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When researching roof racks for the Patriot I found spotty info, so I thought I'd give all my details on the Yakima round bar system.

I used the following components:

Yakima Railgrab Tower
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Yakima-Railgrab-Tower-Set-4/dp/B001VE6II2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401204469&sr=8-1&keywords=yakima+railgrab[/ame]

58" cross bars
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Yakima-RoundBars-Roof-Cross-58-Inches/dp/B0012SFNEW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1401204505&sr=8-2&keywords=yakima+round+bar[/ame]

Yakima Gunwale Brackets (For Old Town Saranac 146 Canoe)
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Yakima-Gunwale-Brackets-Rooftop-Carrier/dp/B00066Z2I8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401204537&sr=8-1&keywords=yakima+gunwale+brackets[/ame]

Yakima 38" Fairing
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00462RVJ6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&s=[/ame]

Yakima SKS Lock Cores
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Yakima-SKS-Lock-Cores-9x4x1-5/dp/B0000C4JUP/ref=sr_1_9?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1401204713&sr=1-9&keywords=yakima+sks[/ame]

So far after several weeks of them being installed and many trips with a canoe on the roof I can say that this is a very high quality system and very sturdy. The Railgrab towers fit great on the factory rails using the middle sized claw that the kit comes with. The SKS lock cores are not going to be 100% theft proof but function well and are a great deterrent to a thief. You would have to break open the towers or be good at picking locks to be able to steal the rack with them installed.

The use of the Gunwale brackets adds a lot of security and peace of mind when hauling our canoe. We easily travel at 65mph on the freeway with little concern. The brackets combined with the roof rails does a great job of preventing any damage to the roof of the Patriot as well.

I originally installed the rack without the fairing and it howled extremely loud at anything over 50mph. After a 2 hour road trip I had enough and bought the fairing. It cut almost all noise right away. Between regular road noise and the radio barely turned up you would never know the rack is there. Highly suggest the fairing for this type of vehicle.

You can use 48" cross bars to keep them in tight to the roof rails but I got the 58" bars for the same price and like the hangover on both sides to make loading the canoe easier and have space to tie down additional cargo, bike racks, a second canoe/kayak, etc. So far no one has hit there head on them as front or back passengers.

The overall list of items can become very pricey, but if you shop around and use coupons from local stores, REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, etc. that you can save 20-30% off the cost. I don't see this rack breaking anytime in the near future so I think the cost is worth it in the long run.

Hope this helps somebody in the search for a roof rack.:)
 
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