Should be a Better Solution
Review by David
With my Fiat 500 Convertible, a roof rack is not possible. Compared to the simplicity and stability of a roof rack, this combination of the HitchSki with A DoubleDown Ace 4 is quite bulky, heavy, and bounces around. It's among the best of the options available, but it's unfortunate that the only solution for hauling skis on a hitch rack is to convert a bicycle rack. A ski-specific design could be much smaller, lighter, and more stable. Why isn't such a product available?
I like to put my skins on before leaving the house and strap my skis base-to-base, but the design of the lower arms will not allow this (gap too narrow). Loading options are limited, any arrangement but single skis side-by-side is difficult to accommodate. I solved this problem by using the upper arms above and below, but this required $190. in spare parts.
Finally, although skis can be locked into the HitchSki, the Hitchski unit itself only straps to the bike rack, making it quick and easy to steal the whole thing, skis and all. I'd like some way to at least bolt it on.
Don't get me wrong, this is a good rack for what it is, but for hauling skis/boards only (no bikes), there should be a better solution.