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Old 06-15-2017, 03:14 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone,

I'm looking to put crossrails on my 2014 Crosstrek. Can anyone tell me the difference between the aeros and the rounds? There's a big price difference for OEM ($150 for areos, $375 for rounds), and if I can mount things like a kayak rack or a cargo container to the aeros, then I'll go with those. I had round Yakimas on my old VW and they were LOUD. A guy at the dealership told me I'd want the rounds for accessories, but I think he wants my $$$.

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Old 06-15-2017, 07:22 PM   #2
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There are more accessories available for the round than the Aero, but the aero are significantly quieter.

You can, however, get a wind fairing that will quiet down the round bars.


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Old 06-19-2017, 02:21 AM   #3
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I have Yakima round bars and a fairing. I don't really notice the wind noise or perhaps I'm used to it.

Round bars would make it easier to add accessories across all brands. Aero bars might be a proprietary shape and lock you in to a certain brand's gear.

Check the weight rating of each that might be the reason for the price difference.

Also avoid anything that curves with the roof. Flat and level is the way to go.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:24 AM   #4
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I have Subaru Oem aero-bars and J racks (made by Thule). No problems with sound. Worked fine until I bought a second Kayak that that weighed 75 Lbs and was 13 ft long. It was too hard to load by myself, so I have since added a Torklift EcoHitch and carry the kayaks on a 4x8 trailer.
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This might be a little too late but I have the Tule areo edge on my 2015 XV, and I love them! It's a really strong design, pretty much silent, and they look bad ass. I don't like the stock crossbars because they flex under pressure/weight. I only have 1 kayak so I haven't needed to buy "J's" for mine, instead I just lay the boat directly on the crossbars and strap it down. The rubber part that fits in the edges channel actually keeps it from sliding when I'm strapping it down. I've even fit my 15 foot canoe on it! The beam of the canoe is a little on the wide side so I did have to add a set of foam canoe blocks to get it to sit nicely. I can try to find a pic ic you'd like.
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