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™.

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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

 

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Safe As – Safety Series Present by SCOTT – Episode 3

SCOTT athletes Elyse Saugstad and Jackie Paaso present the SAFE AS Safety Series: an introduction to key tips, advice and knowledge for avalanche prevention and snow safety.

 

Understanding Weather

Jackie presents the importance of understanding weather and how it can affect avalanche risk, as well as keeping up to date on local forecasts and avalanche conditions before heading into the backcountry.

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Protect Yourself

Elevate Your Safety

We develop, test and re-test in order to perfect our products over years and years. Our helmets, body protection or bags give you that extra bit of safety in those crucial areas of your body when it counts. Regardless if you ride skis, snowboards, MTB or road bike, “ELEVATE YOUR SAFETY” with SCOTT- we’ve got you covered.

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GoPro: Kilian Jornet – Running Ridges

Come along and run some ridges with Kilian Jornet around the dramatic mountains of Åndalsnes, Norway.

Shot over the course of 24 hours, get a glimpse into the passion and mindset that sets Kilian calmly in tune with nature where others are not.

For more from Kilian, check out his page

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Trail Runner – First Look: Waterproof Stormsock by Bridgedale

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For those rowdy days with many stream crossings, these socks keep feet dry, eliminating the need for carrying additional pairs.

The Bridgedale Lighweight Ankle Stormsock is ideal for outdoor activities in which breathability is necessary and minimal insulation is required. The waterproof, windproof and breathability features of the Stormsock make it ideal for endurance days when you are running or hiking on wet ground or traversing through low stream crossings. The durable outer nylon layer combined with the inner Merino wool layer manages moisture while preventing unwanted odors and bacteria, keeping the feet warm and dry.

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Due to their length, the Ankle Stormsock may ingress water after extended time in wet weather or when submerging the feet in water greater than ankle depth. If this is a concern, check out the boot length version. Additionally, these lighter weight socks have minimal insulation and therefore should be used on warmer days. Bridgedale also carries a variety of socks that are more insulated and longer in length for activities in which warmth is the main concern.

The Stormsock has an elasticated arch and flat toe seam that reduces bunching of the sock and insures they remain in place without causing any irritation of the foot. However, due to their many layers and high level of durability the Stormsock felt slightly bulky in my shoe and did not form to the foot as much as I would prefer.  This is a small price to pay though, for dry, warm, odorless feet!

—Tara Richardson has placed first in the 2018 Collegiate Peaks 25 miler, 2018 Under Armour Mountain Running Series 50K on Copper Mountain, Colorado, 2018 GORE-TEX Grand Traverse Mountain Run and 2018 Under Armour Mountain Running Series 50K in Bend, Oregon. She was runner up in the USATF trail marathon championships and recently qualified for 2020 Olympic Marathon trials. She runs about 70 miles per week. The more uphill the better, she says! 

Bridgedale Lightweight Ankle Stormsock
Outer: 95% Nylon/Polyamide, 5% LYCRA/Elastane
Inner: 45% Merino Wool, 45% Polyester, 7.5% Nylon/Polyamide, 2.5% LYCRA/Elastane
Membrane: 100% PU
Price: $45.00
Best Features: Waterproof, breathable, anti-bacterial/anti-odor Merino wool, durable, lightweight.
Room for Improvement: Stiff, bulky in shoe, not form fitting to the foot, minimal insulation.