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  • Aluminum bars feature a textured cover that diffuses airflow better than a smooth surface, greatly reducing wind noise
  • Bars also feature SwingBlade™ end caps that pivot open allowing full access to the T-slot for easy accessory installation
  • Another smart feature of the bars, the SmartSlide™ system is a tape-measure-free, hassle-free molded measurement system on the underbar for easy foot installation
  • Using a vertical load test, the AeroBlade bars can sustain over 800 lbs. of force
  • Thule AeroBlade bars work with all of the Thule Rapid Foot Packs and are just 1 component of a Thule car top rack system
  • These load bars are available in 4 different sizes, so be sure to refer to Thule's Fit Guide for the minimum size recommended for a specific vehicle

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NOTE: The following products are not compatible with the AeroBlade: 503 Load Stops, 516 Prologue, 579XT Canoe Carrier, 558P Tandem Carrier, 597XT Hullavator, 847 Outrigger II, 870XT-873XT Fairings, 884 Roll Model

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these load bars First of all I love these racks. I have a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. I don't know why other people are bashing the instructions these rails where super easy to install took me 20min (I installed them in the REI parking lot) . I used the Thule Rapid Crossroad to attach them to the crosstrek's side rails. I didn't notice any increase in noise while driving, but that could just be me. I mainly use these racks transport my 13ft Kayak (my car is only 14ft long) I don't use any special kayak attachment. I just place the kayak on racks and use rope to tie it down, and it hasn't fallen off yet. You should also go on youtube and watch some reviews on multiple roof racks and how they mount. If you use the Thule Rapid Crossroad railing foot then you will have a easy time installing and removing the racks. The only down side to these racks are the cost. Hope this helps! :)
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect Compared to standard Thule load bars, these are amazingly advanced - both serve a purpose, but these are the future of roof transportation. Stiff and versatile, these bars can carry all that you might want without adding much weight or noise, or losing much in aerodynamics (aka your gas mileage). First off, installation is not as easy as it should be. If you're familiar with the instructions from that Swedish furniture company with the blue and yellow logo, it shouldn't surprise you that this other Swedish company follows a similar approach (sans the universal hex key). Because the instructions were meant for several applications at once, it is sometimes hard to decipher what you need from what is presented. My recommendation is to review the many installation videos available online, they are very helpful. Either way, with a bit of extra time, you'll eventually get there. Once you figure out what to do, it's very apparent why these bars are so advanced. The built-in measuring guide for fitting to your vehicle, the twistable end caps for adding or removing various carriers on the fly, the aerodynamic rubber stripping on top and below the bars, and just the basic shape itself, all show a great attention to detail. The only issue with the bars is the use of various carriers with them, because most require the use of adapters to slide onto the hidden rails. When you do this, you also have to cut the aerodynamic stripping in order to allow the adapter bolts to protrude. So, if you remove the carrier, you expose gaps in the stripping that create wind noise and just look odd. I suppose an alternative would be to just cut holes and use grommets, or buy another set of strips to use, when no carriers are present. I have opted for carriers that work with factory racks and clamp onto the AeroBlade bars without alteration, but I hope that more carriers will be created in the future that use the same approach so as to avoid altering the bars. In the end, I believe these AeroBlade bars look far better on vehicles, and are worth the extra price. Plus, you'd have to buy the (expensive) faring to achieve similar aerodynamic properties from other square or round bars. If you take a bit of time at the start to learn how to install them properly, and pay attention to how other carriers attach to them (depending on your need to add or remove them), it will be worth it.
Date published: 2013-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these bars. These bars are quality. As the other reviewer stated, the instructions are not the best. That barely impacts my review. I use the bars with a 480 Traverse foot pack for bike carriers. They have worked flawlessly thusfar. The bars do not generate much noise or drag at all. After thorougly researching the options on the market, I was expecting some noise and fuel effeciency loss. To my surprise I really haven't noticed either. Yakima's Whispbar has a protional "wind tunnel" video where they make Thule's Aeroblade seem like a noisy load bar. Don't be fooled by the marketing. These bars, when mounted on and actual car are very quiet and well engineered. I like the T-slot mounting option and the overall appearance and performance of these bars. I'm not impressed with the need to cut the rubber strip in order to utilize the T-slot. I chose to cut small holes in the strip instead of cutting the strip completely. Doing so enables me to avoid exposing a gap in the strip when an accessory (mounted into the T-slot via an X-adapter) is removed. Don't hesitate to pull the trigger on these load bars. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Installation is nightmare The AeroBlades are great, but the installation instructions (which actually come with the 'Fit Kit') are borderline useless. Almost no text, just pictures. They cover a variety of products making it difficult to filter out the majority of information that has no application for YOUR installation. I can't promise anything, but I'd bet the Yakima instructions are better, perhaps something gets lost in the translation from Swedish? I don't think there's much difference (quality/functionality, etc) between these and the yakima Whispbar products, if I had a do-over I'd buy yakima simply based on my installation experience. Once on the blades are installed however they are very secure and silent, only a slight whistle (which might be the bike rack I have attached to it). Much improved over the square/circle tubes I had on a previous vehicle, no plastic windscreen needed w/these... Just a heads up, I purchased the Thule 594XT Sidearm bike rack to mount on this. The thule website said it fit, which it did, but the metal connectors/bushings were definitely shaped for a circular/square tube, not the 'AeroBlade' style. I got them on, but I have concerns about long term use. I foresee rubbing of metal to metal which is going to cause premature wear and rust. I think Thule rushed this product to market.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bomb I want to say that Thule, although expensive, makes decent parts. I do wish they made some tougher aerobars made of something stronger than aluminum. But I must say the staff in Brentwood TN were awesome and didn't stop until they found the bars in store. Hard to find customer service like that nearly anywhere!
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good enough roof rack I bought this to hold up my bike on a roof rack. Again instructions were horrible. Good thing there are good reference videos in Youtube. Should be listed in the description that the Fairing is not needed. I wasted money buying it and after struggling to fit it, I find out after a Google search that it is not compatible. Really fraustrated with that. It was not the greatest fit with the Thule Sidearm bike rack.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best bars in the business Super solid. Use them primarily for canoe and car-top carrier. Simple to install and ridiculously quiet on my car. Heard a bit of extra wind noise at higher speeds but don't notice anymore.
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to the S4 I don't know why I waited to get thIs. It was easy to install and take off. It looks good and is low noise. It securely carries my mountain bike (using a 1up-USA mount).
Date published: 2017-01-13
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Will these fit on 2017 Toyota highlander

