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Review – HandiRack Inflatable Roof Rack


The HandiRack is an inflatable roof rack made by the people at HandiWorld. With a load capacity of 80kg and full compliance with the roof bar safety standard ISO/PAS 11154, this product is aimed at people who need to store various bits on their roof, but own a car that lacks traditional roof bars, or they are looking to save money against a conventional roof rack!

But how did it fair in our test? Read on to find out!

HandiRack Review
The rack looks at home on a VW Golf estate © Jamie Witham

The Test

Keen to put the HandiRack through its paces we took it with us to Sweden to see what it is really made of. Our 550-mile round trip kicked off at Arlanda international airport, just north of Stockholm, ending at Hundfjället in Sälen. The small packed size of the HandiRack makes it an ideal travel companion and weighing in at 2.4kg it won’t steal too much of your luggage allowance.

Unpacking the device and fitting it to your car is a breeze, simply unroll each of the inflatable roof bars, put them on top of the car, inflate using the included pump and secure the straps.

HandiRack Review
We found it was easier to tie the extra strap round the roofbars © Jamie Witham

On our first go, it took us around 10 minutes to have everything in place, with each attempt after this we got quicker. The manufacturer claims it should only take a couple of minutes to fit and, with a bit of practice, it is hard to argue with that.

The straps used to secure the load are similar to those used on bike racks and are substantial enough to inspire confidence but not over engineered or cumbersome, which is vital for a portable product such as this.


For people who don't need a rack often, or need one on holiday, the HandiRack is a great product, the small size and weight mean you can take it with you anywhere. If it weren't for the water tracking issue, this would be a nigh-perfect product, as it is the product is still well worth your money!
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Jamie Withamhttps://get-up-and.com/
A qualified engineer who has worked with high profile companies such as Jaguar, McLaren and Ford. Jamie now works as a writer full-time, splitting his time between Get Up And and Fine Point Solutions (Copywriting Service). Growing up his aspirations were rather different having played football for numerous professional clubs, but sadly it wasn't to be. A keen skier, tennis player and cyclist (he even had his own bike repair business) there aren't many activities Jamie hasn't tried over the years!


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