We have gotten many years of use out of our Yakima racks and accessories. I've yet to have any problems with any of the Yakima products we have throughly used. From the Cross Bars, Q Towers, Rail Riders, Bike mounts and trays, Cargo Boxes, Locks and the list goes on...Durable, quality and functional products. Love them all!
The round bars are a classic choice that you can't go wrong with. If you aren't wanting to fork out the extra cash to get the streamline look of the whispbar, then this is the cross bar for you. The only down fall of the round bars is they do create a little more noise from the wind and they are a little heavier then the whispbar. You can accommodate the noise problem by picking up the fairing. That will eliminate most of the whistling as you are cruising down the road. If you have anymore question feel free to hit me up on chat or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to help you out with any question you may have.
These roof rack bars and the associated load stops make strapping stuff to the roof rack very easy with ratchet straps or bungee cords. After many years moisture does get past the end caps and the bar will rust on the inside, especially if you like to pull a plug and stick a pipe in the bar to support a shower curtain when camping. If you don't want any internal rust in the long term, clean the machining oil out of the bar by pulling a solvent dampened rag through it a few times and then spray cold galvanize into the bar and work it through from both ends. It won't ever rust internally if you do that.
While I could have squeezed a few more miles out of my rusted old 48 inches bars despite transferring them to three different trucks over the last 12 years, the time finally came when my gear demanded more space on top of the 02 X-terra. So I boned up for the 66inchers. Now, with careful planning, I can fit on two bikes, a wide-arce kayak, and a space box with just enough room to open the box. Saved my road trips from monotonous boredom.
The crossbar works well; is plenty sturdy, doesn't make the wind-noise that my rectangular bar makes, and is a thrill for my 10 year old to grab ahold and swing into and out-of the truck. I'd say Yakima makes a better product.
This 60" bar length is excellent in carrying my 2 sea touring kayaks (17' & 16 plus, and my 2 mountain bikes with wheels forks. The Yakima racks were plenty strong at high speeds. My car, a 1995 Subaru wagon. This rack system was also perfect for my 1999 Saab 9-5 (with different clips). Bottom line, if you need interior cargo space, get yourself a pair of 60" bars. They work great.