Yakima FatCat EVO 6

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Yakima FatCat EVO 6 and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 84 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars 
Expert Rating: 4 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 60

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • This rack can carry many combinations of skis and snowboards.
  • The rack can last up to ten years, especially if removed during the summer when not in use.
  • Easy to install.
  • Easy to open.
  • It can be a little tricky to latch the items, but they are secure once you have done so.
  • Skis and boards rode quietly even on a long road trip.
  • Easy to switch from one vehicle to another.
  • Lockable rack secures skis and boards if you stop for a bite to eat.
  • Large release buttons are friendly to gloved hands.

Expert Reviews

  • Streamlined, aerodynamic design.
  • Strong clamps and locking mechanism are well worth the price.
  • Yakima’s trademarked clamp gives you mounting options that make it easier to reach your gear.
  • Fits square, round and factory roof mounts.
  • Integrated key system allows to use the same key for multiple Yakima products.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • It can be difficult to achieve a snug grip when you load skis and boards of varying thickness.
  • Wider skis quickly fill up the available space on the rack, limiting the number of pairs it can actually carry.
  • Parts might get brittle in extreme cold.
  • Switching rack from one car to another can be a lot of work.

Expert Reviews

  • Low temperatures may negatively affect the tightening clips.


The Yakima FatCat EVO 6 is a roof-mounted rack that is quiet, durable, and easy-to-use. While the rack may struggle to actually fit six pairs of wider skis, and becomes harder to use in extreme cold temps, overall satisfaction with the rack is pretty high, making it a good option.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4.