Here’s a little Yakima Ski Rack History for all you folks calling that are not quite sure what you have or what you should get.
This once over on all of Yakima Ski and Snowboard Racks should get you off to a good start.
Pictured above is one of the most popular carriers we sell – The Yakima FatCat 4 (3077) and Yakima FatCat 6 (3078). When Yakima says this fit’s wide ski’s – they’re not lying – this thing was built for the wide ones, in addition to having a super sleek low profile finish and unique look. FatCat’s have been made since 2007. The FatCat 6 has approx 28″ of carrying space – compared to the Big Powderhound at approx 22″ usable. And best of all like most of Yakima’s ski/boar racks it includes a ski lift for low clearance crossbars (prevents your bindings from rubbing on painted surfaces:) The FatCat 4,6 was originally packaged without locks – part 3067, 3068)
Yakima PowderHound (3081) and Big PowderHound (3082). They are one of the most user friendly carriers now – out of the box and ready to attach to most any bar – with locks and ski lift! The Yakima Big PowderHound (3072) was identical except not packaged with locks. This model made from 2006- current.
The Yakima FreshSesh (3079) is almost identical in features to the Yakima Big PowderHound – except for the color scheme and the ability to CUSTOMIZE your little heart out with some included stickers, and be different, just like everybody else. Or you can really defy the laws of tradition and leave it all white! Not available in a 4 pr. The old part 3069 was identical except did not include locks. This model made 2006 – current.
Pictured above the Yakima ButtonDown Aero with Locks (3070). An oldie but a goody that’s been around in some fashion since 1992. Notice the small red buttons for our small monkey fingers back in the day.
Pictured above – Yakima’s Lift Ticket 4 (3062), and 6 (3063), was Yakima’s high end carrier before the Fat Cat. It was manufactured from 2002 – 2007. Large buttons – easy to get into with gloves and secure hidden hardware. It was packaged to fit round bars only (Yakima Mighty Mounts could be added to fit factory crossbars, and locks could be added to secure everything).
The Lift Ticket Hardware (#8830033) is commonly sought after – call us if you need it 503 226 7300
Pictured above the Yakima Big Powder Hound (3046) was originally released in 1999 until 2004. This Yakima Big PowderHound was packaged to fit round bars only (Yakima Mighty Mounts could be added to fit factory crossbars, and locks could be added to secure everything).
Pictured above the Yakima Big PowderHound SE (3059) was an Anniversary Edition carrier they built 2004-2006. Better button for easier use with gloves in cold conditions. This Yakima Big PowderHound SE was packaged to fit round bars only (Yakima Mighty Mounts could be added to fit factory crossbars, and locks could be added to secure everything).
Pictured above is the Yakima Button Down 6 (3036) (and the BD4 3034). This ButtonDown was packaged to fit round bars only (Yakima Mighty Mounts could be added to fit factory crossbars, and locks could be added to secure everything). This carrier was made 1992-1999 and Yakima added the SKS (same key system) compatibility in 1993. ps – if you have lost your old round headed keys for these, the current “N” series keys from Thule will work with your old Yakima ButtonDown carriers. ie: Old round head (non SKS) Yakima key 026 = New Thule Replacement key N026 - THULE REPLACEMENT KEYS.
Yakima Ski Slopes (3032) pictured above. Yep only skis and narrow ones at that! This Ski Slope was packaged to fit round bars only (Yakima Mighty Mounts could be added to fit factory crossbars, and may or may not have been SKS lock compatible)
And of course pictured above the Yakima 3B or 3A Family Model. Possibly the first Yakima Ski Carriers (after of course the Yakima branded Bunjee Cords….) If your still using these we congratulate you, and hope your 1985 Honda Civic Coupe makes it to 475,000 miles this year! Yakima manufactured these from the mid 80′s to approx 1991.
Hope this helps – if your missing hardware or keys for your old carriers see links below:
Yakima Vertical Mighty Mounts (specific to each vehicle) Work with most Yakima Carriers except FatCats.
Yakima Replacement Universal Mount (sold seperately). It can be adapted to most other Yakima Carriers with some mods – obviously not recommended but possible. The FatCat Universal Mount sits lower than the one pictured above and is a different part #8860048 – call us to order 503 226 7300.
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