Küat Grip 4 Ski Rack – High End Looks and Easy to Use
Küat Grip 4 Ski Rack – High-End Looks and Easy to Use
The Küat Grip 4 Ski Rack ($279) will take your ski rack user experience up a few notches. This rack has curb appeal! You’ll notice the slick styling and quality craftsmanship as soon as you take it out of the box. After weeks of use and constant exposure to winter road grime, the finish continues to shine.
Küat Grip 4 Ski Rack review
The process of using a ski rack begins with mounting the rack on your vehicle. The Küat goes on any standard crossbars. I spent about 40 minutes mounting the rack. Kuat upgraded the mounting process by including a pivot point that is operated by an Allen wrench. The pivot point enables the rack to quickly be brought to a “level” position despite the angle of the cross bars. This quick leveling is handy and easy to do.
The Küat rack has premium hardware. You’ll notice it right away if you previously have used other racks, The opening and closing feels good and sounds good each time. The rack has a large handle that operates the latching mechanism. The entire system works well and is easily operable with large gloves on for cold days on the slopes. Küat’s hardware consists of the open/close latch, a manual slider locking mechanism, and a key lock security system. All components work well. The quick manual slider lock is great, and the key lock makes for a great double security system to make sure your skis/boards are locked on your roof and won’t fly off on the highway.
The Grip 4 Rack also raises the game with the “slide-out” feature. The base of the rack “slides out” to allow you to more easily place skis and boards on the rack. This will keep your ski clothes clean as you will not need to lean against the vehicle to place your skis/boards in the rack. The slide-out feature is super easy to operate wearing winter gloves. After you slide the base of the ski rack back into position on top of the vehicle, the Küat rack closes easily and smoothly every time with a simple pull down on the handle. The Küat rack is a premium product that looks good and works well.
While growing up in St. Louis, MO, Mattis spent his summers with his family in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The trails of RMNP became his favorite stomping ground and he went to summer camp in nearby Estes Park first climbing Longs Peak as a 13-year-old camper.
He shared this passion for the Rockies with his wife, Deb, and ultimately they decided to imprint the Rockies on their three daughters by spending their childhood summers in Estes Park camped in a travel trailer. This love affair with the Rockies continued while Mattis pursued his business interests for 25 years on the East Coast. Winter ski trips and summers spent in RMNP stoked the fire to ultimately make the move to pursue his passion’s full time in Colorado in 2015.
Hiking, skiing, biking and fly-fishing were the activities of choice and Mattis decided to build any future businesses around these pursuits. He’s come a long way since he caught his first fish in Kentucky Lake as a 3-year-old with a bamboo pole.
His first fish caught on a dry fly was in the Indian Peaks and he quickly took to hiking to alpine streams and fishing for wild trout. He’s fished throughout Colorado and into New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. He’s always got his fishing gear in the car and has created the concept of the “double,” skiing / biking in the morning and catching some fish in a nearby river in the afternoon.
He maintains his fitness on his road and mountain bikes and is known for his all-seasons, all-weather, “always train outside” approach to his physical training sessions with Sean Sewell at Colorado Personal Fitness. His passion for gear that enhances his pursuits and allows for more time outdoors is reinforced in a favorite Colorado adage, “there’s no bad weather, just bad gear!”