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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for day trips This rack has a very attractive price, and I think it's quite suitable for sedans and biking day trips. It has to be strapped to the trunk of the car, and takes some effort to make sure the straps are tight. Why only day trips? Well, the straps can loosen, and in my case, the plastic ratchet-in clips securing the top and drop tubes of the bike weren't tight enough on my first trip--so I watched the bike vibrate in the rear-view mirror. That was NOT fun . . . but I secured the clips much better on the return trip, and the connections were all solid. This is definitely not a long-haul, cross-country bike rack, and I'm sure Yakima didn't intend it to be.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No nonsense bike rack Bought online and shipped to local REI for pickup. Used once for picking up new bike at REI store in another city. It worked as expected. The slack of the straps could be tucked away in a different manner and I was a little unsure about relying on the straps attached to the top of the trunk lid. Also, the design of the attachment straps is a little odd, but worked fine. It would be nice to have that integrated into the rack so I don't have to worry about losing a separate part. All in all, it worked fine and will meet my need for carrying my bike with a car. It seems sturdy and will likely work with other vehicles as it seems very versatile.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice rack ;-) I bought this rack for my bicycle that I also purchased at REI. I am not very good at building and installing things. However, I was able to figure this out on my own in approximately 20 minutes. After using it once, I am a pro at installing it. Last time I used it, I think the entire installing time was five minutes. I absolutely love how simple this is to use. The no-sway bar is also a great feature. I traveled on the Souther State Parkway, and Northern State, going almost 60 and my bike was not moving at all (Even when hitting bumps on the road).
Date published: 2016-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Frame, No Jiggle! PROS: + Strong Frame + Easy to Setup/ Easy Take-off + 3 Points of Contact ensure no bike Jiggle + backed by REI warranty (1 year, anything guarantee) CONS: - No locking mechanism (have to go fullback for that) - (No bike rack has this) non adjustable distance between bikes (more on this later) -//- Was looking for a bike rack, and although we were thinking about risking it with a craigslist purchase, we ended up going to REI to double check sizing on our hatchback (scion iM). After getting the fitting setting from the specialist, we strapped this on the back and drove 3 hours at 70+ MPH across Texas to our new apartment. Easy to setup, SOLID feeling, although one of the retaining bands used to secure slack was broken on purchase. No problem, though; took it to REI and instantly got a shiny new one immediately. We had placed one trek 7.5 hybrid bike and one road bike with drops- everything fit, albeit it's a snug fit with the drops, which had to sort of snuggle into the rear rack of the hybrid. Just something to keep in mind if you do have rear panniers or the like. NOT TO WORRY THOUGH, because with REI, you get a year to return for any reason! I'm not a paid shill (although I'll gladly take the money).
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good trunk rack I didn't realize how long it would take to get the rack shipped to my local store, so I had to cancel the order when it finally arrived. I had to buy it from someone else because I wanted the rack as quickly as possible, even though I would have preferred to give my business to REI. I hope the Chandler store keeps it in their stock and doesn't ship it back to the warehouse, because it is a good rack. It is a little heavy but that may be what makes it quite stable when mounted, even though it only has 4 straps, top and bottom, unlike the 6 straps (additional side straps) on my old Yakima Loco Joe rack.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good rack Tried my new Halfback2 for first time yesterday. Very easy to install on my 2004 Highlander, less than 5 minutes. Rack and bikes were rock solid even at 70 MPH. Quick release mounting strips very effective too. All in all another excellent product from Yakima.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty darn sturdy As other have written: This thing is pretty heavy and sturdy. Transported two road bikes on the back of a Subaru Outback for several hundred miles at highway speeds. Nothing moved, nothing swayed, nothing rubbed. No complaints here.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid, but locking mechanism is a brat to use I used this on a 400 mile trip on highway and on dirt road, no problems. Tightened it up once after going off road with my 2015 Tucson. My problem is with the locking mechanisms to keep put the bike holders up and to be able to lay it flat--they are almost impossible for me to unlock and relock. I just spent 15 minutes in the snow and cold trying to get the rack off my car and flattened. And I am not a weak person. I would very reluctantly recommend this to a woman.
Date published: 2017-05-19
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Questions & Answers

The shipping charges for the bike rack I am ordering is $35.00. Can I ship to a store for free?

Asked by: AJJj
If we have stock available to ship from one of our distribution centers, we can ship this item to a store without a shipping charge. Please give us a call at 1-800-426-4840 for details.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29

Will this fit a 2017 Ford Escape?

Asked by: Juglick
​This trunk rack is compatible with a 2017 Ford Escape.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-07

I drive Mercedes 230 slk 1999 for two people convertible; is this rack work for me?

Asked by: Claudia
​This rack does not fit your vehicle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-28

I can't get the link to "Fit my car" to link work.... will this halfback fit on a 2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited? It has the spoiler on the hatch.

Asked by: TucsonBicyclist
Yes, this rack will fit your vehicle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03

does this rack fit a 2015 infiniti Q60?

Asked by: Robbykolin
​Yakima does not list a compatible trunk rack for your vehicle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29

Will this rack mount on a 2012 Ford Exlporer

Asked by: Joe S
​This trunk rack is compatible with a 2012 Ford Explorer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-22

Will this work for my 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid?

Asked by: Nik827
​Yes, this trunk rack is compatible with a 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-10

WI'll this fit Mercedes 350ML

Asked by: Lori
Yakima's fit guide does not list this trunk mount as compatible with this vehicle. Contact Yakima for details.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08
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