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Handirack Inflatable Roofrack

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  • Need additional load carrying capacity?
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What is a HandiRack?

Thankfully, bulky and expensive roof bars can be a thing of the past. The HandiRack is a convenient, flexible, multi purpose load carrying system that can be fitted to most cars quickly and simply.

As traditional roof bars can be heavy and awkward to fit they are often either left on the car or forgotten at home when you need them most. The HandiRack is a totally portable, inflatable roof rack that is always there when you need it most.

How does it work?

The HandiRack couldn't be easier to assemble and fit. Each HandiRack comes with detailed instructions and the whole fitting process takes just a matter of minutes. The HandiRack's innovative design doesn't affect the door operations in any way. You can still open and shut the doors as often as you like and operate the windows normally.

When you reach your journey's end, simply release the fitting strap, deflate the bars, pack your HandiRack into its drawstring travel bag and place it in the boot. You'll probably forget about it until the next time you're suddenly faced with carrying some unwieldy and bulky item back from the store, piste, auction, beach, car boot sale, garden centre etc. but will be relieved to remember that you have the HandiRack to hand.

Will it fit my car?

The Handirack has been tried and tested the HandiRack on everything from a Rolls Royce to a Nissan Micra and it fits them all. If your car has doors...even Gull Wing doors or roof rails... then the HandiRack can be fitted easily and safely.

The HandiRack will fit just about any car including:
  • 4-doors / hatchbacks / estates
  • 2-doors with rear opening quarter- light windows
  • 2-doors with fixed rear quarter- light windows
  • Cars with roof rails
  • Cars with sunroofs

They even fitted a HandiRack onto a Ferrari which doesn't have traditional door frames, just windows that slide into the roof... and yes, it still works perfectly.

Why buy a HandiRack?

How many times have you found yourself in the situation of needing to transport something large or bulky, but just not having the means to do it? Or perhaps when on a shopping trip and your eyes prove bigger than your boot! The HandiRack is the perfect cost-effective solution. Just some of the benefits are as follows:
  • Multi purpose – the list of items that it can carry is endless
  • Versatile - fits most cars
  • Compact size – can be kept in the boot
  • Portable – can be carried as hand luggage (great for hire cars!)
  • Handy – it’s always to hand and there when you need it
  • Flexible – interchangeable between vehicles
  • Simple – very easy to fit
  • Convenient – takes just minutes to fit to the car
  • Strong – can carry loads of up to 80kg*
  • Kind to equipment – air filled bars cushions loads over bumps & rough terrain
  • Fuel efficient – less drag and noise than normal roof bars

What did we think? Our Review of the Handirack

 

 

 

 

The Handirack comes delievered in a convieniently sized box, that does not take up too much space when stored in the garage or boot of the car. Once out of the box, the Handirack is kept together in its own draw string bag, ensuring no items fall out if kept in the boot.

The instructions are straightforward enough and within a matter of minutes we had the Handirack across the roof of the car and strapped in. Then follows a bit of blowing up with the supplied pump. We found this was a two person job as the valves were very tight and needed the second person to squeeze them together whilst the other pumped. There is a suggestion on the instructions that they can be inflated by mouth. That is not for me, I would leave that to the more energetic, but I guess it would be possible!! This minor issue should be resolved once it's been used a couple of times, as the valves will have loosened up. Inflation of the two bars took just a couple of minutes.

The fasteners for the Handirack are made from a strong metal, ensuring that the fixings are held securely and keeps your load safe on the roof. All fixing points are protected, ensuring you won't scratch your car paintwork.

The Handirack has a number of hooks and strapping points on them, ensuring there are numerous securing points for the load that you are carrying.

The deflation of the racks was a little awkward, again due to the tight valves. We needed two people, one to squeeze the valves together to let the air out and the other to roll them up. Once rolled up, they secure with velcro and this ensures that they do not come apart.  Again, this would become easier with time once the valves have loosened up, so should not be a bog concern to anyone considering purchasing one.

The bag is of a good size, so getting them back into the bag is not the same usual hassle you get with a tent!!!

In use we found there was no noticeable wind noise from the rack, and it seemed extremely secure both at speed, and whilst manoeuvring.

