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Yakima Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2017 Toyota Highlander

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Review of the Yakima Ski and Snowboard Racks on a 2017 Toyota Highlander

Hi everyone, Aiden here with, and today, we're gonna be taking a look at the Yakima FatCat EVO Four Ski and Snowboard Carrier here on our 2017 Toyota Highlander. Now, this style of carrier is gonna hold it between these two arms on the roof. Now, to open these, we've got these nice large buttons, easy to hit with the palm of my hand, so if I've got gloves, mittens on, it's gonna be easy to open. And our gear is going to be held in between these two arms like we said, in with these very large rubber pads. These are gonna keep things tightly gripped down, nice and secure, but also protect them. It's gonna be a really good amount of push in there, so none of our equipment's gonna get damaged.

I will actually take these off, and it's nice that those arms are spring loaded, so I don't have to worry about holding them up with one hand while I grab my skis with the other. You can see it does go pretty far back. If I we're to have to get something from the very innermost part here, I would have to probably stand up into the door threshold here, just because with the factory roof rack, we have to set it back pretty far. As far as actual usable space goes though, let's take a quick measurement of that. We'll go from inside end to inside end, and we can see, we've got about 22 inches of space, of actual usable space.

So just lay out your gear at home and make sure it's all gonna fit. I can close this down, and we can actually take a look at those buttons there and take notice of the lock cores. So when everything is up there in the carrier, we can lock it up with that key there, keeping everything secure, and the way that this attaches to the roof rack, you actually need a piece in here, a lever to raise up and release the band that actually holds it onto the roof rack. So with this locked up, you can't get to that, which means it's also locked to the roof rack. It's a really nice system, keeping it all kinda together under one key.

Now, as far as actual clearance goes, you can see it is pretty low profile, it's only gonna be adding about 4 1/2 inches to the top of our crossbars, which for me is actually really good. It's definitely better than the alternative of a roof box, those are gonna add a lot more height, plus, they're just bulkier, harder to store when it's not on your roof and generally more expensive. So for me, if I'm looking for a way to haul my skis or snowboards, I maybe go with something like this, I think it's a little less just to deal with, and it's much easier, more accessible for most people. I think it's gonna be a really great fit for your Highlander. Thanks for watching..

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