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PrinSu Roof Rack vs. Sherpa Roof Rack - Which Is Right For You?

January 06, 2022

PrinSu Design Studio vs. Sherpa Equipment Co.


So, you are looking to upgrade from the factory roof rails and outfit your truck, car, or SUV with a real roof rack. The factory rails are very limited in their capabilities but once you upgrade to a more versatile rack you unlock possibilities to mount accessories, carry gear, or even camp right on top of your vehicle. However, once you start to look for a roof rack to fit your vehicle you can become overwhelmed with so many options out there. We have decided to put them head-to-head and compare the various roof rack options out there. This comparison is not going to deliver a “this rack is better than this rack” as we believe that each rack has specific features that will cater to your specific needs. Our goal is always to ensure you have the gear that you need for the journey ahead and this can mean recommending different options depending on your needs.

In this write up we are going to compare PrinSu Designs Studio and Sherpa Equipment Co. We will discuss different features, price points, material, and ease of installation so you have a complete picture of which rack is the best, for you.


PrinSu: The Original Modular Roof Rack


If you have seen a roof racks while out at a local trail, camping, or in general on a Toyota Tacoma…chances are that at least some of them were a PrinSu Rack. PrinSu Roof Racks are one of the top selling roof racks on the market today and they aren’t meant for overlanders only. PrinSu’s Roof Rack Systems are modular, adjustable, and completely bolt together roof racks that can carry the gear you need on your next adventure. These roof mounted racks are completely bolt on for most applications, capable of carrying cargo boxes, roof top tents, mounting light bars, and designed for heavy duty use.

PrinSu Racks are constructed of 3/16” 5052 aerospace aluminum laser cut side rails with 2” x 1” extruded aluminum crossbars that allow you to securely mount the gear your adventure demands. Each rack comes with a 1/8” 5052 Aluminum wind fairing as well as noise reducing edge trim, ensuring road noise is kept on the road and out of the cabin. The wind fairing does provide the option to accommodate a 40” light bar and on some full-size vehicles a 50” light bar.

All hardware to complete the installation of the PrinSu Roof Rack is included with directions easily found online. It’s important to mention this as this is a very common question asked upon opening up their PrinSu Rack. Spacers, bolts, washers, and everything else is included for a straightforward installation. While most applications do not require drilling by utilizing factory holes; those applications that do require you to drill provide specific instructions one where to drill and how to avoid any unwanted damage to your truck, car, or SUV. It is also important to mention that whether you are required to drill or not, PrinSu recommends the use of silicone to ensure there is no water intrusion and mother nature doesn’t find a way into the cabin of your vehicle.

PrinSu is one of the most versatile racks on the market that also comes in at a great price point. PrinSu Racks offer a variety of mounts for items such as MAXTRAX, RotoPaX, Roof Top Tents, Waterport, and grab handles that can be added to make accessing gear easier. This is a rack that has been tried and tested in the field by weekend warriors, seasoned overlanders, and the family looking to simply increase storage capacity. In each of these uses and over a variety of climates the roof rack by PrinSu Design Studio has proven to be an invaluable addition that unlocks the capabilities of your vehicle.


Sherpa Equipment Co.: Innovative, Light Weight, Ready for Adventure

While PrinSu claims to be the original, Sherpa was born out of a need for storage solutions for the 3rd Gen 4Runner which is why they have a strong following within the 4Runner community today. Sherpa constantly looks for ways to innovate and grow, ensuring that their line of heavy-duty modular roof racks are always ready to answer when adventure calls.

Sherpa Roof Racks are equipped with what they call the “Sherpa Edge”. The Sherpa Edge is used to differentiate their roof rack from the numerous others on the market today. This is done through a higher-grade aluminum, thicker materials, integrated handles and tie down points, stainless steel hardware, rubber proof seals, flat top mounting, and tight fit side plates to match factory body lines. Let’s dive into these features a little more to see what sets Sherpa apart from other roof racks.

Sherpa utilizes 6061 Aluminum over the competitions 5052 for superior strength and durability. You combine this aircraft-grade aluminum with overall thicker ¼” thick side plates and you can explore more and worry less about how your rack will hold up against the adventure ahead. Sherpa’s modular racks feature integrated handles and tie downs, so your gear is always within arm’s reach. The flat top mounting helps ensure that you have maximum contact with the crossbars which in turn helps distribute the weight more efficiently. It is important to note that the design of the Sherpa Roof Rack is meant to hold more than the roof of your vehicle can support…but a good metric to look at here is 600lbs static and 300lbs dynamic.

All hardware will be included to complete the installation and like PrinSu Racks, Sherpa Racks are mostly non-drill but on applications that require drilling the installation instructions will clearly outline how to correctly position and install your Sherpa Roof Rack. One feature here that sets Sherpa apart from the competition is that you are not required to use silicone. Sherpa includes rubber seals that protects your vehicle against water intrusion. Sherpa does have optional mounts and accessories that allow you to carry items such as MAXTRAX, RotoPaX, Waterport, ROAM Cases, Roof Top Tents, Awnings, and more!

Sherpa Equipment Co. was designed in the Rockies, put to the test in the harshest environments possible, and built for adventure. The Sherpa Roof Rack is ready for wherever your adventure may take you and ensure that the gear you need is never too far away. If you are looking for an innovative, durable, roof rack; then Sherpa Equipment Co. is the option for you.  



PrinSu Design Studio
Sherpa Equipment Co.
5052 Aluminum
6061 Aluminum
Powder Coat
Flat Black
By request bare aluminum is available.
Installation Hardware
Included, Stainless Steel, Silicone Recommended
Included, Stainless Steel, No Silicone Necessary.
Weight Rating
700 lbs. (Static)
600 lbs. Static and 300 lbs. Dynamic.
Suitable For
Roof Top Tents, Carrying Gear, Additional Storage
Roof Top Tents, Carrying Gear, Additional Storage
Integrated Handles
No, optional add on
Yes, Handles Are Integrated



If you have any questions, concerns, or anything at all that may not be answered here; please contact one of our dedicated reps. Our goal is to ensure you have the gear that works best for you. Please contact us directly by phone (888)550-3028, by chatting in, or sending an email our way to