Yakima HoldUp EVO – Available Now!

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Yakima HoldUp EVO

Fast, secure, and easy to use, the HoldUp EVO is built to handle new bike standards, like fat tires and boost hubs, but it easily carries the classics too. The StrongArm hook secures the bikes at their wheels, protecting carbon frames and painted surfaces.  Tilt the rack with bikes loaded for quick rear-of-vehicle access using the new easy to reach tilt lever and KickStart™ foot pedal. The super-simple locking SpeedKnob™ makes install a tool-free breeze and included SKS bike locks keep your mind at ease.

PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Hitch mounted tray rack that loads quickly and carries two bikes without frame contact
  • NEW Easy-access tilt mechanism and KickStart™ foot pedal make raising and lowering the rack a breeze, even with bikes loaded
  • NEW Tool-free locking SpeedKnob™ makes installation and removal fast, easy and secure
  • StrongArm hook secures bike at wheels, protecting painted surfaces and carbon frames
  • Easily adjust trays to reduce bike-to-bike interference
  • Fits most bikes, including fat-tire, mountain, road, hybrid, women’s specific, BMX, kids’ bikes, & E-bikes under 50 lbs.
  • Accommodates disc brakes, through axles, boost hubs, and full suspension bikes
  • Fits 20” to 29” wheel sizes and tires up to 5” wide
  • Integrated SKS (Same Key System) locks included for added bike security
  • Carry four bikes – just add the HoldUp EVO +2 (compatible with 2” version only)

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Never Forget Essential Camp Gear Again

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Anyone else feeling seasonally confused lately? There’s still fresh snow in the mountains, but the hint of springtime in the air has us itching for upcoming warm-weather camping escapades.

The slightly warmer weather and resurgence of your hay fever sneezing means it’s time to play storage closet Jenga and haul out your camping gear. But it can be easy to forget essential items when packing for your first car camping trip of the season. Season after season you end up having to get creative after somehow forgetting can openers, wine keys, or even forks. The solution: a camp cooking “go bag.”

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WHAT IS A CAMP COOKING “GO BAG?”

Also known as a “bug out bag,” “chuck box,” etc., it’s a container of your choice put together at the beginning of the season to make sure that you never forget essential camping items again. Keep it on hand in your gear collection, ready for anything from spontaneous weekend escapes to full-fledged bucket-list missions you’ve been planning out since you scored those permits back in January. A “go bag” means you can grab it and go, which makes your life much easier when it comes time to make like a tire and hit the road.

You want to pack your go bag with the items you usually forget but always need, like a lighter, wine opener, or GSI Kung Foon. The key to a go bag is to wash any camp gear when you get home from a trip (in a real sink–so luxurious!) and and put it straight back into your go bag once clean and dry – no one likes a go bag full of mold.

Note that this list is focused on camp cooking only–refer to our more comprehensive packing list here. It’s also based on the essentials, so think about any personal preferences you have and remember to add them to the list!

 

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HOW DO I GO ABOUT PREPARING ONE?

1. Obtain a “bag”, or a box, or bucket. We recommend a storage container that’s doesn’t dominate the car or make your dog feel cramped, but big enough to hold all your essential camp gear. (Unfortunately “storage container” isn’t as catchy as “go bag,” but you get the idea.)

2. Round up your current camp cooking gear and check it against the list below. Sometimes it’s extra satisfying to lay everything out on a table (or the floor if you have a massive gear closet) and gaze out at your hoard.

3. This is also a great time to take stock of any new gear you’ll need to purchase, or repairs to current gear that need to be made. Get these done, add them to your go bag, and you’ll be all set.

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THE GO BAG CHECKLIST

STOVE

Meet your new favorite stove! The GSI Glacier Camp Stove, with its downright sexy canister mount and powerful 11,000 BTU/h burner, you’ll be able to boil water with speed and style. You’ll also need:

  • IsoButane. Double check that it works with your stove, and determine if you’ll need to buy more.
  • Matches or a lighter. Pack waterproof matches to be extra prepared for any type of weather!

COOKWARE

There are a plethora of cookware options available depending on what kind of camper you are. Read our “GSI Cookware 101” post here, and learn about how to find your cookset soulmate here to choose what’s best for you.

