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Unless you live at the bottom of a mountain, you’re probably going to have to pack your stuff up together for a long car ride to the slopes. But with a car packed full of friends, boots, helmets, snow pants, and maybe even lunch, there’s never enough room for what matters most: your skis and snowboards. So to prevent wedging a snowboard between your friends’ heads in the backseat, you might want to consider investing in a snowboard rack. Although, finding the best snowboard rack for you and your vehicle can take some time.

Snowboard racks vary in design much like bike racks. There are hitches that attach to the back of your car, boxes that lay on the roof, and clips that do the same. To help you out on your search, we here at The Adventure Junkies have scoured through the internet to bring you the ten best snowboard racks out there. Take a look through the list below and see which one fits your needs best.

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Quick Answer - The Best Snowboard Racks

  1. Thule SnowPack
  2. INNO Gravity Universal
  3. Yakima SkyBox 12 Carbonite
  4. Rhino Rack
  5. Kuat Grip
  6. Yakima FreshTrack
  7. Thule Universal Flat Top
  8. Yakima FatCat 6 EVO
  9. Thule Project Tram
  10. Yakima HitchSki

 

Comparison Table - Best Snowboard Rack

PictureNameMountSki CapacitySnowboard CapacityPriceRating
Thule SnowPackRoof64$$4.3
INNO Gravity UniversalRoof32$4.1
Yakima SkyBox 12 CarboniteRoofManyMany$$$4.3
Rhino RackRoof64$4.0
Kuat GripRoof64$$$4.5
Yakima FreshTrackRoof64$$4.6
Thule Universal Flat TopRoof64$3.9
Yakima FatCat 6 EVORoof64$$$4.7
Thule Project TramRear64$$3.1
Yakima HitchSkiRear64$$3.3
PictureNameMountSki CapacitySnowboard CapacityPriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Racks for Snowboards

Thule SnowPack

Specs
  • Mount: Roof
  • Ski Capacity: 6
  • Snowboard Capacity: 4
Features
  • Push To Open Design
  • Soft Rubber To Protect Boards
  • Adjustable For All Thicknesses Of Skis And Boards

BEST FOR: WARM WEATHER CAR-POOLING RIDERS

With four slots for boards and six for skis, the Thule SnowPack Extender 6 will keep your boards and skis safe for any ride. Up above your car and out of the way of dirt and gravel, the SnowPack Extender comes with a vertical spring system that allows you to adjust its dimensions for any sized ski or snowboard. And the large push-to-open design is built to open with gloves, so if you find yourself in a cold environment, you won’t have to take off your gloves to open it up. 

This system is best for warm weather riders that don’t expect a lot of rain when driving, and boarders who don’t intend to have too much equipment apart from the necessities.

INNO Gravity Universal

Specs
  • Mount: Roof
  • Ski Capacity: 3
  • Snowboard Capacity: 2
Features
  • Soft and Hard Cushions For Thick Skis And Bindings
  • Customize And Set Mount Settings To Match Your Preferences
  • Universal Mounting System

BEST FOR: PERSONAL USE

With a universal mounting system that can attach to any car and a combination of soft and hard padding for any sized board or skis, this is a great, reliable model for single skiers and boarders. A unique memory mount means that after you set your car’s mounting parameters, the INNO Gravity will memorize that preset and keep it until changed otherwise. 

If you’re looking for an above-car mount to store your board and perhaps a friend’s for a weekend trip, this is a great model for you as it is much more affordable than other models on the market. However, if you think you’ll ever escort a team out to the mountain, we suggest checking out one of the larger models on this list.

Yakima SkyBox 12 Carbonite

Specs
  • Mount: Roof
  • Ski Capacity: Many
  • Snowboard Capacity: Many
Features
  • Closed-Top Box
  • Dual-Side Opening
  • No Assembly Required

BEST FOR: FAMILIES

Do you go riding with the whole family? What about camping? Or any other outdoor adventure with a ton of gear. If so, the Yakima Skybox is by far and away the best option on this list for you. With sizes available in 12, 16, 18 and 21 cubic feet, the Yakima Skybox can fit as much as you pack into it. Boards, boots, bags – you name it. The beauty of a skybox is that you can pack it full with anything and rest assured that it will all stay dry during the ride. 

