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Thule - Gate Mate Tailgate Pad

Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad

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Tech Specs

heavy-duty vinyl, foam padding
[small] fits most mid-sized trucks (54-inches wide), [large] fits most full-sized trucks (62-inches wide)
Recommended Use:
bike transport
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

Gate Mate Tailgate Pad

Thule’s Gate Mate Tailgate Pad keeps your truck, along with your two-wheel investments, protected and pristine. Burly nylon straps secure the Gate Mate Pad to your truck, and its ultra-durable, heavy-duty vinyl and extra padding protect your prized possessions. Thule’s Knock-Block design cushions and prevents the bikes from moving to the sides of the bed, and a pull-up cover provides easy access to the tailgate handle without removing the pad.

  • Heavy-duty vinyl and foam padding
  • Nylon straps secure pad to your tailgate
  • Knock-Blocks cushion and prevent movement
  • Handle hood tailgate access

Easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

This is the first tailgate pad that I have owned. Easy to install and easy to use.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an awesome accessory to our truck! We load bikes in and out all summer long and it has been awesome to have this in the back of the truck and throw on when we like bikes in! Really protects the truck and folds up pretty tight! Great purchase and Thule is awesome!

Perfect fit for Hilux

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The tailgate pad (small size) is very easy to mount and dismount, it fits perfectly with Toyota Hilux 2012, also bike acolyte smoothly once it is in place. Only removing 1 star since I got a small scratch in my paint after using it 1st time, but haven’t realized what caused it since the interior material is soft.
Other good thing is that is light and easy to put away. Only need to be careful to not loose the elastic bands in each strap.

does its job

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

if you have a truck and dont want to spend the big bucks to get the expensive bike racks, then this is for you. just throw it over your truck bed, throw your bikes on. and you are ready to head up to the trails!

Needs individual bike straps

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is really nice with the bumper ends and all but I like the pads with the individual straps for the bikes better.

Best way to transport bikes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a new Toyota Tacoma and bought the small. This is definitely the best way to shuttle mtn bikes around if you have a truck. Pad is durable, keeps bikes from scratching car and bikes don't move at all when driving. Just throw the bikes over the tailgate and be on your way.

I highly recommend this pad.

Built for late model trucks.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ordered this pad intending to use it on my first generation Toyota Tundra. As other users have mentioned, it's made for the newer trucks that flair at the top of the tailgate. I certainly could have made this work on my truck, but, it wasn't quite right. Additionally, I like to be able to throw my topper on my truck while leaving my pad on. Because of the extra material in the top of the pad, the glass on the shell would not have closed.

Pretty cool setup for one of the newer pick ups without a topper. Not ideal for the 'ol ones.

A Must Have for Shuttling

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Large for my Titan and it fits great. Like chad mentioned below, the Dakine pads seem to fit a little better without gaps between the tailgate and the pad, but this will get the job done and will make life easier when you've got a lot of bikes to pile in and shuttle. The added loops to secure the bikes are a bonus, my original pad didn't have anything like that so they would flop around a bit in bumpy terrain or on corners, so that will help keep your bikes in one spot while you're traveling.

Easy Transportation

    This tailgate pad makes fitting a bunch of bikes into the bed of your truck easy. I have a 2004 Toyota Tacoma and purchased the small. My only complaint is that the top of the pad has a large flat section that appears to be made for trucks with a plastic cap on the tailgate. The Dakine pad does fit a little nicer on tailgates without this. Not a deal breaker just something to think about before you purchase a pad.

    I Cannot Believe I Went Without This

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I just purchased this tailgate pad (Large for my F350) and have had a chance to use it a few times so far. It was very easy to install, provides excellent protection for your bike, bikes stay in place very well, it has bomber construction/material, and opening and lowering the tailgate is no problem. I highly recommend it.


      The Gate Mate comes in two sizes?54? and 62? for compact and full-size trucks

      Quick and Easy...

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

      The Thule Gate Mate makes transporting bikes super quick and easy...saves extra time by not having to hassle with fitting bikes on racks. Also, reduces wear and tear on the bike and leaves no scratches on tail gate!


        The Thule pad makes transporting 5 mtb's in a pick-up truck super easy. The bonus is bikes don't get dinged or scratched, unlike putting them on my trailer mounted hitch where they getting trashed from grinding against each other.