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GateKeeper (2018-2021) Large
- Tailgate pad for your truck that securely carries your bikes to the trailhead
- Velcro® cradle closure system is easy on carbon bike frames and painted surfaces
- Rugged nylon outer material resists abrasion and weather damage
- Extra soft felt backing protects your truck's paint job
- Integrated strap management system keeps the pad tight and secure on the way up the mountain
- Large size has a 6 bike capacity and fits most full-size trucks with tailgates 62" or wider
- WARNING for California Consumers
- Weight: 8.00 lbs.
- Dimensions: L 62.00 in x W 7.00 in x H 20.00 in
- Limited Two Year Warranty
GateKeeper (2018-2021) Large
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Like many reviewers, I loved this pad but my velcro straps failed in just a couple months. I loved the design of this pad and all the features it included but it wouldn't hold 6 bikes securely without the straps. Sewing new velcro onto the straps didn't seem reasonable. I found some 1" aluminum G-hooks online which work even better than the original straps. I cut the velcro off of the straps which was surprisingly easy and just replaced it with these metal hooks. It took about 3 minutes per strap and only cost me a few dollars. It works so well it doesn't even feel like a hack.
Love this tailgate pad! It is now the golden standard for our crew for shuttle runs. One friend got one, we all shredded it, now we've all got it. No idea what people are talking about with their pad failing in six months. We shuttle often and generally do multiple laps. Ours are all holding up and going on over a year now for most of us. Only bummer is we all started getting ebikes and they don't really fit in the tailgate pad very securely! If Yakima could make some tailgate pad extensions that would really help us all out!
Same story as the other reviews. It works great when you first get it, but the darn Velcro straps stopped working after 3 months. I’m still able to use the pad by securing the bike(s) with a bungee cord across the frame. It would be nice if the product wasn’t defective tho. $160 is a good bit of pocket change for something that needs to be rigged to work.
I cannot recommend this product. The Velcro straps are garbage just like everybody else here is saying. The pad itself seems to be durable and the inside is soft and does not scratch your truck. However, the Velcro straps that secure the bike failed after just two months and frankly, the straps that hold it to the pick up truck aren’t that great either. It seems Yakima doesn’t really care too much about the obvious flaw given all the reviews. I’m sure they are happy to keep raking it in on this cheaply made, poorly designed afterthought of a product. There are similar priced and even cheaper alternatives that have been recommended to me without the same issues.
Great looking truck pad, fits great and easy install on 2017 Tacoma. Bikes load well and it has plenty of padding. However after 5 months the velcro on the straps has deteriorated to the point that it doesn't stay attached anymore. Was hoping to have this truck pad for years to come, unfortunate that it no longer holds the bikes. Would be 5/5 if not for this
If you own a Honda Ridgeline it’s a fantastic buy. Open the tailgate like a door and slip the thing on. Super easy to install. I drive about 45mins to the trail head at 75mph no wiggle no movement. Best value for being able to hull 5 bikes can’t beat it. Will have to see how well the Velcro holds up over the years. Oh for you Honda Ridgeline owners buy a medium I think Yakima website set me up on a large but the length I think would be too long, medium fits great.
When I bought this pad the velcro issue had not been reported yet. My story is the same as all the others. Great pad but securing straps WILL FAIL. As the grip of the fake velcro fails I would use a different strap. After the second strap failed (won't stick) I decided to move on to a different brand. I communicated back and forth with Yakima about a possible design change on their updated product. No luck, no change in the straps. It seems that Yakima doesn't want to pay the royalty cost for real velcro. Not sure why anyone would give this pad 5 stars. securing straps are the most import part. Yakima, read the reviews and fix this problem.
When I bought this pad the velcro issue had not been reported yet. My story is the same as all the others. Great pad but bike securing straps WILL FAIL. As the grip of the fake velcro fails I would use a different strap. After the second strap failed (won't stick) I decided to move on to a different brand. I communicated back and forth with Yakima about a possible design change on their updated product. No luck, no change in the straps. It seems that Yakima doesn't want to pay the royalty cost for real velcro. Yakima, read the reviews. The strap issue IS a big deal. It's the weak link.
I love this idea for pickup truck. The only problem I have with the Gatekeeper is the Velcro is very weak. I would definitely would like better to secure my bikes.
I purchased this as a lower cost option to transport several bikes in my truck. The issue I ran into was that I have a 2015 Ram 1500 and the top of the tailgate has a lip that is also curved. These covers would work best on a flat tailgate. The lip and curve of the tailgate would not allow the Gatekeeper to fit flat at all. Due to this I am returning this item to purchase a hitch style bike rack. Other than that, the Gatekeeper seemed well built and would do a good job at carrying bikes.