Overall this is a fantasic solution to load carrying when space is of a minimum, and an item that we will find most useful when camping in the coming months.

Where to buy them from

At just £65.00 the amazingly versatile and truly unique HandiRack provides all the benefits of a traditional rack system, but with none of the shortcomings and is available direct from Handirack on their website. What is more, the package of a HandiRack and HandiHoldall represents fantastic value when you consider that both items together will cost £165 - considerably less than more traditional solutions.

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    Message posted by griff10553 on 02/05/2013 12:39:35Report Post Report this
We have the handiholdall, which we got in 2012. Very easy to set up and secure to roof bars. The total set up time takes roughly 10 minutes, which includes securing it to the roof bars. Never had anything get wet inside if it`s raining. When not in use it folds down into its bag and takes up very little space in the boot. We used to have a Thule roof box, but found it a pain to store and it was stuck on the roof whilst away on camping hols. Griff
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    Message posted by joy_family on 02/05/2013 13:28:30Report Post Report this
I've got the slightly older version - really good. Although want to sell it now (along with the HandiRack) as no longer need it. Thanks
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    Message posted by peggypoo on 02/05/2013 23:13:48Report Post Report this
I have been looking at these for a while and am planning on buying the handirack and holdall for this summers trip, so shall watch this thread with interest. What is or where do I find the discount code?? found it
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    Message posted by gerrygads on 02/06/2013 11:10:25Report Post Report this
We have one of these and it's really good. Holds loads of stuff. Did get wet returning from a campsite in Wales but it was a truly tropical downpour.Dried out well and easy to use once you have tried it in the garden before the trip.
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    Message posted by June 277 on 02/06/2013 22:52:39Report Post Report this
We bought the one from Argos when it was half price, so paid just £25 http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-1428744-10294381?url=http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/7405938.htm We were surprised just how much we got in it and just slid flat in the boot whilst on hols. We used it with the Handirack. Would highly recommend.
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    Message posted by chris n pearce on 03/06/2013 13:04:05Report Post Report this
We have the Handirack and Holdall, the hold all is great and we use it to but all the soft stuff, such as clothes bags duvets, pillows etc in, leaving the boot free for tent and all associated equipment. The Handi Rack is a great idea if you do not want to pay £150 for a roof rack(i am a company car driver and do not want to be paying out money every time my car gets changed). It is basically to inflatable sausages on a flat piece of material which then straps flat to the roof of the car. It takes 5 minutes to put on. I would reccomend one as we got the Handirack and Holdall as a package for £120. The other beauty of it is once you get to site you can take them both of deflate the rack and pack them back in the bags they came in and shove in the boot.
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    Message posted by kernow cruisers on 03/06/2013 22:48:47Report Post Report this
We have the Handi Holdall and its brilliant. We put all the bedding and our clothes in it. (basically all the soft stuff). I do put everything in dustbin liners just in case its happens to rain, which it has and everything has stayed dry. Don't know how we managed before we had it, and the biggest bonus its rolls up nice and small when not in use similar in size to a camp bed! Very happy with ours would definitely recommend it.
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    Message posted by TOOLBOX on 14/06/2013 22:10:15Report Post Report this
You can put loads of kit in it,saves humping suite cases about,won`t fail on the wifes clobber either ,honest!!!!!,Then stick it in the boot.Happy holls.                                  Terry Jackson.( South,Cornwall)  
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    Message posted by AdminBob on 09/07/2013 10:25:29Report Post Report this
We have another chance to win one of these fantastic bits of kit:
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First launched in 2008, the updated 2013 HandiHoldall now boasts a larger load capacity and 100% waterproof protection against the most severe weather conditions. It is the most convenient and cost-effective alternative to the traditional roof box.

