Yakima CoreBar Base Rack Bars

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Yakima CoreBar Base Rack Bars and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 90 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 4 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 144

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Sturdy construction.
  • Work well and are durable.
  • Strong crossbar.
  • Fairly easy to install, though instructions could be more detailed and clear.
  • Aerodynamic.

Expert Reviews

  • These are quality racks that are good value for the money.
  • Aerodynamic; quieter than earlier products.
  • Can carry up to 220 pounds.
  • Well-made, reliable product.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Although the manufacturer claims that this system is quiet, users report significant noise about 35 mph.
  • Several customers received incorrect end caps for the passenger and driver sides, though Yakima did resolve the problems.
  • Expensive
  • End caps sometimes fall off.

Expert Reviews

  • Heavier than alloy bars.
  • Expensive, especially for being manufactured outside of the US.


Yakima CoreBar Base Rack Bars are roof mounted bars that securely carry your bicycles, kayak, cargo box or whatever else you need to haul on your roof. They are aerodynamic and quieter than other roof racks, but you may hear more noise than you might hope, especially over 35 to 45 miles per hour. The rack bars are sturdy, durable and relatively easy to install.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.