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Yakima FatCat EVO 6 Ski and Snowboard Carrier - Locking - 6 Skis or 4 Boards - Silver

Yakima FatCat EVO 6 Ski and Snowboard Carrier - Locking - 6 Skis or 4 Boards - Silver

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This aerodynamic snow sport carrier lets you transport 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards on your roof rack. Oversize push-button lets you open carrier easily. SkiLift system accommodates tall bindings. Includes universal mounting hardware and locks. Lowest Prices for the best ski and snowboard racks from Yakima. Yakima FatCat EVO 6 Ski and Snowboard Carrier - Locking - 6 Skis or 4 Boards - Silver part number Y03097 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Yakima Ski and Snowboard Racks

  • Roof Rack
  • Yakima
  • 6 Pairs of Skis
  • 4 Snowboards
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Aero Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Clamp On - Standard
  • Board/Ski Lock
  • 40-1/2 Inch Long
  • Fixed Height

This aerodynamic snow sport carrier lets you transport 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards on your roof rack. Oversize push-button lets you open carrier easily. SkiLift system accommodates tall bindings. Includes universal mounting hardware and locks.


Features:

  • Locking carrier lets you transport 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards safely and securely on your roof rack
    • Doubles as a fishing rod carrier in warmer months holding up to 8 rods
  • Aerodynamic design reduces wind noise and drag
  • Oversize push-button lets you open the carrier easily, even while wearing gloves or mittens
  • Integrated SkiLift riser lifts one side of the carrier to accommodate skis or snowboards with tall bindings
  • DoubleJoint system expands hinge to secure thicker skis and boards
  • Soft rubber molding ensures excellent grip without scratching your grear
  • Universal mounting system enables quick and easy installation on most crossbars
    • SmarT-Slot Kit 2 (Y03098 - sold separately) lets you mount carrier in your crossbar's top channel
  • Same Key System (SKS) lock cores secure your gear to the carrier and the carrier to your crossbars
    • SKS cores can be swapped out to make all your Yakima products keyed alike
  • Aluminum construction is durable and corrosion resistant
    • Anodized silver finish creates a sleek, stylish appearance


Specs:

  • Carrying capacity: 6 pairs of skis, 4 snowboards, or 8 fishing rods
  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
    • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 3-7/16" wide x 1-3/4" tall
    • Minimum crossbar height: 5/8"
  • Crossbar spread:
    • For skis and boards under 67" long: 12" - 24"
    • For skis and boards over 67" long: 12" 36"
  • Weight capacity: 92.6 lbs
  • Dimensions: 40-1/2" long x 5-1/4" tall x 3-3/4" wide
  • Weight: 12.75 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Yakima 8003097 FatCat EVO 6 Ski and Snowboard Mount Dimensions



8003097 Yakima FatCat EVO 6 Locking Rooftop Ski, Snowboard, and Fishing Carrier - 6 Skis or 4 Boards or 8 Fishing Rods - Anodized Silver

Item # Y03097

Installation Details Y03097 Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Yakima FatCat EVO 6 Ski and Snowboard Carrier - Locking - 6 Skis or 4 Boards - Silver - Y03097

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (24 Customer Reviews)

This aerodynamic snow sport carrier lets you transport 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards on your roof rack. Oversize push-button lets you open carrier easily. SkiLift system accommodates tall bindings. Includes universal mounting hardware and locks.

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This is a solid but not too heavy ski rack. We've used it multiple times for long trips to ski resorts. We only have 4 pairs of skis and 4 pairs of poles, it all fits nicely. 751540



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Great product and fast shipping 675212



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Excellent product. Easy install on a 2003 Honda CRV. Very easy to load and unload Skis and Snowboards. 1 year of use and still great. 426048



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


First off...you can't beat the service of etrailer.com. I was looking for a ski rack for my son's 2012 Subaru Impreza with the factory roof rack (base model not the sport). I could find no reviews of anybody installing one of these on one of those. I took the plunge and will say that I am very happy with the outcome. The installation is a bit tricky and four hands help, but after the first one was installed we had the hang of it and the second one went on very quickly. Even with the expedited shipping this rack was about $50 cheaper than the Subaru ski rack. Again the etrailer.com service is fantastic. I have purchased products here before and will do so again. 233662



