Posted by Rack Attack on 12-17-2018 under Ski & Snowboard Racks
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2018 Best Ski and Snowboard Racks

With winter here, and ski hills opening up across the country, it’s time to make sure you can get your gear on your car and safely to the hill.

The concept of the roof top ski rack hasn’t changed much in the last decade, but the racks have gotten progressively easier to use and more versatile. This year in 2018 we’re seeing an emphasis on universal mounting hardware and ease-of-access. Below is a dicussion of this year's best ski racks. For more on this topic, make sure you check out our post on how to choose the Best Ski or Board Rack for your Car. 

The Best of the Best – The Thule Snowpack Extender

Thule SnowPack Extender Ski & Snowboard Rack

Thule SnowPack Extender Ski & Snowboard Rack

The Thule 7325 SnowPack Extender is similar to the SnowPack 6 roof mounted ski and snowboard carrier, carrying up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards, but with the ability to extend past your vehicle's doors for easy loading and unloading.

Thule’s Snowpack line is an exceptional ski/board rack, new in 2017, this remains a top option for the 2018 season. The design is based on Thule’s “Flat Top” carriers, and simply builds upon the proven functionality. It has everything every other top quality ski rack has, such as: mitten friendly button, included locks, and quick mounting/tools free hardware. All racks in the Snowpack line come with Thule’s new Universal SpeedLink mounting hardware. On top of it being easy to use, these racks will mount to just about any cross bar in the world.

Where the Extender differs is the rack's ability to extend/slide sideways to overhang the roof of your vehicle. This feature was previously available in the Thule PullTop ski rack; the Extender puts it together with the premium SnowPack features to give you the most convenient ski rack on the market.

The Best Looking Ski Rack: The Yakima FatCat 6 Evo

Yakima FatCat 6 Evo Black

Yakima FatCat 6 Evo Black

The Yakima FatCat 6 Evo is the top-of-the-line snow rack that features great aerodynamics, locks for complete security, and now comes in a premium mirror black finish. The Yakima FatCat 6 can easily handle 6 pairs of fatty skis or 4 snowboards.

Yakima FatCat 6 Evo Silver

Yakima FatCat 6 Evo Silver

The Yakima FatCat 6 Evo is the top-of-the-line snow rack that features great aerodynamics, locks for complete security, and now comes in a premium silver finish. The Yakima FatCat 6 can easily handle 6 pairs of fatty skis or 4 snowboards.

Yakima’s premium ski rack for 2018 is the newest version of their FatCat line. The Evo comes in black or silver, and is the most aerodynamic and best looking ski rack on the market.

It has pretty much every feature you can think of (other than extending over your vehicle, like the SnowPack Extender): universal mounting hardware, locks, mitten friendly button, and adjustable height for large bindings.

While this premium rack comes at a premium price, it's low profile is a huge plus on SUVs with underground parking! 

The Best Ski Racks for the Money: The Thule 91725U or the Yakima Fat Cat 6

Thule 91725U Ski/Snowboard Carrier

Thule 91725U Ski/Snowboard Carrier - CLEARANCE SALE

Thule has upgraded the Thule 725 rooftop snowsport carrier, one of their best selling ski and snowboard carriers, to the Thule 91725U rooftop snowsport carrier which now includes universal mounting hardware and locks.

$139.95 $149.95

If your biggest deciding factor for a ski rack is price, then take a look at the Thule 91725U or the previous generation Yakima Fat Cat. The Thule is essentially a previous design model, which the SnowPack is based on, with universal mounting hardware. The design looks and feels a little dated, but the functionality is there: it does what you want it to, is reliable, and best of all it’s affordable. 

Yakima FatCat 6 Black

Yakima FatCat 6 Black - CLEARANCE SALE

The Yakima FatCat 6 Black is the top-of-the-line snow rack that features great aerodynamics, locks for complete security, and now comes in a premium mirror black finish. The Yakima FatCat 6 can easily handle 6 pairs of fatty skis or 4 snowboards.

$219.00 $249.00

We are excited that this year we also have the previous generation Yakima Fat Cats. While these are narrower than the Evos they have the same great low-profile design and universal clamps as the Evos! 

Cargo Boxes

No discussion of ski racks is complete without including cargo boxes. These versatile options not only protect your skis and boards from the elements, but allow you to keep all your wet winter gear out of the car!

Thule and Yakima both make great options that we discuss in how to choose the Best Ski or Board Rack for your Car. One particularly great low profile ski box is the Thule Motion XT Alpine Black. The Motion is Thule's premium cargo box line with extremely easy to use clamps that will fit to virtually any roof rack. The Motions are fully-locking and open from both sides making loading your box super easy! 

Thule Motion XT Alpine Black

Thule Motion XT Alpine Black

The Thule Motion Alpine Black is premium low-profile black cargo box perfect for skis and boards. The Motion line is Thule's premium cargo box offering the best features and design available in rooftop boxes.

 

 

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