YAKIMA – School of Rack – Rack 101




The Yakima School of Rack is in session, offering introductory classes to help you choose the roof rack system and mounts that work for you, your gear, and your ride. Each lesson breaks down a rack category and helps you understand the rack possibilities available to enable your next epic adventure.

Why are there different types of bike and kayak racks? What if I like to do a bunch of different things – how do I create a set-up for that? I know I’m supposed to tie down my kayak, but how do I do it right?

Our curriculum has it covered. So, sharpen your pencils, sit up straight, find your class, and take notes. Then rack up for recess!



A multi-sport rack system is all about that base, and that base is your roof rack. But what fits your vehicle’s roof? What kind of roof do you even have? Which bars and towers do you need? In this School of Rack session, we guide you to the perfect system for your vehicle.




If you’ve never been racked before, this is the place to start. We’ll introduce you to the many options and choices available to you. Whether you’re a pro at your sport and looking for new solutions, or taking up a new hobby and not sure what you need, we’ll help you find the right racks and mounts to get you on the road.

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GoPro: Freestyle Soccer with Indi Cowie

Indi Cowie is a professional soccer freestyler and 3x Guinness world record holder, but that wasn’t always the case. In her own words Indi describes what it took to persevere through injury and ultimately choose between two paths. Through athleticism and creativity, Indi has been able to follow her dreams, while continually challenging the limits of freestyle soccer.

See more of Indi here

Shot on GoPro

How to Choose the right SUP by Jimmy Styks


Find the right paddle board for you and your family. Jimmy Styks offers a wide range of paddle boards, surfboards, and water recreation platforms. Find your perfect match.

With Jimmy Styks you don’t have to break the bank to get everything you need to get out on the water.

See our full assortment, http://www.jimmystyks.com/



Dometic Ambassador – Jake Quiñones

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Being an adventure tourism guide wasn’t on the list of things Jake Quiñones was considering when he was choosing a career. But he decided to follow his passion and started New Mexico Backroads, one of the premier overland-touring companies in the American Southwest.

“When I was getting started, my friends were just a bunch of rock crawlers,” says Jake. Now, he’s an expert in the rocky deserts of New Mexico, leading large groups across challenging terrain. Each of his clients gets a 40-page manual to help them “quickly” learn the ropes. Jake prioritizes experience, training and guidance with the goal of enabling his clients to eventually plan and execute their own overlanding trips.

“Starting out, I just gave my services away,” says Jake. “I wasn’t even covering expenses. Lucky for me, I started making more right moves than mistakes.” Jake became an expert in the permitting process for access to state and national lands, while also using his long standing contacts with local officials to ensure his clients are safe while off the beaten path. Jake deploys a deep knowledge of the landscape and lifetime of experience on the trail to quickly teach his clients what to do when they’re far from help.


One of the biggest game changers for Jake was switching to a Dometic CFX 40W. “In terms of comfort and helping me work effectively, that fridge is the most important thing on my rig,” says Jake. “It changed everything… I was able to double my trip time and increase the storage capacity of my Jeep – it was a giant leap forward.” He pities the people who are stuck with an ordinary ice cooler: “Ice is their Achilles heel. You’re constantly worried about it. Rough roads, all that ice sloshing – it just destroys your food.”

For a trail guide who depends on a powered cooler to feed his clients, the Dometic CFX 40W offers the durability and reliability Jake needs. “It sounds like a luxury,” he says, “but once you have it, you’re never going back. Supporting a crew of eight for four days – without this fridge, I couldn’t do it.” His CFX allows Jake to make one of his favorite dishes, an authentic New Mexican steak and green chili dish that makes the end of the trail feel like a four-star restaurant.


“Anyone who doesn’t have one of these powered coolers has to be leaning toward one,” says Jake. It’s even allowed him to take longer personal trips, exploring new trails for his clients, and roads he’s never been on. “That’s the real joy of it, you know,” he says. “This isn’t just my job, it’s what I love to do. Every two months, I throw my bike and my favorite chair in the back, and just get lost. It’s awesome. It recharges me and makes all of my client trips feel fresher.”


If you want to keep up with Jake and his overland-touring life, check him out on social media: instagram.com/newmexicobackroads and on the web: newmexicobackroads.com

GoPro Awards: Devil’s Peak Downhill Run


Follow Mike Paproski through the twists and turns and crashes of the Devil’s Peak Downhill course in Georgetown, Colorado.

Shot 100% on GoPro

Impact Protection by CamelBak: Ride Fearless

CamelBak Sternum Protector

Let the scenery, not a sudden impact, take your breath away! Because all riders eventually take a hit, the Sternum Impact Protector™ offers extra protection against minor chest injuries. And because all good stories are best shared with friends, it also features an integrated action camera mount so you can relive the ride once you’re off the trail. This fully adjustable accessory is compatible with the CamelBak family of protection and hydration packs and constructed with the same attention to comfort and functionality as expected from the industry leader.


  • Sternum CE Level II Protector: Protects chest against sudden impact and minor injuries
  • Integrated Action Camera Mount: Compatible with most action camera mounts
  • Perforated for Added Ventilation: Offers air flow and cushioning to maximize comfort and breathability Offers air flow and cushioning to maximize comfort and breathability
  • Fully Adjustable Chest and Shoulder Straps: Adjustable to ensure a custom fit for maximum stability and comfort
  • Pack Compatible: Works in conjunction with hydration and impact protector packs
  • Weight: 328 g/0 lb 11 oz
  • Dimensions: 21 x 26 x 3 cm / 8.3 x 10.2 x 1.2 in
  • Fits Torso: 71-116 cm/28-48 in
  • Price: $100


BikeRadar Yakima Racks 2018

Yakima have a bunch of new products new for 2018 including their new BackSwing hitch adaptor, HoldUp EVO & SingleSpeed racks and a redesigned tailgate pad with the GateKeeper.