Howdy, I have the Yakima towers, Thule cross bars ($25.00 less), and a Thule 21sort box on my '03 Subaru Forester. At time of purchase, Thule wasn't making towers to fit the 03 Forester. Seeing not much difference in quality, both were excellent, IMHO. So, I decided to go with cost as the reason to buy what I did. Thule had a better selection on roof boxes. Oh, these items were puchased winter of '03, so don't know how much it applies to today.
Hope this helps, as opposed to confusing the issue.