Rated 4 out of 5
by HubCity Solid Rack System
I installed my Thule Crossroads 450 feet and 50" crossbars for the first time in preparation for a camping trip where we would be using a roof basket and two bike racks to carry our gear and mountain bikes. The foot packs installed easily and are solid as a rock once attached. I am pleased with the fit and aesthetics, as the feet blend well with the styling of our Subaru Forester, and the bars appear to ride lower (closer to the roof rails) than some other rack brands. My only complaint is with the end caps with integral hex key; during initial installation I was tightening one foot using the integrated hex key and noticed slippage. Further inspection showed that the plastic piece that holds the hex key had cracked, however I am certain that L.L. Bean and/or Thule will take care of this minor issue once we return from our trip. In the meantime I will use one of the other end caps to install/remove that foot.
My only caution would be to buy the lock cylinders for the feet, because without the locks, friction is all that holds the end caps into the feet, and I fear that with time and use that it would be possible to lose one or more end caps and maybe damage a vehicle in the process.
September 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Elizab4 Very reliable!
I have 5 kayaks and my Thule rack is an excellent way to carry 2 of them. I recently got a new car and had to have the rack transfered. LL Bean did the work for me and I wouldn't go anywhere else. Scott at LL Bean in Mansfield, MA is very knowledgable about the Thule rack and fun to work with too!
I highly recommend Thule and LL Bean!
July 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by raabe easy to use
I had borrowed a pair of these for vacation last year and decided I needed a pair for myself. These along with the 78" crossbars fit great on my '09 Chevy Suburban. We just got back from a 1000 mile round trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and we could not have done it without the rack. I hauled 2 kayaks and a Thule Evolution 1800 carrier on top.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Georgejr Thule excellence
I bought the Thule #450 foot mounts for my new van because the side rails are wider than those on my previous van. They were installed as soon as I received them, and are ready to carry my kayaks safely and securely for years to come. With Thule, and
LLBean, there is nothing to worry about.
July 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ccsubaru Thule 450 Crossraod railing feet
These are well engineered and easy to attach to the cars railing. However, they do not fit the more aero dynamic cross bars which I think would be far less noisy than the rectangular bars designed for these feet. I do not know if there are any load differences between the 2 bars but quieter is better, for me at least. 1" foam pipe insulation cut down the noise considerably but it was still too loud. Thule also makes a wind screen that is supposed to ease the noise but that is just more expense. I already have enough in this thing.
June 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ScouterinWY Excellent Product
I replaced the foot-pack for my Thule roofrack last spring when I switched from an Exploder to a Highlander. These are excellent - easy to put on, take off, and secure. Bought the lock pack and used the old bars. The locks just pop in & done. Perfect! Hauls my Old Town canoe beautifully, and probably fit a range of other vehicles if needed.
The adjusting hex bolt uses an allen wrench to tighten/loosen, but it points out sideways so I can use my cordless drill to spin it down or remove it. And the allen wrenches are part of the end caps so always available. Nice!
June 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SRPhotography Easy to install
Finally purchased the Thule system for our minivan. Well worth the purchase, especially with free shipping and points from the LLBean Visa. Extremely easy to install correctly on the first try. The person we spoke to on the phone was knowledgeable and recommended the appropriate sytem for our vehicle.
November 26, 2010