Yakima Loadwarrior Vs Megawarrior Review

yakima megawarrior vs loadwarrior

Yakima is one of the most popular brands you’ll hear biking enthusiasts mention when anyone suggests who to go to for bike racks or roof racks.

Their reputation to produce quality products that anyone can rely on has positioned them as one of the top brands for biking or outdoors enthusiasts;

So today we’ll look into two popular rooftop baskets produced from Yakima themselves: The Yakima Megawarrior and the Loadwarrior.

But first, why would anyone want a rooftop basket?

If you need to carry additional equipment or gear that you don’t have room in your vehicle for, then a cargo basket can make it easy to tote extras.

Now let’s jump into why we think the Yakima Megawarrior or Loadwarrior should be at the top of your list…

Product Weight Capacity Material
#1. Yakima Megawarrior

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35lbs 130lbs Steel
#2. Yakima Loadwarrior

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25lbs 140lbs Steel

Yakima Megawarrior Vs Loadwarrior Video Review

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The Comparison

Out of the two, the first thing you’ll notice is that the Loadwarrior is the smallest of the two. But that don’t mean it’s inferior to the Megawarrior.

Each of them has their own special uses so let’s talk about that a little more.

Both are built the same way, but the Loadwarrior was designed for smaller vehicles (consult your car and roof rack manual for weight limitations).

The Megawarrior was designed for larger vehicles and have a decent capacity as well (check out our handy reference table above).

Both do well when it comes to wind noise when traveling at faster speeds, but more importantly, you’ll save on gas because there’s hardly any flat surfaces that could impede airflow. Something else to keep in mind is how you pack your gear in the roof rack to ensure that airflow won’t be a problem.

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As you would expect, the more surface area the wind must work around, the more resistance your car will experience which will affect your gas and ultimately- your wallet.

The Megawarrior cargo rack is also hatchback friendly, so you don’t have worry about scraping off paint or dinging up your car whenever you open your car’s hatch.

Anything else I should know?

Whichever rack you pick, the actual capacity of the rack comes down to the load capacity for both your car roof and the rack that you pick.

Your car manual may list limits if your car already comes with a rack preinstalled. If not, then look to the manual of the rack to find out the capacity.

It’s important that you never exceed either of these weight capacities, or serious consequences may result…

On a lighter note, both racks are compatible with additional accessories that you can purchase from Yakima.

If you’re worried about theft, check out their locking kits that will keep the rack secure during travel and safe from thieves trying to run off with your new cargo rack.

Also, as we pointed out earlier, cargo racks don’t offer the same protection from the weather like cargo boxes do. They also won’t do a good job keeping your belongings secure by themselves.

For that, you’ll need to pick up a cargo net.

A cargo net can be attached at each of the four corners of the of the rack so that you can be sure your stuff is secure.

Make sure you get a cargo net that specifically matches the rack you purchase, or it may not work well or at all.

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The Verdict

Both racks are versatile and allow you to extend the use of your vehicle to get more room when space is already cramped, but one may be better suited for you over the other.

The Megawarrior is larger both length and width wise, so if your car can support such a cargo rack and you need to haul a lot of stuff, then maybe it would be ideal for you.

See MegaWarrior Customer Reviews

However, if you have a smaller car or don’t transport a whole lot of stuff, then the Loadwarrior will probably work just fine for your purposes.

See LoadWarrior Customer Reviews

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