Yakima WindJammer Bike Rack

DESCRIPTION

This simple and inexpensive airfoil makes your Yakima rack virtually noise-free!. Airfoil shape smooths airflow over the middle of your bar, drastically reducing turbulence and eliminating wind noise. Snaps onto front crossbar, providing quick and easy installation. Only 8" wide, it easily fits between your accessories on the bar. Constructed with tough, UV-resistant PVC plastic.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 19, 2010]
Nomadic1
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easy to attach. Inexpensive.

Weakness:

none.

My Yakima support bars turned my Jetta wagon into a roaring wind tunnel. Then I snapped on the Windjammer (in about 2 seconds) and suddenly all was quiet again. I love this thing! Plus, the Yakima sticker is easy to peel off.

[Nov 12, 2008]
oddiophool
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

It worked for me, without the fuss of setting up a complete fairing.

Weakness:

On the surface, one would say price; but if it works, I'd say it's a fair price considering ease of installation and—ultimately— effectiveness.

Worked for me. I had no issues with wind noise when driving my Passat Sportwagon, but when I put the rack on my Nissan Rogue, the howling began. I really didn't think this little device would solve that problem, but it did. A bit spendy for what it is, but absolutely worth the price when you consider the bang for buck factor.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Aug 20, 2007]
Mark

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Small and compact. Does not affect the purpose of the rack. Actually looks cool!!

Weakness:

Cannot be locked onto bars. Easily stolen. Pricey for just a small piece of plastic.

The Yakima Windjammer is a great add on to my rack. I am very surprised that such a small item could work so well.I have a new Toyota FJ Crusier and the Yakima fairing doesnt work well on it. I saw the windjammer and thought i would give it a try. WOW!! is all I can say. I put 2 Windjammers on the front bar and ALL the wind noise was eleminated. I am adding 2 more to the rear bar just because i like the looks of the Windjammer. I give the Yakima Windjammer a two thumbs up!!

[Aug 09, 2007]
Gilles
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easy to install and it works! Inexpensive.

Weakness:

Easy to steal...

I recently switched cars and was not able to use my Yakima fairing. My car, a Mercedes E320 wagon, has factory rails on the roof and the fairing was too big. As a result, there was an infernal wind noise when driving at high speeds. I did some research and came upon the Wind Jammer. I also checked out MTBR reviews and concluded that people either loved these things or hated them.

So, I went to my local outdoor gear store, Bushtakah, and they carried the wind jammer. Before buying, I made sure to ask them if I could return it if it didn't work. They said no problem, you got 60 days. I figured I got nothing to lose and decided to give it a try. I installed it, which took like 15 seconds, and headed out on the highway. I immediately noticed a difference, it deadened the noise by quite a bit. At 110 km/h, it reduced the noise quite significantly (90%?). At 130 km/h, there was a little more noise but nothing like before. I also took my wife for a spin and she agreed was there was less noise. So, there you have it, it works on a Benz E320 wagon, even with the sunroof open!

Similar Products Used:

Yakima fairing

[Mar 25, 2007]
Dave

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

It does what it says it's supposed to do. Reduces wind noise by 90%.

Weakness:

It doesn't lock. Can be stolen easily.

I was sceptical at first that this would actually work. From what I have researched I guess it depends on the make and model of your vehicle. I have an 07 Mazda3, and this product works extremely well. Its only 8 inches in length so doesn't get in the way of your stuff on the rack. I even took my car just under 80mph to test the windjammer and could barely hear anything up above. Inexpensive fix to a very annoying problem. I highly recommend it!

[May 04, 2006]
Nick
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Reduces wind howl by about 80% on my Acura TSX.

Weakness:

Introduced an intermittent whistle. Not nearly as load/annoying as the howl that it got rid of.

Well worth the $15 in my opinion. I'm too lazy to take off the rack when I drive on the highway, so this was a huge improvement. If only it improved fuel economy!

Similar Products Used:

Original style Yakima fairing (worked better to reduce noise, but I didn't like the look!).

[Jun 19, 2005]
KBA
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cheap

Weakness:

Effectiveness apparently varies based on vehicle

Felt like I had to chime in here on this one. Despite the claim by others that these don't work at all, I suspect that it's entirely dependant on your vehicle. I have a 94 Toyota 4Runner, and the minute I put one of these on front bar the howl was dramatically reduced. I purchased another (the q towers on my truck are pretty far apart) and place the two equally spaced on the front bar and eliminated the howl altogether. Makes no difference what I have mounted up there, they work well on my vehicle and they look cool too. 5 flaming chilis across the board. Thanks Yak.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Mar 19, 2005]
Gale Crow
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

promises...promises

Weakness:

doesn't work on my 2005 toyota matrix

Very disappointed. I have a new car toyota matrix and wanted racking for my bike and kayak but didn't want to have to take the rack off in order to have peace and quiet. Buyers beware, the Yakima roof rack can make a horrible vibration racket that will drive you bonkers. The outrageously priced little piece of plastic was no help in eliminating the painfully irritating vibration noise.

Similar Products Used:

none

[Jul 23, 2003]
Smasher

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

It looks kind of cool.

Weakness:

It doesn't work.

Well, it doesn't work on a Mazda Protege5. Without the Windjammer or the Yakima fairing, the crossbars make a mournful wail. With the Windjammer (and without the fairing) they make a mournful wail punctuated by a low whistle. With the fairing, there is no difference whether the Windjammer is installed or not.

It's a very nicely engineered piece of plastic, but it doesn't cut down on the wind noise, at least not on my car. 2 chilis for the engineering, but not worth $15, especially considering it doesn't work.

Similar Products Used:

Full-sized Yakima fairing, factory moonroof fairing.

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