Yakima JetStream Base Rack Bars

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

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 91 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 175

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Easy to install.
  • Lightweight, extruded aluminum.
  • Quiet, though too noisy with an open sunroof.
  • Sleek, aerodynamic appearance and performance.
  • Accommodates many accessories, with t-slot channels.
  • Aerodynamic, functional and attractive.

Expert Reviews

  • Aluminum construction with black powder coating ensures the bars will not be damaged by rust or corrosion.
  • You also don’t have to worry about rust corroding your vehicle.
  • Lightweight and strong.
  • Compatible with many tower mounts and roof racks, including those made by other manufacturers.
  • Aerodynamic and quiet.
  • Quiet even at high speeds.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Be careful not to hit your head on the ends.
  • Not as quiet as marketing suggests.
  • Whistling noise at speeds over 30 mph.

Expert Reviews

  • Installation is not quick with Timberline mounts.
  • You may need help or instruction to install.


Yakima’s JetStream Base Rack Bars are a sleek, aerodynamic way to carry all your gear on top of your car, SUV or pick-up. The extruded aluminum construction is lightweight and sturdy, and the teardrop shape is aerodynamic. Installation is quick if you are familiar with roof mount systems, and they are compatible with a range of tower mounts and accessories.


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