Men’s Journal -Gear lab Special – Featuring SkyBox 16S Limited Edition and SkyBox Lo Carbonite – Winter 2014


Posted in Men's Journal | Tagged , | Leave a comment – Featuring CargoPack – October 2014


Cargo boxes are great for hauling lots of gear, but they’re also expensive and cumbersome to store when not in use. Enter the Yakima CargoPack, a soft-sided cargo bag that affixes directly to the roof of your car but can easily be removed for better gas mileage and rolled up quickly and stowed away.

Other companies have rolled out soft-sided cargo boxes before, but we like the CargoPack’s size and ease of use. With 16 cubic feet of space, there’s plenty of room for boots, tents, and sleeping bags. The non-skid bathtub bottom ensures that you won’t scratch the car’s paint, making it a perfect option for a rental car if you’re traveling. It may not be as tough or as classy looking as a hard case, but it’s far more practical for occasional use. It also costs 60 percent less than the least expensive, comparable-size hard box from Yakima.

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Outdoor x4 – Featuring FullTilt – October 2014


Posted in Outdoor x4 | Tagged | Leave a comment – Featuring Four Play and TwoTimer – September 25, 2014


GearJunkie was on site in Las Vegas this month to kick tires and see the latest in cycling equipment for 2015 at the annual Interbike International Expo. Today, we offer a look at some of the stand-outs from the show floor.

Affordable Hitch Mount — Hitch-mounted racks are quickly becoming the most popular rack for autos. For 2015, Yakima will release two models we expect to see at our local trailheads. The Two Timer and Four Play are designed to carry two or four bikes and are packed with features, including fat bike compatibility.

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Posted in | Tagged , | Leave a comment – Featuring FrontLoader – September 19, 2014


In 2012, I upgraded my mountain bike to a new 29er. The bigger wheel size has been great in the dirt – it rolls over bumps and rocks more easily than the 26er. But, it presents problems for traveling with the bike…What’s one to do to carry a big bike on the roof of your car? Enter the Yakima FrontLoader bike mount.

I’ve had the opportunity to try it out recently and have been very pleased with it. A big advantage of this bike mount is that you can leave the front wheel on the bike. This is especially useful for front through-axle bikes, and leads to much less hassle going to and from the trailhead.

The mount was easy to setup. I used it in combination with a set of square bars (as opposed to Yakima’s round bars). The mounting system is set up to use with just about any shape bar, including factory bars…

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Posted in | Tagged | Leave a comment – Featuring FourPlay and TwoTimer – September 19, 2014


Yakima is celebrating it’s 35th year this year, and they were showing off their very first roof rack, and of course their latest and greatest racks.

Their two newest budget racks were quite interesting. The FourPlay comes in at $499, carrying four bikes up to 45lbs each. Using a 2″ receiver only, it’s convertible to a two bike carrier.

The TwoTimer is built for a 1 1/4″ hitch and is available with a 2″ adapter, the same 45lb capacity, and a folding design makes this…rack a nice deal.

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Posted in | Tagged , | Leave a comment – Featuring Cargo Pack – September 15, 2014


Keep your car from getting crowded with gear by adding extra storage on your roof. The waterproof Cargo Pack adds 16 cubic feet, about the same size as your trunk, on your roof, for your next family road trip to Maine, or ski vacation with your buddies. Interior compression straps cinch down the load to keep your car streamlined, and the padded, anti-skid bottom means that you can use it on your rental car without getting dinged for damage.

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Posted in | Tagged | Leave a comment – Featuring TwoTimer, HoldUp, and FourPlay – September 11, 2014


Interbike has begun and is already steamrolling on with a “can’t stop, wont stop” show. The halls flow with frenzied footsteps that only rest when an interesting product stands out from the rest. Here are some of the products that slowed our feet down.

Overdue, but welcomed, Yakima is releasing a hitch-mounted bike with trays that will cradle all the current tire sizes out there. Yup, that includes 4.8″ fat bike tires. The days of taking your fat tires off and throwing it in the back of the hatchback are over. The TwoTimer rack holds two bikes and carry on the same tilt-down function of the HoldUp rack. The FourPlay rack holds four bikes, but the outer two trays can be quickly removed and only installed for weekend trips with the family…

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Interbike Show daily Day 1 – Yakima’s “Newbie” CEO Gets Acquainted With Industry – September 10, 2014


Posted in Interbike Show Daily | Leave a comment – Q&A: Yakima’s new CEO, Ryan Martin – September 10, 2014


Yakima‘s newest CEO finds himself eyeballing every car rack he sees on the road and quickly admits he has a lot to learn about the sports rack industry.

“I spend a lot more time on the road looking at which brand is fixed to the roof or attached to the hitch,” said Ryan Martin, who took the job in Beaverton, Oregon, about six weeks ago.

Since then he has attended Outdoor Retailer and is now at Interbike (Booth 23124). And, so far, he has enjoyed every minute in an industry far removed from his past job as global director of strategy and business development for Whirlpool Corp.

But Martin, 40, is unfazed by the new role, particularly for someone who has moved his family from the Midwest to live for two years in Hong Kong. “Whirlpool was growing their Asia sourcing footprint and I helped to grow that office and lead a couple of categories,” he said…

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