Asked by: Igorot
These bars will fit your Highlander if it has flush rails on the roof. Please note that other components are needed to attach these bars to your roof. Compatibility for your specific vehicle can be looked up using the Thule Fit Guide: https://www.rei.com/ThuleFitGuide
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-04

Hello.. Will these racks fit a 2008 hyundai santa fe? And if so, would I need to purchase anything else other than the racks or do these come with everything necessary to mount immediately? The car already has the side rails. Thank you!

Asked by: haze74
The Thule fit guide calls for the 43" version of this bar with the Podium foot pack and the KIT3024. The AeroBlade Edge can also be used. Please use the fit guide below or contact REI.com (800-426-4840) or a REI store: https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/buyers-guide?utm_source=REI&utm_medium=RetailerTraffic&utm_campaign=FitGuide&dealerid=FCF96B55-4AB9-46B7-927A-74D5DB496093 https://www.rei.com/map/store
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-29

Will this fit a 2015 jeep grand Cherokee and will it be compatible with the sup taxi? 

Asked by: Lindslax
These 53 inch bars are the minimum recommend length for a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and are compatible with the Thule SUP Taxi.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22

hi - just bought a 2018 vw atlas. obviously can't find it in the fit guide. 47" rail width. do you think these bars will fit?

Asked by: knowmw
Unfortunately, your vehicle has not been fit tested as of May 2017 and we cannot make a rack recommendation. We encourage you to check back with Thule in the future to see if they have a fit for your new SUV.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-27

Will this fit the 2012 GTI 3DR?

Asked by: Mharbz
Yes, the 53 inch AeroBlade bars are recommended for your 2012 Volkswagen GTI 3-door. You would also need to purchase the following items as well: http://www.rei.com/product/799921/thule-rapid-traverse-foot-pack-set-of-4 http://www.rei.com/product/799939/thule-traverse-fit-kit For the Fit Kit, you would want to select #1323 from the dropdown box as this will be specific to your vehicle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

are these compatible with a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Asked by: Romin
The 53 inch bars are compatible with a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We recommend running your vehicle through Thule's fit guide to determine the other components required. https://www.rei.com/ThuleFitGuide
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22

Will these fit a 2014 BMW 328 wagon?