Occasionally, if in extreme environments, the lock and key system could freeze, but that’s nothing a lighter or some hot breath won’t fix. And if you’re an avid skier or boarder with long legs and big skis or a big board, make sure you buy the Skybox model that’s big enough to accommodate your size. Either way, we recommend this to all families. It will last a lifetime.

Rhino Rack

Specs
  • Mount: Roof
  • Ski Capacity: 6
  • Snowboard Capacity: 4
Features
  • Key Locking System For Security
  • Rubber Grips To Protect Equipment
  • Easy Release System For Gloved Hands

BEST FOR: YOUNGER RIDERS

With capacity for four boards side by side, a rarity amongst snowboard racks, the rhino rack ski carrier is extremely affordable and reliable for any group of riders looking to enjoy a long drive to the mountain. An easy-release system means that you can keep your gloves on when you’re grabbing a board, and if you choose to leave, the lock-and-key feature means you can keep your boards safe while you run to the bathroom. 

A simple design, great capacity, and a low price point makes this rack an excellent choice for younger riders looking to hold on to some of their money while getting their first rack. Varying sizes in 10, 13, 20 and 27 inch diameters give you the freedom to find the perfect sized rack for you.

Kuat Grip

Specs
  • Mount: Roof
  • Ski Capacity: 6
  • Snowboard Capacity: 4
Features
  • Rubber Security Holds Keeps The Rack Firmly In Place
  • Slide-Out Feature Allows You To Slip Your Skis Or Snowboard Out Without Hassle
  • Metal Outer Shell For Superior Strength

BEST FOR: RUGGED ENVIRONMENT RIDERS

The Kuat Grip 6 Rack may be pricier than most other racks out there, but with a hard metal outer shell, a lightweight design, and capacity for up to four boards or six skis, you won’t regret this purchase. Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Kuat Grip 6 is its slide-out design which allows you to simply slide out your board or skis during loading and unloading. 

If you plan on traveling through windy, snowy, and rocky regions where a durable rack is needed to hold your skis and boards in place for years and years to come, then consider the Kuat Grip 6 for your next rack.

Yakima FreshTrack

Specs
  • Mount: Roof
  • Ski Capacity: 6
  • Snowboard Capacity: 4
Features
  • One-Button Opening
  • Tool-Free Design Makes Installation Easy
  • Includes Attachment For Tall Bindings

BEST FOR: ALL RIDERS

Coming in at a reasonable price point and with enough capacity to suit all your needs, the Yakima FreshTrack 6 Rack will satisfy all your needs. Specific features to note are the tool-free design which allows for easy assembly and also the Ski Lift attachment for tall bindings. This attachment means that if your bindings are too tall or big, you can modify the mount to accommodate them with ease. 

Great for all skiers and riders in mild weather, the Yakima FreshTrack 6 Mount will keep your equipment safe and secure for any ride.

Thule Universal Flat Top

Specs
  • Mount: Roof
  • Ski Capacity: 6
  • Snowboard Capacity: 4
Features
  • Lock And Key Included
  • Universal Mounting System
  • Sturdy Carry For Snowboards

BEST FOR: RIDERS

Unlike other racks, the Thule Universal FlatTop 6 Rack carries snowboards by each base. This means that instead of some racks that hold your snowboard by the middle, this rack supports your board on either end of its base for a strong and secure carrying design. With a capacity of up to four boards and 6 skis, the FlatTop 6 is one of the cheapest models on the market with such capacity. We recommend this to snowboarders specifically over skiers, and to those who’d like to save some of their money.

Yakima FatCat 6 EVO

Specs
  • Mount: Roof
  • Ski Capacity: 6
  • Snowboard Capacity: 4
Features
  • Universal Mounting System
  • Wide-Expanding Hinges To Accomodate All Sized Skis And Boards
  • Large Easy Release Button

BEST FOR: LONG TERM RIDERS

Wide, easy to use, and stronger than most other racks, the Yakima FatCat 6 Evo may not be the first on our list, but it may just be the best. Wide-expanding hinges accommodate any sized ski or board while a large release button means you can operate this rack even with mittened or gloved hands in the cold. 

The only thing to note is that if you have a T-slot crossbar on your car, you’ll need to purchase the Yakima SmarT slot Kit 2 for attachment. Apart from that, however, this is one of the lightest and most reliable racks on our list. Recommended to all riders, especially those of an advanced level looking to ride well into the future.

