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Tair inflatable roof rack uses bike tubes to secure skis, boards and other gear

Tair inflatable roof rack uses...
The Tair roof racks with a surfboard attached
The Tair roof racks with a surfboard attached
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The Tair racks are secured in place with a combination of hypalon straps, d-rings and solid cam buckles
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The Tair racks are secured in place with a combination of hypalon straps, d-rings and solid cam buckles
Ultix Outdoors, creator of the Tair roof racks, has taken to Kickstarter to get it into production
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Ultix Outdoors, creator of the Tair roof racks, has taken to Kickstarter to get it into production
Ultix Outdoors, creator of the Tair roof racks, has taken to Kickstarter to get it into production
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Ultix Outdoors, creator of the Tair roof racks, has taken to Kickstarter to get it into production
The beauty of an inflatable rack solution, such as the Tair featured here, is that it can be packed away without too much trouble when they’re not needed
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The beauty of an inflatable rack solution, such as the Tair featured here, is that it can be packed away without too much trouble when they’re not needed
The Tair roof racks are said to fit most types of cars
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The Tair roof racks are said to fit most types of cars
The Tair roof racks use a bicycle inner tube inside a protective nylon cover
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The Tair roof racks use a bicycle inner tube inside a protective nylon cover
The Tair roof racks are said to fit most types of cars
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The Tair roof racks are said to fit most types of cars
The Tair roof racks can be inflated with a regular bike pump
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The Tair roof racks can be inflated with a regular bike pump
The Tair roof racks use a bicycle inner tube inside a protective nylon cover
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The Tair roof racks use a bicycle inner tube inside a protective nylon cover
The Tair roof racks can be inflated with a regular bike pump
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The Tair roof racks can be inflated with a regular bike pump
The Tair roof racks can be inflated with a regular bike pump
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The Tair roof racks can be inflated with a regular bike pump
Components making up the Tair roof rack system
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Components making up the Tair roof rack system
The Tair roof rack system relies on standard bicycle inner tubes
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The Tair roof rack system relies on standard bicycle inner tubes
The Tair roof rack system relies on standard bicycle inner tubes
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The Tair roof rack system relies on standard bicycle inner tubes
The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
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The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
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The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
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The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
All the components needed to install the Tair racks come in a mesh bag the size of a shoebox
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All the components needed to install the Tair racks come in a mesh bag the size of a shoebox
Installation of the Tair roof racks is said to take five minutes
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Installation of the Tair roof racks is said to take five minutes
The Tair roof racks with a surfboard attached
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The Tair roof racks with a surfboard attached
The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
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The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
The Tair roof racks with a surfboard attached
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The Tair roof racks with a surfboard attached
The Tair roof racks with a surfboard attached
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The Tair roof racks with a surfboard attached
The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
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The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
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Attaching regular roof racks to your car is an investment, involving costly fixings that you almost certainly won't use every time you jump behind the wheel. Lately we're seeing cheaper and more flexible solutions emerge, the latest of which uses bicycle inner tubes to support sports gear en-route and keep your paintwork scratch-free.

The beauty of an inflatable rack solution, such as the Tair featured here and others like the TrunkMonkey, is that they can be packed away without too much trouble when they're not needed. This offers a capable roof rack for folks who aren't after a permanent solution.

All the components needed to install the Tair racks come in a mesh bag the size of a shoebox, which can easily be tucked into the trunk when not in use. Included is a set of Kenda bicycle inner tubes, which sit inside sealed nylon covers and across the roof of the car once pumped up with a standard bike pump.

The Tair roof racks use a bicycle inner tube inside a protective nylon cover
The Tair roof racks use a bicycle inner tube inside a protective nylon cover

These inflatable racks are then secured in place with a combination of hypalon straps, d-rings and solid cam buckles, with the entire installation said to take five minutes. The makers say the Tair setup is capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture.

It is also said to fit most types of cars, with examples offered including city cars, crossovers, saloons, SUVs and hatchbacks. Then, when it comes time to pack up the sports gear for the season, the Tair racks can be easily disassembled and stowed away.

The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture
The makers say the Tair roof racks are capable of transporting surfboards, snowboards, paddle boards, kite gear and even furniture

Ultix Outdoors, creator of the Tair roof racks, has taken to Kickstarter to get it into production. Early pledges of £50 (US$65) are still available, which will land you a set in black when shipping kicks off in June 2019, if all goes to plan. They are also available in a Camouflage styling for pledges of £60 (US$78).

You can check out the pitch video below.

Source: Ultix Outdoors

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3 comments
Fletcher
This roof rack puts all the weight of the item/s being moved on the roof. So long as that item isn't to heavy or the roof doesn't have a drop down sunroof this shouldn't be a problem. But, you know someone's going to try move something to heavy on a coupe with a sunroof.
PAV
I would be concerned about damaging the door seals
ljaques
I wonder how she got the melted wax off the Tair rack and her roof. Boards are carried upside down for good reason. Not a bad idea, and not a bad price. Good luck with the weighty items and the door seals, though, as noted.