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Item # THU0362

Like cross bars, only quieter.

Round and square cross bars make the same amount of noise. Precisely measured, it's a lot. Thule AeroBlade Load Bars are specially designed to reduce wind noise, so your modern, aerodynamic sedan doesn't sound like a dump truck breaking the sound barrier.

  • WindDiffuser textured surface disturbs airflow more than a smooth surface which greatly reduces wind noise
  • BoxBeam aluminum extrusion creates a bar that can sustain a vertical load of over 800 lbs of force
  • Smartslide molded measurement system provides tape-measure-free foot installation
  • Swingblade end cap allows access to the t-slot for easy accessory installation


  • WindDiffuser textured aerodynamic surface
  • BoxBeam aluminum extrusion
  • SmartSlide molded measurement system
  • SwingBlade end caps

Tech Specs

Compatibility:
Thule Rapid Traverse Feet
Part Number:
ARB43, ARB47, ARB53, ARB60
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

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55

Super solid bars!

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these bars for over 3 years now and I really give them a beating. I'm a window washer who hauls ladders on them 3/4 of the year. So I'm constantly throwing ladders on and pulling them off (and I'm talking 20-30 ft ladders). They've stood up to everything I've thrown at them. The only thing I had to replace was the rubber strip on top and with as much use as they get it's completely reasonable. Oh yeah, and I use them for my board rack in the winter but that's very little wear and tear. Highly recommended!

45

Good Rack, Easy Install, But Overpriced

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just installed this system on my Honda Element, and am hoping to add a cargo box soon. The install was pretty easy, no thanks really to the Ikea like instructions included, but pretty self explanatory. The quality seems good and this should hold up for a while, and add a lot of interior space once I get a cargo box, but if I'm being completely honest it seems a little expensive for what it is.



This is my setup:



Thule Podium Fit Kit - 3109

Thule Podium Foot Packs – Rapid Aero

Thule AeroBlade Load Bars - 53"

Good Rack, Easy Install, But Overpriced
45

Great load bars; noisy without a fairing

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These work exactly as Thule advertises, they look fantastic, and their new rack mounts install very easily.

The only issue is that, while Thule may claim that there is less drag on the load bars without a fairing, they are still very noisy; especially with racks installed. I couldn't stand to have my sunroof open.

So I bit the bullet, bought a fairing, and with a little customization, and $3 worth of nuts and bolts, was able to install the standard Thule fairing to the front load bar. Thule does not make a fairing for this, so it takes a few minutes of work, but I had it installed in under 30 minutes.

Once the fairing was installed, no more noise issues!

Overall, great product!

55

Great Cross Bars on a VW

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

My cousin picked these up for her car and loves them. She got these to haul around her SUP and bikes.



She paired these with a pair of the (THU0270) Rapid Traverse Footpack and the right fit kid to match her make and model car.



The picture below shows the cross bars carrying two SUP's.



Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!



Jared D.

Expert Gearhead

801.736.4336

jdowns@backcountry.com

Great Cross Bars on a VW
45

Look nice, still loud

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I got these to replace the old style square Thule bars for my new car. I still get a lot of wind noise. I ended up taping the underneath near the pillars as the wind whistles in that spot.
As far as performance and looks (minus noise) they are perfect.

Unanswered Question

I have a 2007 Mini Cooper, no rails. Hard to figure out which is which, I want to get these Aero cross bars. Which feet and fit kit do I need? Thank you!

I need one that will fit my Passat with no rails and a pilot with rails... Tips?

Check out this link...

http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/buyers-guide?gclid=CPbk3c2cs8YCFRNrfgodKpoK4w

That's Thule's fit guide and you can follow it step by step to see what you need. Then hit up the gearheads and have them put the whole package together for you.

45

Awesome

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

While they make a little more noise than I would like you can't win them all. They are very durable and sleek atop my XV crosstrek. The only problem I have had is one of the end caps went missing and I had to replace it through Thule.

55

Great!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I love my Thule AeroBlades. They are strong, aerodynamic, and look great! I have two pair in two different lengths, one set for my canopy and another for my truck roof. Make sure you can get the proper fit kit for your ride before you buy. They might not have a fit kit for your car if its an older model.

Would this product fit a 2004 Ford Explorer...

Would this product fit a 2004 Ford Explorer with railing racks on the top?

Just make sure you can find a proper fit kit for your ride.

Ben- you'll need the 450 Rapid Podium Feet and 47" aeroblades

55

Loved the service, the convenience!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I just love buying here, there is such good follow up and the product are always exactly what you order! The Thule rack fits perfect, I just wished that they were able to sell and ship the ski-box to Canada unfortunately I had to purchase that locally for quit a bit more!!

Loved the service,  the  convenience!
45

Good fit and finish.

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These are great, very sturdy and they don't create any additional noise when they are installed. They have a nice finished appearance that makes them look like they came factory installed. Definitely get the job done!

55

More Aero dynamic than Thule Rapid Aero

    I had the Thule Rapid Aero in my first car and then when I sold car away, I installed Thule AeroBlade. Since it is slim, it is less noisy and looks more sleek. I love it.

    55

    easy peasy and sound free!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    So happy I chose the AeroBlade Load Bar... I've been in cars with other systems and it isn't quiet! I even had a set years ago (i don't remember the brand) that were so LOUD!!!

    The thule system was super easy to put together. I highly recommend the Thule Traverse Kit... I was able to do it and it didn't take forever! Each part goes together really well and easy peasy... Took some time getting the mounting perfect on the car, but I take time to make it perfect! Have fun!!!

    55

    Super awesome

      I can't believe how quite they are. They were also very easy to install. They feel pretty solid also and look great.

      55

      Very nice

        Awesome load bars. These look way more sturdy to me than the square bars. They are very stout, and have handled everything I have put on my roof rack so far. They are very quiet, which is nice for those long car rides. Cool, sleek shape. Very happy with this purchase. If you are struggling to figure out which length you need, you can use thule's fit guide on their website, and they will tell you exactly what length you should get for your specific car model.