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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


We have been using this for our wakeboard, and it works very well. It was easy to install, and it is easy to load and unload the wakeboard. 248969


Comments
Exactly what we needed. Easy to attach and remove, and it keeps our wakeboard secure.
Daniel - 05/08/2017

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- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Only used it to hold fishing rods so far and it does that very well. The soft rubber cushion prevents any scratches. 671845



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Just got my Yakima Fatcat EVO 6 ski carrier (black finish) and I am stoked. Note that this is different than the Fatcat 6 (non-EVO, previous generation) carrier. This is my first ski carrier, but I and/or my kids ski about once a week at Alta and Snowbird when the lifts are running, so I expect it to get lots of use. Etrailer shipping was fast and item was packed in a sturdy secondary box. PROS: 1. I love the sturdy build and quality finish of the carrier. 2. The design allows many micro-adjustments to fit to your vehicle and to fit the skis. For instance the spring-loaded hinge on one end and the lock on the other end can naturally accommodate different thickness skis. 3. Carrier has a usable width (i.e. width of skis side by side) of 32.75 inches (832 mm). For those that are not skiing on 75-mm-wide skis from 30 years ago, this carrier might actually allow you to fit 6 pairs! 4. Separate mounting brackets for aero or for square/circle cross bars. The aero brackets fit securely on my Acura/Honda OEM cross bars. The flat part of your skis will be about 3 inches (76 mm) above your cross bars. 5. A built-in lift bracket that lifts by an additional 3 inches (76 mm) the hinged end of the carrier, if you have really tall bindings (I don't think I'll need to use it). 6. The aero brackets use a rubber coated steel strap to wrap under your cross bars. This strap has a quick release cam on one end that can be operated when the carrier is not key-locked. This means you can remove or install the carrier without tools in about 4 minutes, once you've done the initial install-related tuning. While the carrier seems sturdy enough to leave on the vehicle all winter, I expect I'll only install it on ski days. This feature really sets this model apart and for me was its biggest selling point. 7. Yakima packages the carrier in a nice-looking sturdy cardboard box with a flap lid. I can fit the two parts of the carrier in the box, with the brackets/straps still installed, for convenient storage (see picture). CONS: None so far, though I haven't yet actually hauled skis up the mountain! After this ski season is over and eTrailer asks me for a follow-up review, I'll let you know. I'm also thinking about seeing if the ski carrier can be attached to my small hitch-mounted cargo carrier. That would make loading and unloading the skis easier than on the roof. 452736


Comments
The Fatcat EVO 6 worked great all of last ski season in Utah. I routinely carried 2-5 pairs skis. Even though it is relatively easy to install/uninstall, I decided to leave it on the roof rack all winter, and it held up well. Only complaint is that sometimes the key-locking mechanism would be stiff. Otherwise was convenient and durable.
Dean - 11/21/2018

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- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Quick shipping and great product!! 642569



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Great rack. We took it off after last season and it was very easy to put back on this season. We've held boards on the racks over 15 times in the last year and have had no problems with it. My only note to the manufacturer would be the lock. When trying to lock the mounts, if you have 4 boards on there you have to put alot of effort to lock the rack which makes it seem as though the key will break in the lock. Has not happened yet, though. 590476



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Recieved this product and looks fantastic on my new forester. Installing was a breeze and delivery was quick and fast 560798



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Great ski carrier. Easy to install and simple to use. 429000



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Happy overall. Easy to install - no more than 15-20 min. Has key to lock equipment. The only small issue - it is noisy when driving, however I mounted it on top another rack, so that could be the reason. 330414



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Easy to install! Seems like decent quality. I searched the internet for the best deal, and etrailer was the cheapest. Very quick delivery too. Overall pleased, and would buy from etrailer again! 330128



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


a great carrier built by a solid company sold by a great company 329322



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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Quick delivery, great resources on the site. Their site really helped me make an educated choice. I highly recommend. 328713



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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


I bought this ski rack for my wife's Mazda CX5 . It works GREAT!! Easy install, no parts missing, and as always the best price!, Anywhere period! 322141



