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Kuat Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2021 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Kuat Ski and Snowboard Racks on a 2021 Toyota 4Runner


Hi, everyone, Aiden here with etrailer.com and today we're gonna be taking a look at the Kuat Grip Ski and Snowboard Carrier here on our 2021 Toyota 4Runner. That's gonna be able to hold either four pairs of skis or two snowboards. And something that I might find a little more useful is the actual interior usable dimensions from inside edge to inside edge. That's gonna be 22 and a quarter inches. So if you want to, you can just lay out your gear at home, see if it fits within those dimensions, and you'll be good to go. Now, the way this operates is pretty simple.

You can see we've got our pair of skis in here, we've got the rubber teeth clamped around there holding them firmly in place. So when you're going down the road, they are really secure. We get a really good, strong bite down on our gear without damaging it though, because there's a lot of movement within those rubber teeth. Like you saw, to open this, we can just lift up on this handle or push up and it will release. Really easy to do.

I like how big these are, because realistically, you're probably gonna have gloves on. It's easy to get your hands on. And with the way that kind of comes down, it's easier to close it too because I can reach it a lot better. Now, something very unique with this that a lot of other carriers don't have is the ability to slide these out. So there's a tab on the bottom that I can compress in.

You can see it right there a little better. And then it releases from the catch and I can slide this out and get much easier access to my gear. Now, just in general, this is gonna be nice for when you are out skiing or snowboarding because you most likely have your large boots on, you're gonna be covered in snow. And it's just gonna be easier to not make a mess this way. But on the 4Runner, it's a much taller vehicle.

And with the roof rack we have on here, it's more in set. So I would have to lean a lot further in or step up into the door jam to actually reach. So I like this method a lot. Again, really easy to do. It's super smooth and it makes it way more accessible. You can see those rubber teeth here a lot easier, how they alternate on the top and bottom and how much compression and movement we get in there. Now, something else to take a look at up-close is all the points of locking. So all the clamps lock, and we've got a lock for the jaws right here so all your gear is safe in the carrier, your carrier is safe on the roof rack, and if you've got a roof rack that locks to your roof, then that's secure too. I really like this whole setup. I think it works really well. It's really easy to install too, because you just have this lever with a fan that wraps around so when you throw that and it's tight, it's nice and secure on the roof. Now, overall, I think the Kuat Grip is a really solid ski and snowboard carrier for your roof. It is a little bit cheaper than an alternative like a box, something that would be enclosed, but it takes some really nice features, keeps your gear secure, and it's gonna do a good job carrying it for the winter..


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