1. Quality matters over cost; with that said, safety is up to the user.
2. Referring to #1, I have a 23 year old rod carrier sold by Orvis that cost 100.00 back then so.......
3. Right back to #1, quality counts.
4. I bought my rack 'hands on' and there was a certain security that came with being able to test it on my vehicle at the time of purchase.