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


The product was easy to install and fit our 2012 Honda Pilot perfectly. Highway noise is minimal and holds 6 pairs of skis. 236264



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


This was my first purchase from eTrailer and I have been very pleased with my new rack and the service provided. Setup was easy and only took me about an hour start to finish. I just got back from a long drive to and from Killington Vermont (about 1,000 miles round trip) and although I was nervous pretty much the entire time, the boards didn't budge an inch! Most of the trip was on fairly major highways and I was going 70-75+ mph. For most of the trip there were four boards in the rack (no issues at all) and for the very first hour and very last hour I was in the car by myself and my board didn't move at all when it was in there by itself. With the weight of four adults, all of our gear and the boards on top we averaged 23.1 mpg which is exactly what I averaged over the last 2,500 miles before the trip so fuel efficiency isn't really affected too terribly much. 10/10 would buy again and would recommend to a friend. Only time will tell if these will hold up over the years but they certainly made a good first impression. 181362



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Overall a great product. Instructions were easy to follow and set up was a breeze. The clamps fit well in the roof racks and look sharp. I put my snowboard in the clamps and couldn't get it to slide around or budge so they hold tight. Would recommend to friends. 171095



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


I have a Chevy Silverado with a short bed and a DiamondBack cover and needed a way to securely carry my fishing rods on my way to and from my boat storage location. These fit the bill perfectly. 138302


Comments
After a year, the racks are working perfectly. I just got back from a trip to the Keys and they carried 8 rods perfectly. Easy to install on the truck and securely transports the rods.
Scott L - 06/30/2015

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- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Fast shipment, good price, and quality product. 61158



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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


They were just what I was looking for. I was impressed with the expedition of my products. I will be visiting etrailer regularly. Thank you 28241



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


Great Service Product arrived on time and free delivery was a bonus every little helps. Thanks Alan 4637



- Y03096
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Review from a similar EVO 6 in Ski and Snowboard Racks


very pleased Great Prices, Fast shipping... I'll continue ordering from etrailer 4034


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Ask the Experts about this Yakima Ski and Snowboard Racks

