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Drew M.

Drew M.

Drew M.

Drew M.wrote a review of on March 16, 2015

Backcountry Carried Yakima on This One
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Swingdaddy a few days before roadtripping down to Moab from Bozeman, Montana. It worked great and was a nice rack for any road driving, or smooth dirt road conditions. However, we took the rack (usually only loaded with 1 or 2 light bikes) around the white rim road in Canyonlands National Park and it barely survived. The 2in tubing that mounted the rack to the hitch of the car bent downwards at about a 10 degree angle. The tubing that the large bolt connected to (to prevent the swinging motion the rack is named for) was completely bent in and barely usable. 3 of the mounts were ripped off (which may be understandable due to the condition of the road). The two arms that swing up and down to hold the bikes bent down as well over time by a few inches. The locking mechanism at the very bottom of the rack, which seemed sweet at first, was obviously the first thing to go, and we had to break that to get the rack off. Why would Yakima put that in the first place the rack is going hit when you drive through a wash or over rocky terrain?

I have driven the white rim several times with other Yakima racks and never seen or experienced the issues that we did with the Swingdaddy. By the end of the trip we had lost probably 1.5ft in the height that the bikes rode off the ground (had to remove wheels to prevent damage).

Luckily Backcountry is great. We were able to exchange the rack for a new one as we passed through SLC. Backcountry was even nice enough to allow us to attach a tow strap to the foundation of their light post so that we could pull the damn rack out of the hitch (the bend in the tubing had it stuck in there pretty good).

Overall, if you're just doing paved or relatively smooth dirt roads, the swing daddy is great. Perfect rack and exactly what you'll need. However, if you plan on doing any sort of road that requires speeds less than 20mph, you'll want to find a different rack. The lock mechanism and the mounts will surely be quick to go.

Again, a huge thanks to Backcountry for a great return policy and sturdy light poles!




Drew M.

Drew M.wrote a review of on October 29, 2013

5 5

Opens beer, cuts rope, slices fruit, get's the people going. Lightweight for backpacking, very slim EDC, sexy enough for your lady friends. Imagine that a honey badger and Steve Jobs had a baby, while at the same time Jude Law and Willie Nelson got together and popped out a kid. Then, by some miracle, these two babies got together and f*cked.... you might have the Onion Ripple. This thing is elegant and refined, but doesn't give a sh*t. It's rugged and handsom, but knows how to Fu%&ing party.
10/10 would buy again.
Also, Drew Kirsch, you little hipster, hows Arcade Fire treating ya?