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April 4, 2017

I generally have a choice when I want to travel with one or more of my bikes: do we leave my bikes home and take the kids, or leave the kids to fend for themselves and bring whatever two-wheeled steed I favor? Of course the kids always win. Well, most of the time. Another issue that has arisen with the advent of fat bikes and car racks is that some sort of modification is needed to allow your fatty to fit – if they fit at all. Hitch racks generally need new fat-compatible trays and roof racks generally need you to remove the front wheel. Fortunately, manufacturers are quickly adapting their racks to fit most bikes right out of the…

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December 12, 2016

The Outer Banks are a sick place to go camping if you like to fish. We spent three days there this year in early September. We got stuck, ate sand, and tried to catch from kayaks in a tropical storm. This is what it’s like to fish a place for the first time. It was 5:45 .a.m. in Yucca Village, N.C. We were on the last leg of a long drive—Long Island to the Southern Outer Banks—making one more stop to fuel up before catching a ferry out to South Core Island. The TV behind the counter was broadcasting local weather. Hard rain and gusts of wind at up to 50 miles an hour. We were about to spend the…

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May 5, 2017

As cars become smaller and people are increasingly seeking out more practical and fuel-efficient options, rooftop carriers have become an almost essential piece of equipment for outdoor enthusiasts – especially those who happen to share their outdoor excursions with the family. The amount of gear required to get a family to the slopes, or the campsite, or the mountain biking trails can be staggering, and a rooftop carrier can make the prospect infinitely more manageable. If they aren’t thoughtfully designed, however, a rooftop carrier can actually add more hassle to an excursion than it eliminates. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of that kind of frustration, it might be time to take a serious look at Yakima’s new…

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March 3, 2017

   

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February 2, 2017

Or, in other words, an exercise in decluttering and organization necessitated by a 200-square-foot living space A decade ago, I’d have scoffed at the suggestion that fitting everything we needed for road life into a 23-foot travel trailer would be tricky. Back then, my wife Jen and I embarked on all manner of western adventures in a 1998 Volkswagen Golf, stuffed to the gills. How hard could it be to fit all our stuff into a setup that, along with a pickup, measures nearly 40 feet long? Turns out, it’s harder than you think, even if you’re committed to simplicity. The day-to-day infrastructure in an Airstream is mostly self-contained, but there are some bulky exceptions: camp chairs, a table, solar…

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March 3, 2017

Secure Bike Racks for Your Car, Truck, or SUV.  Transporting your bike has never been easier or safer. While it would be ideal to step out the front door to your favorite biking trail, sometimes the best routes are further away. Instead of taking off a wheel and jamming your hard-earned bicycle into the trunk of your car, load it up and lock it in place with one of these great new bike rack choices. With options that mount to your roof, trunk, or hitch, all of which accommodate both road and mountain bikes, you’ll be cycling through the hillsides in no time. Yakima Dr.Tray Yakima HighRoad Yakima HoldUp Read More  

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April 4, 2017

Yakima introduces versatile Dr. Tray hitch rack.  Weighs just 34 pounds, accommodates wide array of wheel and tire sizes. Yakima’s new Dr. Tray is designed to accommodate anything from road bikes to fat bikes. All aluminum construction keeps weight to a svelte 34 pounds. With wheel and tire sizes varying so widely these days, Yakima went back to the drawing board to design what they believe to be the ultimate hitch mounted bike tray rack, the new Dr. Tray. The rack is compatible with wheel sizes from 26 to 29er (and 700c), and able to accommodate tire widths from 23mm road rubber to massive 5-inch fatbike tires. Flipping the dual QuickChange levers allows for tool free adjustment while bikes are…

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October 10, 2016

Yakima has been hard at work bringing new products to the market starting with their DrTray hitch rack. The DrTray offers ample adjustability and separation between the bike trays, with up to 18″ of clearance. This can be adjusted and fine tuned as each tray has two large clip lever style locks that release the tray and allow them to slide without the need for tools. The standard rack has two bike trays, but if you can live with the bikes being a bit closer together (11.5″ apart) Yakima is offering the EZ+1 that snaps in and allows a third bike. This addition doesn’t affect the Remote Tilt Lever located at the end of the rack. The bike is held in the tray by a large…

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December 12, 2016

The Yakima Showcase 15 Lets You Haul More Gear Without Having to Buy a Larger Vehicle The Yakima Showcase is a new cargo box from Yakima designed to haul extra gear for your mountain bike road trips. It’s easy to install, simple to operate, and looks great too. I’ve been testing the Showcase 15 which offers 15 cubic feet of storage space. This is basically enough to fit 4 to 5 stuffed duffel bags and backpacks. On one trip I managed to fit two bags plus a whole bike with wheels inside the box, though this probably isn’t what Yakima had in mind when they designed this product. Yakima says skis and snowboards up to 190cm in length can fit…