  • Improvements Included in the FatCat 6 EVO beyond the FatCat 6
    There's a few notable improvements for the FatCat6 EVO, part # Y03097 over the previous version of the FatCat 6. The first is the notable improvement of using Yakima's newer rubber coated steel strap mounting system. This is an extremely quick to mount system that locks using the integrated Same Key System. It fits AeroBars sized up to 3.5 inches wide by 1.75 inches tall, and didn't fit those in the previous version. The EVO also includes additional adapters for round and square bars,...
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  • How Much Height Does the Yakima FatCat Ski Carrier Add to the Tops of the Roof Rack Crossbars
    From the tops of the roof rack crossbars to the top of the Yakima FatCat # Y03097 it is 5-1/4 inches. How much space do you have to work with between your 2017 Chevy Tahoe and the garage? Because the FatCat EVO # Y03097 are pretty much the most low-profile options available.
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  • Will the Yakima FatCat EVO 6 Fit a 2008 Honda CR-V
    Yes, the Yakima FatCat EVO 6 Ski and Snowboard Carrier part # Y03097 is a confirmed fit for your 2008 Honda CR-V with the factory roof rack. I was able to confirm this with Yakima as well.
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  • Will an Older Yakima FatCat 6 Ski Carrier Fit a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Roof Rack
    There were several versions of the FatCat ski carrier. If the one you are looking at was designed to fit elliptical/aero bars then it will fit the roof rack on your 2014 Jeep Cherokee. If it has the small mounting hardware for just Yakima round bars or square/rectangular bars then it will not fit. You have a golden opportunity to one-up your buddy though and leave him with the previous generation carrier. Go with the FatCat Evo 6 # Y03096 or the super slick sliver version, # Y03097. Or...
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  • Yakima FatCat Evo 6 Ski Carrier Will Not Release Keys When Locked
    Yakima's FatCat EVO 6 Ski and Snowboard Carriers, item # Y03096 in black and item # Y03097 in silver, both use the same Yakima SKS lock cores which are shown on the linked page. These are intended to allow removal of the key when the lock is in the locked position. My Yakima contact recommended trying to remove the key from the locks with the carrier closed but NOT ratcheted down as far as it will go, in other words with less tension on the closure. She said that sometimes the tension...
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  • Lowest Profile Ski and Snowboard Roof Rack Carrier for Garage Clearance
    The Yakima FatCat EVO 6 Locking Rooftop Ski and Snowboard Carrier - 6 Skis or 4 Boards - Mirror Black # Y03096 or # Y03095 will be the lowest profile and most aerodynamic carrier. It will sit 5-1/4 inches above your crossbars. If you prefer the silver finish, use # Y03097.
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  • Can the Yakima FatCat Ski carrier be Mounted in Whispbar Roof Rack Slots Using # 8860085
    Replacement T-Slot Mounting Hardware # 8860085 will work on older Yakima FatCat ski carriers Y03087 and Y03088 as well as FatCat EVO carriers # Y03096, # Y03097, and # Y03095 and allow you to mount them in the slots of the Whispbar roof rack crossbars.
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  • What Upgrades Were Made to the Yakima Fat Cat EVO over Previous Generation
    There are a few noteworthy improvements for the FatCat6 EVO, part # Y03097 over the previous version of the FatCat 6. First being Yakima's newer rubber coated steel strap mounting system. This is an extremely quick to mount system that locks using the integrated Same Key System. It fits AeroBars sized up to 3.5 inches wide by 1.75 inches tall, and didn't fit those in the previous version. The EVO also includes additional adapters for round and square bars, letting it attach to a wide...
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  • Yakima FatCat EVO or Thule SnowPack for for Yakima RoundBars
    For your application I recommend using the Yakima FatCat EVO, Black # Y03096 or Silver # Y03097, over the Thule SnowPack, Black # TH7326B or Silver # TH7326, because the FatCat EVO has a piece of rubber on the top of the mounting feet to help keep it in place while the SnowPack is only a plastic piece. With that being said, most (if not all) ski carriers will rotate some on round bars when the skis aren't installed. The rubber piece on the FatCat EVO will help minimize the movement but...
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  • Ski Carrier with Rola Roof Rack on a 2012 Mazda 3
    The Rola crossbars, part # 59832, mount into the fixed mounting points on the roof of your 2012 Mazda 3. The bars are 3-1/2 inches wide and 1 inch tall which is basically the same measurements as Thule AeroBlades. Most of the ski carriers that we off fit the Rola rack. One of the most popular and top of the line ski carriers that I recommend is the Yakima FatCat EVO 6, part # Y03096. It holds up to 6 pairs of skis and includes locks. It also comes in silver, part # Y03097. If you...
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  • Low-Profile Rooftop Cargo Box Dimensions
    Your specific dimension needs do present a challenge to using a rooftop cargo box on your Yakima roof rack. The specialized low-profile cargo boxes we offer appear on the linked page, and while these do get close to your low height requirement, the Inno Wedge 660 # INBRM660BK (black) and # INBRM660WH (white) are still 11-inches tall. Even if they were low enough to clear your garage door, they are too short for your skis; their internal length is 183cm. We do have ski carriers that...
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  • Recommended Ski/Snowboard Carrier for a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon with Integrated Crossbars
    I recommend going with a Yakima ski/snowboard rack for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon because they feature the FatCat EVO which has a sleek modern design and the FreshTrack if you are looking for more of a retro style. These will mount to the OEM crossbars that you have as the side rails would be where you would attach a roof rack and not an actual carrier. Both of these ski/snowboard carrier options come equipped with locks, oversized push buttons so you can operate them with your gloves...
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  • Ski Rack to Fit OEM Roof Rack on a 2010 Nissan Xterra
    We do have some ski racks that are compatible with the OEM roof rack on your 2010 Nissan Xterra. For that I recommend going with a Yakima rack because they look great and they offer 2 different styles: FatCat EVO 4 Skis/2 Boards - Black # Y03095 6 Skis/4 Boards - Black - # Y03096 or Silver # Y03097 FreshTrack 4 Skis/2 Boards - Y03092 6 Skis/4 Boards - Y03093 Attached are review videos of each that you can check out.
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