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    15 Reviews


    Thule's Snowcat converts your factory rack to a ski rack so you don't have to invest in the entire Thule system.

    Carry up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards with the Thule Snowcat. The Snowcat attaches to the factory slide rails on the roof of your vehicle in a snap so you can load up your car in the morning and make to the hill for first tracks. Since the Snowcat attaches directly to your factory roof rack, you do not need to have Thule load bars for this ski rack. Complete with Thule locks you don't have to worry about people stealing your skis while you're trying to enjoy breakfast at Denny's.
    • Item #THU0117

    Tech Specs

    Ski Capacity
    Snowboard Capacity
    Locks Included
    Recommended Use
    carrying your skis and snowboards

    Tech Specs

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    2007 Subaru Impreza Wagon

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This rack fits perfectly on my '07 wagon that has just the side rails without having to do or buy anything else.

    Forewarning, these are pretty tricky to get on the first time. I had to spend a good chunk of time figuring out the right position, the right tightness, and all that. It is slow going trying to tighten it as the screws are not in the easiest place to get to. BUT, that prevents anyone from stealing the rack right off your car.

    This past winter I was able to hold 2 snowboards and 2 sets of skis on the roof, along with 4 dudes, and ski gear, for a weekend trip to SnowBasin. Impossible without the SnowCat

    Another thing is I did notice my gas mileage go down by about 1 or 2 mpgs when I had the roof rack on. The car does drive a bit better without the rack as well.

    Thule Snowcat

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    first time buying the roof rack and loved it. I was not sure how strong the rack is to hold heavy wind of Sierra Nevada but no worry.

    Installed on 05 Nissan Quest and drove from San Diego to Lake Tahoe total of 1200 miles and not even a mm movement. It was quite and strong. you will see some MPG decrease but that's normal for any roof rack. Wish the rack has some other option to attach to OEM rail because my rail was a round and this was designed to fit more rectangular rail. Overall very impressed.

    Great Rack - Didn't fit my 2013 BMW X1

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This rack is designed to fit rails that are not flush with the car, meaning there is a space underneth the rail that it can hook under. My BMW X1 is one solid rail, about 1.5" tall with a lip. It did not fit unfortunately. I was really hoping it would since it's a nice rack, very inexpensive and an all-in-one system. Oh well...

    Good rack - locks seem a little flimsy

      This rack was super easy to install on our Accura MDX factory rails. Carries 4 pairs of fat skis fine, but unsure 6 would be possible. Managed to squeeze three pairs of skis on one side but it was tight - those were 110mm width, 100m width and 80mm width.

      I liked that by loading either side, you don't need to lean all the way over the top of our SUV. What I didn't like is that the locks seem a little flimsy - when closing the unit down it seemed a little more flexy than other racks. Longer term I'll see how that holds up.

      Snowcat is a sweet rack

        This rack is great. I started off using this on a Land Rover Discovery II and now rock it on my new Grand Cherokee. Fits like a glove on the factory side rails on both and there ia a bit off difference in their widths. Have some occasional stickiness with locks but not a big deal, and been able to stuff it full of skis & boards no problem.

        Nice! Awesome rack!

          This things is pretty cool. Installed it on my Subaru WRX Wagon directly onto the factory rack. Each side holds 2 pairs of modern mid-fat skis or 2 snowboards, so I am pretty much set for a 4-person trip in the Subaru Wagon and this rack makes it pretty comfortable with all the gear stored above. Have not had any problems so far and have been using it all year. I would've given it 5-stars, but I still have to lift the skis up there myself ;) But seriously....this is the best ski rack I've ever owned!

          Snowcat works great

            Just installed The Snowcat on my 2006 Jeep Liberty. It fits perfect and there is lots of room between the bindings and the roof. Also a good secure fit. The directions of all pictures work well.


              Great fit. Looks better than most racks as well! Great shape and really doesn't seem to cause "drag" on my car.

              A little time consuming to install because the allen screws cannot be turned very far with each motion, and they are under some pressure. However once installed, the rack is very secure and very effective.

              One other side note. If your bindings do not fold down far enough, the boards you turn upside down will contact your car :( no adjustment to raise the rack so to speak. (perhaps cut some small pads out of foam?) probably happens with all racks though.

