How are you going to get your skis and your snowboards up to the mountains if your car is already full of other equipment? These snowboard and ski racks for your car are perfect for either, or situations and are not going to demolish your budget. When looking for a good quality ski or snowboard rack a few aspects come into play, such as style, total amount of spaces for, it’s adaptability for whatever vehicle you have, and durability. This review will look also look at the durability and construction, which are important features when it comes to this type of high use equipment. Weather tolerance is also a necessity. We also looked at the pricing and materials and additional features that made it interesting for the best pick.
The price of the three choices below ranges from $100 up to $220 this is a fairly average price range for the average snowboard and ski rack for the top of your car and it certainly will yield a quality product with a skillfully engineered construction of the product to ensure its longevity and effectiveness. If you’re looking for the one rack that is going last your whole boarding career and possibly longer, than spending a little more for that top quality rack might be your solution.
The durability of these racks is phenomenal. No expense was taken when searching for the high grade materials, such as aluminum and crafted by mastered welders, with alumanim Tig welding machines to provide the most durable Snow Board Rack possible.
The materials are metal and plastic with rubber components as well all made to withstand harsh environments. Generally most Snow Boarding Racks are fabricated out of light weight aluminum metals or high grade steel then powder coated to provide style, and protection from the elements, the powder coating is a good coating to protect the metals from weathering. Many plastic or metal clips are attached to the Snow Boarding racks to make sure your snowboard doesn’t come flying off your vehicle. Nylon straps and handles can be integrated into some racks to provide an easier mode of transportation when the rack is not attached to your vehicle. Most mounting hardware for Snow Board racks is a piece of high grade metal, to guarantee a secure mount to your vehicle.
These racks generally being fabricated out of aluminum or other high grade metals, are constructed in a welding fabrication shop, where each piece of metal is cut to precise lengths, and welded together with a high power TIG aluminum welding machine. Once the Snow Boarding Rack is totally fabricated, all jagged welds, or edges are ground off and made smooth, then the rack is spray painted with a powdery metallic based paint to protect the metals from weathering. At this point the Rack ends are capped off with fitted plastic pieces to protect the inner exposed metal, or if the metal isn’t tube metal, than ends are just made smooth. Additional features such as clips, locks, handles, paint jobs and specific features are then attached to the fully fabricated rack. Some Snow Boarding Racks aren’t made with metal, instead are made out of high quality plastic materials that are very weather resistant and strong. Most racks have additional cushioning added to where your board will sit, to protect your board or skies when you’re hitting bumpy terrain, so no scuffs or chips on your expensive gear!
Some of the racks are featured as having locks, which is a great way for you to keep your board safe from board thieves, while you are in the quickie mart getting microwaved burritos. Additionally, any adaptability is taken into account.
The racks chosen for this review are an awesome testament to the industry and these brands are trusted buy many. They also won’t break your skis and boards because of special cushioning. They also won’t break the bank. In this article we decided to pick our top products based around what we believe to the most adaptable for your vehicle, their overall quality in materials used, how well the product is designed for style and sleekness on your vehicle, and of course the durability of the product, and how many boards you can fit in the rack.
Overall Pick: Yakima Fat Cat Locking Ski and Snowboard Rack
This Yakima Fat cat Locking Ski and Snow Board Rack was the number 1 pick in this article due to its incredibly affordable priced rack that provides a classic top of the vehicle rack, that is designed to work with nearly any car, truck or mini-van. This rack is designed to hold any pair of Snowboards or skis, no matter how wide they may be. The Fat-Cat 4 can hold 4 pairs of skis or 2 snowboards, or for an additional price you can buy the Fat cat 6 which holds up to 6 pair of skis and 4 snowboards. The Fat Cat design has been a favorite among many avid Snow boarders and skiers alike for years, and the hold their positioning in the world of Snow gear racks for a reason. This high quality rack is #1 because of how any newbie rider can easily set up and remove these racks hassle free while keeping the durability a main focus.
Runner Up: Thule Snow-Pack Roof Mounted Ski and Snowboard Carrier
The Thule Snow-Pack Roof mounted Ski/Snowboard Carrier is the #2 in our review because of incredible quality, but the price runs you a little steeper in the budget funds. The low profile For the Thule Rack improves aerodynamics to help decrease wear and tear on the hardwere and rack itself. It holds 6 ski or 4 snowboards, making have the largest capacity of the choices. The Spring height extension system provides a good space to store and thickness of Snowboard or ski, while lifting the equipment away from the roof of your car to protect from scratches and abrasions. The Thule rack is made with high quality materials to provide one of the most durable racks on the market.
Value Pick: Apex Roof Ski Rack, 4 Pair Skis or 2 Snowboards
The Apex Roof Ski rack is a value pick but still providing an excellent ski rack that will last years for your average snow sport hobbyist. The Apex roof Ski and Snow Board rack is designed to fit up to (4) pairs of skies and (2) snowboards on your vehicle roof. The interior soft rubber 22’ grip is designed to keep your equipment safe and secure without damaging your vehicle. Features a large push button release. Easy set up and take down when the season is over. This rack is a good option for anyone who is on a budget.
Thanks for reading and good luck! Feel free to drop a question, or comment and let us know what you thought of our selections and yours.