For 45 years, ARB 4×4 Accessories has innovated products for vehicle-based adventures over rough terrain. Now, for the first time in more than 26 years, ARB releases a new roof rack system.
ARB的第一个产品是一个车顶行李架。And while the newARB底架只是另一种平台式车顶行李架，它是一个完全令人印象深刻。
Just Another Roof Rack?
First, its thin profile and completely flat top surface offer a new take. The beam structure of the BASE Rack allows it to be extremely low-profile, aerodynamic, and strong.
The aluminum beams run across the vehicle and are fully welded together. This ensures optimal strength and the lowest weight possible. No welds or hardware protrude from the top of the rack, which maximizes the usable load surface and ensures loaded gear isn’t damaged by the rack.
The all-new ARB BASE Rack system has a ton of unique little features, but the side-rail’s dovetail-style attachment system truly stands out from the crowd. Instead of the traditional t-slot, the BASE Rack has slots on the edges of the rail, both top and bottom. This dovetail-style mounting point allows for easy mounting and unmounting of all accessories and infinite adjustability.
Most platform-style roof racks use a t-slot attachment system for mounting accessories. The big drawbacks to the t-slot system are that it tends to collect grit and grime and requires the attachment mounts to be slid into the t-slot from the ends.
The disadvantage of this is that, many times, you have to remove other mounts to add new mounts. The BASE Rack dovetail-style attachment points mitigate all these issues. It’s easier to use, more configurable, and more versatile.
As with any good roof rack system, it’s the quality, convenient, and secure ways the rack can hold your bulky gear that is key. The BASE Rack not only works with a ton of rack accessories from market leaders like Thule and Yakima, but ARB has also developed a full line of quality mounts themselves.
Especially impressive are ARB’s slick, low-profile light bar mount — which can mount in front of or below the rack — and the Hi-Lift mount. The Hi-Lift mount is secure, rattle-free, lockable, and easy to use. There are also quality mounts on offer for traction boards, propane tanks, gas cans, and, of course, some high-quality universal tie-down points.
BASE Rack Drawbacks
ARB will initially only offer two widths and five lengths for the BASE Rack. This should cover most applications but doesn’t allow the flexibility and custom fitment that some modular platform racks offer. Initially, the vehicle-specific rack mounts and air dams will be offered only for top Australian vehicles. This means your vehicle might not be able to get the most out of this rack system just yet.
My only real concern with this rack and mount system is that I’d think the clamp-style mounts could loosen up and come off when bouncing down rough roads, and especially when traveling over corrugations. That said, Australia is covered in highly corrugated dirt roads, and the brand tested this rack in that environment.
How Much and When?
We reached out to ARB USA to get pricing and availability details. We found out that the底座行李架will hit U.S. shores in late summer. But pricing is still a bit of a mystery. We were told that it would be in “the middle of the road compared to competitors like Yakima, Rhino-Rack, and Front Runner.”