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Yakima FatCat 6 EVO black - ski and board carrier no. 8003096 - RETURNED

Code: REYK8003096

We think Yakima's FatCat 6 EVO is the most complete roof-mounted ski carrier available anywhere. Its ability to be fitted so it's right at the edge of the car roof ('OverHang'), the expanding hinge ('DoubleJoint') which genuinely allows thicker skis or boards to be placed at the hinge end, and the feature which lifts the hinge end so that big bindings don't hit the vehicle roof ('SkiLift') are properly important features. Of course it also does the usual things that other premium carriers do, e.g. its big buttons can be thumped with a gloved hand to open the carrier, it fits all types of roof bar...

The FatCat 6 EVO has 80cm of loading length and can carry up to 6 pairs of skis (to 136mm at the tips) or 4 snowboards - or 3 pairs of skis and 2 snowboards.

If you compare the FatCat with other ski carriers, one of the first things you'll notice is its low profile - this is because, when empty, the single thick squidgy rubber pad on the top bar fits between the two thick squidgy rubber pads on the bottom bar. Low profile = better aerodynamics (less noise, less drag), better looks. And the lower the ski carrier on the car roof, the less you have to stretch so the easier it is to fit skis and boards.

The crux of the FatCat's design is the DoubleJoint™ hinge system; the whole hinge assembly lifts up to accommodate a pair of fat skis or boards. Other ski carriers use the compression in their thick rubbers to allow skis to be fitted close to the hinge, which is a strain on the whole system. The SmartFlex hinge is also spring-loaded - so when you push on the opening catch the top of the ski carrier lifts up.

The OverHang™ system allows you to position the FatCat so it overhangs the roof bar feet on 'closed end' / flush type roof bars - this makes access much easier on this type of bar in particular, especially on a tall vehicle, e.g. a large SUV. Imagine the hassle, and potential for car damage, of having to stand on the door cill to reach over the edge of the car roof to load the skis, maybe with one hand hooked for support under the top of the door opening. Depending on the type of roof bars being used, the FatCat can be mounted right on the roof edge for easier access and safer loading and unloading.

Deep bindings, especially on roof bars that are mounted very close to the car roof, are not a problem with the FatCat EVO because the hinge end can be lifted 9cm off the roof bar, using the integrated SkiLift feature. (The SkiLift is available for use as required - you don't need to use it.)

Summary of main features:

  • 80cm loading width for up to 6 pairs of skis (up to 136 mm wide at the tip) or 4 snowboards, or 3 pairs of skis and 2 snowboards
  • The OverHang system allows two options for the outer roof bar fixing; the inner one only needs 51cm of clear roof bar metal
  • Metallic silver finish, low-profile design = a smart and sophisticated look
  • The DoubleJoint spring-loaded hinge system expands to accommodate the thickest pairs of skis or boards, and allows for the low-profile design
  • The integrated SkiLift (optional use) provides clearance for tall bindings
  • The skis are locked in the carrier using Yakima's SKS locks
  • The ski carrier is effectively locked to the bars when locked, because the securing levers are inside the carrier, between the lower rubbers
  • The FatCat is opened with large rocker catches; these are very easy to use even with ski gloves or mitts
  • The roof bar mountings (the straps have stainless steel cores) wrap around all bars to 88mm wide x 44mm deep - it's a very neat solution. Optional T-track aluminium bar adapters are available - listed below

In summary, the Yakima FatCat 6 EVO is a really smart design, and very well made.

Delivery charges and arrangements:

We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.

For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is £5.50 (£9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is £8.50 (£12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, shoe chains, RUD i-Sock, and small spare parts, are charged £3.95 (Royal Mail Tracked), £4.95 (Royal Mail Express Tracked) or £5.95 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).

There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.

Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 4.00pm.

There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.

We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.

No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. All courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.

Payment options:

We take the following cards, and also PayPal. Please note that the entry on your card statement will be from "The Roof Box Company".

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Technical specifications at a glance:

Fits square bars: yes

Fits aerobars: yes (up to 88mm wide x 44mm)

Fits bars up to: 91cm apart*

Loading width: 800mm

Total width: 920mm

Room for high bindings: yes

Max number of skis: 6 pairs

Max number of snowboards: 4

Max load: 42kg

Locks skis to carrier: yes

Locks carrier to bars: yes

Weight: 5.5kg

Guarantee: 2 years

*Note: if your roof bars are no further apart than 61cm it will only take skis and boards under 170cm

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