Water Woman and Yakima Rackpack’r – Kayla Lockhart

For as long as she can remember, Kayla Lockhart has always been drawn to the water. Born and raised in Minnesota, she was the only one of seven sisters to gravitate towards the hunting and fishing her dad loved. “I didn’t have the easiest childhood, and I would use the outdoors as a tool for healing,” she says. “When things were tough, I would seek out water and walk to the lake. Luckily, in Minnesota there’s always a lake nearby.”

A committed angler, Kayla is constantly on the move in search of new water and new challenges. In 2019, she got a lot of both. “Last year I experienced some intense highs, and some serious lows,” she says. “I got married, fished incredible water in Colombia, and caught my Holy Grail of fish in Mexico. But I was also in a serious car accident and went through some really down days. Now I’m looking forward to a slightly less crazy year.” Knowing her, it may be less crazy, but probably not less busy.

A Year of Gear

Going through a few vehicles in one year, Kayla definitely put her Yakima set-up to the test with her on-the-road lifestyle. “We road trip every year to Jackson, WY, and last year on the way home our brand-new van broke down—like all the way broke. We had to buy a new van to get home,” she says. “Then a few months later, we were hit by another driver and that van was totaled.” Luckily, the van suffered the worst of the accident.

“Honestly, I was dreading the transfer of our rack system,” recalls Kayla, “But it was so easy! We just unlocked the racks and switched it all over to the new vehicle.” Kayla uses a combo of a SkyBox 16SlimShady Awning, and LoadWarrior cargo basket to carry her gear and keep her camp dialed, but she’s most fired up about her newest Yakima addition: the DoubleHaul“I’m super excited about the DoubleHaul rod carrier!” says Kayla. “It’s so nice to be on the river and when you’re ready to check out a new spot, just slide your rod in and move on.”

Fishing Line = Lifeline

There’s plenty on the list for her in 2020, including another trip to Mexico, but it’s a project closer to home that she’s really excited about. “In the summer of 2020 I’ll be helping launch the Portland, OR chapter of the Mayfly Project,” Kayla says. Founded in 2015 in Arkansas, The Mayfly Project is a non-profit organization that uses fly fishing as a catalyst to mentor children in foster care and give them tools to manage their mental and emotional health. “I grew up as a foster child, with some challenging family circumstances,” says Kayla. “I didn’t start fly fishing until I was in my 20s, and I fully believe if I’d discovered it when I was 10, it would have helped so much.”

Kayla knows firsthand the positive impact of holding a rod, and the power of community to help people navigate challenges, both of which have guided her to a life connected to the water. And she’s committed to expanding that community, to help protect the outdoors she loves. “The more people fly fishing and caring about the waters, the more people who can give a voice to the fight to protect our watersheds and our natural resources,” she says. Spoken like someone who knows how to read the water.

Men’s Journal: Outdoor Retailer 2020: The 10 Coolest Products We Saw This Year

From Men’s Journal by The Editors

Every January, the companies that make winter gear, including skis, boots, jackets, and more, gather in Denver at Outdoor RetailerOpens in a new Window. to show off their latest technology and designs. Gear will hit shelves at your local retailer between the day the show doors open and next fall and winter. We combed the aisles for the latest and greatest, and this is a sneak peek at the gear we’re most excited to put to the test for ourselves.


Designed in conjunction with Sunflare, this is the first commercially available cargo box to hold your skis and other gear that can also power your campsite. The box has an integrated 36 Watt 5 Volt (3 amp) solar panel that’s permanently affixed to the box lid and powers two USB connections. Other innovations include the removable torque tool that eliminates knobs, clicks when the box is properly installed, and that stows out of the way of gear storage. A new open/close lever features a handle that’s easy to grab even with gloves on. The glossy anthracite box has a matte micro-texture and streamlined shape.

Available later this year $1299

Yakima Grand Tour Cargo Box

Yakima Grand Tour

For those who like to travel in style, GrandTour elevates cargo box design with a premium, sleek look that doesn’t sacrifice superior functionality or exceptional capacity. It offers best-in-class features like a torque knob that takes the guesswork out of a safe and secure attachment to your vehicle. That same knob is also fully removable, helping to take full advantage of the flattened interior floor for maximum internal usable space. The beautiful shape and automotive finish that compliments your vehicle make GrandTour the perfect addition to your next grand tour.

Grand Tour will be available at your local Yakima dealer this month.

