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Yakima’s EXO System has Forever Changed the Humble Hitch

October 23, 2020

New modular hitch system takes versatility to the next level

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., October 23, 2020 –Multi-functional and highly versatile almost seem inadequate when describing the brand new EXO System from Yakima. This modular hitch system has seemingly limitless options that will enhance any adventure that moves you. From camping to biking to skiing to everything in between, the EXO System has the adaptability, accessibility, and capacity to take your outdoor lifestyle to the next level.

The EXO begins with the EXOSwingBase, the foundation of the entire system that fits on your standard 2-inch hitch and sports articulating arms that swing away from the rear of your vehicle for total accessibility. Then add the EXOTopShelf, effectively doubling your capacity. From there, the possibilities are almost endless thanks to the EXO Cleat, a system designed by Yakima that allows for the tool free interchanging of gear mounts. The rest of the system includes 7 additional attachments, each more impressive in its design and functionality than the last. See below for product overviews on each attachment in the complete Exo System.

“This is the product for everyone because it does everything,” said Garrett Barnum, Category Director. “Start with the EXO SwingBase and build your way to twenty unique configurations that evolve with your adventures and are well-suited to each of them. After decades of product design and testing, we can truly say its versatility is unmatched in our industry.” Joel Grabenstein, Vice President of Marketing, added “Yakima has long been recognized for innovation and intuitive designs, we are extremely proud to continue to push the envelope of ingenuity with the release of the EXO System and continue that legacy.”

Product Overviews

EXO SwingBase

The EXO SwingBase takes your standard hitch and turns it into the ultimate foundation for hauling and organizing every piece of gear in your kit. It’s the base to which all other EXO components attach. Simply leave it on your vehicle and change EXO components to adapt to your adventures.

EXO GearLocker

The EXO GearLocker gives you the functionality of a legendary Yakima roof-top cargo box with hitch-mounted ease-of-access. Easy on-and-off makes it perfect for hauling gear from your car to the campsite, the beach or anywhere else you need your gear on-hand.

EXO GearTote

Make the most of your EXO GearLocker with EXO GearTotes, collapsible, dividable totes that make it easy to stay organized from house to vehicle to destination and back again. A durable ripstop nylon build, and 50-pound carrying capacity make these perfect for everything from groceries to gear.

EXO TopShelf

Double your hitch capacity with a second tier of super accessible storage with the EXO TopShelf. Whether you’re cycling and camping, skiing and hiking or simply needing to double your load, the EXO TopShelf can mix-and-match EXO accessories to make any adventure easier.

EXO DoubleUp

The two-bike EXO DoubleUp attaches directly to the EXO SwingBase or to the second tier EXO TopShelf allowing room for an EXO GearLocker or EXO GearWarrior below. Either way, it’s super easy access that accommodates anything you’re riding — fat tires to road bikes and everything in between.

EXO SnowBank

Getting your skis and boards to the slopes has never been easier with the new EXO SnowBank. Pair it with an EXO GearLocker and you have customizable storage for everything you need. Carry up to five pairs of skis or four snowboards on the back of your vehicle — enough for your entire crew.

EXO GearWarrior

When you need to transport coolers, firewood or bulky gear from your home to your vehicle to your destination, the EXO GearWarrior is where it’s at. Simply attach to your EXO SwingBase or EXO TopShelf, load up and get out. Add the available EXO WarriorWheels to turn the EXO GearWarrior into a handy wagon with wheels and a handle that can be attached while the EXO GearWarrior is still on your hitch.

EXO LitKit

Hardcore adventurers like keeping things safe on the road. EXO LitKit ensures you are street-legal when using the Yakima EXO System. Simply attach to the EXO SwingBase arms to keep your plate and taillights visible, no matter your configuration.

EXO BackDeck

Whether you’re tinkering on your gear, prepping a meal for your crew, or mixing drinks for a night of fun, the EXO BackDeck is the perfect solution, turning your EXO system from gear hauler to working surface to bar top in seconds. When you’re done, simply stow it and get back on the road.

About Yakima
A pioneer in vehicle racks and cargo management solutions since 1979, Yakima is known for its rugged and dependable products. Built for a wide variety of recreationists, Yakima products embody the company’s commitment to quality and safety and its passion for the outdoors. Yakima Products, Inc. is headquartered outside of Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.comand follow Yakima on social media: facebook.com/yakimaracks, @YakimaRacks on Instagram and Twitter, and youtube.com/yakimaproducts.