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.
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.
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.