  • Removable torque limiting knob ensures a safe and secure installation
  • Market-leading internal usable space with an unobstructed flattened floor provides more space for your gear
  • Optimized hatch clearance for better vehicle fit
  • Internal lid stiffeners for durability and easy open and close
  • Dual-sided opening for easy access on either side of your vehicle
  • Integrated interior tie-down points
  • SKS Locks included for added security
  • Distinctive automotive badging
  • Made in the USA
Grand Tour 18 Specs:
  • 18 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Weight: 58.00 lbs
  • Dimensions: L 91.00in x W 37.00in x H 17.00in
  • Minimum Crossbar Spread: 24in
  • Maximum Crossbar Spread: 38in
Grand Tour 16 Specs:
  • 16 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Weight: 51.00 lbs
  • Dimensions: L 79.00in x W 35.00in x H 18.00in
  • Minimum Crossbar Spread: 24in
  • Maximum Crossbar Spread: 36in

Outside: The Coolest New Gear from Winter Outdoor Retailer 2020 – Yakima CBX

From Outside Online by The Editors

We know winter is well underway when the Outside gear team heads to Denver for the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show. Here, the outdoor industry—retailers, media, and brands—is already hyping up products for winter 2021. Our editors are on the show floor this week, sifting through thousands of items to bring you the highlights, starting with our picks for Gear of Show. Here’s what we’re most excited to test out.  

Yakima CBX Solar Cargo Box ($1,299)

For serious outdoor aficionados who inevitably load up their car with gear, rooftop boxes come with some serious pros and cons. Namely: you get more storage space but lose valuable real estate for heavy-hitting upgrades like solar panels. Yakima solved that issue with the CBX Solar, the first mass-produced cargo box with an integrated sun-powered sheet on top. 

Its lightweight Sunflare panel is 36 watts (five watts of power with a three-amp max), enough to power your spare batteries and electronics from two USB ports (there is no built-in battery to store the charge). Yakima claims the panel works great in low-light situations but exact charge times have yet to be determined. And there’s no loss of space in the carrier: it features 16 cubic feet of cargo room, comparable to its non-powered boxes, and is long enough to hold up to 185-centimeter skis. Plus, it opens from both sides and is easy to install on any type of crossbar. 

There are plenty of car-rooftop solar options out there, but if you want simple installation, added storage, and a tidy little amount of juice for life on the road, the CBX Solar is a smart solution. We can’t believe no company made this sooner. 

HERO8 Black + Max Million Dollar Challenge is Here: Meet the 45 Creators

GoPro Million Dollar Challenge

Thousands of GoPro community members, users and HERO8 Black + MAX enthusiasts around the globe tuned in to the GoPro YouTube channel this morning to see if this was their lucky day. Did they earn their equal cut of $1 million and join the elite group of GoPro Award recipients included in the Million Dollar Challenge highlight video? One two-minute video would decide their fate.

At 6 a.m. PT, GoPro dropped its second annual Million Dollar Challenge video—a crowdsourced initiative to recognize and reward HERO8 Black and MAX users for capturing what GoPro refers to internally as “bangers”—videos filled with unique perspectives, spectacular adventures and captivating moments from around the world. These clips would fuel the most important GoPro highlight video of the year.

Traditionally, this product-focused video is produced by GoPro’s internal media team to ensure a continuous stream of jaw-dropping shots. But, for the second year in a row, GoPro put this trust in the hands of its community.

“The technology and ease-of-use of our HERO8 Black and MAX cameras makes it easy for everyday users to capture mind-blowing, professional quality footage of any activity,” said GoPro Founder and CEO Nick Woodman. “HERO8 Black and MAX capture cinematically stunning content straight out of the box in the hands of even a novice user, and the GoPro Million Dollar Challenge is our way of celebrating both the insane capabilities of our newest cameras along with our customers’ incredible creativity. Our world is such an awesome place filled with amazing people and you can see that clearly in this year’s GoPro Million Dollar Challenge video.”

Ultimately, 56 clips featuring 45 creators representing 17 countries were selected for the final video rewarding $22,222 each—an equal share of $1 million—for their submission. The full list of Award recipients is linked below, and it’s important to note, no one was given advance notice of their inclusion—each learned of their award by tuning in.

All in, creators from 104 countries submitted HERO8 Black and MAX content for consideration, culminating in 42,000 clips for the GoPro team to view (and trust us, we saw them all). The submissions nearly doubled from last year’s challenge, totaling more than 350 hours of video—some death-defying, some comical, some whimsical; yet all left the team in a mix of goosebumps, tears and unbreakable excitement.

Getting the Shot: HERO8 Black with Mitch Bergsma

Starting with the original HERO, Mitch Bergsma was an early adopter of GoPro and one of the most creative out there. To-date he’s posted more than 650 GoPro-related YouTube videos, and he’s become a staple in the GoPro Fam.

The following words are Mitch’s take on the new HERO8 Black and a few helpful tips and tricks on how to get the shot.

