Grilled Shrimp Po’Boys with Snow Peak

Written by Savanna Frimoth

Try this full-flavored recipe for your next Takibi Time! Po’Boy sandwiches have been served in New Orleans since the early 1900s, and are also made with oysters or catfish. This version of the sandwich combines spicy grilled shrimp with a refreshingly creamy remoulade sauce, topped with crunchy lettuce and tomatoes – all stuffed inside a sliced French loaf.  

GEAR 

REMOULADE SAUCE  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise 
  • 2 tbsp dill pickle relish 
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 tsp hot sauce 
  • 2 tsp capers, roughly chopped 
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika 
  • 1 tsp Creole or Dijon mustard 
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 

GRILLED SHRIMP 

  • 3 tsp kosher salt 
  • 2 tsp paprika 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper 
  • 2 lbs raw medium shrimp (about 45), peeled, deveined and tail off 
  • Canola or Vegetable oil  
  • 3 tbsp hot sauce 

FOR THE SANDWICH 

  • 4 8 inch long French loaves split horizontally 
  • Dill pickles for garnish 
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce 
  • Sliced tomatoes 

METHOD:  

Before starting any food preparation, it’s important to start your fire! To achieve a hot bed of coals, you’ll want to allow several logs to burn down. Alternatively, use the Coal Bed in your Takibi Fire & Grill, and fill to the top with briquettes. Whatever you decide, it’s important that your fireplace is full of hot, simmering logs or coals, and not large flames.  

Once your fire is burning, it’s time to prep the ingredients. First, combine all the ingredients for the remoulade sauce in a bowl. Mix until combined, then cover the bowl and place inside the cooler to keep the sauce cold. Then, before preparing the shrimp, set your wooden skewers in a bowl of shallow water to soak. De-shell and devein the shrimp, coat them thoroughly and set aside. In another bowl, combine all the spices (black pepper, cayenne, salt and paprika), then spread the mixture over the shrimp until all are evenly coated. Place the seasoned shrimp on the damp skewers, then place on the grill.  

Grill the shrimp until they’re perfectly pink, then remove from the grill and set aside. Once the shrimp are finished grilling, pull them off the skewers and begin to assemble the sandwiches. Spread the remoulade sauce over one half of the sliced French loaf, then add the shrimp and top with the lettuce, tomatoes and dill pickles.  

Serve on a Tableware Plate, then enjoy!  Explore all of our campfire recipes for more grilling inspiration.

GearJunkie – Sea Otter Classic 2022 – Yakima EXO

From GearJunkie.com By Seiji Ishii

Sea Otter Classic 2022: The 5 Coolest Things According to a Cycling Lifer

The Sea Otter Classic is America’s largest cycling industry gathering. After years of cancellations and delays, the 2022 edition, April 7-10, was one of the largest ever.

Over a thousand brands presented countless wares at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey County, Calif. This made deciding what was worthy of GearJunkie’s attention difficult.

But after plenty of deliberations and discussions, here are our top five coolest things at the 2022 Sea Otter Classic.

Yakima EXO OpenRange Kitchen Sneak Peek

Overlanding is so hot right now. But many don’t want or have the resources to join van life. Products that allow outdoor enthusiasts to overland (wasn’t this just car camping a while ago?) with their daily drivers catch my attention.

Yakima bet on cyclists thinking the same, as it allowed a sneak peek of its soon-to-be-released OpenRange Kitchen at the 2022 Sea Otter Classic.

Mimicking the DYI chuck box, the Open Range houses all the required kitchen elements in a compact and transformable form factor. It interfaces with Yakima’s EXO Swing Base or EXO Top Shelf for no-hassle cooking and clean-up at the next race or ride.

The EXO compatibility means the Open Range will always have a solid base of operations at the campsite, and it doesn’t take up valuable storage space inside the vehicle. Yakima will sell optional legs ($199) for use independent of the EXO system.

The box holds 85 L of kitchen gear, and it had a stout-looking rubber seal and locking latches to shelter contents from weather, dust, thieves, and critters. The lid folds down and functions as a table surface. The Basic version ($749) will include the box, SKS (same key system), locking latches, backboard organizer (think spice and utensil rack), and lantern hook.