If you’re looking for a cookset to do it all, the GSI Glacier Stainless Camper gets it done. Plus, its rugged stuff sack holds the set and doubles as sink/wash basin for easy clean up. It includes a complete set of cookware and tableware for 4:

  • 3 L Pot
  • 2 L Pot
  • Strainer Lid
  • 9″ Fry Pan
  • (4) 14 fl. oz. Mugs with Insulated Sleeves
  • (4) 14 fl. oz. Bowls
  • (4) 7.5″ Plates
  • 4 Sip-It Tops
  • Folding Pot Gripper
  • Welded Sink Storage Bag

Don’t forget:

 

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UTENSILS

Lucky for you, all your silverware and kitchen needs come in one convenient kit: the GSI Destination Kitchen Set 24. It’s compact, organized, lightweight, and has cutlery and utensils for 4, including:

  • Mini Cheese Grater
  • Collapsible Whisk
  • Pivot Spoon
  • Pivot Spatula
  • Utility Knife
  • 12 pc. Cutlery Set
  • Spicer
  • 2 Condiment Containers
  • Cutting Board
  • Scrubber
  • Camp Towel
  • Ballistic Nylon Case

Don’t forget:

  • Can opener
  • Wine key/bottle opener
  • Measuring cups/spoons

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Foil
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Trash bags
  • Tablecloth and clips
  • Cooler
  • Collapsible, reusable water container (GSI 20L Water Cube)
  • Vacuum insulated water bottle
  • Table lantern
  • Partyware
  • Playing cards

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RinseKit: Your Portable Hot Water Shower

From GiGadgets.com by Michelle Wang

Have you ever stuck in the mud but found nowhere to clean up after a long hike? Or had no access to clean water to prepare a dinner around the campfire? No worries. The RinseKit will properly have this trouble settled. It is a pressurized water tank with a six-feet hose hidden inside, making it an easy-to-transport gadget when you are heading for hiking, camping and more.

With its patented design, RinseKit retains the same water pressure as a conventional garden hose (55-75 psi), which allows the two-gallon water tank to be filled full without pump or electricity. Hook up the RinseKit to any faucet, which allows the water to be compressed and spring out from the nozzle through the hose. It provides a continuous spray for around five minutes before the tank dries up.

With six sprayer nozzle settings available, the RinseKit provides multiple functions to suit your demands. Either a dirty or sandy feet rinsing, or a muddy gear cleaning, the RinseKit has your requirements covered. But under the high-power “jet” settings, the water runs quickly, be sure to store enough water in advance.

Additionally, the device features a battery-powered heater system that quickly heats water in the RinseKit chamber to 100°F. With a full charge, the tank can hold heated water for hours, removing all the troubles that you may face with cold water. For example, you can take a hot bath before heading to bed even in a camp.

Outdoors fans may find the RinseKit useful in many ways. They can use it to wash away dirt, sand, and salt water after a sun bathing on the beach, give a shower to the dirty gear, pet or wash dishes without worrying about health issues. What is more interesting is that they can even measure the catch with a built-in ruler. The removable lid is also can be used as a standing pad or cutting board. No worries, its sturdy builds make this RinseKit durable.

Since RinseKit was created, it had grabbed media’s attention, and featured on ABC, USA Today, Fox, and more media outlets. Such an extensive coverage is partly a result of its user-friendly design, and most importantly, the inventor Chris Crawford’s dedication to bringing effective cleaning solutions for outdoor fans.

Yakima Grows its Multi-Platform Retail Training Program for 2018

The brand’s technical training program will reach even more retailers in 2018 through in-store events, clinics and expanded online content

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Yakima, the innovation leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions, is continuing to demonstrate its deep commitment to its retailers with the expansion of its retail training program in 2018. The program includes both hands-on training at clinics and events across the country, and online training through the Yakima Garage and Brandlive.

“We far exceeded our retail training goals in 2017, and we’re excited to maintain that momentum and reach even more partners in 2018,” said Matt Swainbank, Events and Training Manager at Yakima. “Our goal is to provide all of our partners with unparalleled support, and we have created a diverse array of educational options. From our RoadWarrior team of brand and training representatives located across the country, to our industry-leading full-day RackDawg training events, to the ever-expanding online Yakima Garage training site and new for 2018, live video training in partnership with Brandlive.”

At the center of Yakima’s retail training program are the RoadWarriors, a traveling team of dedicated brand and training representatives across the country. In 2017, this team trained more than 4,000 retail employees in cities across the country through hundreds of clinics and 17 RackDawg events. RackDawg is a full-day training event that is free to all retailers. It includes sales and product training, hand-on technical installation, with lots of Yakima-style fun mixed in.