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    Message posted by Glamper Wendy on 04/09/2013 00:17:30Report Post Report this
Been reading all your comments..these sound great..just what we need..will solve alot of storage problems in the car when camping.Sounds ideal for clothes bedding ect.
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    Message posted by Webmaster on 09/09/2013 18:11:47Report Post Report this
Competition ends soon!! Last chance to win a Waterproof HandiHoldall - the roof box with a difference. It has a 320 Litre capacity, and unlike traditional roofboxes it's foldable and easy to store!. Enter our competition to win one, plus see our exclusive 10% discount code for on all orders over £50.00 at Handiworld! http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/articles/view.asp?id=674
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    Message posted by Joe67 on 11/05/2014 22:18:19Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by joy_family on 02/5/2013
I've got the slightly older version - really good. Although want to sell it now (along with the HandiRack) as no longer need it. Thanks
Hi, do you still have it for sale and how much are you asking for it, you can PM me on joemorris1 at virginmedia.com Cheers
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    Message posted by steel on 17/06/2014 01:13:15Report Post Report this
I'm thinking of getting a Handirack but I've seen some reports where people say that if it rains with these fitted the water runs into the car. Has anyone had any experience of this? Thanks Andy
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 17/06/2014 13:25:36Report Post Report this
Hi we are also thinking of getting one and my query is once it is packed, can it be lifted off the roof packed? Reason being is that we are stopping overnight at friends and it will be parked on street. I'm not keen on leaving it on roof, guessing someone could easily take a knife to it?
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    Message posted by steel on 17/06/2014 13:31:07Report Post Report this
I ordered the holdall with 2 duffels as I am planning to load my clothes into the duffels and use them as carry bags. Speaking to Handiworld, I wouldn't want to leave the rack on the car anyway as I believe that if it rains the water can seep in. If you can wait a week or so, I might be able to give you a definitive answer once mine arrives. If not drop them an email - they are very quick to reply.
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 17/06/2014 13:35:05Report Post Report this
Thank you Steel. Need to get my OH onto it, he needs to check the roof bars for our car. We go next Thursday!!
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    Message posted by AdminBob on 17/06/2014 15:17:43Report Post Report this
If you do order, please don't forget about the Exclusive UKCampsite.co.uk Member Discount! 10% off your basket when quoting HWUKC013 Free delivery on all orders over £50.00 Link to their website to order
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    Message posted by steel on 17/06/2014 15:51:23Report Post Report this
Thanks Bob, it was to review / discount on here that prompted me to order from them.
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 17/06/2014 17:03:03Report Post Report this
Thanks Bob, I didn't realise that! I always forget about UK campsite discounts!
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    Message posted by steel on 18/06/2014 11:14:09Report Post Report this
Mine arrived today, fantastic service! I think you would be able to lift it off when packed. There are 4 poles in the bottom that make it rigid and a handle on all four sides.
Quote: Originally posted by Nemo23 on 17/6/2014
Hi we are also thinking of getting one and my query is once it is packed, can it be lifted off the roof packed? Reason being is that we are stopping overnight at friends and it will be parked on street. I'm not keen on leaving it on roof, guessing someone could easily take a knife to it?
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 18/06/2014 11:20:45Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by steel on 18/6/2014
Mine arrived today, fantastic service! I think you would be able to lift it off when packed. There are 4 poles in the bottom that make it rigid and a handle on all four sides.
Quote: Originally posted by Nemo23 on 17/6/2014Hi we are also thinking of getting one and my query is once it is packed, can it be lifted off the roof packed?
Reason being is that we are stopping overnight at friends and it will be parked on street. I'm not keen on leaving it on roof, guessing someone could easily take a knife to it?

