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Yakima FreshTrack Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2021 Volkswagen Jetta

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Review of the Yakima FreshTrack Ski and Snowboard Carrier on a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta

Hey everyone, it's Evangeline here at etrailer and today we're taking a look at the Yakima FreshTrack Ski and Snowboard Carrier right here on our 2021 Volkswagen Jetta. If you need to carry your skis, your snowboards, or eating your fishing rods over to the slopes or to the water, don't get them mixed up, then you're gonna need a carrier because you can fit some of those things inside of your car. But you are gonna get your car wet, you're gonna get snow in there. It's easier to have it up top. So here we have the Yakima Fresh Track Ski and Snowboard and Fishing Rod Carrier It's a great way to carry those items to your destination and I'll show you how it does it. So this is a great middle of the road option where you still have premium features like locks as well as the universal clamp but you don't have as streamlined or easy to use features.

So if you want something more premium, check out the Yakima FatCat EVO. That one has straps that go around rather than the clamps. So speaking of clamps, also make sure you have your roof rack system that can carry this accessory. We have some fit guided for your vehicle right here at So these have locks for your skis and snowboards but not really locks for the clamps, so that's something keep in mind.

Once you arrive at the slopes or once you need to grab those, you just unlock it. They are key to like. And even if you have big gloves, you just hit that big button and that pops right up. Let's get that up there. There we go.

And then once it stays up, it stays there so it makes it easier for you to grab those snowboards and skis. The version I have here can carry up to four pairs of skis or two snowboards, but if you need a little bit more space and you like this design, you can get the Yakima FreshTrack Six which is a little bit longer, and that one can carry up to six pairs of skis. So this has rubber padding on the inside. It's this style that allows you to carry those skis or those fishing rod safely and securely. And even if they get wet, that actually adds to the grip.

Now this secures them, but notice how you have a different ratchet points. So if you have your taller bindings, it can click once, twice, or the third time. And even in the higher position, you're still able to lock it and that gives you more opportunity there. This is gonna add a good amount of height to your car. It's not as streamlined as your more premium carriers, but with you having a smaller sedan anyways, it won't make that much of a difference. So from the top of the crossbar to the top of the carrier, the kit adds about six inches of height. And remember, I have the four carrier version. The clamps are about 17 and a half inches apart. One and two. And if you get the Six version, that's gonna take up more space on your crossbars. I highly recommend getting them over to the overhang like what I did here, just it makes it easier to reach. I have 48 inch long crossbars. We have a SeaSucker Monkey Bars on there and with that as offset as I can get it, the remaining crossbar space we have is 25 inches or a little bit over two feet. So you can see here how we have space for other things. If you want another ski and snowboard carry on the other side, you can do that. If you want a little roof box or maybe even a roof bonded bike rack, that's an option for you. So if you're ready to hit the slopes and you just want a carrier that does a great job, can be locked, but isn't as pricey, that's the Yakima FreshTrack for you. There's a lot of different options for you as well. If you have extra tall bindings and your clearance here isn't enough, you can check out the FatCat EVO which gives you that ski lift to get you higher up off of your roof. But other than that, solid, simple carrier and definitely something worth considering for your Jetta. And that right there was a look at the Yakima FreshTrack Ski and Snowboard Carrier here on a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta..

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