Land Rover’s new Defender made its triumphant debut last year, and as we found when driving it, it is very much a new Defender for our times. Not surprisingly, awesome aftermarket accessories for it have been hitting the market, as well.
South African-based adventure travel gear company Front Runner Outfitters, maker of some of the best overland racks available, now offers a custom-made Defender Rack. It’s a perfect way to add some functionality to the new Defender without plunking down $4,800 for Land Rover’s Explorer Pack.
The 2020 Defender Rack, sized for the Defender 110 version of the new Landie, is built from T6 aluminum and 3CR12 stainless steel and coated in black epoxy powder. It’s lightweight, at just 78 pounds. And it includes all components needed for assembly — none of which are plastic.
The rack has a 370-pound dynamic load rating, meaning it can carry about 80 pounds of additional gear more than the Expedition Roof Rack that Land Rover offers. (The static load rating is 740 pounds.) The rack can accommodate more than 55 available Front Runner accessories, depending on what sort of gear you’re carrying.
The rack comes in two versions — one made to work with the Land Rover-spec roof rails, and a pricier kit that mounts to two Front Runner rails instead. The company has confirmed the racks are available worldwide, and both of them are available now.