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Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 Review

The Bottom Line

It’s hard to go wrong with such a well-built rack that also provides such a huge array of accessories. Whether you have dogs, children, or just need the available space in your vehicle, the Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 is going to lighten the load for you and allow you to get to your destination with ease.

It’s a quality product, backed by a good warranty, providing the cost doesn’t put you off it will make for a great investment!

Rhino Rack Vortex 2500

At a Glance

Mount Type:
Barefoot Mount

165 lbs

Bar Length:
59.93 inches


The roof rack is the ultimate accessory for any vehicle. Whether you’re looking to carry cargo on your roof, kayaks, a bike, or simply strap some furniture on; you’ll need a roof rack. Okay, so you can choose one of these bike hitch racks to carry your bikes, but they will prevent you from hooking up your awesome kayak trailer. The Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 will allow you to carry anything you need and still pull your trailer. Alternatively, use the trailer for your kayaks and bikes, leaving the roof free for one of the Rhino Rack tent options. By the time you’re finished your car will be a mini-camper

Rhino Racks have been creating products since 1992. They’re an Australian company that prides itself on offering the very best, and most diverse roof racks possible, they are certain to have something that will fit your needs. It doesn’t matter what your favorite activities are, the Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 is going to benefit you regardless.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Every pack comes with 2 bars.
  • Available in black
  • Easily removable
  • Profile is 2500
  • Huge array of accessories
  • Lifetime warranty

A Bunch Of Strengths

The Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 is more than just strong by name, it’s strong by nature:

Easy Installation

Your Vortex 2500 comes with 4 legs and a fitting kit. These are designed to fit on any vehicle that doesn’t already have roof bars or gutters. The legs are designed to hook inside the door frame of your vehicle and then lock firmly into position.

You can then place the bars onto your roof. You’ll need to determine the right distance between them, as it varies according to your specific vehicle.

Make sure the clamp is located over the vehicle’s door frame and then simply tighten the Allen bolts with the tool supplied.  Do the same for all four legs and you’re done!

It is worth noting that there are different clamps, depending on your vehicle. Make sure you specify the vehicle when ordering the Vortex 2500, the clamps will be contoured to match the shape of your vehicle’s roof.

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Compatible With MasterKey

Although your Rhino Rack is easy to fit, it is not easy to remove unless you have the tool, (which you do). However, for added peace of mind, the feet have space for MasterKey locking cylinders.

These slide in, locking the covers in place making it impossible for anyone to get to the roof rack securing mechanism. In short, the Rhino Rack isn’t coming off unless you want it to.

You can also use chain locks to secure your items to the roof bars, allowing you extras peace of mind when to leaving your vehicle unattended.


Thanks to the addition of rubber strips the bars are surprisingly aerodynamic and noise-free. These strips are specifically designed to ensure that the wind goes over the bars, preventing the tunneling effect that creates whistling. You’ll hardly even notice a difference to your miles per gallon!

Glass Reinforced Nylon Legs

The bars, made from steel, are very strong and durable. They’ll be able to handle as much weight as you want to put on them, in conjunction with the maximum load weight of your car. You can check this in your car handbook.

The legs are made from glass-reinforced nylon, making them light but exceptionally strong. If you’ve fitted the Vortex 2500 correctly it won’t be going anywhere!


Getting the Vortex 2500 on your vehicle is only the first step! Once it is in the position you’ll be able to add any accessories you like. Rhino Racks have a huge range of accessories, including kayak mounts, cargo boxes, or even cargo nets.

But, you don’t have to stick to Rhino Racks accessory list, the majority of providers of vehicle carrying equipment will be compatible with your new rack!

Customer Service

It’s worth noting that the customer service support team at Rhino-Rack are excellent. If you do have a query regarding your product or installation they will be very helpful and very responsive.


The Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 is equipped with rubber pads to ensure that no damage is done to your vehicle when installing it.  You’ll also note there are rubber pads covering the bars as well, this is to protect your bars and the items that you’re carrying.

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Of course, there are very few products which are perfect!


If you don’t get the installation right then you’re going to get a lot of wind noise. This isn’t strictly a fault with the Vortex 2500 but it is worth checking your fitting before you chase customer services.


The Rhino Rack Vortex 2500 is a solid, well-made rack. But, it’s not the cheapest on the market. You’ll need to consider if the cost is worthwhile before you invest. The answer to this will depend on what you’re carrying and how often you carry items.

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  • In these days of COVID-19, it seems anything to do with bikes and kayaks is flying off the shelves, roof racks included. When I first started looking for racks, I wanted cheap, but my options were limited by availability. I found myself looking at this particular rack, and having no other options, bought it. Was this rack ever a surprise! The quality, engineering and instructions are superb. The instructions are tailored to a specific vehicle, and the rack fits precisely. it’s a solid fit, and in my opinion, well worth the money….you get what you pay for.