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  • 1-button access makes it simple to operate even with gloves on
  • Soft rubber pads gently cradle skis and boards
  • Integrated binding lift gives you optimal clearance between car roof and bindings
  • Easy installation with included hex wrench means you're on your way to the slopes in no time
  • Universal mounting hardware fits round, square and most factory crossbars right out of the box
  • Lockable with included SKS locks and keys
  • Yakima Powderhound mounts cannot be removed from crossbars when closed and locked
  • Usable pad length = 15.5 in.


Yakima Racks

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value! Bought this to put on our new Outback. Phoned the Boise store to get some advice and purchased over the phone. It was ready for pick up on time. I need to say, it took less than 15 minutes to install it on the car. I read the instructions, did most of the assembly indoors and it took only minutes to attach it to the factory cross bars. I did not need the set of long bolts packed in the box. This is not a rack that one would want to put on and take off every time you go skiing. It's meant to stay the season. If you need to do that, this isn't for you. Otherwise, it's a solid product and carries our two pairs of XC skis without any problem. I recommend this rack.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Difficult to install and remove Great price, especially when REI has their sale. Installation is a bit tedious however. The design requires manipulation and tightening of 8 bolts to secure the two carriers to the crossbars, then 4 more bolts to tighten the whole assembly. It's worse when taking them off, since the usual snow/dirt grime is present and the bolts are harder to turn. As another reviewer stated, these are made to keep on the whole season, not alternate with my cargo box as I purchased them for. Other than that, they are easy to get skis on and off and carry skis well.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I have a Subaru Forester with factory cross bars. I have been told in the past that I couldn't add the Yakima or Thule accessories to it. Not true. The universal mount worked perfectly on my cross bar. I installed them myself in 30 minutes. I love being able to strap my board on the rack instead of trying to shove it inside the car. It can fit my board and my husband's skis. Perfect!
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from works OK, pain to install This rack works OK to hold skis and snowboards. It's easy to load and unload. No complaints there. However, it's a bit of a pain to install. Takes me at least a half hour of fiddling to get it set up and ready for use. As long as you set it up before the season begins and leave it on, it's probably not a big deal. After three winters, some of the parts are starting to corrode. I do a pretty good job of keeping my vehicle clean and try to wash my rack as often as I can, and I usually try to take the rack off at least once each winter and at least hose it off. However, as noted above, it's a hassle to re-install, so it's not something I look forward to or can do quickly on a Sunday evening after a weekend on the slopes. I have a lot of experience with Yakima products. They used to be great quality and easy to use, but not so much anymore.
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ridiculously difficult to install Before you buy this, check out the Thule. I wish I had, but needed something quickly and did not study the product before buying. I'm impressed that another reviewer here only requires a half hour to install theirs, I just came in from at least 90 minutes of frustration and sore frozen fingers to boot. Not an easy-on-easy-off, especially if you are working in the cold on an actual car, as opposed to on a bench in some nice facility where the engineers who designed this marvel must have spent all their time. And if your vehicle is taller than a compact car, arrange for a ladder because you will need it, because you have to be able to look down on it to see and access some of the twelve--yes, twelve--button-cap hex bolts involved in the process. Not included in the 90 min was a trip to the hardware store to buy bolts of usable length. In actual use, for Nordic skis, I never double them up because pairs are clamped together with too much force. So cut the rated capacity in half. I expect this would be true for any rack of this type, not just Yakima. So if you are OK with driving all winter with these on your car, or can mount them to quick-detachable crossbars, or are a glutton for punishment, go for it. Otherwise, there has to be a better way. Yakima makes some good stuff, but these are turkeys.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ski rack, fairly easy to install I needed a smaller ski rack and I was hesitant to purchase the rack based on the reviewer stating it was difficult to install. The REI rep in the store assured me it was not difficult and sure enough it was pretty easy to install. Its nice a sturdy and secures the skis in place.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy mount, great fit for 2-pair Pretty easy to mount on FJ Cruiser. I have a factory roof rack, removed the crossbars and it was a simple install. 30min easy peasy. It's a 15.5in padded clamp, I can't imagine getting more than 2-3 pair of ski's in it.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mounts I just installed these mounts on round bars. They are far from easy on and off. Here in the NW where we ski one day and bike the next it is critical that we be able to switch mounts easily. It appears that the mounts can de replaced with the traditional bar clamp and wing nut which I will do.
Date published: 2016-12-26
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Will this work on Honda factory crossbars? They have a sort of flat oval crosssection

Asked by: eric
​We need more information about your vehicle to be sure, but this mount fits most factory crossbars.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-11

Do the mounts fit a 2015 Outback factory crossbars?

Asked by: Bella Biker
Yes, this Powderhound will work directly on the Outback's factory crossbars.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-20

Are 4 or 2 lock cores needed to secure these? I ask because I'm not sure how they attach in a way that would prevent someone from just unscrewing the mounts from the crossbars. Do they lock to the crossbars AND then have a lock hole for securing skis?

Asked by: ieatfood
There are 2 lock cores. Yakima Powderhound mounts cannot be removed from crossbars when closed and locked.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

I have a 2011 Ford Explorer. I haven't purchased the cross bars yet to attach, but would this product be small enough width wise to additionally fit 2 of REI's roof-top bike racks? I'd like to keep all 3 on year around if possible.

Asked by: TravH
It is possible to use this ski/snowboard mount in combination with two bike racks on the roof of your 2011 Ford Explorer. Yakima recommends a minimum crossbar length of 60 inches to accommodate all of the racks.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-18
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