Originally Posted by skidiver
What do prefer about the Yakima? I'd heard good things about the Thule, but much less about the Yakima Platinum Pro 1600. There's a $50 rebate on them from Yakima right now (through REI, don't know about other dealers). Do they go on 20% sale like the Thules at REI?
I like the Yakima because...
1) I love the shape better...lots of Thule boxes still seem too 'clunky' looking to me, whereas Yakima is a very sleek design.
2) The Yakima boxes are both lighter AND seemingly stronger.
3) The Yakima boxes have a center mount hing-piviot-latch design that allows you to open it from either side.
4) The Platinum Pro series uses a smooth finish and better quality plastic for the box tops, so it can be painted to match any vehicle.
As far as any promotion type deals...I've never heard of any at all.