Hitchski SnowHitch Rack
|Yakima Hitchski Snowsports Roof Rack - The Hitchski Snowsports Rack by Yakima can convert your mast-style hitch bike carrier into a ski and board-hauling machine while your bikes are hibernating for the winter. This snow hitch carrier is simple to install and the adjustable technology is compatible with even the thickest boards and skis. Featuring 2-position upper arms and an adjustable lower arm to accommodate various skis the Hitchski carries up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards. The soft, flexible rubber padding protects your gear and the included SKS LOCK CORES secure your gear to the HitchSki. When your bikes are away but you still want to play, check out the Hitchski Snowsports Rack by Yakima.
Yakima Hitchski Snowsports Rack - Fits most 4 and 5 bike mast-style hitch racks (Sold Separately)
Dimensions: 24 inches deep x 22 inches tall x 31 inches wide, 17¼" Center to Center of top arms.
I've used it for two seasons on 5 trips and over 2,000 miles with no problems. The capacity is up to 6 pairs of skis. you cannot fit 6 pairs of adult skis with the thicker plate bindings, but you can fit 3. I pair 1 adult with 1 junior ski and easily fit 5 pairs of skis. I fit 5 pairs of skis (3 were junior) and a snowboard on my last trip. It is only as stable as the bike rack you attach it to. My Yakima rack uses a threaded bolt with lock-washer to attach to the hitch and is rock solid. It will bounce around on some bad roads. If your rack uses a simple hitch pin (no bolt) to attach to the hitch it won't be solid and will bounce around.
The Yakima Hitchski worked well with my DoubleDown4 bike rack mounted to my Jeep Patriot. Some reviews say the Hitchski causes handling of the vehicle to decrease, but I did not notice a difference in this smaller, 4 cylinder SUV. The skis remained secure even though the bike rack had some bounce to it. Yakima has improved the width of the ski clamps, so loading twin tips is not much of an issue. However, some styles of bindings may limit your ability to clamp down skis as shown in the picture. You may have to clamp in the skis side by side. This limits the capacity, but is not an issue for me because I don't plan on hauling 6 pairs at one time. This rack will never outsell roof mounted systems, but the ease of taking on and off the hitchski is a definite plus. I would recommend this rack to anyone who is looking for a more portable, easier to access ski rack.
Hitchski Snowsports Rack by Yakima for Transportation
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