“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