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Item # THU0197

The universal choice for carrying your skis or snowboards.

Load up the whole family’s collection of skis and head for the mountains with the Thule Universal FlatTop 6 Rack. With the help of the included universal factory mounting hardware, this rack adapts to almost any factory or after-market roof bars. Oversized push-button release can be opened while wearing gloves, and the rack fits skis, snowboards, and even wakeboards.

  • A rack for water and snow sport boards and skis
  • Adapts to virtually any roof rack
  • Includes locks to secure your toys
Tech Specs
Tech Specs
fits most factory or after-market roof bars
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Recommended Use
hauling snow sticks
Manufacturer Warranty

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Hey, Nice Rack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Thule rack's awesome. Installs easily and does the job. I'm able to fit two sets of powder skis and two powder boards no problem.

Good not best

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This rack is effective and the install was pretty easy (even in the cold). Also the signature tool to attach the mounts gave a small sense of security. I bought the additional Thule lock system and again the installation was a breeze. This rack however is not as nice as the Thule Universal Pull Top, but the price was right. It will hold with a tight squeeze, 4 boards (2 stacks of 2) and 1 pair of skis.

Small but doing its job.

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

When I originally got this product it looked pretty small, but I was able to fit 2 pairs of powder skis and 2 snow boards. It does exactly what I need it to.


I would just like to clarify what you said above so you were able to put 2 snowbards and skis in your rack all at the same time? I am just checking because that is going to be my situation. Thanks for your help in advance.

Good so far!

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

I just got these racks about a week ago so I have not been able to use them much since it's not even snowing here yet but I have used them for my longboards a couple of times. They are super nice and pretty simple to install. Only thing is they do not come with locks that lock the rack to the crossbars. Fit on my factory subaru crossbars no problem!

Works great - tricky to install

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It took two of us to install the system, but with some patience (and two step-stools), it eventually all fit great on the Thule load bars atop my Subaru Forester.

Don't go too fast

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well for one, the hardware that comes with it is not long enough to fit on a OEM subaru roof rack... which sucks. It is a real PITA to mount even after a few trips to home depot.

Another thing to note.. don't go too fast. I was rippin' down the highway at about 100 mph and all my equipment ripped right out of the rack. Broke the hinge and destroyed the rack....

I guess I just assumed they build these things to withstand abuse/hard use... guess not.

Hey mnowicky, I am terribly sorry to hear about your experience with this rack. It sounds like you got a defective product since these are usually very nice items. Have you contacted us about getting you a replacement order? Or we can return that for you. Chat in whenever or call 1-800-409-4502.

Are the locks included with this model....

Are the locks included with this model. Also, can you tell me the length of

the rack


Hey there Mario. Yes, it comes with locks and Thule says it is 30 inches (76.2 cm) wide.

Mine did come with locks, but be careful: If you have locks for your Thule system too, be sure to somehow mark the keys so you know which-is-which. I keep one set on my car key-ring and another set in the house. ALSO, be very careful to follow the instructions exactly when installing the locks.

How many of this item should i buy to get...

How many of this item should i buy to get a front and a rear rack?

Hey Riley, these are sold in pairs. So you will only need to purchase one from us.


    Does what it says it does, no issues with the install (8 screws on 4 brackets), and the large release button wont clog with snow or road salt.

    How many snowboards can u get on the rack...

    How many snowboards can u get on the rack ? Is it just 4

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    .... I disagree. I own this rack and it will hold 2 snowboards, 4 pairs of skis.


    upon further consideration... I suppose this rack would hold 4 snowboards if you rested them one on top of another, flat sides touching while staggering the bindings. The rack is only the width of 2 snowboards if you don't stack them.

    Another thing to consider, if you pack 4 boards into this rack you will need to have the lip of the nose and tail of the board facing up opposed to down. This will catch more wind resistance and potentially rip the equipment right out of the rack.

    I was haulin' ass at about 100 mph with the lip of my board facing up. I ended up losing all of my equipment into the middle of the highway and had to run through traffic to get it.

    Dig It.

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

    Just installed on a 2007 4Runner with factory cross bars. Went on easily and looks great. Fits my skiis well.

    I really like the big button as others have mentioned. Seems solid and latches well with soft non slip rubber.

    Locks provided. The screws are specific "star" type pattern for Thule which seems to provide some additional security.

    Nice price too.

    locks included with this one?

    locks included with this one?

    They only come with 4 locks. You really need 6 to be secure. With 4 you leave one side which attaches to your roof unprotected.

    Easy all around

      Easy installation, easy use, easy on the eyes. This was super simple to set up on my Subaru Outback in about 10 minutes and was really easy to load and unload skis even with mittens and gloves on. I didn't notice any negative mileage impacts so I tend to just leave it on all the time so I don't have to go looking for the wrench twice a year. Very secure and good looking.


        Put these on my 06 Xterra...needed longer bolts because the Xterra's crossbars are a little thicker, but other than that these things are awesome. Keeps the interior from getting snow in it or rips in the seats. Solid buy.

        Where did you get the longer bolts? Not able to fit on my 02 Xterra.

        I had to go to a hardware store, pretty sure it was ACE hardware. I took the bolts it came with because they were an odd size(home depot and lowes didnt have the size in stock).

        Is there a rack that I could get skis/sn...

        Is there a rack that I could get skis/snowboards and a mountain bike on at the same time, or would I have to purchase two separate racks.

        You have to purchase a ski/snowboard mount and a bike mount. No one, that I know of, makes a roof mount that holds both skis and bikes.

        Will this rack fit a 2009 Mercedes c300?...

        Will this rack fit a 2009 Mercedes c300? Also is it the complete set up or are there additional attachments needed to mount the rack etc?

        this will fit your factory rack just fine, but this is just a ski rack and if you don't have a basic rack and crossbars on your roof, you need to get that separate, go to for the fit guide.

        Be Warned!!

          These do NOT come with locks!! I was very disappointed to receive these and realize this. The price I got this rack for was a good price and it is a top quality rack. However, if you care about theft protection you will have to buy lock cylinders and cross bar locks! This can add around 60$ to the price. Also if your cross bars are taller in diameter than 1 1/2 inches you will have to purchase longer screws! Bottom line is it is a great set, but no locks!!

          Mine came with warned that they DO come with locks!!

          They should have come with 4 locks. But you need 6 locks. two sets to lock the rack to your roof bars and one set to lock your gear to the thule rack. Not sure whey Thule didn't include all 6.

          would this fit on a 2011 acura mdx?

          would this fit on a 2011 acura mdx?

          yes but you do need to have cross bars; factory or aftermarket.

          Unanswered Question

          I have the two cross bar racks but the...

          I have the two cross bar racks but the mounts dont fit. Is there a bigger mount avaiable anywhere?