By far our most common question over the years has been "can I fit skis into the snowboard holder," OR "can I fit a snowboard into the ski holder." Well, the answer is now yes!
We have updated the geometry of the ski holder so that it can now accommodate a Snowboard well! By adjusting the lengths of our various protective areas and strap lengths, we can now fit snowboards into the ski holder.
At the same time, we've also made another small update to the rear outer protective strut, so it should be a bit more durable as we can a couple issues in 2018.
Our pros tried out the new setup last season and were stoked. For those of you who want to accommodate a few different buddies that only ski or snowboard, opposite to your preference, this update is for you. For those of you who want to ski or snowboard, depending on the day, this one is for you.
Instead of tough choices, we now offer you the optimum set up... and here it is:
a) Choose your snowmobile rack. If you can fit the large rack, use it as it hold skis' slightly better and you get more space for you bags or fuel.
b) buy one Ski holder or one Snowboard holder of your preferred set up. If you like to Ski, get the the Ski/Combo holder. If you like to Snowboard, get the snowboard holder.
c) then get the ski/snowboard combination holder for the other side, so any of your buddies, or anyone you want to help out up the mountain can be accommodated.
d) grab an accessory strap or two to carry any bags or spare fuel cans you might want.
This is a pretty sweet development for the Port Tack Racks systems. Nobody likes to compromise, so now everybody can get set up to handle whatever comes up on the mountains.
Weight: .6 pounds Material: UHMW plastic holders, over sized stainless steel bolts (do not worry it is strong enough!) Hardware: Ski Mount Includes all mounting hardware and bolts required for installation. Installation: Bolts onto racks via pre-drilled holds - takes about 5 minutes to install (Including a 3 minutes break!)
Free shipping with all orders over $ 165 Within Canada and the US (lower 48 States). Worldwide shipping available.
Have a question? Something not clear? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 604 340-3749 - Would we be happy to help!
Port Tack Racks is fully geared up for the 2018/2019 season. After running out of Large racks in 2017/2018, we have made a larger batch for this season, so we shouldn't run out this year. It's always hard to predict how much inventory to build every year, but hopefully we can keep up this year.
All the rest of the gear is on the shelf and ready to go. While the forecasts always say there is going to be great snow this year, we actually have no real clue. What we do know is that it's too late to strap a board/skis to your sled if you order your rack on the day it's snowing deep.
Order early in the season, so when the perfect riding day comes, you're already set.
The GNFAC talks us through that happened in Cabin Creek early in 2018 with a rider loosing his life in fairly innocuous conditions. The group knew about the unstable terrain, even taking steps to avoid triggers, like no highmarking, and no riding the steep terrain.
The tragedy struck while the riders was below a steep zone, triggered from the bottom. Be careful out there snowmobilers, and take special note when conditions are unstable.
A number of riders are enjoying the new Ski Doo 850, with it's insane power and handling. Ripping up all those miles will leave a smile on your face, but even more so if you're able to carry a bit of spare fuel for now worries along with your skis and board for clean lines.
There was some worry about the full tunnel radiator interfering with being able to carry a rack, but fear not, there is plenty of room along the sides of the radiator to secure a rack to it. With the 850 making it so easy to double riders and so easy to get to the top of sweet fresh lines, we'd recommend always bringing along at least a board.
In these photos you can see a large rack placed as far forward on the machine as possible. For those who will carry skis with them, we recommend the large rack as it decreases the leverage on your skis more while riding. For those who will carry a snowboard only, a compact rack would be the cleaner choice, unless you want to be able to carry 10 gallons of spare fuel, and thus opt for the large snowmobile rack.
After reading about Canada Posts new commitment to their parcel service last summer, we decided to give them a try for winter 2016/17. So far, it's been a fantastic success. Delivery is so fast and conveninent, and cheap too that we've been able to deliver next day or 2 days to Westen Canada while also dropping our minimum price for free shipping down to $35 order quantity!
Check out an order this week from (lets call her Christy) who needed a snowmobile rack for her husband for Christmas. He's been hauling the kids around and needed to carry extra fuel.
I said if she ordered Monday it would almost surely get to her by Christmas (Friday - 5 days)... well, turns out it got there next day!
We had a similar experience last week, with delivery to Edmonton in only 2 days. Obviously with free shipping we're using ground, so if you're back east you'll still have to wait for as long as it takes to drive that far, but we're really quite impressed!
For our American Customers we continue to use Fedex as we don't quite trust the system yet for crossing the border, but will do some experiments and keep trying to improve all aspects of the customer experience.