RAW Sunset Jumps (photo above)

HERO8 supports RAW in Burst Mode (and all photo modes for that matter) at up to 30 photos! I’m so happy about this—I used to avoid using Burst Mode because I wanted to be able to shoot in RAW for more heavy post-editing. It’s near impossible to capture an action photo in single photo mode, so RAW in Burst Mode is exactly what I’ve been waiting for.

Mode: Photo Burst Mode
Burst Rate: 30 /3s
Lens: Wide
Output: RAW

PRO TIP: I turned the new on-screen grid option on in the Preferences menu to to frame the shot handheld and know it was level without using a tripod.

TimeWarp 2.0 Auto by Sea

I was on a diving boat for a few days that was focused on cage diving with Great White sharks off the remote Guadalupe Island in the Pacific Ocean. The elements around the island created a constant, super cool cascade of clouds rolling over the top of the island, and I had been wanting to shoot a time lapse video of it the whole trip. I didn’t think it would work because the boat was not still enough for a time lapse video. But then I remembered that HERO8 has TimeWarp 2.0 with HyperSmooth stabilization! So I grabbed my Jaws Flex Clamp and clamped it on the boat’s railing. We were close to leaving and I was in a rush, so I thought it was the perfect time to test the Auto feature. It was so awesome to not have to worry about what speed I needed to set the TimeWarp to, especially since I was in a time crunch! The camera did the hard work for me, and the video looked amazing even though the boat was moving through rough waters.

Mode: TimeWarp 2.0
Speed: Auto
Resolution: 4K

TimeWarp 2.0 by Land

My wife Lori and I were exploring at a hotel, and I wanted to make a video of the walk to the pool to share our experience. I had HERO8 Black mounted to the GoPro Fusion Grip and decided to test out the TimeWarp 2.0 speed ramping feature. I tapped the on-screen button to toggle to capture in real time, and then pressed again to speed up. It’s so much fun to use and no editing needed. Plus, I was able to text the video clip to my family and friends right away by transferring to my phone with the GoPro app.

Mode: TimeWarp 2.0
Speed: Auto with real time speed ramping
Resolution: 4K

GoPro Burst Mode Set to 60 frames/10 sec

Burst Mode Set to 60 frames/10 sec

One of the features on HERO8 Black that I’m most stoked about is housed within Burst Mode. Now, you can set HERO8 to take 60 pictures in 10 seconds, so you never miss the action!

To get this shot, I used the GoPro Fusion Grip extended all the way and held the pole sideways so HERO8 was vertical for a few reasons: To get most of my body in the shot, to be able to see more of the water splashing and to see more around me.

Mode: Burst
Burst Rate: with a 60/10s,
Lens: Wide 

Palmy Night Lapse Video

The last, and possibly most favorite, thing I love about HERO8 is the introduction of Auto Night Lapse Video. This means HERO8 creates the night lapse video for you within the camera—no editing required … it’s crazy! Shooting a night lapse can be difficult. There are too many settings to deal with—ISO, long exposure, shutter speeds, etc.—with Auto Night Lapse Video, the GoPro does the work for you!

I mounted HERO8 to my GoPro Fusion Grip and used it as a tripod—I love that mount! Due to the long-exposure nature of taking a night lapse, you have to use a tripod to keep the GoPro completely still. If the camera moves at all, the video will look blurry. 

The best part about setting the interval and shutter to Auto is that I can get a video from dusk to dark without stopping the recording to change shutter speed or adjust settings as the sky gets darker. It’s all done for me!

PRO TIP: Tap into nearby lighting if it’s available. I chose these palms because they were lit up from a nearby baseball field that illuminated them in the video. I also tried to time the clouds being in the video to show movement across the sky and add another interesting element to the video. 

Mode: Night Lapse Video
Resolution: 4k
Lens: Wide
Interval: Auto
Shutter: Auto Shutter
ISO: 100 min, 800 max

2020 SKI Magazine Editors’ Choice – SCOTT Vapor & Symbol 2 Plus D

SKI Magazine editors used, abused, and reviewed a lot of gear this season. Here’s what stood out on a trip to Sun Valley.
By: SKI Magazine Editors Dec 13, 2019

Every season, SKI’s editors take a break from their desks to practice what they preach—skiing. Our annual Editor’s Choice trip is an opportunity for our staff to put boots on the ground and do some in-depth gear testing, as well as preview new and exciting things that are happening at ski resorts around the world. These trips have taken our staff to some pretty far-flung places, including Chile and Japan, but this year we headed somewhere closer to home: Sun Valley, Idaho.