The more desirable Deluxe package ($1,199) will include two side tables. The wood one houses an optional sink, drain, and cutting board. The metal table is perfect for a stove, including a new optional Yakima-branded two-burner stove dubbed the CookOut ($149).

Every accouterment on the Deluxe version is available separately, except for the sink.

The kitchen box isn’t a new idea, but Yakima showed how slick it could be at Sea Otter. Look for it in June.

Click here for the rest of GearJunkie’s list.

New York Times – Wirecutter – The 7 Best Water Bottles – CamelBak Eddy+ and Podium

By Eve O’neill from Wirecutter.com

The 7 Best Water Bottles

With plastic water bottles (along with plastic bags and plastic straws) occupying the top tier of socially unacceptable single-use accessories, reusable water bottles that are both good-looking and functional feel like a necessity in this modern, hydration-obsessed world. Finding the right one to match your own personal taste depends on what you’re looking for amidst a riot of colors, shapes, and features.

After putting in more than 120 hours of research—and testing over 100 bottles since 2014—we’ve chosen the seven best water bottles in a number of materials and styles, from our most versatile pick, which has elbowed its way past more well-known competition, to an inexpensive bottle with a straw, beloved for its functionality in any driving scenario. Whether you’re looking for a bottle to drink from while driving, a glass bottle (if you’re averse to plastic), or a plastic bottle (if you’re averse to high prices), each of our favorite water bottles offers a little extra to anyone who has been annoyed by imperfect hydration.

Why you should trust us

Since we first created this guide in 2014, the Wirecutter hive mind has tested more than 100 different bottles, over many hundreds of hours in our day-to-day lives.

With the increased popularity of metal water bottles, we wanted to get some insight into how that double-walled insulation works. So we called NASA, the best experts on thermodynamics we could think of. Via email, we interviewed Wesley Johnson, a cryogenics research engineer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

We also spoke to urban planner Josselyn Ivanov, who wrote her masters thesis for MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning on the decline of publicly available water, aka drinking fountains. “In the absence of investment and maintenance [in drinking fountains], many people fill the void by hauling around their own personalized infrastructure,” she told us.

And between three different writers and nine years of testing, we’ve seen over 100 iterations of the same object. These things all do the same thing, from the hard-plastic Nalgene that steamrolled college campuses in the 2000s to this $5,000 Chanel bottle that looks freshly looted from Blackbeard’s treasure chest. When you’ve used water bottles with triple-digit price tags as well as different, less expensive versions that do the same basic thing, you know which one works best.

Who this is for

The cultural juggernaut that is the modern water bottle continues its slow and steady human takeover, and we have found evidence that this could be a good thing. Pretty much everyone can benefit from having a water bottle they love.

Carrying a reusable water bottle is better for the environment and more cost effective than buying pre-bottled water. According to a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters (PDF), bottled water production in the US alone in 2007 required somewhere between 32 million and 54 million barrels of oil. That’s roughly 2,000 times as much as the energy cost of producing tap water. Since then, bottled water sales in the US have grown from 33 billion liters to 52 billion liters in 2017, surpassing sodas and soft drinks.

For shoppers, bottled water is also a thousand times more expensive than tap water. Add the fact that in 2009 nearly half of all bottled water sold in the United States was nothing more than pricey, prepackaged tap water (PDF), and it becomes difficult to argue with the value of a well-made reusable water bottle.

Great for the car

A bottle with a straw lets you drink without tilting your head back, the easiest way to drink water while keeping your focus on the road.

Our favorite bottle for the car: Camelbak Eddy+ (25 ounces)

Color options: 11
Size options: 20, 25, and 32 ounces
Lids available:
 straw lid (included), Chute Mag, Carry Cap
Dishwasher safe:
 yes

Get this if: You want something easy to sip from while driving, or you want something that helps you drink water throughout the day (our unscientific findings lead us to believe straws make it easier to slurp down).

