The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Thule Roof Rack

1942

Thule Moab Basket

Thule Moab Basket     Photo: Courtesy of Thule

In the midst of World War II, Swede Erik Thulin taught himself metalworking and established Thule to make fish traps, belt buckles, and headlamp grills. When the automobile boom hit in the late 1950s he developed the first easily transportable modular roof basket that was also affordable thanks to die cast zinc fasteners that were significantly cheaper than stainless steel but sufficiently durable.

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