The absolute best car rod racks that I know of are made here in the UK by Vac Rac and I have never, ever had one come remotely loose on me. What’s more if you fit them correctly they do not impede driving visibility at all.
SEA ANGLER June 2013
I’ve used many forms of rod racks for vehicle transportation over the years. Racks that go inside and racks that go outside. Racks that protect fly rods and ones that don’t. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to many different countries in the world photographing fly fishing for a number of media outlets and have seen many ways to get a rod from our accommodation to the water. The one rod rack that I’ve seen the most the world over is the SporTube Vac Rac Combi. It’s been almost everywhere I’ve travelled. For some reason I’ve never owned one. That is until a few weeks ago. Since getting it I’ve been putting it through the paces and can honestly say for the price, and complete ease of set up and removal there is no better rod rack. Simply stick the two magnetic bases on your car and viola, you’re done. When finished, peel it off. Speeds up to 65mph didn’t seem to be an issue either. Of course if you’re looking to protect your rods from trees, weather and the potential errant rock this isn’t the rack for you.
Midcurrent, February 2012
Driving between beats with several expensive rods on the roof is always accompanied by a niggling fear that rods and car are about to part company. Any doubts should be overcome by Vac Rac’s latest rod carrier, whose limpet-like grip relies on the combination of a vacuum and a flexible six inch square magnetic pad to provide a contact that is virtually impossible to break.
TROUT AND SALMON, March 2002
The racks stick to the metal like glue, due to the vacuum created, and can be removed only by lifting the corner pull tab
TROUT FISHERMAN, March 2002
I for one would be chary about fitting my rods to such a system, and so I tried, and I mean REALLY tried – to get them off, but with no success. They are, without any doubt, considerably safer than any of the magnetic variety.
STILLWATER TROUT ANGLER August 1993. (Note – Combi designed 2001)