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Sherpa Equipment Co. Crestone Roof Rack

It finally happened: the Crestone roof rack I ordered from Sherpa Equipment Co. arrived on Monday! I put it mostly together (front, middle, and rear cross bars only to make it easier to lift and maneuver) and with my son’s help, we got it mounted to the roof of my 4Runner.

Gunship on the grass for a beauty shot.

The build itself was very easy and straight-forward. The directions (available at Sherpa Equipment Co.’s website) are easily downloaded and printed, and as long as you follow the directions, it will assemble quickly and easily.

If you’re like me, however, and gloss over some key points that are clearly made in the directions, you will make mounting it more difficult on yourself. You see, I missed an important note about the front and back mounts being different, and I had reversed them on one side. I stood there scratching my head wondering what was wrong when my son asked me if I was sure I put the right mounts in the right location. He read the directions and wanted to make sure I read them, too. I told him that I did read them, but he was incredulous that I paid attention when reading, so he double-checked my work and found the error. Once corrected, the rack was mounted to the roof of Gunship within 5 minutes.

After the rack was mounted on the roof, I installed the remaining cross bars evenly spaced and left the cross bar that would be placed over the moon roof off until I need it. It wouldn’t hinder the operation of the moon roof at all, but I just prefer the clearer view.

My 4Runner, “Gunship,” with the awning mounted firmly.

Two days later, the awning mounts from Sherpa Equipment Co. arrived, and I quickly mounted my Yakima Slim Shady awning to the passenger side of Gunship. My wife, who has been somewhat skeptical about how fun this 4Runner could be, immediately said we should go for a picnic this weekend under the awning somewhere out in the country where we can be socially distanced and out in the open. She also said she likes the look of the rack on Gunship better than the OEM roof rack. I can’t agree more.

From the front. Such a pretty rig.

The Crestone rack is made specifically for 5th Generation 4Runners, and is all-aluminum with stainless steel hardware. I opted for the all-black bolts and hardware, and I really like how it looks. The construction is very sturdy. The cuts are clean, and the powder coating of the side and front wind deflector is very good.

Why the Sherpa Equipment Co. Crestone Roof Rack?

There are lots of other roof racks to consider, and I spent weeks researching all the available options out there and settled on the Sherpa Equipment Co. Crestone for the following reasons:

  • Quality and reputation. Everything I’ve read, seen, and heard about Sherpa Equipment Co. praised the craftsmanship and quality of their product.
  • Configurable mounting via slots for mounting cross bars. This is unique to the Crestone from Sherpa Equipment Co., and was actually a very strong selling point for me.
  • Solid construction. The sides are thicker than most, and even has handles cut into the sides to help climb up on the rock sliders or rear tire to get stuff on or off the rack.
  • No-drill full rack. There are no modifications necessary to the vehicle, and it uses the factory mounting points.
  • Rubber mounting to the roof has better waterproofing than alternatives.
  • Upgradeable. If I decide to get a light bar or lights later, it’s very easy to add a different wind deflector with cut-outs available from Sherpa Equipment Co.

Final Thoughts

Of all the racks available on the market, I personally believe that the Crestone roof rack from Sherpa Equipment Co. is an excellent value, is structurally well-designed, well-built, and looks great. It’s configurability and modularity makes it adapt to any load situation you can throw at it without having to make painful and permanent modifications to your rig. While I didn’t factor cost into my decision, it’s reasonably priced, and in-line with the competition. However, with it’s superior features, I feel that it’s a bargain at its price.

I hate shooting photos on cloudy days. The sky looks so boring.

Features

From Sherpa Equipment Co.‘s website:

DESIGNED FOR: 2010-2020 TOYOTA 4RUNNER
PRODUCT DIMENSIONS: 95”X47-1/2”X2”*
CROSSBAR DIMENSIONS: 1”X2”X 47”
LOAD RATING: 300 LBS. DYNAMIC || 700 LBS. STATIC
NUMBER OF CROSSBARS: 9
OVERALL WEIGHT: 51 LBS.

By PaleoMarine

Former active duty Marine who went from 170 lbs to 312 lbs and decided that he had to change his life or die. He lost 110 lbs in 1 year through Whole30 and adopting the Paleo Diet without doing any exercise at all. Since starting running, he's lost an additional 40 lbs and is comfortably back in the 160 lbs range. He is currently writing a book about his journey and strives to help others lose weight and get healthy without the use of pills, patches, powders, paid programs, or medical procedures.

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