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Rack Warehouse: The Yakima Showdown

 Rack Warehouse: The Yakima Showdown

The Yakima Showdown is the first of it’s kind side loader for both kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The last thing anyone wants to do after a day on the water is lift your 80lb kayak to put it on the roof of your vehicle! Yakima’s ShowDown solves that problem with it’s slide and tilt mechanism that allows you to load your kayak or SUP at weight height, making loading and unloading much easier.  

The ShowDown includes flexible width-adjustable felt covered kayak and SUP saddles that easily conform to the size and contours of your boat or boards. The ShowDown's flip-out loading platform folds flat when not in use, providing a low profile for improved overhead clearance. The ShowDown features tool-free installation with built-in universal mounting hardware, and may be locked to your crossbars for additional security (SKS Lock cores are sold separately). The ShowDown is compatible on most vehicles with Yakima, Thule, Rhino-Rack, Malone and Inno after-market crossbars.  Please note that specific vehicle fits and crossbar lengths will be required for the ShowDown to have proper side clearance. You must have a minimum of 3.5" of crossbar protruding beyond the tower and the outboard clamp can be no farther than 4" from the tower. Heavy-duty tie-down straps and bow stern tie-downs are included.


Key Features:

  • Ability to load your kayak or stand-up paddleboard at waist height

  • Capacity: 1 kayak or 2 SUPs, up to 80lbs

  • Product Weight: 21lbs

  • Includes heavy duty tiedown straps 

  • Includes bow & stern tie downs 

  • Tool Free Installation with universal mounting hardware

  • Flexible felt-covered saddles

  • Flexible width-adjustable felt covered kayak and SUP saddles


It is important to note that the Showdown is not compatible with factory crossbars, flush mounted crossbars, Yakima's BaseLine roof rack, or any other roof rack that mounts similar to the BaseLine rack.  There is a minimum of 3.5" of crossbar protruding beyond the towers is required for installation.

For more information and insight, please check out the short video below that highlights the key features and walks through the quick installation set-up:



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