Curve Surfboard Soft Rack - Surfboard Car Racks for Travel (Set of 2)
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- WORLDS SMALLEST surfboard soft racks – perfect for travel!
- 'MINI-ME' style soft racks without bulky foam - 6x4x3” / 2lb pack size grasps in palm of one hand and fits easy in luggage
- LOCKDOWN SINGLE LOOP system eliminates surfboard movement and fits most vehicles with a roof - great for rental cars with bare roof or side rails
- CAPACITY 1-4 short surfboards, 1-3 longboards or 1-2 SUP boards
- CHOOSE TRAVELRACKS TO GET YOUR BOARDS FROM THE AIRPORT SECURELY. Travel safe and keep the stoke!!
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TRAVELRACKS - WORLD’S SMALLEST SURFBOARD SOFTRACKS!
The 'mini-me' of Lockdown racks, we've made Curve TravelRacks - surfboard soft racks - as small as possible for travel. Losing your boards off the car roof is the last thing you want after getting them safely to the airport, but most rental cars don't have fixed roofracks which means plain tiedowns wont secure your boards effectively. Travelracks build full softrack performance into a compact size by eliminating bulky foam padding which isnt so necessary when surfboards are in bags.
With Curve travelracks you can relax knowing your boards can be safely secured to almost any vehicle with a roof - without having to pay excess luggage fees!
PRODUCT SIZE: A complete set of TravelRacks in handy pouch will fit the clasp of one hand - measuring just 6x4x3” and under 2lb’s!
LOCKDOWN SYSTEM: patented Curve 'lockdown' system uses a revolutionary single loop to 'cocoon' around surfboards and secure to vehicle roof.
COMPATIBLITY: use with bare roofed vehicles (great for rental cars with no fixed racks) that have either 4 opening doors, or a combination of front doors and two rear opening windows. TravelRacks are also compatible with roofed vehicles fitted with 2x roof rails which run parallel to side of car (no cross bars required).
CONSTRUCTION: each 1" webbing strap is secured by a super strong zinc cast cambuckle for ultimate tension and safety.
USEABILITY: TravelRacks are configured differently than standard soft racks, so the first installation may take extra time until familiar. We recommend prior experience of using standard surfboard soft racks.
CAPACITY: 1-4 short surfboards, 1-3 longboards or 1-2 SUP boards please note TravelRacks do NOT contain padding, so there is no padding between surfboards and vehicle roof.
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I'd say this one is definitely best value, not bc I've tried all of them but bc this one is cheap and works fine. Time will tell if it holds up, but based on the construction, I'll keep using it until the straps lose their grip, which can be tested easily with a strong pull with the buckle closed.
Easily 4-5x cheaper than the most expensive soft roof racks but I can say this one works well, but needs a few modifications/clarifications.
While it feels sturdy and has survived four 1-hr trips so far, and I've only had to re-tighten it due to user error, I'd advise not exceeding 60mph
I can't comment on the rain leakage issue yet as I haven't driven in the rain.
The instructions are confusing as hell so I'm gonna give you all the tips and instructions you need:
1. I made sure that the roof loop (the one that goes around the roof of the car and through the windows) had the tightening buckles facing UP. If tightening buckles are facing down, your roof will get gouged for sure
2. I wrapped strips of microfiber towel around the sections of the straps that wrap around the car roof edges. (and secured with a loop of duct tape, this way I can move them up and down on the straps as needed). Just ~4" to protect the part of the door frame that touches the straps.
3. I put a soft bath mat between the surfboard and the straps to pad the roof and prevent the surfboard from bouncing and making noise.
After unpackaging, you want to identify the surfboard loop and the roof straps. The surfboard loop will have the S-shaped bracket thing and the roof loop strap will have one super long end and the other end a heavy buckle with teeth to lock
Step-by-step detailed installing instructions:
1. Always put the loops over the surfboard first, This will make installation a lot easier. One of the straps should be near the fins, and the other should be further back on the board, based on the distance between your front and rear windows... I don't have any so I just put them back as far as I could.
2. Tighten straps as possible but don't worry about getting the loop tight, you will tighten them down later
3. While taking care of the heavy buckles (if they bang around, they can damage your car), put your looped up surfboard up on the roof of the car with the fins over the FRONT of the car (**VERY IMPORTANT** you want a failsafe in case the strap system somehow fails, the fins in front of the straps will prevent the board from sliding back off the car at speed). Best way to do this is, standing on the driver's side at the front of the car, lengthen the strap as needed and gently toss the buckles over the hood of the car to clear it (if the straps are too short, you're going to bang the other side). Then hoist up the looped up surfboard onto the hood of the car (SLOWLY, so as to not pick up the buckles you've thrown on the other side) and slide it onto the roof from front to back. If you have a shark fin antenna, just place your board on either side of the fin. If your board is too wide to fit on one side, you're going to have to put something underneath to clear the antenna...
4. Now you can loop the longer straps through the car windows and use the teeth buckle to tighten as much as possible.
5. **VERY IMPORTANT STEP** Now, you should give a few very strong tugs on the straps that connect the surfboard loop to the roof loop while holding the surfboard down. This is to ensure that the loops are TIGHT and gripping on the board. If there is ANY slack, that will transfer to the roof loop strap and your board will move side to side at speed.
6. Now go inside your car (leave window/door open) and pull as hard as possible on the roof straps while locking the buckle as tight as possible
7. Close your door/window on the roof strap and you are good to go, you will have no issues if you follow all steps exactly