Our History


Rack Attack Blinks Into Existence

Just a few blocks away from our current location in Vancouver Canada, Rack attack opened our first store to offer locals solutions for carrying their outdoor gear on cars no longer coming with rain gutters.


Rack Attack Heads East

Our first location in Ontario Canada opened in Toronto just months after hitting the ground out west.


We're Online

Despite many people still thinking "no one will ever buy real things online", Rack Attack got their online e-commerce site live in 1998.


Our First Store in the USA

Just three years after opening our first door, Rack Attack moves into the great United States with our first store in Denver Colorado.


Portland Oregon Joins the Party

If you had to make a guess on which state loves getting outdoors most, many of you would bet on Oregon. We sure did, and have never looked back!


Toronto Gets Greater

Our second location in Ontario Canada opened in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, letting us service a larger portion of hte GTA.


Boston Rack Party

Our first venture into America's East Coast, Boston became one of our top stores quickly after opening in 2002.


First on Amazon

In 2004 Rack Attack became the first store selling Thule car racks on Amazon USA.


Minneapolis, We're In You!

Our Minneapolis store opened in 2010, bringing the best in vehicle racks to the mighty Minnesota.


A Store Within a Store

Our second location in the Portland market opened inside Next Adventure Paddlesport Center and has been installing racks there ever since.


More Play in the GTA

Opening in Vaughan, 2013 saw our third location serving the Greater Toronto Area.


Rack Attack Loves Car Shares

Rack Attack partnered up with EVO Car Share in Vancouver in 2015 to outfit their entire fleet with custom electric blue Thule Bike and Ski Rack Systems. The first of their kind.


New Owners

A majority interest in Rack Attack was acquired by Banyan Capital Partners.


Sweet Home, Chicago

While mostly known around the world for their food and wind, Chicago saw its first Rack Attack opened in 2018.


Rack Attack Enters California!

Located in Santa Monica, Rack Attack opens our first store in California! Hello, sunshine!


Pasadena Location Opened

Just a few months after entering the California market, Rack Attack adds a second location located in beautiful Pasadena.


National Cycling Partners

Rack Attack Partners up with both USA Cycling and Cycling Canada as the official Rack Retailer for both organizations.


Colorado Gets a Third

Coloradans love getting outside, and Rack Attack is happy to help get your gear on your car. 2020 saw our third location in Colorado opened in Colorado Springs.


Victoria & Kelowna Join the BC Club

BC can't get enough of us as we opened two new stores to bring our total up to 4 stores in the province.


Hello Ottawa!

Canada's capital, Ottawa, gets their very own Rack Attack location!


Latest Website Launched

The most recent version of our webpage (4th major version overall) launches


Happy 25th Birthday, Rack Attack

Celebrating 25 years of rack love


Thule Partnership Kick-Off

Rack Attack partners with Thule to open a series of mono brand stores in North America, starting with its first location in Denver.


Sherman Oaks Gets a Store

More California dreamin' as Rack Attack opens a third store in LA.


Rack Attack Acquires Rack Outfitters

prominent rack specialist in Texas gets acquired by Rack Attack.


Rack Attack Enters Arizona

Located in Phoenix, Rack Attack opens its first Arizona store.


California, here we come, again!

Couldn’t stay away from the sunshine - Rack Attack opens in Tustin.


Rack Solid turns Rack Attack

Acquiring two locations in Berkeley and San Francisco, Rack Attack explores more of California.



Hot for the outdoors! The Big Peach gets Rack Attack’s second store in the South.


Rack Attack brews 4th store in Colorado

Outdoor adventure and beer, a Fort Collins love story.


Idaho welcomes Rack Attack

Located in Boise, Rack Attack opens its first Idaho store.


What happens in Vegas...

Rack Attack takes a gamble on Sin City with its first store in Nevada.