AutoAnything Weekly Product Review: Yakima Ski Racks!


Although we haven’t even gotten past Labor Day yet, we here at AutoAnything are bringing in the gear that you’re gonna want when winter rolls through. Thats why we have just picked up 4 new Yakima ski racks that will get you and your gear where you need to go in style! The new models are the FatCat, the FreshSesh, the Big PowerHound, and the HitchSki.

The can all carry 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards, they all have big lock/release buttons so you don’t have to take your gloves off, and the roof mounted racks all have integrated binding lifts so you don’t scratch your roof up. So what’s the difference you ask? Here’s a quick break down:

The Yakima FreshSesh ski rack is Yakima’s traditional style ski rack. It’s easy to use, carries lots of equipment, and even comes with two ultra-cool decals to give you some added style on your way to the mountain.

The Big Powderhound is Yakima’s standard rack, but blown up by 10-15% to accommodate equipment that’s a little larger than normal.

The Yakima FatCat 6 is extra wide so you can carry all your powder-day equipment with ease. It also has a sleek, lower profile design than most other ski and snowboard racks, so it should help conserve those MPG’s. This rack got the “Gear of the Year” award from Men’s Journal magazine, so you know its high quality!

The HitchSki doesn’t mount on the roof, but instead to a trailer hitch giving you easy ground-level access to your gear. And since it mounts behind your vehicle, you won’t lose any precious MPG’s since you don’t gain any extra aerodynamic drag.

Here’s a few photos to help you choose what’s right for you.

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