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Frank L.

Frank L.

Frank L.

Frank L.wrote a review of on August 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After 3 or 4 years my Yakima rack was beginning to constantly have loose bolts and one of the arms had lost any spring resistance. As I was in the market for a new rack I decided to give the Kuat a try after several friends raved about them. Initial thoughts are it is very solidly built and I absolutely love how light weight it is compared to the Yakima. My understanding is they get the weight down by using a lot of aluminum vs. steel. The other two design elements that I think are a huge improvement over the Yakima rack I had is the hitch mount uses a hand-tight hitch system vs. a threaded screw. It really feels solid in the hitch. I also love the foot or hand release lever to put the rack up or down. Much easier to use.

If I had to leave one critique, I wish they had designed the Sherpa with the built in locking system rather than having to carry around the cords and locks separately. I know they did this on the NV but did not want to spend the extra money for that.

While not my primary reason for purchasing, the design esthetics are really nice with these racks - they just look good.