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post #31 of 49
I have two of the 1200 Evolution boxes on my Subuaru Legacy, half mounted on the factory rack, and half on door mounts. No clearance issues with the tail gate. The Thule mounting hardware is pretty gimmicky though, and throughly untrustworthy to myself. I miss the old nut and bolt of the Yakima Rocketboxes... They haven't fallen off at 120mph yet, but I'm not convinced.
post #32 of 49
Check out the Yakima Platinum Pro 1600...IMO it kicks the heck outta the Thule!
post #33 of 49
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Originally Posted by FanOZakk
Check out the Yakima Platinum Pro 1600...IMO it kicks the heck outta the Thule!
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?
post #34 of 49
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Originally Posted by BakerBoy
I have two of the 1200 Evolution boxes on my Subuaru Legacy, half mounted on the factory rack, and half on door mounts. No clearance issues with the tail gate. The Thule mounting hardware is pretty gimmicky though, and throughly untrustworthy to myself. I miss the old nut and bolt of the Yakima Rocketboxes... They haven't fallen off at 120mph yet, but I'm not convinced.
The replacement for the Evolution series has much more solid hardware.

The old Thule hardware (pre evolution) was very solid as well. I carry extra hardware around now because the new stuff falls off once in a while.
post #35 of 49
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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.
post #36 of 49
I have a thule 1800 and a Yakima Packasport.

I use them on 2 different Vehicles.

1. I like the shape of the Thule

2. My thule box is lighter (and of course smaller)than the huge packasport

3. the fit and finish are superior on the Thule. Mine is painted to match my car. the packasport is black fiberglass and is much heavier.

4. The quick release feet on the Thule crossbars allow me to remove and replace the thule and crossbars all in one unit with tthule's ceiling hoist sytem. takes about 4 minutes off and maybe 5 back on.

The Thule opens from either either side also. My Packasport only opens from the rear (i do understand this is not the Yakima model you are comparing to)

just saying many of the points of the above post are not represntative of my experience with the thule.

My Thule 1800 has held up extremely well is convenient and durable.
post #37 of 49

Thule Evo 1800 problems

I have a Thule 1800 Evolution and am exchanging it due to cracks forming (on both sides) at the bottom of the case where the rivets attach the mounting hardware to the case itself. Thule is replacing it under warranty but the case is only a year old. I've noticed that the front of my Thule would consistently "wobble" up and down at higher speeds, 80-85 mph. The retailer suggest I switch to Thule crossbars instead of my factory racks. Any suggestions or advice? Would a shorter case be less prone to "wobbling?" Thanks.
post #38 of 49
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Originally Posted by tool
I have a Thule 1800 Evolution and am exchanging it due to cracks forming (on both sides) at the bottom of the case where the rivets attach the mounting hardware to the case itself. Thule is replacing it under warranty but the case is only a year old. I've noticed that the front of my Thule would consistently "wobble" up and down at higher speeds, 80-85 mph. The retailer suggest I switch to Thule crossbars instead of my factory racks. Any suggestions or advice? Would a shorter case be less prone to "wobbling?" Thanks.
If your crossbars are something like the 2002 and up GM crossbars, you should switch them. You should have them spread as far apart as possible.
post #39 of 49
It's a 2005 Toyota Sequoia and I have the crossbars spread as far a possible. However, it still leaves 18-24 inches of overhang over the front crossbar.
post #40 of 49
I am looking at this box as a replacement for my ancient Thule EXplorer or whatever the beast is. I like the shorter overhangs of this 1600 and I really don't need to put anything longer than a 180 it it anyway.

Plus this silver 1600 box matches my new Silver Legacy wagon sooo much better
post #41 of 49
If you can afford/justify/fit the new Spirit box, go for that. It is so much better in every regard than the current Evolution boxes.

Unfortunately, its expensive even by Metron owner standards.
post #42 of 49
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Originally Posted by skiingman
If you can afford/justify/fit the new Spirit box, go for that. It is so much better in every regard than the current Evolution boxes.

Unfortunately, its expensive even by Metron owner standards.
what Spirit box? I can "form" both Yak and Thule
post #43 of 49
http://thuleracks.com/thule/product...._id=11&sku=689

Expensive by my standards even on the form. Expensive at less than cost, lol.

It kicks the everloving crap out of the evolution stuff though. The new mounting system is an exercise in common sense, the build quality is much higher, and the box looks really sick on new Chris Bangle designs.
post #44 of 49
Phil, you might want to check out the Yakima Platinum Pro 16s, too:

http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...t =REI_SEARCH

I picked one up recently and it's great. there's a bit of info on it in the archives here.

REI has a 20% off of a single item coupon on its front page right now for members. With in-store pickup (free shipping), you can get a pretty good deal.
post #45 of 49
Holy cripes those Yakima boxes are heavy. Well made, I suppose. 46lbs for that bad boy. Like the old school fiberglass boxes.
post #46 of 49
The Spirit is too long at 90+ inches. And the Yakima is, well, ugly. I like the Thule much better. I can suffice with my current box for this trip to Maine, then I will sell it (cheap). The rest of my skiing can be done without the box since it will be just my son and I back and forth to VT and we can fold the seats down.
post #47 of 49
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Originally Posted by skiingman
Holy cripes those Yakima boxes are heavy. Well made, I suppose. 46lbs for that bad boy. Like the old school fiberglass boxes.
The Thule Evolution 1600 is 47 lbs., and the Spirit is 57. At less than 46 lbs., the Yakima's the lightweight in the group

http://www.thuleracks.com/thule/box_comparison.asp

I don't have any problem lifting the Yakima onto my roof, but it's not a particuarly tall car (Passat sedan).
post #48 of 49
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
The Spirit is too long at 90+ inches. And the Yakima is, well, ugly. I like the Thule much better. I can suffice with my current box for this trip to Maine, then I will sell it (cheap). The rest of my skiing can be done without the box since it will be just my son and I back and forth to VT and we can fold the seats down.
Well, there's no accounting for tastes I think the Evolution looks a little like a suppository, but that's just me.

I like the lines of the Yakima on my 2003 Passat. More rounded and smooth, kinda like the car's lines.

Keep in mind that the Evolution has been discontinued by Thule, so you may be able to get a good deal on it, though it may also be harder to find.
post #49 of 49
Yeah I wonder what ever happened to the availability of the stoopid "special edition" Evolution boxes they were going to supposedly sell this summer.

Because a regular Evolution isn't ugly enough, some people want one in orange or "carbon fiber".
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