PacCoastFwy923 Posted March 27, 2006 Share Posted March 27, 2006 (Part 1 of 5 -- yes, there are PICTURES!) Yippee! Fer Reals, man! I had it. I put up with a Yakima SpaceBooster 11 for three months on my Subaru Legacy wagon, and yesterday afternoon was the last straw! In sub-freezing temps and blowing snow, I couldn't get the damned thing closed as I was packing up to leave the ski hill. It's like this: The Space Booster has three latching points spaced along its 88-inch length. The key won't turn and lock unless all three latches are firmly seated. And if you're like me you'll find it pretty difficult to pinch the two extreme latching points tight while simultaneously attempting to turn the key to lock it, especially with gloved hands (or worse yet, un-gloved and numb). When I finally did get it to close, turning the key felt like I was going to twist it into two pieces. That'd be no good -- I have to lash the box closed, or put the screws to it (literally) to drive it home. Latching had been problematic a few times now in the snow, and this time out I was solo and didn't have anyone to assist me. And I wasn't stuffing the thing to the gills, either. Nope, one pair of bagged skis, one snowboard, and a pair of wet and nasty boots. That was it! On top of that, I noticed this weekend that one of the clamshell's four hinges was a little tweaked, and was pulling against the pop-rivets that held it in place. Anyhow... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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