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Guide - Roof racks

What can I use my Thule roof rack for?

With a Thule roof rack, you are all set to head off on your adventures and make sure you have  everything you want. Our roof racks are a starting point for carrying the extra special gear that lets you live out your passions – with roof boxesbike carriers, ski carriers, and kayak carriers

For each car brand and model, there is a Thule roof rack solution that fits. 

You can use a Thule roof rack for: 

  • Roof boxes - Extra space for all your gear 

  • Bike racks - Bring bikes of any kind – mount the bike rack quickly and easily

  • Water Sport Racks - Mount racks for kayaks, surfboards and SUP boards. 

  • Winter Sport Racks - Skis and snowboards – get ready for action in minutes. 

What is a roof rack used for? 

A roof rack is necessary when you want to carry something on your car roof. A Thule roof rack is safely and easily attached to your car – you can do it yourself in minutes.  

For each car brand and model, there is a Thule roof rack solution that fits. The Roof Rack Guide is a great start to your adventures with our roof racks. Just enter your car brand, model, and year – and you will get the perfect roof rack solution for your car. 

Once the roof rack is mounted on your car, you can use it for a wide range of cargo depending on your needs: roof boxesbike racksracks for kayakssurfboards and SUP boards, and winter sport racks

How do I choose a roof rack?   

How to choose a roof rack? It's easy! With us, it starts with a simple question – would you prefer a maximized loading area or a streamlined design? 

Thule Evo is a highly flexible aerodynamic roof rack system that provides an exceptionally quiet ride, a maximized loading area, and easy installation of accessories. Great for transporting large and bulky gear!

Thule Edge has a low profile that perfectly complements the car’s roofline. The streamlined design of Thule Edge also makes it the ideal solution for keeping the rack on the car even when not in use. In fact, it almost looks as if it was there from the beginning. 

All Thule roof racks share a number of features: 

  • High load capacity - All roof racks are designed to carry up to 75 kg 
  • Quick installation - Easy to mount and to add accessories 
  • Safety first - Tested to the limit and beyond in the Thule Test Center™ 

What should I carry on my roof rack? 

When combined with other Thule products, our roof racks are a starting point for carrying the extra special gear that lets you live your passions – with holders for your bikes, your skis, your canoes or kayaks, and your surfboards. Not to mention extra-secure roof boxes and spacious carrier baskets for special cargos.    

How much weight can I put on my roof rack?  

All Thule roof racks share several important features, and they all have the capacity to carry a significant weight.   

  • High load capacity - All roof racks are designed to carry up to 75 kg 
  • Quick installation - Easy to mount and to add accessories 
  • Safety first - Tested to the limit and beyond in the Thule Test Center™

However, the maximum weight of the system is determined by the vehicle itself. Check out our Roof rack guide for more info on your specific vehicle for more details or consult your vehicle manufacturer.


These are a few common questions that we get around the products and the use of a roof rack that you might want to explore before choosing the best roof rack for your needs! 

What kind of roof rack do I need for a kayak? 

You can use any roof rack from the Thule Evo and Thule Edge range. Once your roof rack is mounted, attach a kayak carrier such as Thule DockGlide – a flexible, kayak carrier with feltlined saddles that make it easier to load and unload your carrier.    

How do you carry a surfboard on the roof of your car?  

It is easy to carry your surfboard safely on your car roof. With a roof rack system and Thule surfboard car rack, you’re ready to chase the waves – just load your board and head out. Check out Thule SUP Taxi XT – a top-of-the-range SUP rack for maximum board security, with an adjustable custom fit and convenient mounting. 

How do I lock my surfboard to my roof rack?  

The easiest way to carry your surfboard safely on your car roof is to use an all-in-one solution such as out Thule SUP Taxi XT. An alternative is to use Thule Board Shuttle or Thule Surf Pads in combination with Thule Locking Straps or Thule Load Straps

How do you put a snowboard on a roof rack? 

Do you like to go skiing or snowboarding all winter long? With a Thule roof rack, you can easily fit your gear on your car. With a snowboard rack for your car, you can easily and safely take your board to the mountains. Check out Thule SnowPack Extender – an aerodynamic slide-out rack for convenient loading and unloading of skis and snowboards.  

Check out our roof racks

Roof racks make life a little easier! You can combine your Thule roof rack with several of our sports and cargo carriers. It’s a super quick and convenient way to bring all the gear you need.


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