Led by Yakima’s RoadWarrior field team, the Yakima vehicle fit team, and Yakima sales representatives, RackDawg embraces the spirit of the brand, arming retailers with the know-how they need to give their customers the best experience possible. The RackDawg program kicked off in February in Austin, TX and continue throughout the spring nationwide.

“Yakima has shown a wide-ranging commitment to having the best trained Rack Attack employees through RackDawg and in-store training seminars. These efforts have translated into us having the most knowledgeable staff providing great service and expert installs for our customers. In return for these efforts Yakima has seen some great sales growth across their range in our 12 stores,” said Graeme Paterson, president of Rack Attack.

Yakima’s online training portal, the Yakima Garage, is even more robust for 2018 with more content than ever, including a library of sales and installation videos, company news, and quarterly sales contests.

New for 2018 is the addition of live product training events from Yakima headquarters and key tradeshows, in partnership with Brandlive. These live retail training sessions, broadcast to Yakima’s dealer network, allow the company to be nimble and train retailers on new products as soon as they are available.

“For many years, Rock/Creek has been the beneficiary of a multitude of training opportunities created by Yakima. Whether is been their dedicated tech reps, the RackDawg program, or the Yakima Garage, we’ve always seen the value in participating in these programs. There is a direct correlation between these opportunities and how it translates to rack sales within Rock/Creek,” said Jonathan Scott, co-owner of Rock/Creek Outfitters.

Added Scott, “One of the biggest reasons we appreciate these events is the fact that it reminds us who our true partners are. Thanks to this hands-on training, we can differentiate ourselves from the rest of the retailers out there, as we have gained the knowledge to take care of the customer in the best way possible by having the best trained and most knowledgeable staff. We are appreciative of Yakima going the extra mile to help make us stand out.”

Upcoming 2018 RackDawg Events

  • Thompson, CT – 3/28/2018
  • Cincinnati, OH – 4/5/2018
  • Lansing, MI – 4/12/2018
  • Salt Lake City, UT – 4/17/2018
  • Bay Area, CA – 4/24/2018
  • Denver, CO – 4/24/2018
  • Tampa, FL – 10/24/2018

For more information on RackDawg training, visit yakima.com/rackdawg. To register for an event, visit yakimagarage.com, or contact Yakima at roadwarrior@yakima.com.

About Yakima

Yakima Products, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions for a variety of consumers, from outdoor enthusiasts to car aficionados. The company offers variety of cargo management products, including racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and other gear, cargo boxes and bags, rooftop tents and awnings, and high performance multi-sport trailers. Yakima Products, Inc. is headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.

SCOTT – 10 Ski Hacks for Freeride Skiers

You always dreamed about slashing deep snow. Follow our SCOTT x Stomp it Tutorial video to learn the perfect technique to shred powder. Jens a freeskier and coach guides you through 10 tips to improve your riding skills.

Episode 2: 10 Ski Hacks for Freeride Skiers

Have you ever been stuck in the mountain wondering how to repair your ski or unstick your skins?

These 10 hacks will show you how to have a better time crashing, snacking, repairing, touring and much more.

World Champion Cyclist Peter Sagan Joins the GoPro Team

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Peter Sagan is already a legend in road cycling. From his long list of achievements to his magnetic personality on and off the cycle, Sagan has written himself into cycling lore. In a sport often cloaked in restraint, and even staid characters, Sagan is a beacon of outspoken and gregarious light. Plus, he can climb a steep grade while doing one-handed wheelies on his bike. As driven to put on a show as he is to win, Sagan is the people’s cyclist. He makes the sport more fun, even while he is winning.

The Slovak has won the UCI World Championship three years in a row (2015-2017), and even won the prestigious ‘Maillot Vert’ points jersey the first time he rode the Tour de France in 2012. He has won the jersey every year since, through 2016.

With 102 professional wins to his name, Peter has proved he can win at every type of race from the one-day ‘Classics’ to three-week long stage races and the first European Championship, and did we mention he rules at one-handed wheelies…uphill?

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Welcome to the Team, Peter! Have fun this season; we know we will have fun watching.

Follow Peter Sagan on Instagram

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SCOTT – How to Ski Powder?

You always dreamed about slashing deep snow. Follow our SCOTT x Stomp it Tutorial video to learn the perfect technique to shred powder. Jens a freeskier and coach guides you through 10 tips to improve your riding skills.

Episode 1 – How to Ski Powder

Ever been wondering how to shred powder like a pro? Here are 10 tips how you can improve your skills – no matter if you’re about to go off-piste for the first time or if you’re a pro shredder already who needs a bit of a refresher.