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Yakima FatCat 4 EVO black - ski and board carrier no. 8003075

£159.95
RRP: £187.50
Code: YK8003075

We think Yakima's FatCat 4 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 4 EVO has 55.5cm of loading length and can carry up to four pairs of skis (to 136mm at the tips) or two 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.

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:

  • 55.5cm loading width for up to 4 pairs of skis (up to 136 mm wide at the tip) or 2 snowboards
  • 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 4 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.

These are our standard charges; there are usually surcharges for all offshore destinations and some remote postcodes, especially for Very Heavy Items (defined below):

    Orders involving a roof box, and Very Heavy Items

    • Standard delivery (3 to 5 working days) = £14.50
    • Express delivery (1 to 3 working days) and Very Heavy Items = £19.50

    AutoSock, and items which are small enough to be posted, e.g. small spare parts

    • Standard delivery (3 to 5 working days) = £4.95
    • Express delivery (1 to 3 working days) = £6.95

    All other products

    • Standard delivery (3 to 5 working days) = £6.50
    • Express delivery (1 to 3 working days) = £9.50

All orders for Express delivery need to be received by 1pm.

    Very Heavy Items

    Roof tents and some other items that are very heavy or unusually large are, for safer and more careful handling, best carried by two people.

    Very Heavy Items are delivered via the ArrowXL 2-person delivery service. All other products that are part of the same order will usually also be delivered by ArrowXL, at the same time as the Very Heavy Item.

    Please note that deliveries from ArrowXL need to be signed for, e.g. by a neighbour if you are not at home, or you can have the goods delivered to a different address.

    There is a £25 surcharge for Very Heavy Item deliveries to the Grampian area, Scottish Highlands, any GB delivery including a sea crossing, and Northern Ireland. There is a £50 surcharge for Very Heavy Item deliveries to the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland. Deliveries to all these places will take longer than normal, sometimes much longer - delivery timings are indicated in the Shopping Basket.


When will my order arrive?
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Express Delivery orders placed on a Friday (before 1pm) should be delivered on the Monday or Tuesday, Express Delivery orders placed on a Saturday or Sunday should be delivered on the Tuesday or Wednesday. The arrangements for Very Heavy Items are different and are shown above.

What about Next Working Day delivery?
We have offered a reliable Next Working Day service for well over 20 years but, due to the pressure on the couriers caused by the coronavirus crisis and the huge increase in online shopping, we can no longer be confident about the delivery date, which is why we now call the service ‘Express delivery’. Most Express delivery orders will arrive on the next or second working day, but some will arrive on the second or third working day, or be split between these days. So-called “split deliveries” happen when the couriers do not have enough trailer space for everything that should be moved around the UK, so they will load what they can and leave the rest for the next trailer.

Is my delivery day guaranteed?
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. As well as split deliveries, 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.

Do I need to be at home?
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver to an address which suits you – this does not need to be your home address. 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.

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: 555mm

Total width: 775mm

Room for high bindings: yes

Max number of skis: 4 pairs

Max number of snowboards: 2

Max load: 42kg

Locks skis to carrier: yes

Locks carrier to bars: yes

Weight: 4.5kg

Guarantee: 2 years

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

Yakima has a comprehensive network of international distributors, so we do not sell or ship Yakima branded products overseas, including to Northern Ireland or to the Republic of Ireland. We hope you can find the Yakima products you want, locally.


Add to Your Order Untick if not required:
Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Ski and snowboard carriers: £159.95 (rrp. £187.50)
Accessories:
Aerobar adapters: £15.95 (rrp. £17.50)

All our prices include VAT at 20% Total: £159.95
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