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Prowling up to the mountain just got a little easier thanks to this clever cat.

Transport the entire litter up to the hill with the Yakima FatCat 6. Built to haul 6 of today's modern fat skis or four snowboards, the sleek, ergonomic FatCat 6 makes it easier than ever to load up the quiver. Not only do you free up the cargo area of your car for supplies for post-shred tailgating, but you don't need to worry about sharing space with  sharp-edged and/or wet equipment.

  • DoubleJoint hinge system secures up to six pairs of fat skis or four snowboards
  • Push-button operation minimizes your loading time and maximizes riding time
  • Integrated binding lift provides extra clearance for snowboard bindings and taller ski bindings
  • Universal snap-around mounting hardware fits Yakima Whispbar, round, square, and most aerodynamic factory crossbars
  • Aerodynamic nesting arms reduce drag to save you some gas money on the way to the resort
  • SKS lock cores come included so you don't have to worry about scoundrels taking your boards
  • Tool-free and accessory-free installation is quick and easy
  • Yakima part number: 8003088; Dimensions: 36 x 4 x 3in and weighs 12 lb.

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5 5

Who doesn't love a great rack?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this rack and its maiden voyage was a 900 mile round trip trek to Mont Tremblant QC from NJ, through a pretty big winter storm! My friend and I both purchased these for the trip. Let me say they do look amazing! Especially because it's red and black like my jeep cherokee. There is no wind noise on these when they are empty and they hold the merchandise down pretty securely for the treks to the mountain! My friend and i did notice the complaint of it not latching down fully when loaded up, I pushed and held it down all the way so my friend can lock it and my friend simply latched it down as far as it would go and locked it there. I was a little skeptical to do it that way but the sticks and boards on his xterra stayed put the whole trip as did the boards on top of mine. I'm sure it's designed that way on purpose but it is definitely a little unnerving especially when traveling long distances.

Installation was pretty straightforward and fits a multitude of set ups from my stock cherokee crossbars to my friends big round circle bars on his xterra.

All in all a great looking and performing product. I'm looking to get much use out of it!

Who doesn't love a great rack?
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Josh, have you had luck w/o latching all the way down? I can't find anything from Yakima saying that it's intended to operate like this. Although I agree with you 100% that it looks and acts like it was designed this way.

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Hey Robb, I have been running it like that more recently when I'm busing more buddies and it hasn't posed a problem. It only does it when I have any combo of planks stacked on top of eachother. If you can keep stuff in one layer it shouldn't be an issue. But like I said it hasn't posed a problem. You can try and jam em all the way shut like I did initially but I'm not sure if that would affect the life expectancy of the locks and such. It is odd they haven't mentioned anything though.

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To follow up - I actually called Yakima & they confirmed that the FatCat is designed to work like this. Latch it down as far as you can, with the locks still able to freely lock & unlock. that top bar of the rack should be parallel (or as close to parallel) with the bottom bar.
Cheers man, Have a good one.

5 5

Great Rack!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this rack to haul four snowboards on a road trip to Whistler and was very happy with it. The install was easy, and four boards fit perfectly. The only thing that was slightly odd is it is hard to tighten the latch down with all four boards in. Just hard to get your finger in there to turn it. Otherwise, great rack. Looks great, and very quiet.

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Hey Ari, see my comment above! I think it is designed not to latch all the way down at load.

5 5

FatCat is a Phat Rack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned this rack for years and I can't believe that people still buy cheaper UGLY looking ski racks... Spend the 40 dollars extra for this thing it screams class and looks bad @$$... Install wasn't memorable one way or another its not rocket science and I have never taken it off. Spend the extra greenbacks you will be glad you did. It says it fits 4 snowboards and it does all shapes and sizes.

5 5

Awesome with one catch

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Firstly these things are great and I would recommend them to anyone. They are super low profile, extremely easy to install and have done everything I need.

The one gripe I have is the latch system is a bit funky. When the rack is full I can definitely never close it all the way and more often than not I can only get it to latch 2-3 down which makes me feel like it's going to open.
If I do push it too far down the locks won't turn and I can't lock the system.

So overall it works great, but you have to have a bit of trust that closing it with just 2 latches won't open :)

5 5

Great Ski Rack - Quiet and Solid

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great ski rack. While it was somewhat of a pain to install (trying to make sure it's properly positioned and even) once it's in it's great. Holds skis in place very securely and feels really solid. Also, there's very little wind noise from the rack when you're driving around town without skis in place.

As an aside, I've found that since I only use my crossbars for the ski rack, it's actually easier to just remove the crossbars with the rack in place than it is to remove the rack from the bars. Doing it this way means I can put the rack on and take it off in just a few minutes.