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November 11, 2016

Yakima SkyRise Rooftop Tent Yakima is jumping into the fast growing rooftop tent category with the Yakima SkyRise. Unlike most rooftop tents, the SkyRise can be installed tool free, and is pounds lighter than the competition. Available in a two or three person size, the SkyRise includes a built-in mattress, and the entire tent is deployed in seconds by unfolding it and extending the ladder. Read More

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November 11, 2016

Yakima Fat Cat 4 Ski and Snowboard Rack Tired of cramming skis and boards in your car, only to have them drip mucky water all over? This ski rack mounts to your roof crossbars and holds up to four pair of skis or two snowboards. We love how its sleek, low-profile design is aerodynamic and whistle-free. And it has a secure locking mechanism, so you can sleep easy knowing your gear is safe outside. Read More

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November 11, 2016

Yakima Products Inc., a vehicle racks and cargo solutions company, has partnered with Locally, an online-to-offline commerce platform that supports local retailers by guiding consumers to local dealers with the desired Yakima products in stock. “We love that Locally supports both our consumers and our brick-and-mortar retailers. It brings together the best of both worlds for our consumers – blending our unparalleled online vehicle customization tool plus the convenience of the 24/7 online experience with the hands-on help and support from local retailers,” said Jason McGibbon, VP of sales at Yakima. “For our retail partners, Locally enables them to have a wider-reaching online presence, and to reach their local customers.” Locally currently features more than 250 Yakima products. Consumers can…

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November 11, 2016

As younger adventurers flock to trailers and RVs to make their lives mobile, outdoor brands eye a slice of the market. When SylvanSport suggested that Chad Carlson’s Woodland Travel Center in Grand Rapids, MI consider selling its line of adventure trailers, he was resistant. As an Airstream dealer, Woodland Travel Center is perched at the premium end of the RV business and Carlson did not want to tarnish his showroom with a pop-up camper. “At first I did not want to carry it,” Carlson said of the SylvanSport GO. “And then I saw it at a show and said, ‘holy crap! This is best product I’ve ever seen.’ The tooling is better than Airstream. I’ve sold 50 of them this…

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November 11, 2016

Yakima rolls with DrTray hitch rack, new roof racks, Skyrise car top tents, Slim Shady Awning, more Want to take it with you? Yakima has a rack for that. In fact, they have a number of new additions to their rack and cargo family that will let you take more than ever on your next road trip. Tray style hitch racks seem to be where the majority of riders want to spend their money to carry precious bikes, but there is still plenty of room for improvement – especially when it comes to bike on bike interference. The new DrTray may just solve that with quick release adjustable trays and plenty of clearance for a number of different bikes… Rather…

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October 10, 2016

Yakima StreamLine System One thing I didn’t understand, is why would you buy a car/SUV/wagon and then attach scaffolding to it, so you can transport bikes. Several reasons for my thinking included: not dooring your bike with it on top of the car or having it fly off in severe wind. Yep, both of those things have happened to me. I drive to rides with a wagon and the bikes are inside. One with the wheels on and two with the front wheels off. My racing buddies use vans and large SUVs for the same reason: to put the bikes inside. Yakima StreamLine System Well, as it happens, since I stopped racing and riding wider, large volume tires instead, I’ve…

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October 10, 2016

1,143 MILES, 14 BEERS, 6 GLASSES OF WINE, 3 MEXICAN COKES AND 2 BIKES. YES THAT WAS OUR OFFICIAL TESTING GROUND FOR THE YAKIMA SPARERIDE BIKE RACK. What better way to test the Yakima SpareRide than with a multi state road trip. We packed up a Jeep full of gear, tossed on the bikes and headed north. Okay maybe it wasn’t that simple. First we had to install theSpareRide which Yakima claims takes about 30 minutes. That might be a little on the exaggerated side. We’ll argue that as it took us 50 to 60 minutes with cleanup. It is not overly difficult or anything, but does take a little time to get the tire off and everything back together. Nice thing is,…

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October 10, 2016

Lots of outdoor enthusiasts love the outdoors, but don’t want to spend it sleeping on the ground because of bugs, snakes, bears, oh my! This is one of the reasons why vehicle roof-top tents are growing in popularity. At the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, we caught up with our friends at Yakima, who showed us the company’s new Sky Rise tent, which was mounted on top of a 2016 Toyota Rav4. The Sky Rise can hold up to 400 lbs. and attaches to factory roof-rail systems. The tent simply folds out from the mounting platform and includes a heavy-duty ladder. According to Garret Barnum at Yakima, the tent can be completely assembled in about three…