Thule Project Tram

Specs
  • Mount: Rear
  • Ski Capacity: 6
  • Snowboard Capacity: 4
Features
  • Ultra-Soft Rubber Keeps Rack In Place Without Damaging Your Car
  • Easy-To-Open Push-Button Design
  • Rear-Mount As Opposed To Roof Mount

BEST FOR: RIDERS THAT WANT A REAR MOUNTING SYSTEM

It isn’t often that you’ll see a rear mount ski and snowboard rack, but every so often a great one hits the market.  If a rear style hitch is for you, the Thule Project Tram hitch is a safe bet for any rider. With capacity for up to 6 skis or 4 boards, the Thule Project Hitch will securely hold your gear in place on any road. 

Things to note with a rear hitch include the likely need for more tune-ups as unwanted gravel and/or sludge from the road may make its way up into your board or bindings during the drive. Other than that, we recommend this hitch to any rider with a preference for a rear-hitch system.

Yakima HitchSki

Specs
  • Mount: Rear
  • Ski Capacity: 6
  • Snowboard Capacity: 4
Features
  • Soft, Flexible Rubber For Padding
  • Adjustable Arms For Mounting
  • Fits Most Bikes As Well

BEST FOR: MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES

Built to mount skis, boards, and bikes, the Yakima Hitchski mount is a bit cheaper and simpler than Thule’s model, but still a reliable option for any rear-mount seeking rider. With a secure lock and key system and the added customizability to suit your needs, this hitch is great for any rider looking for a mount that can be used for bikes as well.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A SNOWBOARD RACK

If you’ve read through this list, you’ve seen how greatly these racks can vary. From boxes to rear-hitches and simple clamp-closing systems, the verbiage is quite abundant when it comes buying a snowboard rack. To help you out, we’ve picked out some of the key features to consider when buying your snowboard rack, but if you want any more information, read through what others have to say on how to pick the best rack for you.

YOUR INTENTIONS

Before anything, ask yourself how many times you’re intending on riding this season and with how many people. The more you go, the more expensive a mount you should buy. And the more people, the bigger. You may also want to consider the length of your skis and board. Not all systems can accommodate all sizes of skis or boards. So make sure the rack you’re considering fits your specific needs before you hit that add-to-cart button.

 

STYLE

There are three main styles: rear-hitches, boxes, and overhead clamps. And here is what to consider for each:

  • If you’re an avid rider and biker looking for an all-in-one system, seek out a rear-hitch mount. It’ll save you some money in the end.
  • If you like to camp and want a rack that can serve multiple purposes, the overhead box might be best for you as it can store a bunch of extra gear as well.
  • And finally, if you’re a strict rider or board, overhead clamps will do just fine.

 

YOUR CAR

In rare cases, you may need to check your car’s mounting system to ensure the rack you choose is compatible with your vehicle. Not all mounts are universal, so when buying yours, make sure the rack is compatible with your car’s design.

 

ADD-ONS

Depending on which mount you buy, read through the description carefully to note the add-ons. Some rear-hitches require the purchase of an extra cord to secure the system to your car. And some overhead clamps require an adjustable kit for extra-tall bindings. So after you assess your personal intentions, make sure the board suits those, and if not, ask yourself if you’re willing to shell out the extra cash for a different model.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

JAW

You may see the word Jaw a lot while reading though racks online. This merely refers to the hinge itself and how wide it opens or doesn’t.

SKS

SKS, or Same Key System, means that you can use the same key on all of the product’s locks.

REAR-HITCH

A mount that attaches to the back of your car, like a bike-rack, instead of on the top.

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About The Author

While at the University of Virginia, Nate studied Spanish literature and contemporary philosophy and started for its Division 1 lacrosse team. At 20 years old, he began writing about his experiences attempting the world’s most insane adventures. From backcountry skiing in Patagonia to living in a Brazilian favela and high-altitude ice climbing in the Himalaya, Nate sheds light on parts and cultures of the world that remain widely unknown. He’s been featured on the top-rated travel podcast Extra Pack of Peanuts and has published work in a variety of outdoor publications. Currently Nate works as a freelance writer and explorer and competes for the Israeli National lacrosse team at tournaments around the world. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Nepali and proficient in French and Arabic. This past Spring, Nate became the first ever foreigner to porter in the Himalaya.

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