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Item # YAK004U

GateKeeper Tailgate Pad

The perfect companion for pick-up bed transport, the Yakima GateKeeper Tailgate securely carries your bike and four of your friends' bikes to the trailhead. This pad is made from a burly nylon outer material to resist abrasion and weather damage, while the extra-soft felt backing protects your truck's paint job. Its hook-and-loop cradle closure system goes easy on carbon bike frames and painted surfaces, and the integrated strap management system keeps the pad tight and secure all the way up the winding mountain road to the start of the mountain. Plus, the integrated HindSight tuck-away cover opens up the view for your back-up camera or looking out the rear view.
  • Padded tailgate carry system for pick-up trucks
  • System fits up to five or six mountain bikes
  • Outer nylon provides protection from abrasion and weather
  • Felt backing defends your truck's paint job from scratches
  • Hook-and-loop cradle closure system protects carbon frames
Tech Specs
Tech Specs
Bike Capacity
[medium] 5, [large] 6
[medium] mid-size trucks, some older full-size trucks, [large] most full-size trucks
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Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

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Worth the money!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Easy to install and is very durable material to weather the elements. No issue throwing on bikes quickly. Soft padded side keeps it from scratching the pain and can still use the rear back up camera. Worth the money forsure.

Works Nicely With Camera

    The tailgate pad works perfectly for a Nissan Frontier. I like that the opening is big enough to easily use the backup camera. The padding is really nice and the whole pad feels like great quality.

    Perfect protection for truck and bikes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is just perfect for keeping our bikes upright and safe on the road to the trail or destination. It keeps my truck clean and scratch free from the bikes and looks good too. Even though this is my first tailgate pad, I do highly recommend it!

    Perfect protection for truck and bikes

    Thanks for the great review Mike. Love that Goat sticker as well!

    Hey Mike,
    From the photo, it looks like you have a Yakima Truck Rack as well? Is it the Outpost or Overhaul? How do you find the bikes fit under the rack?

    Easy to load four bikes without too much trouble from the truck bed rack?
    Thanks in advance!

    Rad Pad

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've owned quite a few different tailgate pads over the years, but this is one of my favorites for sure. Great fit on my truck. I've had issues in the past with pads, especially with the durability on the straps, but this thing is still going strong after some rough trips. Definitely worth it.

    Good Cover

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It's cover was purchased for a midsize pickup truck fit the tailgate perfectly cut out for the handle perfect love the straps that grab the bike works great definitely worth the money

    Keeping the Taco pretty

      With friends that don't care as much about your car as they do their beater. This was a much appreciated addition to my tailgate and it feel built to last

      Built to Last

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      We've been beating this thing up for months and it hasn't got a scratch on it. I can't believe how durable it is.

      Unanswered Question

      Will this product fit a 2nd gen Tacoma in the medium?

      LOVE this thing.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Yakima has a winner here. Everything about the product is of really high quality, even down to the burly straps and the felt material that goes up against your truck paint. The outer material is soft but has a slight shell/coating to it that stands up very good to weather/sun (so far). And if nothing else was great about this thing, the "hindsight" flap that flips up when you aren't using the full pad so that your truck backup camera isn't blocked is incredible and so convenient. Pumped!