Your sweat is no sweat for the AfterShokz bone-conduction headphones

From TechRadar.com By Olivia Tambini

Running headphones with an IP67 water rating

When you’re running, it can be tricky to strike the right balance between immersing yourself in your workout music and remaining safely aware of your surroundings.

Aftershokz’ latest bone conduction headphones, the Aftershokz Aeropex might just solve that problem.

That’s because bone conduction headphones leave your ear canals totally open, allowing you to hear your workout buddy, oncoming traffic, and passers by. 

Place this nifty headset on your cheekbones, and they’ll transmit sound through your bones without stopping your hearing.

The IP67 water resistance rating means they can withstand sweaty workout sessions, as well as a spot of rain. Theoretically this could work in shallow water for 30 minutes, but we’d be averse from trying them swimming – there are the Aftershokz XTrainerz for that.

They also support eight hours of playback from a single charge, which should be enough for even the most hardcore marathon runner – unless you like to run at a very leisurely pace of course. 

Trekz, take a hike

Following on from the AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones, the new Aeropex headphones feature a titanium frame and wraparound band, which is impressively 30% smaller and even 13% lighter than the already-unweighty Air headset.

The running headphones also sit at a 30-degree tilt against your face to reduce unwanted vibrations on your skin.

It may sound good on paper, but how do bone conduction headphones sound in real life? AfterShokz is all too aware of the bad reputation the technology has when it comes to audio quality, and we noticed in our reviews that the bass and leaking sound was poor. That’s something that’s, apparently, been addressed with the new Aeropex, with deeper bass and far less sound escaping.

AfterShoks says that sound leakage has actually been reduced by 50% compared to the Trekz Air headphones – no mean feat considering the open design of the headphones. 

Coming in grey, black, blue, and red, the Aeropex are available to buy in the UK for £149.95, the same price as the AfterShokz Trekz Airs were at launch. We don’t currently know whether the headphones will be coming to the US or Australia, or how much they will cost.

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Lonely Planet – Best new travel gear we can’t wait to get our hands on

From: LonelyPlanet.com

Twice a year, gear makers from all over the world gather in the Denver, Colorado Convention Center to share their newest designs, innovations, and inventions with outdoor stores, journalists, and their peers. This year, the biggest focus was on how to keep people kitted out in rain jackets, hiking boots, and travel bags, without trashing the beautiful places we thrill to experience.

Besides eco-benign waterproofing and repurposed content, gear keeps getting lighter but also more durable, using less material and lasting longer. Here are a few of our favorite new products, most of which will be available spring of 2020.

As if van life wasn’t minimal enough, this stove is the sleekest of the lot © GSI Outdoors

GSI Pinnacle Pro Stove

Base campers rejoice. Packed in your car or camper, GSI’s sleek and modern 1.5-inch thick Pinnacle Pro Stove takes up half the space of a standard two burner stove. GSI engineers redesigned the twin 11,000 BTU high-efficiency ring style burners to draw and mix oxygen and fuel on a horizontal, not vertical plane, reducing burner depth.

Retracting legs that expand automatically when you open the stove further contribute to the space savings. The stove lights instantly with a dual piezo ignition system. And the non-stick coated boil-over tray makes cleanup fast and easy.

To see the rest of the list check out: LonelyPlanet.com

Outdoor Retailer 2020 ‘Best in Show’ Yakima DoubleHaul

From GearJunkie ‘Best in Show’ Outdoor Retailer Summer 2020

While there are a lot of nice fishing rod carriers from small brands on the market, rooftop juggernaut Yakima brings unique designs to this growing segment. The DoubleHaul carries up to four fly rods, or two fly rods and two spey rods. But two design elements set it apart. First, the DoubleHaul carries rods on their sides, cradling reels so they don’t pressure the rod, line guides, and ferrules. Second, the DoubleHaul telescopes from 6 to 10 feet, so you can carry long rods or shorten it for daily driving. It will sell for a premium price of $699.

Yakima DoubleHaul

Rooftop Fly Rod Carrier

The versatile DoubleHaul offers premium gear protection for up to 4 rigged-up fly rods—which means more time fishing and less time rigging. This deluxe rooftop rod carrier keeps rods safe and fully ready to hit the water.