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October 10, 2016

Keep your bike secure while driving on the road Driving a bike to the starting line, trailhead, or park is a hassle without the right bike rack. The latest generation of racks are engineered to make moving your bike a cinch—you just need to pick the right one for your cycling lifestyle. If you’re also the type to haul skis, kayaks and/or surfboards, invest in a roof rack crossbar system enabling multiple carry options. If you’re looking for an easy-load bike rack that fits up to four bikes, new hitch racks insert into Class II hitches for simple and safe rear carry. If you have a sedan and carry bikes infrequently, a trunk rack is a simple solution; those with…

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October 10, 2016

The DrTray hitch rack, an all-new offering from Yakima, is designed to eliminate bike-on-bike banging and damage during transport by allowing both of the trays on the hitch rack to be independently adjustable along two different axes. We’ve seen hitch racks from other brands allow side-to-side adjustment to prevent handlebars and seats from hitting each other, but the DrTray adds adjustment of the trays both in and out from the back of the car, allowing you to not only offset the bikes, but pull them further apart. Just flip the levers up and move the tray around. At first blush one might wonder, “why not just permanently keep the bikes as far apart as possible?” but, depending on exactly how…

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October 10, 2016

Comfortable, light weight, lower cost lodging for your car or truck. Rather than a massive SUV, Yakima used a mid-size Toyota Rav4 as the demo vehicle to show Mtbr why it believes a smaller, “expandable” vehicle is the optimum way to handle life’s adventures. Rooftop tents have captured the attention of mountain bikers. They allow adventurers access to far away trails, and establish a base of riding operations quickly. Securely attached to a rack that is positioned on the roof of a truck or car, these tents are space and time efficient. Set up is quick. Basically just unfold, lower the ladder, and climb in. You’ll also be sleeping off the cold, rough ground, with less dirt, bugs, and whatever…

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October 10, 2016

Yakima has two new mountain-bike racks: the HighSpeed (shown above) is a fork-mounted roof rack with a clamp that can handle any axle size. The tightening knob is torque-sensitive and clicks when the axle is secure. The rack is also versatile as far as mounting is concerned, with rubber-wrapped steel straps that can secure to the vast majority of crossbars. The straps can be replaced with T-bolts if you’re one of those fancy folks with aero bars. MSRP is $220, locking core not included. If you want to keep both wheels on, Yakima also has the new HighRoad, which has similar features to the HighSpeed and retails for $230. The Dr. Tray is Yakima’s new remedy for hitch-mount woes. At…

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September 9, 2016

Four kids, two parents, six bikes, food, camping gear, and a dog… the impossible haul required for a family camping trip is doable, just barely, in a workaday Honda minivan. With the campsite booked and the bikes tuned, we were ready for a weekend of day hikes, singletrack, and campfires after dark. But first we had to fit all the gear in the van. This was no small feat. The interior looked like a Tetris game of smart stowage, including a trunk area stacked to the ceiling and sleeping bags stuffed under seats. The dog sat on the floor, contently leashed for the ride. Bikes and other bulky gear went on the exterior. A cargo box, tray mounts, and a…

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September 9, 2016

The Yakima SkyRise introduces a few important upgrades to the growing rooftop-tent industry. The new Yakima SkyRise, which launched last month, is the most utilitarian rooftop tent we’ve seen yet. For one, it’s much easier to attach to your roof than models from Tepui*. Instead of using metal clasps that have to be tightened with a wrench—an awkward process that can take up to 30 minutes—the SkyRise incorporates a series of slick clamps to grasp your bars, no tools required. At 105 pounds for the three-person tent, the SkyRise also lighter than most of its competitors, as it’s made from ripstop nylon rather than canvas. While we prefer the look of the canvas, it is a fair bit heavier. The…

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September 9, 2016

Finding the perfect bike rack for the Tesla Model X can be somewhat challenging due to the back-in setup of most Tesla Supercharger stations. You don’t want your precious Model X hanging out in the lot with the associated risk of it being hit, nor do you want to be that guy/gal who blocks multiple Supercharger stalls while parking across several parking sites. Teslarati recently set out to find the perfect Model X bike rack and believes it found the answer in the Yakima FullSwing Bike Hitch Rack. Yes, Tesla markets its own bike rack for the X, but it’s actually just a rebranded Yakima with a $100 markup and it doesn’t swing out of the way to allow for…

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September 9, 2016

Add this one to the wish list. Yakima, the world-renowned maker of camping products for your vehicle, will soon release the SkyRise, a rooftop camping tent for your crossover or SUV. It’s their first entry into the tent market and by the looks of these initial images, it’s bound to draw plenty of attention from fans of the outdoor lifestyle. As for the tent itself, it’s comprised of a 210D nylon tent body, certified fire-resistant yet breathable and lightweight. Yakima also hooks it up with a PU coated 210D waterproof nylon rainfly. Here, durability and comfort are key and the tent even comes equipped with 2.5-inch foam mattress with a waterproof bottom. No tools are required to vehicle attachment, and…

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