In any case, everything is in stock, and for those of you in Western Canada, it might not be too late to get a Christmas present ordered! Works especially well now for customers using PO boxes or in buildings, where Canada Posties have access to your mailbox properly.
For those in Alaska, we're offering for cost shipping now and want to try using Canada Post for you. We think it will be only about $40 for a rack and won't take too long. Send us a message to test it out.
5) Bring a friend, your treat. How much more justifiable is it to offer to take a buddy up for the first time now that their trip is half price.
6) Expedition time. There’s never been a better time to load up a rack or trailer full of gear, plan a point to point trip, and burn baby burn! As the snow starts falling, it’s time to nail down that expedition you’ve been dreaming of.
Many of our Canadian customers ask us why we are pricing in USD when we are a Canadian company. The basic answer, or so we thought, was psychology. We figured that Canadians are used to recalculating prices into CAD from USD while our American customers would not be used to that, and would only really see our headline price, which looks higher. We've always been committed to providing quality racks at modest prices, and we wanted to make sure everyone knew.
In 2014 our price for a Large Snowmobile Rack was 219.99 CAD and for a Ski Strap was 129.99 CAD. We figured that by changing to 184.99 USD and 99.99 USD the price for Canadians would be the same while the price for American’s would seem lower, so sales would improve.
Well, in a year of trying this what we can say is that both our customer bases, Canadian and American, much prefer buying in their home currency, but since we only have one shop, that’s a challenge. Instead of selling 50-50 to Canadians and Americans it's now more like 75-25... fellow Canadians, we're looking to improve! So, as the Canadian dollar continues to tank, and with it our home country sales, we’re here today to announce a price drop… sort of.
We’ve taken 30 dollars USD off our racks, and 10 dollars USD off our ski straps, but had to keep snowboard straps at 99.99 USD as we'll probably run out in early 2016. For American’s, enjoy the price drop. For Canadians, know that we are trying as best we can do shield you from the tanking Canadian dollar, and don’t forget there is no tax on our items, so don’t be so afraid of the conversion. Happy Holidays everyone, may your days be filled with braaap braaap.
The season has started, but not very evenly around the world, in fact, it’s downright muddy for many of us. For those of us still waiting for enough snow to get started, let’s try not to be too bitter and take a look around at some spots where people are out and about.
Having some shallow fun.
OK, so not exactly epic, but a good way to burn some fuel and get out there at least…
Pretty much the same as Michigan, there is some snow on the ground and some kids having fun, but every is waiting for more.
OK, so a bit of a stretch, but at least it’s nice to know the conditions are only average…
OK, now that is more like it. Of course, the commute to Siberia is a bit rough, but worth it when you get there;)
So basically, unless you live at the top of a mountain, everyone is crossing their fingers for more snow!
A quick shipping update. We've managed to get to fedex on Dec. 24, 27, 30 and will again on Jan. 2 so holiday orders are being processed.
In between all that, the snowmobiling conditions have been distracting. While the coast mountains of BC have been pretty disappointing so far this year, the interior of BC has had some great riding. Mountain riding is always a highlight for the year, but there is a lot to be said for trail riding especially when it starts and ends at a remote cabin in the Canadian wilderness.
In recent years the trail riding has been tough in BC as the pine beetle epidemic has devastated much of the forests. Aside from the ecological impact, the practical impact to snowmobiling is that trail systems now need even more maintenance than usual. We set out to clear on our favorite local trails, a Christmas tradition in recent years, and it was hot and hard work. Where snowboards and skis normally sit on our racks, we now never leave the cabin without carrying a chainsaw.
The new growth is significantly larger this year, so it's nice to see the forest renewing itself. The trouble is that these no longer saplings are sprawled across the trails bowed by the great snowpack! That's right, there is tons of snow right now in the caribou, and it's light and fluffy and lots of fun to play in.
After clearing a few broken trees to access our favorite trails we found mile after mile of deep fresh powder to ride to our hearts content. Deep enough to carve beauty figure 8's. Deep enough to ride roughshod over stumps that are no longer obsticles, and deep enough to take face shots all day long.
So, for all the frustrated mountain riders out there, head out to some new territory over the holiday, and don't forget your chainsaw;)
Port Tack Racks make the ultimate in snowmobile cargo racks to help you go further on your sled.
Fits all sleds - Ski Doo, Arctic Cat, Polaris, Yamaha. Accessories include snowboard and ski holders and jerry / gas can straps.