EVOC Tailgate Pad review

Well made and well engineered, but at a cost

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The local high school kids put 5 bikes on the bed and jumped on board in just a couple minutes.

The local high school kids put 5 bikes on the bed and jumped on board in just a couple minutes.

Lowdown: EVOC Tailgate Pad

Tailgate pads are not complex devices. In fact, many people just use a moving blanket or some other rudimentary padding when loading bikes on the tailgate of a truck. But as bikes get more expensive, trips get longer, and roads get rougher, there is something to be said for using the right tool for the job. Better to find a worry-free solution that can handle all roads and weather conditions. This offering from EVOC is one of the best. Read on to find out why.

Stat Box
Weight: 2180g, size M/L; 2640g size XL Price: $160 M/L, $180 XL
Size: 136x85x2cm size M/L; 160x100x2cm size XL Rating: 5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 out of 5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Well designed straps and separators
  • Up facing straps, forward would be better
  • Window for hatch access
  • Expensive
  • Wide pad area
  • Huge EVOC logo
  • Durable and weather proof
  • Strap feeding can be difficult
  • Looks great
  • strap moves around and is not anchored in place
  • Moveable and removable straps

Review: EVOC Tailgate Pad

This tailgate pad does the job of protecting your bikes and truck extremely well. And it doesn’t take a lot of time to load and unload the bike as with more complex rack apparatus.

A velcro-held window allows access to the tailgate handle.

This window allows access to the tailgate handle.

The real advantage of the EVOC pad are the molded foam guides on top of the pad. They keep the bikes in place and separate the bikes from each other on rough roads. On trucks with shallow beds, bikes with big wheels can often flop around and move when just sitting on a pad or moving blanket. These guides do a good job of keeping bikes in place.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Bobby Seegmiller says:

    I am a coach/ride leader for the largest mountain bike team in the Nation. (150 plus kids). Needless to say, there are bikes in and out of the back of my truck often and in masses! The EVOC pad is awesome! It properly spaces 6 bikes and holds them in place if you elect not to use the strap. There are some issues with feeding the straps through the guide where the velcro is sewn to the strap. I plan to glue these together to solve the problem. I also rotate the reinforced foam guides toward the bed of my truck so the down tube rests there. I have had a few snags in the pad material from the chain ring teeth bit other than that it has been a great pad. I would recommend it over Thule and Yakima any day of the week! You get what you pay for!

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Awesome feedback Bobby!!

      For the feeding of the straps, one trick is to trim the strap where the rubber meets it so there is no overhang.

  • T Arnold says:

    I have the previous generation EVOC tailgate pad. It’s been a good product and I see obvious and tremendous improvements in this new one. That said, the black fabric areas of the one have rapidly faded to a dark gray and then a light and uneven gray color. Though the pad works well, it looks terrible. I called EVOC and they said this is normal and expected and that they can’t do anything about it. When I see other brands holding up much better, it’s obvious EVOC has some serious catching up to do in terms of material and dye selection. It may be a good pad, but not 5 star. 3.5.

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