EVOC Tailgate Pad review

Well made and well engineered, but at a cost

Gear
Three straps hold the pad in place.

Three straps hold the pad in place.

The straps positioned in between the reinforced foam guides are optional and are ideal for long trips and rough roads. Persistent movement by the bikes can result in scratches and damage to the paint, especially carbon downtubes. The straps take an extra minute to mount/un-mount the bike, but they cinch the bike down to the supportive pad and prevent movement.

The straps can be a little tricky to feed through the hook strap, as it is a tight fit. Also, the straps are facing straight up instead of forward to meet the downtube. Moving the whole pad forward though solved this for us. Finally, we wish the straps were anchored in place to prevent them from sliding around or coming off the pad.

The pad is wide enough at the top for trucks that have a wide tailgate. Also, the pad is treated with a polyurethane coating to help it survive the damaging forces of sun and rain.

Molded and reinforced pads guides keeps the bikes in place.

Molded and reinforced pads guides keeps your bikes in place.

Sizing

Two sizes are available, M/L and L/XL. Use the M/L for the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Canyon, Ford Ranger and other compact trucks. Use the L/XL for full-size trucks — Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford-F150, Dodge Ram, etc.

Straps can be used to cinch down the downtime and hold the bikes in place.

Straps can be used to cinch down the downtube and hold the bikes in place.

Bottom Line

The EVOC Tailgate Pad is one of the more expensive options in the category, but given the attention to design and construction, we think it’s the best, too — as long as you don’t mind the massive logo.

For more info please visit www.evocusa.com.


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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