Thank you!!
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    Message posted by AdminBob on 18/06/2014 13:01:45Report Post Report this
Hiya, we have another chance for you to win one of these:
Win a HandiRack and HandiHoldall Combo Pack!Thankfully, bulky and expensive roof bars can be a thing of the past. The HandiRack is a convenient, flexible, multi purpose load carrying system that can be fitted to most cars quickly and simply. We have teamed up with HandiWorld to provide you the chance to win a HandiRack and HandiHoldall Combo Pack, worth £180! Click here for full details and a chance to enter the competition
Also don't forgetExclusive UKCampsite.co.uk Member Discount!
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 18/06/2014 13:14:25Report Post Report this
Saw the comp Bob, but it's a pity, we leave on 26th:(
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 18/06/2014 19:07:55Report Post Report this
Are the duffels worthwhile to get? We will use it for sleeping bags and sims x 3, and clothes if room. Duffel bags would be good for clothes, but thinking am I as well just using holdalls we already have? I know the duffels will provide even more waterproofing for the clothes, and they are a good price if you buy in a package, but will there even be room after the sleeping bags and sims?
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    Message posted by steel on 18/06/2014 19:11:42Report Post Report this
The thing that surprised me was the size of the duffels, they are huge. If you fill them both completely, I'm sure they won't fit in to the holdall. You could put your sleeping bags and sims in a duffel, it would make loading and unloading much easier.Post last edited on 18/06/2014 19:30:43
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    Message posted by AdenG1 on 18/06/2014 19:40:18Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by steel on 17/6/2014
I'm thinking of getting a Handirack but I've seen some reports where people say that if it rains with these fitted the water runs into the car. Has anyone had any experience of this? Thanks Andy
Hi Steel Yes, I can speak from personal experience about this. On my recent trip it rained heavily on the last day and although the holdall was brilliant and kept everything inside dry the straps which run through the car wick the rain from outside so it rains inside your car. I have to say it was a truly miserable journey as I just got wetter and wetter inside the car. I was really impressed with the setup until then. If you can guarantee good weather or if it only rains a bit then its is great, if the heavens open and there is a deluge then make sure you wear waterproofs inside the car.
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 19/06/2014 13:08:20Report Post Report this
Anyone else had the water coming into the car?
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    Message posted by steel on 19/06/2014 13:27:21Report Post Report this
I spoke to Handiworld and they said it was only where people had left the rack on the car while it was parked that it leaked in the rain. I must admit I didn't really believe them so it's good to hear from someone with first hand experience. I already bought the package so I may see if I can return the rack and buy some cheap roof bars instead.
Quote: Originally posted by AdenG1 on 18/6/2014
Hi Steel Yes, I can speak from personal experience about this. On my recent trip it rained heavily on the last day and although the holdall was brilliant and kept everything inside dry the straps which run through the car wick the rain from outside so it rains inside your car. I have to say it was a truly miserable journey as I just got wetter and wetter inside the car. I was really impressed with the setup until then. If you can guarantee good weather or if it only rains a bit then its is great, if the heavens open and there is a deluge then make sure you wear waterproofs inside the car.
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 19/06/2014 13:41:18Report Post Report this
Ah we will be fitting it to our own roofbars, so we won't have that problem then? Sorry I'm being a bit of a dumb female! The downside of my OH never coming on this site so I ask all the questions and not technically minded! Lol
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    Message posted by steel on 19/06/2014 13:50:58Report Post Report this
yes, the problem is with the rack itself not the holdall.
Quote: Originally posted by Nemo23 on 19/6/2014
Ah we will be fitting it to our own roofbars, so we won't have that problem then? Sorry I'm being a bit of a dumb female! The downside of my OH never coming on this site so I ask all the questions and not technically minded! Lol
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    Message posted by AdenG1 on 19/06/2014 20:50:28Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by steel on 19/6/2014
I spoke to Handiworld and they said it was only where people had left the rack on the car while it was parked that it leaked in the rain. I must admit I didn't really believe them so it's good to hear from someone with first hand experience. I already bought the package so I may see if I can return the rack and buy some cheap roof bars instead.
Quote: Originally posted by AdenG1 on 18/6/2014Hi Steel
Yes, I can speak from personal experience about this. On my recent trip it rained heavily on the last day and although the holdall was brilliant and kept everything inside dry the straps which run through the car wick the rain from outside so it rains inside your car. I have to say it was a truly miserable journey as I just got wetter and wetter inside the car. I was really impressed with the setup until then. If you can guarantee good weather or if it only rains a bit then its is great, if the heavens open and there is a deluge then make sure you wear waterproofs inside the car.

