sport, but it should be called an Impreza Outback so that we could avoid all of this confusion!

Forester is a SUV hybrid based on the Impreza chassis.

A new, large SUV is in the works, but not yet available.

My Subaru just arrived home from the ski area, so I thought I would be kind enough to put my skis in the back and demonstrate for the crowd!

These are 190 K2 Piste tele's fitting just fine at a slight angle, or you can put them just over the lip of the rear seat if you want them to fit straight. My Legacy Outback Wagon is a 2002. If you are renting an 05' the dimensions could be slightly different, I am not sure. Actual measured length of cargo hold (not counting what you can gain by hanging them over the seat) is 70 inches plus maybe an inch in some places.

http://home.mchsi.com/~uglymoney2/skistorage.jpg

nate
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by uglymoney
Okay, let me clarify! lol.

Subaru currently has two platforms: Legacy and Impreza.

Legacy is the bigger, longer model. SO there is a Legacy Outback Wagon, a Legacy Outback Sedan, and a standard Legacy Wagon and Sedan that are basically the same car without the added ground clearance.

Baja is a Legacy platform.

Impreza is the small car. Their is a sedan and a hatchback, wrx and sti models that are fast. You can get an impreza in Outback trim, its called the Outback Sport, but it should be called an Impreza Outback so that we could avoid all of this confusion!

Forester is a SUV hybrid based on the Impreza chassis.
Well, I believe you, but that isn't how Subaru advertises it on its website. They clearly have it divided into Forester, Outback, Legacy, etc. But clearly that isn't the case .... unless it has changed this year.

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These are 190 K2 Piste tele's fitting just fine at a slight angle, or you can put them just over the lip of the rear seat if you want them to fit straight. My Legacy Outback Wagon is a 2002. If you are renting an 05' the dimensions could be slightly different, I am not sure. Actual measured length of cargo hold (not counting what you can gain by hanging them over the seat) is 70 inches plus maybe an inch in some places.

http://home.mchsi.com/~uglymoney2/skistorage.jpg

nate
Thanks!
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