              Snow Cat by far the best

                This rack installs in minutes. It is really a matter of 4 bolts that grip your side rails(ones that run length wise). Fits my board no problem, and I don't even hear any wind noise. My boards are 158wide and 162 for pow days. The rack it self just sneaks in those big dogs. Skis are no problem, even the wide pow seth pistols. This rack slides to fit the width of your car also so your not locked in at one size. This is a must have.

                Easy Install

                  Easy to install on 2009 Murano without the need for factory crossbars. If you have a question call THULE directly. REI said that the snowcat wouldn't fit on a Murano without $250 worth of extras. Took about 30 minutes to install even though the directions are pictures only.

                  Perfect ski accessory

                    I got this rack for my Jeep Liberty. Since it easily attaches to the car side rails, there is no need to buy additional supports. Easy to install and it gets the skis out of the car making an overall more comfortable ride for everyone up to the slopes.

                    Great rack. Plain and simple....

                      Absolutely no regrets in purchasing this rack. Easy to install, great price. Installs in less than 30 minutes, and best of all you don't need to purchase a $300 "base system" just to have carrier attachments such as the Snowcat. Although I use it carry my surf fishing rods, it's worth every penny in it's capacity. My only gripe would have to be the directions.Not the most descriptive, but still easy to figure out.

                      Cheap and Easy

                        I have a Jeep Liberty with factory roof mounts. This ski rack was very easy to install. Took no more than 20 minutes. I would recommend this set up to anyone that is not looking for other types of carriers on the roof. This rack is for ski/snowboards only. Cannot attach bike, kayak, etc.

                        Will the Thule 5401 fit a 2013 Jeep Grand...

                        Will the Thule 5401 fit a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Flush Rails?

                        Unfortunately the SnowCat will not work on the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee flush rails. You will need a raised rail system that creates space from the roof of the car. You will want to first install a multi-purpose base rack system like the Thule 460 Podium or 460R Rapid Podium which can both easily mount to flush rails. The 460 Podium uses the classic square cross bars while the 460R Rapid Podium uses AeroBlade bars .

                        This notes that it's made so you don't...

                        This notes that it's made so you don't need a Thule roof rack system on your car to use it... but does it work if you already have an existing Thule system?

                        Unanswered Question

                        Will this fit a 2012 Infiniti ex35?

                        Will this fit a 2012 Infiniti ex35?

                        Has anyone gone through a car wash with...

                        Has anyone gone through a car wash with these racks in place? Obviously, the skis are removed, but it would be nice not to have to remove the entire rack each time.

                        Unanswered Question

                        I purchased the Thule 5401 snowboard roof...

                        I purchased the Thule 5401 snowboard roof rack for my son's 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee (with factory installed roof rack). He has tried to install it on his vehicle, but says the roof rack bars are rounded and it seems to only fit a square roof rack. He also said that boards would scrape the roof of his car. Is there something that can be added or some type of adjustment that can be made or do I have to return the rack?

                        Unanswered Question

                        Will this work on a 2005 BMW 325i? If so,...

                        Will this work on a 2005 BMW 325i? If so, is this all I need to purchase?

                        WILL THIS FIT HONDA PIOLET 2008

                        WILL THIS FIT HONDA PIOLET 2008

                        Best Answer

                        Honda doesn't make a piolet. Maybe a pilot. Use the rack configurator at the top of the page to find out. To answer your question that Angus couldn't, yes we all have big fingers SOMETIMES...and this will fit the pilot with a factory rack from Honda

                        Is it high enough to fit snowboard bindings...

                        Is it high enough to fit snowboard bindings when placed upsode down?

                        I just got this rack.. On my trip I was fortunate enough to end up with these results. Two of our boards had bindings that folded down far enough not to contact the roof, the other two would not. I have a WRX. Otherwise I'd cut some foam pieces out and the pressure from the boards would hold them against the car. Not a big enough problem to not get the rack in my opinion.

                        Will this work on a 2008 Honda Odyssey...

                        Will this work on a 2008 Honda Odyssey will stock side rail only, not cross bar? Thanks.

                        Thule's fitment guide is hard to get answers on. You'll probably have to e-mail them for a good answer. Use this address to ask, and they will answer by e-mail.

                        Hi, will this rack fit a 2006 Jeep...

                        Hi, will this rack fit a 2006 Jeep Cherokee?Thanks

                        I checked there before, but the site is not very helpful. I will call them. Thanks.---Thule's fitment guide is hard to get answers on. You'll probably have to e-mail them for a good answer. Use this address to ask, and they will answer by e-mail.