Why it’s great: This bottle has an integrated straw in the lid that features a plastic bite valve to keep it sealed, something anyone who has owned a CamelBak hydration pack will be familiar with. Just bite down to open the straw, and release to seal it shut. That leak-free lid makes it an ideal driving companion—it fits in a cup holder and is easy to sip from while you’re keeping your eyes on the road. And if you want to transfer it to a bag, the bite valve folds down into the lid, shielding it from too much contact with the world.

Also, if you have daily hydration goals, there’s something about a straw that makes it easy to mindlessly consume the 20, 30, or 40 ounces of daily intake you may have ahead of you. If that sounds like you, the Eddy+ comes in a 32-ounce size that would be easy to fill once, plop next to your laptop, and hit your goal for the day.

Straw lids are the most ergonomic option for easily sipping a drink in the car.

The straw lid twists off to reveal a wide mouth that’s easy to add ice to—handy if you want to keep your water cold. However, this is a plastic bottle, so adding ice could make it sweaty. If you want to avoid that, the insulated version should prevent moisture from gathering on the outside of the bottle.

You can swap out lids on this bottle with two others that CamelBak makes: the Carry Cap and the Chute Mag, a spout lid we’ve tested and liked because of how easy it is to drink from, similar to our top pick.

The Eddy+ is an updated model, and with this redesign CamelBak has addressed reports of the bite valve leaking or not functioning properly. The one we tested worked great, and neither the lid nor the valve leaked in our tests. This bottle is BPA-free, and all pieces, including the cap, lid, and straw, can go through the dishwasher. CamelBak offers a Lifetime Guarantee against defects in the manufacturing and materials, and it will replace them if they’re defective.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: You do have to bite down on this straw and hold it while you drink to get the water flowing, which may not appeal to some. But overall we didn’t find it cumbersome, and we soon forgot all about it.

A lightweight squeezie

This squeeze bottle is leakproof, light enough to throw into a carry-on for a flight, and cheap enough that if the TSA forces you to ditch it, the loss won’t break your heart.

An ideal air travel companion: CamelBak Podium (21 ounces)

Color options: seven
Size options: 21 and 24 ounces
Lids available: squeeze lid
Dishwasher safe: yes

Get this if: You want a travel bottle. This bottle was invented for a bike cage, but a regular ol’ squeeze bottle is useful for so many things, specifically airport travel. I personally own (and use) just two types of water bottles, and this is one of them.

Why it’s great: Basic, lightweight, and cheap, a bike squeeze bottle makes a great travel companion, and we like the CamelBak Podium in particular. It has a twist lock that provides extra assurance that it’s closed tight when you toss it in a bag—plus, it’s dishwasher safe.

For years, we looked for a reliable collapsible travel bottle, but we’ve been disappointed so many times: The HydraPak flops, the Hydaway tastes plasticky, the Vapur and the Platypus collapse (in a bad way), the Nomader doesn’t pack down very small. And the implied way to carry a travel bottle correctly—clipped to a backpack or belt loop—always leaves them swinging around haphazardly in our experience. We’ve recommended all of these bottles in the past, but we’ve always been left wishing there was a better way.

A bike squeeze bottle is now our sincere recommendation for airport travel. In addition to its being light and relatively compact, if the TSA takes it, you’ve lost only a few dollars instead of your investment in an expensive insulated bottle. You could also take the Thermos Hydration Bottle we recommend, but this CamelBak bottle has fewer moving parts if you don’t want to fuss with the lid or flip lock on the Thermos. Our other recommendation would be to buy a plastic bottle in the airport that you then use for the rest of the trip.

Two types of Podium are available: the original and the Podium Chill, which has a reflective material in the lining meant to help keep water cold. We haven’t found that this lining makes any difference. In our tests, the liquid in insulated squeeze bottles warmed 17 degrees over six hours, the same as in a glass or unlined plastic bottle. For that reason, we wouldn’t bother with the lined version and instead recommend the original.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The lid on this bottle is not covered, so if you dislike the idea of this bottle swimming around in a bag with the drinking surface exposed, you may like the Thermos better.

In addition, this bottle’s squeeze valve does not push in and out, as on other models; instead, the mouthpiece is static, and the plastic piece inside releases water when you apply pressure to the bottle. So if you are using this bottle for cycling, and you have a ton of dust and dirt on your ride, some may get stuck in that mouthpiece.