No, I started the day with them off the car - when I'm on holiday I take them off the car and store the whole lot in the tent's spare bedroom. I will admit it was raining like I have never experienced before but I did get wetter and wetter as my journey went on. It also has to be said that having water dripped onto the top of your head is something akin to water torture and is not to be recommended.
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    Message posted by AdenG1 on 19/06/2014 20:54:33Report Post Report this
I am really impressed with the holdall - everything inside the bag stayed completely dry even though it was lashing down outside. I think the ideal combination would be the holdall with a set of roofbars. After my last trip I bought a roofbox and bars from Halfords - they had a special offer where you got the roofbox, bars and installation for about £10 less than the normal cost of the roofbox alone. Only problem is where to keep it - when I took it off the car roof it was about the same size as my shed!! Which was the beauty of the holdall.
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    Message posted by steel on 19/06/2014 22:01:03Report Post Report this
It all looks like it's really good quality kit. The problem I have is my car has a glass roof and most of the after-market suppliers say I can't fit roof bars although the holes are there for them.
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 19/06/2014 22:13:38Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by steel on 19/6/2014
It all looks like it's really good quality kit. The problem I have is my car has a glass roof and most of the after-market suppliers say I can't fit roof bars although the holes are there for them.
What car do you have? We have the SMax and it has a glass roof bit. Our roof bars came with it.
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    Message posted by Nemo23 on 20/06/2014 11:00:33Report Post Report this
Now to decide - one or two duffels?
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    Message posted by steel on 20/06/2014 17:17:24Report Post Report this
I have a Nissan Qashqai, the retailers all say the roof bars are not compatible with the glass roof but I contacted Thule and they said they are.
Quote: Originally posted by Nemo23 on 19/6/2014
Quote: Originally posted by steel on 19/6/2014It all looks like it's really good quality kit.
The problem I have is my car has a glass roof and most of the after-market suppliers say I can't fit roof bars although the holes are there for them.
What car do you have? We have the SMax and it has a glass roof bit. Our roof bars came with it.
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    Message posted by AdminBob on 29/06/2016 08:15:54Report Post Report this
Latest Compo Win a HandiRack and HandiHoldall Combo Pack!Thankfully, bulky and expensive roof bars can be a thing of the past. The HandiRack inflatable roofrack is a convenient, flexible, multi purpose load carrying system that can be fitted to most cars quickly and simply. It can be easily stowed in the boot of the car, garage or a cupboard. It works in conjection with the HandiHoldall foldable and waterproof roof box which boasts a huge load capacity of 320 litres and 100% waterproof protection against the most severe weather conditions.    We have teamed up with HandiWorld and are offering you the chance to win a HandiRack and HandiHoldall Combo Pack in our fab giveaway. Click here for full details and a chance to enter the competition
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    Message posted by Caligula on 13/07/2016 21:17:34Report Post Report this
HANDIRACK Had one for years, and found it to be brilliant. Some people dismiss them and that's their loss. First and foremost, they work very well, and secondly are quick and easy to fit and use. The securing rings work well and the Handirack is very robust. The inflating pump only requires a few pumps and all is rock hard..... I have most recently carried my Old Town canoe (36 kg) on a small car, and it was a doddle. All without roof bars or other paraphanalia. A seriously impressive bit of kit and thoroughly recommended. However...no...the bag is a very tight fit when packing away and the strap for closing the bag is not adjustable (on mine)Post last edited on 13/07/2016 21:21:22
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    Message posted by Swyftie on 23/07/2016 19:33:16Report Post Report this
Very interested in getting the rack and hold-all as I tend to change cars a lot...this would save the cost of buying and fitting roof racks whenever I change car! I have a couple of questions if anyone is able to help at all. 1. I currently drive a Ford Grand C Max, the back doors are sliding doors so there is an arm on a rail that slides to and from when the doors are operated...is it still possible to use these somehow? 2. How tough is the fabric? I remember camping trips as a child and my father covering our roof rack luggage with the ground sheet; after a spell on the motorway, the groundsheet was ripped to shreds!
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    Message posted by steel on 23/07/2016 20:38:01Report Post Report this
I don't think there is an issue with the waterproofing, it is well made and all of the seams are sealed. If you use the handi duffels inside, I would say that there is no way it would leak. I decided against the roof rack as I wasn't happy about the way the rack fitted. In a heavy downpour it's possible (or likely) that the retaining strap would get wet and allow water into the car.
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