Replacement for my 10 year old Powderhound
Review by Tan Posted on March 27, 2019The lock mechanism on my old 10 year old PowderHound finally seized up, to where I decided on buying a new holder.
I could have saved money on the Freshtrack, but I don't like its security mechanism (security hex) compared to the FatCat.
Installation is easy: See video...read more. It gives clear instructions.
It is installed on the VW Accessory rack for my 2016 Tiguan.
Without anything on it, it is whisper quiet on the highway (70 to 80 mph).
It works like I expect a ski rack to do.
Review by chad Posted on March 9, 2019Love the rack. Holds a family full of skis and boards
Great Product- Amazing Team
Review by Erin Posted on February 13, 2019Ordered the FatCat 6 and LOVE it!
It is super easy to mount and we were able to carry 2 sets of ski's and 2 long snowboards with ease!
Super shout out to Dave and the customer service team for their help on my purchase, the integrity of the product and support from staff is unmatchabl...read moree!
Signed a satisfied Yakimaniac
10 years and going strong
Review by Doug Posted on October 26, 2018First, I have to say, I wrote this review because of the other review written by someone who hadn't even put it on his car. I purchased an identical model of the fatcat before it was renamed years ago when they first came out (approximately 2008). I have used that rack for 10 winters and travel 30...read more0 miles per weekend to ski. Suffice it to say, I've used them a LOT and here's the truth about these racks. When they are brand new, they are amazing. Yes, at first, they are a bit tricky to get mounted, but believe me, the new foot design as of this writing is way easier than the old double bolt clamp style. The double hinge design lets it adapt to varying thicknesses of skis and boards and snugly holds them all from the fattest racing skis, to the thinnest grom snowboard all locked in at the same time. I've carried 4 boards and 2 pair of Skis, 2 boards 3 skis, any combination you can think of, I've done it. The locking mechanism works beautifully when you only have one board or ski thickness, but if you put two board or skis base to base and they are close to the locking mechanism it can be a bit tricky to get it to latch in place enough that the rack can be locked. For the lock to catch, I sometimes have to squeeze the top and bottom of the rack at the latch together to make the lock easily operate, but this is only when I have it loaded to the max with thick gear. Again, this only happens when this thing is loaded up. I normally transport 2 boards and 4 pairs of skis and I don't have this problem in that configuration. All that said, the fatcat is still in working condition after 10 years with only 2 things that concern me. The rubber that contacts the boards/skis is starting to deteriorate and does not have the same supple rebound it had when younger, but what more can you expect? The mounting hardware used to attach the body of the mount to the mounting feet is starting to rust and might need replacing this season. Full disclosure: I have removed the fatcat every spring to prolong it's longevity and save on gas for the 7-8 months I wasn't transporting winter gear, this also means I've installed it at least 10 times and it gets easier the 3rd go around! As far as aerodynamics, I have owned the more traditional rack of the past and these seem quieter. Bottom line: this is the best and biggest ski/snowboard carrier you can buy and the reason I'm on the site today is because I'm buying another one. I seldom leave reviews, but I felt compelled today because of the above reviewer giving this product a hard time after never even using it - and now you know :) happy trails everyone!
Great Ski Rack
Review by Michael Posted on February 3, 2018This is a great ski rack. I use on Yukon XL. I love not throwing dirty skis inside the vehicle. Very easy install. I have had 4 pair on top, but never have tried 6. Defiantly the best out there for the money!
Review by Critical Assembler Posted on January 25, 2018Finally went and bought a ski rack. Ive always been a "fit em all in the back somehow" kind of person.
I'll keep this as brief as my grief will allow.
It looks well built. The universal mounts are great. Curious how the rubber on them will stand up to the test of time, snow,...read more cold hot cold, and Colorado road salt.
Havent got them on the car yet but hopefully this will help Yakima improve the assembly process for future customers.
The Assembly instructions. 1 star