Yakima Introduces Gear Solutions Across Hot Outdoor Recreation Markets for Fall 2017/Spring 2018
July 24, 2017
From kayak fishing to roof top tent camping, Yakima continues to meet the needs of growing categories with innovative products
Lake Oswego, OR – Yakima Racks, the leader in vehicle racks and cargo management solutions, is further meeting the needs of the growing adventure sports markets, including kayak fishing, overlanding and roof top camping, with the introduction of its Fall 2017/Spring 2018 lines. The brand will be launching them this week at Summer Outdoor Retailer (booth 36113).
The new products include the EasyRider High trailer, a sleek two-level workhorse that can handle heavier boats, such as fishing kayaks; the LongArm, Yakima’s all-new truck bed extender; and the OffGrid, a versatile new cargo basket. They are also doubling down on their commitment to the roof top tent market with the introduction of numerous accessories for their popular SkyRise tent. For the bike category, the brand is introducing the new BackSwing, which converts any hitch rack into a swing-away rack, and the SingleSpeed single-bike hitch rack.
“For almost 40 years, Yakima has been committed to gear hauling, and we’re not slowing down. As both vehicles and recreation needs change and evolve, we’re right there with them, constantly adapting to make sure we remain at the forefront of cargo management,” said Joel Grabenstein, Yakima Category Director. “Our Fall 2017/Spring 2018 lines make it easier than ever for people to camp, fish, bike, and explore the outdoors.”
Spring 2018 Products
Yakima is upping its camping game in Spring 2018 with the launch of its first accessory line for the popular SkyRise roof top tent, which launched in 2017. The new line-up includes the SkyRise Annex, which transforms the area underneath the tent into a small room for a changing, relaxing out of the elements, or for gear storage. The three walls are made of durable waterproof Ripstop nylon fabric, and the door and 2 mesh windows can be zippered down for privacy [MSRP: Small: $199; Medium: $249].
Other accessories include the SideKick, a slick hanging storage bag durable, waterproof material that keeps dirty shoes outside the tent [MSRP $29]; the SkyLoft storage sling [MSRP: $30]; 300 thread count cotton BedSheets, tailored to fit each size of SkyRise mattress [MSRP: Small: $99; Medium: $119]; and the SunBelt Power Kit, a flexible LED light strip that slides into the SkyRise SideTrack for quick and easy attachment to the outside of the tent or SlimShady awning, and versatile mounting straps that let you attach the SunBelt inside the tent [MSRP $50].
Haul it all with the new EasyRider High utility trailer – perfect for hauling fishing kayaks, paddleboards, bikes, and cargo. Carry up to 500 pounds of gear with two levels of storage and our widest heavy-duty bars. Shock absorbers provide a plush ride for your gear. The smart handle lets you use it as a handcart, and the aluminum construction is strong and light. The trailer is highway-friendly for long trips, and it’s also great for shorter adventures. Storage is easy – just fold in the tongue and roll it out of the way. Accessories, including the SpareTire, TentKit and LongTongue, are also available.
- Top deck: 78”
- Lower deck: 48”
- Distance between decks: 22”
- 500 lb. carrying capacity
- Works with Class I, II and III hitches when a 2”-sized ball is attached
- Tires are tubeless trailer tires, available at any tire shop
- Fully submersible
- Weight: 155 pounds
- EasyRider High: $2799
- SpareTire: $199
- TentKit: $119
- LongTongue: $199
- Available: Spring 2018
A new single-bike hitch rack for fast and light solo travel, the SingleSpeed carries any kind of bike and is super-easy to install and remove, making it great for the spur-of-the-moment rides. The StrongArm design secures bike at wheels, protecting paint jobs and carbon frames. It’s compatible with fat, mountain, road, BMX and kids’ bikes.
It’s the first single bike tray that comes with a full locking package: SKS Locks are included, which lock both the rack to the vehicle and bikes to the rack.
- Weight: 20 lbs.
- Compatible with 2” and 1.25” hitch receivers
- MSRP: $259
- Available: Spring 2018
The new BackSwing turns any hitch rack into a swing-away hitch rack. It works seamlessly with Yakima’s Dr.Tray and HoldUp – and almost any other rack or hitch basket using a 2” receiver- so fully-loaded racks can get out of the way for easy rear-of-vehicle access.
- Weight limit: 250 lbs.
- MSRP: $299
- Available: Spring 2018
Yakima’s all-new truck bed extender easily extends the length of any truck bed up to 4 feet. Light and strong, the aluminum hitch mounted rack is the ideal solution for hauling fishing kayaks, boards, lumber, ladders and more. Adjustable to three load-carrying positions and rated up to 300-pound capacity in lower positions. Accessories include the LongArm Height Extension and LongArm Pads
- Provides 4 feet of additional bed length with a 60”-wide crossbar
- Sturdy construction and a 5/8” hitch bolt
- Aluminum construction engineered for strength – weighs only 12 lbs.
- Rated up to a 300-lb. capacity in lower positions (non-vertical positions)
- Durable black powder-coat finish
- LongArm: $219
- LongArm Height Extension: $69
- Long Arm Pad: $19
- Available: August 2017
Yakima’s new cargo basket, the OffGrid, combines innovation and durability in this versatile gear hauler. Featuring quick mounting locking hardware, fully adjustable crossbars, and simple assembly and installation, it’s equally at home in the backcountry and around town. Haul all your travel and outdoor essentials that don’t stow easily, like coolers and gear bags. Available in two sizes, and includes a fairing. New accessories include the OffGrid Shovel/Axe Bracket, Spare Tire Carrier, and Stretch Net.
Those who need a little more space can add on the new OffGrid Extension, which adds up to 40 percent more capacity to the OffGrid. Available in two sizes (medium – additional 18”; large – additional 22”), the installation of the extension is smooth and easy.
- OffGrid Medium: 45.25”40.25”x7”, 35 lbs.
- OffGrid Large: 53”x 49” x7”, 40 lbs.
- OffGrid: $499 (Large), $399 (Medium)
- OffGrid Extension: $149
- Available: Winter 2017
Yakima Products, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions for a variety of consumers, from outdoor enthusiasts to car aficionados. The company’s two brands – Yakima and Prorack – offer a variety of cargo management products, including racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and other gear, cargo boxes and bags, roof-top tents and awnings, and high performance multi-sport trailers. Yakima Products, Inc. is headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.