Asked by: Woody
These bars are compatible with a 2014 BMW 3-series wagon. Thule recommends a minimum bar length of 47 inches but you can go a size longer if needed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-24

Do these cross bars come with the foot pads?

Asked by: RYN
These crossbars are not packaged with anything other than themselves; foot pads are sold separately and are components used with the crossbars that together build the rack foundations. A link for the fit guide is provided above.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-01
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these load bars First of all I love these racks. I have a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. I don't know why other people are bashing the instructions these rails where super easy to install took me 20min (I installed them in the REI parking lot) . I used the Thule Rapid Crossroad to attach them to the crosstrek's side rails. I didn't notice any increase in noise while driving, but that could just be me. I mainly use these racks transport my 13ft Kayak (my car is only 14ft long) I don't use any special kayak attachment. I just place the kayak on racks and use rope to tie it down, and it hasn't fallen off yet. You should also go on youtube and watch some reviews on multiple roof racks and how they mount. If you use the Thule Rapid Crossroad railing foot then you will have a easy time installing and removing the racks. The only down side to these racks are the cost. Hope this helps! :)
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect Compared to standard Thule load bars, these are amazingly advanced - both serve a purpose, but these are the future of roof transportation. Stiff and versatile, these bars can carry all that you might want without adding much weight or noise, or losing much in aerodynamics (aka your gas mileage). First off, installation is not as easy as it should be. If you're familiar with the instructions from that Swedish furniture company with the blue and yellow logo, it shouldn't surprise you that this other Swedish company follows a similar approach (sans the universal hex key). Because the instructions were meant for several applications at once, it is sometimes hard to decipher what you need from what is presented. My recommendation is to review the many installation videos available online, they are very helpful. Either way, with a bit of extra time, you'll eventually get there. Once you figure out what to do, it's very apparent why these bars are so advanced. The built-in measuring guide for fitting to your vehicle, the twistable end caps for adding or removing various carriers on the fly, the aerodynamic rubber stripping on top and below the bars, and just the basic shape itself, all show a great attention to detail. The only issue with the bars is the use of various carriers with them, because most require the use of adapters to slide onto the hidden rails. When you do this, you also have to cut the aerodynamic stripping in order to allow the adapter bolts to protrude. So, if you remove the carrier, you expose gaps in the stripping that create wind noise and just look odd. I suppose an alternative would be to just cut holes and use grommets, or buy another set of strips to use, when no carriers are present. I have opted for carriers that work with factory racks and clamp onto the AeroBlade bars without alteration, but I hope that more carriers will be created in the future that use the same approach so as to avoid altering the bars. In the end, I believe these AeroBlade bars look far better on vehicles, and are worth the extra price. Plus, you'd have to buy the (expensive) faring to achieve similar aerodynamic properties from other square or round bars. If you take a bit of time at the start to learn how to install them properly, and pay attention to how other carriers attach to them (depending on your need to add or remove them), it will be worth it.
Date published: 2013-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these bars. These bars are quality. As the other reviewer stated, the instructions are not the best. That barely impacts my review. I use the bars with a 480 Traverse foot pack for bike carriers. They have worked flawlessly thusfar. The bars do not generate much noise or drag at all. After thorougly researching the options on the market, I was expecting some noise and fuel effeciency loss. To my surprise I really haven't noticed either. Yakima's Whispbar has a protional "wind tunnel" video where they make Thule's Aeroblade seem like a noisy load bar. Don't be fooled by the marketing. These bars, when mounted on and actual car are very quiet and well engineered. I like the T-slot mounting option and the overall appearance and performance of these bars. I'm not impressed with the need to cut the rubber strip in order to utilize the T-slot. I chose to cut small holes in the strip instead of cutting the strip completely. Doing so enables me to avoid exposing a gap in the strip when an accessory (mounted into the T-slot via an X-adapter) is removed. Don't hesitate to pull the trigger on these load bars. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Installation is nightmare The AeroBlades are great, but the installation instructions (which actually come with the 'Fit Kit') are borderline useless. Almost no text, just pictures. They cover a variety of products making it difficult to filter out the majority of information that has no application for YOUR installation. I can't promise anything, but I'd bet the Yakima instructions are better, perhaps something gets lost in the translation from Swedish? I don't think there's much difference (quality/functionality, etc) between these and the yakima Whispbar products, if I had a do-over I'd buy yakima simply based on my installation experience. Once on the blades are installed however they are very secure and silent, only a slight whistle (which might be the bike rack I have attached to it). Much improved over the square/circle tubes I had on a previous vehicle, no plastic windscreen needed w/these... Just a heads up, I purchased the Thule 594XT Sidearm bike rack to mount on this. The thule website said it fit, which it did, but the metal connectors/bushings were definitely shaped for a circular/square tube, not the 'AeroBlade' style. I got them on, but I have concerns about long term use. I foresee rubbing of metal to metal which is going to cause premature wear and rust. I think Thule rushed this product to market.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bomb I want to say that Thule, although expensive, makes decent parts. I do wish they made some tougher aerobars made of something stronger than aluminum. But I must say the staff in Brentwood TN were awesome and didn't stop until they found the bars in store. Hard to find customer service like that nearly anywhere!
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good enough roof rack I bought this to hold up my bike on a roof rack. Again instructions were horrible. Good thing there are good reference videos in Youtube. Should be listed in the description that the Fairing is not needed. I wasted money buying it and after struggling to fit it, I find out after a Google search that it is not compatible. Really fraustrated with that. It was not the greatest fit with the Thule Sidearm bike rack.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best bars in the business Super solid. Use them primarily for canoe and car-top carrier. Simple to install and ridiculously quiet on my car. Heard a bit of extra wind noise at higher speeds but don't notice anymore.
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to the S4 I don't know why I waited to get thIs. It was easy to install and take off. It looks good and is low noise. It securely carries my mountain bike (using a 1up-USA mount).
Date published: 2017-01-13
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Will these fit on 2017 Toyota highlander

