By: Ruston Smith
When it comes to the world of overland there are not that many necessities. A reliable rig, good tires, adventurous spirit and the ability to bring what is necessary. A roof rack ads so much capability to your adventure rig! But with so many options which one do you choose? There is Baja, Gobi, FrontRunner, K9 and many more. When we decided that a rack was next on our list we simply had one question, what is the best? Highest quality, most versatile, easiest to use. We preceded to Scower the internet for exactly what we needed. Weeks and weeks of searching led us to a company out of Oregon, LabRak Roof Racks.
LabRak makes a state of the art modular roof rack designed for the every day man and the most remote adventures. Immediately we decided to contact the company. At first we were concerned because they did not make a full length roof rack for our 2015 4runer only half racks. After speaking with the owner Shane he insured us that this would not be a problem. After a few months, of what can only be described as obsessive attention to design and construction, a 60lb package arrived on our front door. 2 hours of assembly later and bang, Roof Rack!
Our new rack was massive, measuring 87” from front to back and 48” from side to side would allow us to bring all of the essential equipment we needed to handle even the most remote territory.
This rack, being a prototype, has been good and bad, but more good for sure. Design and quality could not be better. Every bolt hole and every groove lined up perfectly. For something that only weighs 60lbs it is amazingly strong. The only down side to the rack was the slight difficulty mounting our Geo Adventure Gear roof top tent. Unless you purchase the mounts from LabRak it is impossible to mount the tent. Now that being said, I would recommend anyone to purchase these mounts. It allows for an extremely sturdy and secure mounting system for your tent! Beyond that a wind deflector was added after our recommendation and is now standard on the unit.
What makes the LabRak system amazing is its ability to accept almost any mountable accessory by adding the appropriate sized bolt. The ease that we mounted accessories lights, high lift, awnings and other accessories was truly remarkable. It allows the possibilities to almost unlimited.
We have now had the rack for around 3 months. It has been 3 months full of trial and error but much success along the way. Shane now has the rack fully in production and has installed it on a few lot rigs at his local Toyota dealership. Each rig has sold that same day.
I highly recommend this rack as it has been developed by overlanders for overlanders. It will allow you to bring all of the necessities with ease to your overland destination! This product is Overanding USA Approved!!!