  • Designed for side placement of reels to reduce wear on eyelets
  • Felt-padded enclosure to protect reels
  • 4 individual aluminum rod tubes provide strength and separation for rods
  • Accommodates up to 10-wt and 12-wt reel sizes 

MSRP $699

The Reviews Are In: Hero7 Black Perfect Travel Companion

Whether it’s TimeWarping through the tropics, HyperSmoothing through the Himalayas or SuperPhotoing a secluded campsite, HERO7 Black is being recognized as the best travel companion for all adventures.

Check out what these experienced travelers from around the world have to say about capturing immersive content with HERO7 Black.

Times Now chose GoPro HERO7 Limited Edition Dusk White as Holi Festival’s perfect companion, check out their POV video of the festival here

GoPro HERO7 Black locked in 5/5 stars for the new, built-in electronic stabilization feature: HyperSmooth in TechRadar’s review. Read the full article here.

Read the full article here to learn some more tips and tricks to take your content to the next level.

Inspiring individuals to try new things – Hackernoon Hi-5s GoPro for getting people out of their comfort zone. Read the full article here.

Off-road biking, deep-sea diving and a mix of other adventure sports are just a few activities First Post advises you to take your HERO7 to capture. Read the full article here.

After an adrenalin-fueled adventure in Queenstown, New Zealand, Nomadasaurus highly recommended the durable HERO7 Black. Read the full article here.

40 Years with Yakima helping us all Take it Easy

Sit Back, Relax, and Take it Easy

Celebrating 40 years of transforming how people travel

As the days lengthen and the sun shines into the starlit evening, there’s no better time to roll your window down, turn the music up, and hit cruise control. Head for the open road with any kind of gear and leave the rest to us. For 40 years, outdoor enthusiasts and travelers have entrusted Yakima to help them Take It Easy™. We put our best selves into everything we make—pairing common sense with unlimited imagination.

Yakima’s Pacific Northwest roots began in our rural namesake in Washington State, leading to expansive growth in the groovy coastal California town of Arcata. In the Summer of ’84, we racked out the vehicle fleet at the U.S. Olympics in Los Angeles, and the rest is history.

Now in our fifth trend-setting decade, we’ve learned that being an industry innovator requires original, safe, and easy-to-use solutions. Whatever kind of adventure moves your wheels, our products let you break away from the concrete-and-asphalt world to experience the natural one.

Nature’s therapeutic nature

Hit the road and leave your worries behind

Being avid explorers ourselves, we know first-hand why getting outside rewards mind, body, and spirit. That’s why you’ve always been the heart of our brand. Yakima’s unwavering mission is to equip outdoor-lovers with ever-capable products—for a seamless transition from work to play, and from stress to fun.

What’s good for the soul should also be good for the Earth. Like us, our nonprofit partners support outdoor recreation for everyone, along with engaging the next generation. As a company, we are committed to improving our carbon footprint by introducing new packaging and working to implement the HIGG index, an industry-wide self-assessment standard for measuring environmental and sustainability effectiveness. We do anything but “take it easy” to make sure you can Take It Easy™.

Peace of mind packs many pleasant surprises

Products that are easy on the eyes—and easy to use

Early on, we broke with existing American and European standards and traditions in rack design. We created hardware people had never seen… that elevated roof racks and bike mounts and kayak saddles, and all the rest, to achieve a new standard for making road trips safer and easier.

Today we continue working from both sides of our brains, engineering solutions that take the guesswork out of hauling gear. As your recreational co-pilot, we let you focus on your playlist and your destination. When it comes to what matters to you, our equipment must check all the boxes: user-friendly intuitive, functional, durable, and guaranteed to amp up every vehicle’s appearance. Rest assured, the Yakima product line-up is a breeze to install, and simple to load and store. That’s what we pack into our mantra, Take It Easy™.

We’re big on diligence and getting our headlights dirty

Testing, one, two, three

There’s no such thing as makeshift at Yakima. We are lighthearted in nature, but downright relentless about innovating solutions that get you where you’re headed. In the lab and on the road, each of our products must meet more than the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO requirements—they must endure our own rigorous testing criteria as well.

Refusing to take a “one-size-fits-all” approach, we use foolproof, high-tech simulations, and actual street smarts to maximize the strength and safety factors of everything we design. We methodically shake, stress, and pummel all parts independently and together in the form of fully assembled units. We’ve got your back, guaranteed—offering one of the best warranty policies in the business.

