First Look and I'm Impressed!
February 11, 2016
In the fall of 2015, our Yakima rep arrived under the cover of night for a secret meeting in our secret meeting room in the ORS warehouse to show us the four new Yakima StreamLine System roof rack towers: the BaseLine Towers, RidgeLine Towers, SkyLine Towers, and TimberLine Towers, which replace the Yakima Q-Towers, Control Towers, and RailGrab Towers. I was at first impressed with the BaseLine Tower's stylish glossy automotive finish and the much more modern look as compared to the Q-Tower, which after 20 years of service was growing a bit long in the tooth. Our rep told us that the BaseLine Tower was designed to perform better than any other naked roof tower and to have unmatched usability. I'd say Yakima's engineers succeeded based solely on the fact that there are no more loose u-clips or p-bolts to worry about! But with other features like toe angle adjustment (angle of tower base can be aligned with curvy rooflines) and crossbar pitch adjustment (so aero bars can be leveled), the new BaseLine Towers are very impressive from both an aesthetic and engineering point of view. The new JetSream and CoreBar aero bars are also easy on the eyes, and will definitely look great on a vehicle's roof, while not making a sound. This Tower will be around for a long time, so it had to be right, and I'd say Yakima got it right!
Pros:Ease of installation, stylish look that won't stick out like a sore thumb on your roof, multiple crossbar options, no loose parts!
Cons:Too bad it didn't come out sooner!