TAILGATE PAD SHOOTOUT
Photos & Video by Dusten Ryen
Tailgate pads are a quintessential piece of gear for any truck owning mountain biker. Sure, you could just use a big ol’ moving blanket to get the job done, but tailgate pads can offer better protection and security, especially on long road trips or shuttle runs up bumpy fire roads. We teamed up with the fine folks at CompetitiveCyclist.com to put together a little tailgate pad shootout, to determine which pad reigns supreme. Out of the 8 pads we got together, seven of them are readily available at Competitive Cyclist. While there are still quite a few pads on the market that are not in this round up, we felt that these eight were some of the most popular at this moment. For this series, we will be releasing a new tailgate pad video every Tuesday for the next few weeks, leading up to a little round table discussion that will provide our recommendations and crown our favorite pad.
What makes a tailgate pad great you might ask? Well, there are a few things that we look for in no particular order:
- Bike Retention
* Bonus points for those that are eBike friendly right away
- a) Bike Protection
b) Vehicle Paint Protection
- How well the pad fits the tailgate of various trucks (overall width / amount of straps used)
- Whether the pads actually fit the amount of bikes that they claim will fit.
- Accessibility / Usability (Is the handle easily accessed? Can the backup camera be used easily?)
Disclosure: Our team selects all of the products we review and do so with honesty and objectivity in mind. Some of the products we receive come directly from Competitive Cyclist, who also value our readers and have offered them a 15% discount (exclusions apply) on their first purchase by using LOAMWOLF15. Through this program we may also receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks for your support, TLW.