Built for beefy, sleek, large or compact

Ensuring the perfect “FIT” for your vehicle

Transport your gear with Yakima confidence, no matter what set of wheels you drive. From big rigs to modest sedans, from fat tires to rooftop tents, our in-house team tests our products for compatibility with all makes, shapes, body styles, and gear.

Vehicles are constantly changing, with new activities on the rise. Gear is evolving, too, giving us even more of a reason to continuously refine and tailor our products to harmonize with what you drive. We document each “fit” in a continually updated database for online reference 24/7. You can easily customize your vehicle here.

Time doesn’t stand still—neither do we

We just keep making it easier

Wanderlust doesn’t always run on a schedule. So when the call of the Wild inspires you to answer, be sure to take us along for a smoother ride. Whether you’re buying a new vehicle, have just picked up your first kayak, or are planning an epic summer road trip… count on us to make the journey safe and seamless. After four decades expanding horizons and pushing personal boundaries—yours and ours—there’s no stopping us. When it comes to almost about any type of outdoor activity, we keep on finding smarter ways to help our fellow wanderers Take It Easy™. Thanks for exploring with us.

To continue the journey, follow along with us@YakimaRacks and #TakeItEasy—and share photos of how you TakeItEasy™.

Introducing – The Yakima HangOver

 

MEET THE HANGOVER, OUR NEW VERTICAL HITCH BIKE RACK

This HangOver isn’t about regret or lying comatose on the couch. It’s an action-packed anomaly that stands as the only vertical bike rack to accommodate six mountain bikes while upholding Yakima standards. For smaller-sized groups, the HangOver is also available in a simplified four-bike configuration. Created to save space in a sleek way, the HangOver is a true milestone made in the name of more mountain-biking mayhem. So head for the hills with the whole crew—and never worry about the rear view.

Perfect for tour operators, group rides, and big families. Constructed of heavy-duty steel, our first-ever vertical bike rack safely hauls up to six mountain bikes to the trailhead. We designed and tested it in the lab and on the road to meet our demanding Yakima standards. The easy-to-operate tilt mechanism with two adjustable mast angles keeps your bikes from bumping into your car, truck, or SUV—and makes accessing the tailgate a breeze.
 

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Packed with the same features as the HangOver 6, the 4-bike option takes versatility to another level. HangOver 4 is compatible with our BackSwing hitch swing adapter. It enables you to easily swing the entire rack away from your vehicle for full tailgate access.
 

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Transports up to 4 or 6 bikes using minimal space— 37.5 lbs max per bike
  • Foot-operated tilt mechanism changes rack position for easy loading and unloading
  • Tilts down and out of the way for easy rear-of-vehicle access
  • Securely supports bikes by the fork crown
  • Fits suspension-fork bikes only
  • Fits fat bike suspension forks 
  • Soft padding protects the fork’s finish
  • Rotating wheel cup accommodates bikes with various wheelbases
  • Available in 4-bike (HangOver 4) or 6-bike (HangOver 6) sizes
  • 2 mast height positions for improved ground clearance and ease of loading
  • 2 mast angles to avoid bike-tire contact with your vehicle
  • HitchLock included
  • Built-in bottle opener—cheers!
  • Fits 2″ hitch receivers only
  • Compatible with the sold separately BackSwing (HangOver 4 only)
  • Add your own bike lock to the integrated lock loop for greater bike security

 

Yakima OverHaul HD

For weekend adventures and hardworking weekdays, the Overhaul HD adjustable truck rack offers best-in-class payload and unmatched versatility. Leveraging our new HD Bars for a 500-lb. on-road carrying capacity, and paired with Yakima’s 300-lb. Off-Road Rating, the OverHaul HD truck rack is the ideal foundation for heavy loads.

The crossbar height can be adjusted to suit your needs: way up, for long loads to go over the cab—or down low, to get the rack out of the wind.

The uprights are easy to take on and off in minutes, so the truck’s only racked-up when needed.

The OverHaul HD truck rack uses any of our HD Crossbar sizes, and accepts our SideBars™ for attaching off-road and utility accessories. Multiple tie-down points and the ability to fit most truck beds—including select tonneau covers—make this an ultra-functional rack that works and plays as hard as you do.

Installation video here: https://youtu.be/4NQmnuh9hXE
Bed Track Kit 1 Installation Video: https://youtu.be/V4hImWcrtnM
Tonneau Kit 1 Installation Video: https://youtu.be/nGmenD9mqQU