Saris 6-Bike Tailgate Pad Review

Capability Check – Can It Actually Maintain 6 Bikes Safely?

Advertising hype usually oversells merchandise, however I used to be decided to see if the Saris might assist its full 6-bike declare. Impressively, all six bikes match with out pedals getting tangled in spokes or frames rubbing towards one another.

Nevertheless, a small concern arose: when loaded with six bikes, the outermost bike’s tire prolonged past the protected space of the pad, leaning towards the truck’s paint.

Whereas not perfect, it’s a minor concern, contemplating six bikes are greater than most vans may even carry when it comes to passengers.

Fitment Concerns

If you wish to match 6 bikes safely, the Saris 6-Bike Tailgate Pad requires 59 inches of clearance between the mattress’s wheel wells. For reference, my Ram 2500’s mattress is round 66 inches.

Widespread vans just like the F-150 are about 51 inches, and the Toyota Tacoma is even narrower, at 44 inches.

Why am I spouting off truck mattress dimensions? Effectively, as a result of it performs an enormous function in what this (or any) tailgate pad can really match.

Most vans can’t accommodate six bikes with out some interference, making the Saris a strong alternative for bigger vans. Nevertheless, it might actually work for any truck, with the understanding that you just gained’t match six (safely).

All that was a long-winded means of claiming that this pad can solely accommodate 6 bikes as marketed you probably have the mattress area dimensions to assist it.

What I Preferred (and Didn’t Like)

The set up was simple and simple, particularly with the helpful strap software Saris included. The fitment was good for my truck, with no ugly ripples or folds. A welcomed change from my present tailgate pad.

The G-hooks are a pleasant contact. You’ll be able to shortly safe or take away the bikes while not having to attempt to ‘un-loop’ one other nylon fastener.

The 2 included storage compartments are a sensible contact. I discovered them to be a pleasant place to place gloves, soiled socks (not judging), pumps, instruments, and so on.

Whereas I do respect the foldable protecting flap for the truck’s backup digicam, when loaded with 6 bikes, you don’t see a lot, if something in any respect. However with 3-4 and even 5 bikes, it’s an effective way to nonetheless see the place you’re going when backing up with out dropping bike safety.

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