Küat Racks Grip 4 Roof Snowboard Rack Review

About Küat Racks


Küat Racks designs lightweight, stylish and easy-to-use products that help snowboarders, adventurers, cyclists and a variety of outdoor enthusiasts get out and do more of what they love. Starting off in 2008 as an idea for a better way to transport bikes evolved into a thriving company that creates high-end, awesomely engineered hitch racks, roof racks and accessories that push the envelope of innovation.

With a team of industry experts and avid cyclists, Küat is a machine fueled by bright ideas and heated debates that consistently deliver innovative solutions that chase that perfect balance of style and substance with core function and simplicity.

Grip 4 Overview
Designed to carry 2 snowboards(4 skis) the Küat Grip 4 is a highend elegantly built roof rack that will carry your snowboards to your destination in an easy to use and stylish way.

Specs from Küat:

  • GRIP 4 comfortably fits 4 sets of large skis or 2 snowboards
  • GripLock™ rubber securely holds snowboards or skis of varying size
  • Slide out feature makes for easy loading and unloading
  • Flip™ Mount System allows for quick install or removal
  • Both GRIP and Flip Mount System are fully locking
  • Metal outer shell provides unmatched strength and finish
  • Large intuitive handle makes operation a breeze
  • Max Roof Weight 165 Lbs
  • Patent Pending Design

Intended Use
The Grip roof rack by Küat is used to carry up to 2 snowboards to your desired resort or backcountry destination securely and safely.

Recommended For
Anyone looking for a well designed and easy to assemble universal mount roof rack snowboard carrier.

Review Date and Location: 2019 in Colorado

Review:

We met with Küat at the outdoor show in 2019 and were very impressed with their product offerings and company culture so we were stoked to get our hands on a Grip 4 to test over the later part of the season. The Küat Grip roof rack system arrived with all the specified parts (flip mounts, racks, tools and bolts) and after reviewing the simplified user-guide it was fairly straight forward to install the Grip roof rack to any universal crossbar.

I found that round or teardrop shaped crossbars are optimal for this roof rack, I did not have the opportunity to try square crossbars. There is also a direct mount option (sold separately) as well if you want a more streamlined connection to your crossbars without using the flip mounts.

Assembly of the Grip rack was simple and you can really tell that the Küat engineers designed these racks to be durable for a lifetime of use. Installation of the rack onto the crossbars was easy after I found the correct way to loop the straps fo the flip mount back into the strap lever, the rack was easy to adjust and tighten for a snug fit on my teardrop shaped Yakima crossbars. Once you’ve secured and tightened the racks to the crossbars the final touch is to use the provided key to securely lock the tabs in place.

The best part about the Grip rack system is the sliding tray. Once you’ve opened the racks you can simply slide out the tray and place your snowboards on the tray (leave about .5″ of space to the edge tray) push the tray in and close and lock the racks. The GripLock Rubber is thick and locks your snowboard in place I really felt it wouldn’t budge even in the harshest windy environments I encountered (up to 60mph) they didn’t move.

These racks sit up a bit high on your vehicle, if you use the flip mount system, so be prepared for that as you’ll get a bit more wind noise. I am very happy with the ease of use and performance of the Küat Grip 4 roof rack and am looking forward to using the system for many seasons to come.

Overall Impressions:

I am pleased with the overall performance of the Küat Grip 4 roof rack, including the ease of installation. I’m very impressed with the bomb proof components of the Grip 4, and to date, it is the most convenient and easy to use roof rack I’ve ever tried. I would recommend the Grip to anyone looking for a universal roof rack that is easy to install on almost any vehicle that has a crossbar system.

Pros

  • Unique look
  • Durable long lasting components and hardware
  • Slide out tray makes it easy to load snowboards
  • Easy to adjust with provided tools
  • Universal Mounting to almost any crossbar
  • Reasonable Price

Cons

  • Slightly Noisy
  • Sits up High on crossbars without the additional direct mount option

Rating

Price:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Design:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Overall:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

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