Basecamp in a box: New Yakima EXO Open Range Camp Kitchen connects to your bike rack

From BikeRumor.com by Jordan Villella

Want to live the #vanlife without actually buying a van? Or maybe you just want to have a pro cooking station at your next outdoor event? Whatever the reason, Yakima’s newest EXO accessory turned a lot of heads at the Sea Otter Classic. That standout piece at the Yakima booth was the new EXO Open Range Camp Kitchen — a full kitchen that works with the Yakima EXO modular hitch system.

Essentially a basecamp in a box, the new Open Range Camp Kitchen comes in two main options with many accessories available for purchase. The US-made toto-molded box is designed to be mounted to an EXO SwingBase or EXO TopShelf rack setup using the EXO cleat system. If you don’t have an EXO rack, you can also just store the box in your trunk or truck bed.

If you’re using the EXO TopShelf mount, the box will already be at the right height and you can just open the front of the sealed box, fold out the accessory side tables, and get to cooking.

If you’re using the lower SwingBase position (we believe this should allow you to use the TopShelf position for two bikes), you’ll need to remove the box from the rack and mount it to the accessory four-leg stand. This is also how you would use the system without an EXO rack.

The OpenRange Leg Kit is available separately for $199.99 and the telescoping legs adjust the height from 20-33″.

Yakima EXO Open Range Camp Kitchen models

The Yakima Open Range Camp Kitchen comes in a base model, including the OpenRange Camp box with a lantern hook and organizing shelf (pictured inside) for $750.

For those looking for the whole experience, the Yakima EXO Open Range Camp Kitchen is also available in a deluxe version. The deluxe version comes with a wood side table with cutting board, collapsible wash basin with drain hose, metal cook side table with flexible fuel hose, a hanging fuel canister pouch, and the CookOut 2-Burner stove.

The whole Open Range Camp Kitchen Deluxe experience comes in at $1,199 — excluding stemware, plates, and cutlery. If you don’t go for the Deluxe version, many of the accessories can still be purchased separately with the OpenRange Wood and Metal Side Tables and CookOut Camp stove going for $149 each.

Yakima EXO Open Range Camp Kitchen pricing

  • Yakima Open Range Kitchen Base: $749
  • Yakima Open Range Kitchen Deluxe: $1,199
  • Bamboo table: $149
  • Metal table: $149
  • Double burner stove: $149

Yakima EXO Open Range Camp Kitchen details

  • Connects to the EXO SwingBase or EXO TopShelf in seconds using the included EXO cleat system
  • A durable roto-molded enclosure with a rubber door seal keeps your gear fully protected from weather, dust, and critters
  • Fold-down front door allows easy access to your gear and can be used as a prep surface
  • Internal shelf and integrated utensil drawer help to organize your cooking and camp gear
  • 85 liters (90 quarts) of internal storage space
  • Includes SKS locking latches to secure your gear
  • Tool-free, locking SpeedKnobs attach and lock EXO OpenRange to EXO SwingBase or EXO TopShelf
  • Includes a lantern hook, backboard organizer, and handheld bottle opener
  • Full suite of accessories available to expand your EXO OpenRange
  • EXO SwingBase and EXO TopShelf are recommended but not required for transport
  • Made in the USA with a 2-year warranty

Yakima EXO Open Range Camp Kitchen availability

Though the actual release date is uncertain, Yakima assured us it would be available for your late spring camping and cookout adventures. One thing is for sure, after laying hands on the new Yakima Open Range Camp Kitchen were excited to put it through the family camping gauntlet and long mountain bike race trips — hopefully we can get one in for a full review.

Outside Journal – Best Gear of Fall/Winter ’22 – Yakima EXO OpenRange Deluxe

From Outside By Justin and Patrice La Vigne

Combing through 243 submissions for the coolest gear of Fall/Winter ’22 is not unlike postholing through unconsolidated snow: We spent weeks slogging through specs, photos, videos, and emails with PR reps.