Asked by: Igorot
These bars will fit your Highlander if it has flush rails on the roof. Please note that other components are needed to attach these bars to your roof. Compatibility for your specific vehicle can be looked up using the Thule Fit Guide: https://www.rei.com/ThuleFitGuide
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-04

Hello.. Will these racks fit a 2008 hyundai santa fe? And if so, would I need to purchase anything else other than the racks or do these come with everything necessary to mount immediately? The car already has the side rails. Thank you!

Asked by: haze74
The Thule fit guide calls for the 43" version of this bar with the Podium foot pack and the KIT3024. The AeroBlade Edge can also be used. Please use the fit guide below or contact REI.com (800-426-4840) or a REI store: https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/buyers-guide?utm_source=REI&utm_medium=RetailerTraffic&utm_campaign=FitGuide&dealerid=FCF96B55-4AB9-46B7-927A-74D5DB496093 https://www.rei.com/map/store
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-29

Will this fit a 2015 jeep grand Cherokee and will it be compatible with the sup taxi? 

Asked by: Lindslax
These 53 inch bars are the minimum recommend length for a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and are compatible with the Thule SUP Taxi.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22

hi - just bought a 2018 vw atlas. obviously can't find it in the fit guide. 47" rail width. do you think these bars will fit?

Asked by: knowmw
Unfortunately, your vehicle has not been fit tested as of May 2017 and we cannot make a rack recommendation. We encourage you to check back with Thule in the future to see if they have a fit for your new SUV.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-27

Will this fit the 2012 GTI 3DR?

Asked by: Mharbz
Yes, the 53 inch AeroBlade bars are recommended for your 2012 Volkswagen GTI 3-door. You would also need to purchase the following items as well: http://www.rei.com/product/799921/thule-rapid-traverse-foot-pack-set-of-4 http://www.rei.com/product/799939/thule-traverse-fit-kit For the Fit Kit, you would want to select #1323 from the dropdown box as this will be specific to your vehicle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

are these compatible with a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Asked by: Romin
The 53 inch bars are compatible with a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We recommend running your vehicle through Thule's fit guide to determine the other components required. https://www.rei.com/ThuleFitGuide
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22

Will these fit a 2014 BMW 328 wagon?

Asked by: Woody
These bars are compatible with a 2014 BMW 3-series wagon. Thule recommends a minimum bar length of 47 inches but you can go a size longer if needed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-24

Do these cross bars come with the foot pads?

Asked by: RYN
These crossbars are not packaged with anything other than themselves; foot pads are sold separately and are components used with the crossbars that together build the rack foundations. A link for the fit guide is provided above.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-01
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