Dropracks allows you to make the most of your vehicle roof as a load-carrying space by allowing quick, easy and above all safe loading and unloading. It's a unique roof loading system that, with a few turns of a handle, brings the roof loading space down to waist or chest height, still with a horizontal loading platform. It really is a game-changer!
Think not only about the new possibilities that Dropracks offers, but also about the time you usually need to secure your load, time that's better spent, for example, on the water, or on your bikes.
Dropracks makes it much easier to load and unload
How Dropracks works
After releasing the load lock catches and sliding the load away from the car roof, you use a crank system to lower the rack. An automatic brake, developed together with the Japanese company TOK, a world leader in rotary dampers and braking systems, will stop the load from moving unless the crank is being turned. When you are ready to move the load back to the roof, crank the handle again - there's a longer setting which provides more leverage, if required. As before, the failsafe braking system holds the load, wherever it is on its journey back to the roof. And, when the Dropracks has been slid back to the locked position, it's rock solid, no vibration at all.
Fitting Dropracks to the roof of your vehicle
You always need roof bar feet components (at extra cost) to join the Dropracks to the roof of your vehicle; the options (always Thule, sometimes also Atera) are listed on the Dropracks link that will appear at the bottom of the Roof bars list for each specific vehicle, if Dropracks is available.
At the moment we are only listing Dropracks for vehicles with raised roof rails, flush mounted roof rails, T-track rails, and gutters, because the standard Dropracks main bars are 85cm apart, centre to centre, and most fixpoint fittings (where roof bars are bolted into threads in a vehicle roof) have centres which are wider or narrower than 85cm.
We will add fixpoint vehicles to our database over time, and when we have the capacity to fabricate the necessary connecting bars for non-standard fixpoint centre
Vehicle compatibility and recommendations
Dropracks are only suitable for vehicles which have a sufficient roof loading weight. They are also only suitable for vehicles with raised roof rails, flush mounted roof rails, T-track roof fittings, gutters, or fixpoint fittings.Does it fit my vehicle?
You will need to check the roof loading limit of your vehicle. You can find usually find this information in your vehicle handbook
There are two Dropracks versions, the Dropracks Sport and the Dropracks XL.The XL is most suitable for pickups and mid-sized vans, but may also be appropriate for larger 4x4s and SUVs. If you have a larger 4x4 or SUV (taller, wider) it's up to you to decide which size will be best for you;
|Dropracks Sport||Dropracks XL|
|75 kg||80 kg|
|Length (width across the vehicle)|
Dropracks started in 2015 as a project at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, with the aim of developing the world's first horizontal elevating roof rack. The original team (also friends and outdoor sports enthusiasts) specialised in kinematics and mechanical engineering, and soon widened the net to include people with product development and industrial design skills. Several patents have been registered and approved since then.
Dropracks is a registered brand name, owned and developed by the Norwegian company HPG AS. Dropracks passed the German standard for roof racks (DIN 75302:91) in 2019, and commercial production started later that year. Dropracks are now manufactured by the German multinational company Hettich, one of the world's largest manufacturers of sliding fittings and hinges.