Here’s what we noticed: Gear just keeps getting more innovative—and, often, more expensive. Inflation is rising at its fastest pace in a generation, after all. Prices ranged from $2.99 for a hydration mix to $14,500 for a bike. Some categories had a plethora of submissions (we’re looking at you, shoes and apparel), while others had a dearth (where’s the ski and snowboard equipment this year?).

With submissions up this year, we needed help making final decisions. We combed through mountains of entries, winnowed the list to 64, and then tapped the opinions of internal editorial staff, a panel of trusted gear testers, and consumers drawn from the pool of Outside+ members. Each voter ranked the products on a scale from 1 (zero interest) to 10 (high stoke), and then we tallied the totals to come up with the top 50 picks. To provide some transparency, we’ve indicated the top three picks (according to average scores) among each voting group.

Bottom line: There’s a ton of exciting new stuff launching this season. For the full list of the 50 most coveted products, ranked CLICK HERE.

#14 On the list – Yakima EXO OpenRange Deluxe

Yakima EXO OpenRange Deluxe

MSRP: $1,199

The promise: This roadworthy storage box unfolds into a camp kitchen.

The deets: Made of impact-resistant plastic, the box can live inside a vehicle or attach to your trailer hitch via Yakima’s EXO connector system. The all-in-one design will fit your whole cooking kit, and deploys into a fully functional kitchen with tables, a cutting board, a collapsible water station, and lantern hooks.

Stay tuned for more on the EXO OpenRange coming soon!

Gear Patrol – CamelBak LifeStraw – Best of the Year

From GearPatrol By Hayley Helms and Steve Mazzucchi

The Best New Outdoor Products of the Year

If “innovate or die” is the mandate, these forward-thinking releases are surefire survivors.

This story is part of the GP100, our list of the 100 best new products of the year. Read the introduction to the series here.

While outdoor lovers may savor the primitive appeal of “getting back to nature,” the products we’re taking with us are more high-tech than ever. Just witness some of the category’s coolest recent launches, including custom snow goggles, carbon-plated trail runners and an insulated jacket made from ocean plastic. Now relax, cave people: our list still has room for a butt pad, a camp shoe and a machete. But true to the thrust of the industry, this machete folds.

Camelbak Eddy + Filtered by LifeStraw

When two notable outdoor brands enter a marriage of convenience, we take notice. Such is the case with Camelbak and Lifestraw: The pioneers of on-the-go hydration teamed up with one of the finest filtration companies in the business to create a line of water bottles, bladders and standalone filters that make purifying water in the wild easier and more reliable than ever. The Camelbak Eddy + Filtered by Lifestraw 32-ounce water bottle is not only vacuum insulated, spill-proof and leak-proof; it also contains a replaceable two-step filter that removes unwanted substances from your water. We’ve seen other water bottles with filters before, but none present such a winning combination of affordable price point and ease of use.

Whether you’re sourcing from a stream, river, lake or other natural body of water, once you fill your bottle, the filter takes care of the rest: Water passes through the first stage, the Hollow Filter, which removes bacteria, parasites and microplastics. Then, the water travels through the Ion Exchange filter, which reduces the taste and odor of lead, chlorine and other chemicals.

Camelbak didn’t just integrate Lifestraw’s capable filters into their vacuum-insulated Eddy bottle — it’s also included in a recycled plastic bottle as well as a two-liter reservoir, so there’s an option for every kind of drinker. The short of the long? Buy this bottle and enjoy clean, safe water on demand, wherever your adventures take you.

  • Insulation: Double-walled 18/8 stainless steel
  • Construction: BPA, BPS and BPF-free
  • Capacity: 26 ounces with filter, 32 ounces without
  • Price: $70

For the rest of the Gear Patrol 10 best new products click here.

Wabi-Sabi & the Takibi Fire & Grill

Written by Savanna Frimoth From SnowPeak.com

When we consider objects that hold special sentimental value in our lives, what is it they have in common? Most of our cherished items aren’t new, shiny or in pristine condition. Rather, their value comes from the experiences, people or places they represent. When something becomes worn, loved and well-used, its importance inherently increases.  

