Yakima FatCat Locking Ski and Snowboard Rack
|Price:||$164.96 - $259.73|
- Locks Included: yes
- Compatibility: most factory bars
- Ski Capacity: 4
- Recommended Use: skiing, snowboarding
- Part Number: 8003087
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From the manufacturer
- FatCat 4 Evo - L 26.5" x W 3.75" x H 5.25" 9.6 Lbs
- FatCat 6 Evo - L 36.5" x W 3.75" x H 5.25" 12 Lbs
Don’t let FatCat’s aerodynamic shape fool you
This snow kitten can easily and securely pack multiple skis or snowboards in its powerful jaws. It’ll keep you purring all the way to the mountain and back.
Integrated SKS Locking System
Lock your FatCat and your skis/boards to your car with fully integrated SKS Locking System.
Sleek low-profile aerodynamic design with new mirror black finish.
DoubleJoint Hinge System
Accommodate fat skis and boards.
Hold 6 Pairs of Skis or 4 Snowboards
Hold 6 Pairs of Skis or 4 Snowboards.
The trend in skis these days is like the trend in neckties during the 70?s. They just keep getting fatter. So Yakima has invented the FatCat series. No other family of racks can handle wider skis and boards quite like this. FatCat 4 handles 4 pairs of fat skis or 2 snowboards. FatCat 6 handles 6 pairs of fat skis or 4 snowboards.
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- Size, fits six skis or four boards
- Easy to install
- Nice dual channel rubber on each side
- Hinged side automatically adjusts to size needed
- Love that the install requires no tools, however it could be slightly less clunky. Maybe add an additional lever for the tilt so while you're installing it doesn't flop around and the mounts can be hard mounted?
- The locking side seems to have to match the hinged side in height, otherwise it won't lock. Not sure if it's a problem, but just worried that it'll flip open while driving due to it not being clamped down all the way.
Also, the locks can be rather sticky. I'm often nervous I'll break a key. You have to find the sweet spot of how far to close the racks. This will depend on how many boards/skis you have. But overall, despite these issues, I'd still recommend them. (Also, a minor quibble: the logos won't last long.)
I like having the special edition, however it tends to show dirt easier than the non Limited Edition version. I do however like that the release button is not red on these!
The only problem that I have is with the notches in the latch. If I close the carriers to the tightest notch, I cannot turn the lock. If I loosen it one notch, I can turn the key to lock, but the snowboards are a bit loose. I have seemingly not had movement after many, many, many trips up the mountain and back. But, it is something that concerns me. This is obviously related to the combined thickness of the boards I am mounting, and not a problem with the carrier itself. However, I do question if this would have been an issue if I had purchased the Yakima Fatcat 6 Ski and Snowboard Carrier (Black). The price difference at the time and my lack of need for carrying more than two snowboards at a time was why I purchased this model.
When they arrived, the "Yakima" decals they had on each rack was already peeling off. The quality control probably didn't look closely at this, but luckily I was planning on peeling them off anyways to put on my own decals so it wasn't a problem for me. I ended up keeping one "Yakima" logo on a rack, and stuck a "Mammoth" logo on the other. Much cleaner in my opinion.
On to the function of the racks. I paired these with the Yakima Whispbar Through Bars. When mounting it to the racks with the bindings facing downwards, I noticed that there was a little less than half an inch clearance between the roof and the bindings. I was glad to have this clearance as it saved me from stressing out about scratching the roof of my car. I ended up fitting 3 boards comfortably on the rack: 1 with the bindings facing downwards, and 2 face-to-face. I must admit, the wind noise was a little loud when driving. With the Whispbars, there really isn't a need for a fairing as they are already aerodynamic. But once you add the snowboard racks on top, its a whole different story. It is, however, manageable with the music turned up or if you have a louder exhaust. I also wanted to note that it was a little difficult to lock these racks when they are closed all the way. It felt like the tolerances were a little tight for the lock to fit into the gap. I had to clamp down the rack while a buddy of mine turned the key to lock it.
Overall, I would recommend this rack. It's a little overpriced just to carry your snowboards from point A to point B, but they'll make sure you look good while you're doing it.