Up Close–Yakima BaseLine Roof Rack for Vehicles with Naked Rooftops


The Yakima BaseLine towers, which replaced the legendary Yakima Q Towers, bring a new level of fit, performance, and versatility to roof rack systems. With the ability to fit more naked roofs than ever, and with three options for crossbars (traditional RoundBar, Steel CoreBar, and Aluminum JetStream bar with T slots), the Yakima BaseLine towers set a new standard for rooftop base rack systems.

Recently, our Yakima rep Ryan came by the shop and gave us an extensive clinic on the features and installation procedure of the BaseLine towers using a 2017 Mazda CX-5 as a test vehicle. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 uses Yakima BaseClips 130 and 154 and we decked it out with the JetStream bars.

The Yakima BaseLine system consists of a set of four Yakima BaseLine towers, two sets of Yakima BaseClips, and a set of Yakima crossbars, which are all laid out and ready to go. For this install we went with the premium Yakima JetStream bars, because why not?
Lots of arms are crossed here, which of course means we are all paying very close attention.
Hands on time. Soon this 2017 Mazda CX-5 BaseLine install was complete, and we were all deemed Yakima Rack Dawgs.