Thursday, February 23, 2017

Summates 47" Universal Roof Cargo Rack Roof Basket

I picked up this roof rack as the first add-on for my new cross bars on my 2014 Ford Escape and for the most part I really like it. It feels like a really solid construction and I wouldn't have any concerns about placing cargo on the top so long as it is properly secured. It also feels rather snug to the crossbars even considering the fact that the mechanism is hand-tightened until I can get something in there to tighten it further.
Out of the box I ran into a couple issues. First, no directions were included with this. I was able to look at the pieces I had along with the stock pictures online and I was able to get it all figured out. However, if you didn't play with Legos as a kid, you may become overwhelmed pretty quickly. Maybe it's just a fluke and instructions might be included in all others...just beware. Additionally, one of the four small washers that connects to the from wind deflector was too small for the bolts that came with it. Not a huge deal, but an inconvenience. The last problem was that mine came with a few scuffs on it. You're probably calling foul and thinking it's on me, but I did everything on the folded out cardboard box that it was shipped in so I'm confident I didn't scrape it. 
Overall, I'm pleased with this cargo rack. It's secure, it looks good, it was relatively painless to set up, and it should allow for some extra cargo room. I would recommend this to others if they're looking to not spend as much as a the more costly well-known brands out there.
Dimensions: (47" x 39" x 5.5")
Rated: 4/5
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