The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi has many interpretations but is grounded in an appreciation of imperfection. “Wabi” originally translated to reference the loneliness found in nature but evolved to mean a recognition of the beauty seen in simplicity. The word “sabi” refers to finding beauty in old age and the serenity that comes with time. The aesthetic is most apparent in mismatched combinations of old and new and an acceptance of flaws.  

An aging object can take one of two paths. It can, as the overused cliché suggests – age like wine, becoming better with time, deepening in value and flavor. Or it can wither, break down and become completely useless.  

Enduring quality is a core tenet of Snow Peak design, and few products exemplify it more clearly than the Takibi Fire & Grill. Fresh from the package, the grill and fireplace glimmer with a reflective shine. With each use the metal develops a deepening patina, often with beautiful color variation. There’s a special aurora to a well-used Takibi Fire & Grill, especially when you consider the memories and experiences represented in each mark. Time by the fire is the hallmark of outdoor gatherings and has a special way of reconnecting us to nature and one another. No two fireplaces look the same over time, but their performance and functionality remain unchanged. 

At Snow Peak, we think of our products as outdoor heirlooms. Each one is made to withstand a lifetime of use – and can then be passed on to the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts, continuing a tradition of valuing restorative experiences in nature.  

CamelBak Chronicles ft. Hog Island Oyster Co. + New Horizon Drinkware

At Hog Island Oyster Co., the crew works hard each day to stay hydrated while sustainably harvesting oysters right in our backyard.

GearJunkie – The Best Hitch Bike Racks of 2022

From GearJunkie By Billy Brown & Austin Beck-Doss

Whether you’re riding solo or bringing along the whole crew, these are the best hitch bike racks to haul your bike to the trailhead.

Besides taking a header over your handlebars, wrestling your bike onto a rack (and compulsively checking your rearview mirror to make sure your bike isn’t cartwheeling down the highway) is probably your least favorite part of cycling.

Luckily, there are a host of options for conveniently and safely getting your bike to where you want to go, especially if you have a tow hitch. With features like ratcheting arms, integrated cable locks, and swing-away arms, it’s easy to find the perfect way to load and unload your bike, securely hold it, and hit the trail without worry.

We looked around for the best hitch bike rack of 2022, and we found some very solid contenders in a wide range of price points.

See some of the picks below and for the full list check out GearJunkie.com.

The Best Hitch Bike Racks of 2022

Best E-Bike Rack: Yakima OnRamp

Electric bikes are great for taking up some of the load when a ride gets tough, or if you just want to get outside but don’t necessarily want a workout that day. Unfortunately, the added weight makes a mini-weightlifting session out of putting it on a hitch rack. As one of the most well-respected rack companies on the market, Yakima had this in mind when designing the OnRamp ($699).

Not only does it have the heaviest carry rating that we’ve seen at 66 pounds per bike, but it also sports a handy roll-on feature. The cradle tilts down to the floor, letting you roll your bike up onto it and into position. As anyone who’s ever had to muscle a heavy bike onto a rack will attest, this is one of those features you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.

It’s not just for e-bikes, either. The wide cradles can handle everything up to and including fat bike tires and wheelbases up to 50 inches. And the expanding and height-adjusting frame attachments allow you to carry everything from e-bikes to BMX bikes to kids’ bikes with equal security. Speaking of security, it sports a hitch lock and integrated cable lock to keep your bikes safe.

Specs:
  • Bonus: The hitch and cable locks use the same key, so you won’t have that annoying trial-and-error process every time you lock and unlock your bikes
  • Weight: 43 lbs.
  • Number of bikes: 2
  • Type: Platform
Pros:
  • Convenient loading system
  • Most versatile rack on this list
Cons:
  • Low for on-ramping systems
  • The $500-plus price may be out of range for some riders

Best 4-Bike Hitch Rack: Yakima RidgeBack 4

We’ve often felt that the best features are the ones you don’t notice, and Yakima’s RidgeBack 4 ($399) is an excellent example of this. It strikes a perfect blend of features and simplicity. It comes assembled right out of the box, and the locking, tool-free SpeedKnob lets you mount it in minutes.

