Oct 10, 2016,
"I had the chance to try out the bike carrier over the weekend. I'm happy to say that the whole setup worked very well carrying our four bikes to a local trailhead. We especially like how compact the setup is when carry four bikes. Our old Thule platform carrier sticks out the back more than twice as far with four bikes and causes some noticeable handling issues with our Subaru Outback having all that weight so far from the bumper. Your rack does a much better job.
Having integrated anti-sway threading in the shank is a nice touch.
Thanks for bringing this carrier to market. This is exactly what we've been looking for. "
Quoted from the MTBR review dated January 21, 2013:
Ok, here’s the promise of the Totem Pole bike rack:
How is it so compact?
"Our organization is comprised of novice and expert riders who are law enforcement officers. We are well versed and own competitive transportation devices that are currently available in the marketplace which can be cumbersome, difficult to assemble and can damage the bicycle if improperly secured, and a real challenge to load even 4 bicycles. Trying the Totem for the first time was simple to assemble, easy to secure and more importantly could transport six bicycles. The Totem Pole's design is well engineered, extremely durable and designed in mind for the novice yet a perfect system for any expert cyclist. I would highly recommend the product to anyone who cycles competitively or for fun."