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August 8, 2017

Best Hitch Mount: Yakima Dr. Tray One of the easiest and a quickest racks to assemble and install, the new Dr. Tray is available for both 1.25” and 2” hitches. Incredibly versatile, the Dr. Tray can handle road, mountain, and fat-tire bikes (up to 5” tires.) With 18” between the trays and tool-free adjustable spacing, it takes only a few seconds to ensure that your bikes won’t interfere with each other. Best Roof Rack: Yakima HighRoad The new HighRoad let’s you keep the front wheel on your bike without the loss of stability that’s common on such roof mounts. Universal mounting hardware makes it compatible with most roofs and a new system makes it impossible to over-torque the bike retaining…

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August 8, 2017

I was excited to see Yakima at ICAST in hopes that their first year at the sportfishing tradeshow is a sign that they’re bringing their indestructible and intelligent gear-hauling expertise to my favorite sport. In fact, they’ve already introduced a new truck bed extender at the New Product Showcase. The extender is built of square, aluminum tubing to be light and tough. Best of all, it can be set at three positions: open tailgate, closed tailgate and even extended to support a load on a roof rack. As expected, this is the last bed extender you’ll ever have to buy. Read Full Post  

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August 8, 2017

@yakimaracks is stepping up their paddlesports transportation game! They just released the Showdown, a side loader rack accessory that makes loading kayaks & SUPs super easy, no matter how tall your vehicle. They are also showing off their Easyrider double decker trailer concept, which will be available in the Spring. —– #outdoorretailer #outdoorretailer2017@outdoorretailer —– Live coverage by @explorelements Read Full Post

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July 7, 2017

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August 8, 2017

When Yakima first announced the release of their roof top tent last year, three attributes from the press release immediately caught my attention. The 95-pound weight for the smallest of two sizes made it one of the lightest roof top tents on the market, and because Yakima has spent several decades perfecting all manner of roof racks and accessories, it utilized an innovative quick-release mounting system. Best of all, in a market rife with expensive offerings, it was promised with an approachable entry price of just $1,000. Read Full Post

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August 8, 2017

Yakima have one of the most popular kayak fishing trailers with the rack and roll trailer, and they have just one-upped themselves. Yakima has introduced the EasyRider trailer, and it is perfect for kayak fishing. The Easy Rider is built with two levels. The bottom level is perfect for your big heavy kayak, while the top level, at 78-inches wide, can hold all of your gear or two more kayaks. Read Full Post

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August 8, 2017

Transporting bicycles isn’t easy. If your vehicle is big and functional enough, it’s possible throw a bike or two inside, with the front wheels removed. The roof is a good place but placing bicycles on a larger vehicle may be challenging for some. Also, once on the roof bikes cause significant drag, make a lot of noise, and kill the fuel economy. Transporting bikes on a rack mounted behind the vehicle seems like it makes the most sense. Here, the bikes are easier to load and don’t create drag. Still, it’s not a perfect solution as the rack extends the length of your vehicle, may block visibility, and now your trunk is inaccessible. Unlike a roof rack, for full vehicle…

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May 5, 2017

  Last summer, when Yakima’s Garret Barnum invited members of the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society to test some of the company’s sport-rack concept products, he didn’t know that a bunch of little old ladies would show up. The gray-haired women—one of them a 79-year-old paddler—declined any help from Yakima’s Top of Car category director, or anyone else for that matter, when loading their 50-pound sea kayaks on vehicles. “Maybe they weren’t as able-bodied as they once were, but they’re still strong,” says Barnum, a five-year veteran of the iconic Lake Oswego rack company. “They don’t want to lose their independence or ask for a second person’s help.” Read Full Post

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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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