The two arms sport a set of eight anti-sway cradles that prevent your bikes from banging into each other during transport, and the zip strip ratcheting straps are fast, easy to use, and removable.

The rack tilts away from your car via an easy-to-use UpperHand lever, and the whole rack folds flat for easy storage when not in use. All the adjustments on the main joints are via button or lever, which makes adjusting it a breeze.

We also appreciate the add-ons that give the rack a little more versatility and security. You can add a bike frame adapter that will allow it to accommodate kids’ bikes, BMX bikes, and other unconventional bikes (like step-throughs).

Then there’s the Handcuff lock ($49), a proprietary cable lock designed to work specifically with the RidgeBack (as well as Yakima’s SwingDaddy rack).

Specs:
  • Bonus: Yakima’s signature bottle opener on the end of the swing arm is always handy for post-ride celebrations
  • Weight: 35 lbs.
  • Number of bikes: 4
  • Type: Hanging
Pros:
  • Security features
  • Ease of use
  • Bottle opener
Cons:
  • Cable lock and frame adapter are separate purchases

Best of the Rest

Yakima HangOver 6

If you roll deep, the Yakima HangOver 6 ($949) is the best way to haul your crew’s bikes around. Great for big families, group rides, or tour guides, Yakima’s beastly bike rack loads up to six bikes at up to 37.5 pounds each in a very cool vertical carry system. It’s a great SUV bike rack for hauling your bikes and gear.

The bikes are secured by the rear tire and fork base, with the front tire pointing toward the sky. The HangOver manages to carry half a dozen bikes while taking up minimal space.

The vertical tower has two adjustable tilt angles that are operated via a pedal at the base. This allows you to adjust the bikes’ distance from your car (the tires may bump the rear windows of Sprinter vans at the vertical setting) and to access the rear of your vehicle without taking the bikes off the rack.

Soft padding in the cups protects the forks’ finish, keeping them clean until you and your buddies thrash them on the trails, and they’re adjustable enough to accommodate fat bike suspension forks. The hitch lock is included, an integrated lock loop lets you secure your bikes and, of course, the built-in bottle openers are a plus.

Specs:
  • Weight: 73 lbs.
  • Number of bikes: 6
  • Type: Unique rear wheel and rear fork cradle syatem
Pros:
  • Huge carrying capacity
  • Innovative design
Cons:
  • Only works with suspension forks

Yakima HoldUp 2

This lightweight entry from Yakima ($549) is the easiest way to load bikes that doesn’t involve a ramp. A huge front-wheel cradle pairs with a ratcheting security hook, while a smaller cradle for the rear tire locks down the other end. The result is a rack that punches above its weight, providing the security you would expect from a much bigger, more overbuilt rack.

When not in use, the rack is small and unassuming, folding flat against the vehicle. It fits a wide range of bikes, accommodating wheels from 20 to 27.5 inches with tires up to 3 inches wide, and 29ers with tires up to 2.5 inches wide. The hook-and-cradle design also allows you to rack bikes with disc brakes, thru-axles, and full-suspension bikes with no issue.

Side-to-side adjustability ensures a safe distance between bikes so they don’t bump against each other during transit. And the rack can tilt down to allow access to your vehicle’s rear compartment, even fully loaded.

In addition to the model-specific features, the HoldUp also sports the welcome details we’ve come to expect from Yakima — locks included for the hitch and bikes, and an integrated bottle opener, which comes in handy when you need to replace some calories post-ride.

Specs:
  • Weight: 49 lbs.
  • Number of bikes: 2
  • Type: Hook and cradle (zero frame contact)
Pros:
  • No frame contact
  • Very secure hold
Cons:
  • Slight wobbles during highway travel

For the rack buyers guide and other picks check out the full list at GearJunkie.com.

CamelBak – Thirst For More

When good is only a stepping stone. When reaching the peak is just one of many. When comfort zones are no longer comfortable. When the horizon is simply a new challenge. When you are driven to push beyond. THIRST FOR MORE.

At CamelBak, our mission is to continuously reinvent outdoor hydration and carry solutions that empower an active lifestyle. Our vision: Accompany every adventure. Join in every journey.