Why Sun Valley? Because it’s got everything, from classic resort slopes ideal for testing carving skis to accessible backcountry that beckons to powder hounds and ski tourers alike. We did our best to sample a little bit of everything Sun Valley and Ketchum have to offer and put a plethora of new gear through the wringer in the process. Here are our editors’ favorite pieces of gear of the season.

SCOTT Vapor Goggle With Amplifier Lens Technology

The best type of ski goggle is the kind you don’t notice wearing: no fog, no glare or visual distortion, and the world only seems less clear when the goggles come off—not while wearing them. The new Scott Vapor is this type of goggle, and it’s comfortable on the face to boot. $120

SCOTT Symbol 2 Plus D Helmet

The Symbol 2 Plus D helmet’s industry-leading RAS Fit System and integrated MIPS means it sits exactly where it needs to be when buckled up, and an intuitive ventilation system makes it easy to cool off—or warm up—without having to remove gloves. $220

For the full list check out: SKI Magazine 2020 Editors Choice

GoPro: Best of 2019 – Year in Review

Just when we thought smooth couldn’t could get any smoother, 2019 came around. And along with it, came the HERO8 Black and MAX.

Celebrate with us as we look back on our best moments of 2019.

Shot 100% on GoPro

GoPro: Getting the Shot – B.C. Backcountry in 4K

Shred alongside the GoPro Snow Team and CMH Heli as they take us down the powdery slopes of British Columbia.

Featured GoPro Athletes

Special Thanks @Spencer Whiting

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Yakima Acquires Road Shower

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., December 5th, 2019 – Yakima, a pioneer in recreational cargo management solutions and outdoor specialty products, announced today that it has completed an asset acquisition of Road Shower, the leading on‐vehicle outdoor recreation water transport system. Through the acquisition, Yakima will take ownership of Road Shower’s intellectual property and existing inventory as it works to transition production to its own facilities.

“We are thrilled to add Road Shower’s proven products to our ever‐growing portfolio of industry‐ leading racks, cargo boxes, and outdoor specialty equipment,” said Yakima CEO Ryan Martin. “Road Shower is a natural fit for us in that it fulfills specific needs for a wide range of Yakima customers and facilitates greater enjoyment of the outdoors.”

Following on the heels of the launch or expansion of several key categories for Yakima—including Truck, Basecamp, and Sportsman—Road Shower offers utility and versatility to adventure campers, anglers, surfers, bikers, kayakers, and anyone who wants to keep their gear, their vehicles, and themselves clean while out in the wild.

“After four years of exploring options with Yakima, I couldn’t be happier to hand the Road Shower reigns to such a forward‐thinking, innovative group of people,” said Road Shower founder Joel Cotton. “I take comfort in knowing that the products I put so much into developing and bringing to market are now in such capable hands.”

Cotton began work on the first‐generation Road Shower in 2007 after a frustrating experience trying to clean up with a solar shower after a long day of riding Utah’s White Rim Trail. In fact, Cotton mounted his very first Road Shower to a Yakima bike rack for transport. Fast forward 12 years and Road Shower is now in its fourth iteration, available in 4‐, 7‐, and 10‐gallon capacities.

“One of the things that drew us to Road Shower, aside from its quality, is the entrepreneurial spirit that went into its development,” said Jonny Wood, Yakima Product Manager, Automotive & Expansions. “Yakima came from humble beginnings, too, founded in a Yakima Valley machine shop some 40 years ago. We’re big fans of Joel and his vision and are excited to continue his great work.”

Road Shower will be available for purchase at Yakima.com beginning December 12th.

To learn more about this newest addition to Yakima’s product offerings, please visit Yakima.com/roadshower.

  • Available in 4, 7 & 10-gallon sizes.
  • The Patented Design is built strong with welded aluminum construction and durable powder coat finish.
  • Brass water connection fittings.
  • Large top-cap allows for easy filling.
  • Pressurize the tank through the Schrader air valve or a garden hose.
  • Pressurize with hand or electric pump – Built in pressure relief valve safely and automatically tops out at 65 psi (max).
  • Included garden hose adapter harnesses the pressure of your home water spout and fills and pressurizes at the same time.
  • Includes a stick-on thermometer strip for the outside of the tank.
  • Includes two outlet water ports, one on each end, for convenient water access.
  • Included Hose Lengths: Small and Medium 55”, Large 81”.
  • Integrated lock loops allow you to lock RoadShower to your roof rack.
  • Stainless steel universal mounting hardware fits all Yakima® crossbars and most other roof racks.
  • 1-year Limited Warranty.
  • RoadShower SM with 4 gallons of water – 53 lbs.
  • RoadShower MD with 7 gallons of water – 84 lbs.
  • RoadShower LG with 10 gallons of water – 120 lbs.