Do I Really Need a Fairing?

“Do I really need a fairing?” This is a common question I often hear after someone purchases a new roof rack for their vehicle.  After coughing up $400.00 or so dollars for a top of the line rack system from Thule or Yakima a lot of people do not want to thule fairingadd any optional accessories.   In my opinion, if you are going to pay top dollar on a premium item, then paying a little extra for
optional accessories is well worth it to ensure that you have the best experience possible. A fairing such as the ones Thule or Yakima provide will enhance the value of your brand new car rack at an affordable price. There are three main benefits that installing a fairing on your vehicles rack will have:

  1. Noise Reduction:  You may not realize it, but adding anything to a naked roof is going to add a noticeable amount of noise when driving at highway speeds.  This is even without a kayak strapped to the top!
  2. Fuel Consumption:  The fairing is going to allow your vehicle to cut through the wind with reduced drag and increase your MPG.  So really it will pay for itself (eventually).
  3. Appearance:  These days, looks are everything and a fairing can make that new roof rack look a lot sleeker.

    thule fairing
    image via mtbr forum

You can get a fairing to fit virtually any vehicle for around $100.00 or less and it really does complete the package when purchasing a new rack system. Ultimately, a fairing is well worth the extra spend to increase the value, efficiency, and attractiveness of your new roof rack.

-Andy Bruce @ ACK

How To Properly Transport Your SUP

Although, at first glance stand up paddle boards look easy to transport, their long and flat shape actually makes them act like wings.

On top of that you have to be careful not to damage their surface. If you’re driving a pickup a van or vehicle big enough to safely transport the board inside, the only thing I’d recommend is getting a padded board bag that will save both your board and your vehicle some wear and tear.

Most people need to transport their SUP on top of their vehicle and if that’s what you need to do there are few things to consider:

Always transport your SUP flat on the roof with the fins facing up, if the board is on edge it will act like a huge sail when you are driving which could cause you to lose control.

Even with your board flat on the roof you have to appreciate it’s going to act like a wing as the air rises up the windshield and hits the underside. Continue reading How To Properly Transport Your SUP