Yakima and NRS Founder Bill Parks

Yakima & Northwest River Supplies

Whether to stream, river, lake, or ocean, Yakima has easily and safely been getting people to the water going on five wild, original decades. To celebrate our 40th year, we talked with legendary river runner Bill Parks, founder of NRS (Northwest River Supplies).

A Longtime Water Lover & Yakima Customer

Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport he’d come to love so much as a river runner guide, in 1972 Bill started NRS with $2,000 from his savings, stocked an inventory of boating gear in his garage, and typed up his first product catalog.

“You can see the original Yakima Rack (known as ‘gold bars’) in this photo of a mistreated 1950s station wagon that I restored in the early 1970s,” Bill boasts. “And I still own a prototype of the BasketCase, Yakima’s first wire-mesh luggage carrier.”

Remembering Yakima’s First Founders

As a fellow entrepreneur in the early days of water sports, Bill knew the humble folks who ran a small machine stop in the town of Yakima, Washington, Otto and Jeanne Lagervall.

“Otto was exceptional,” Bill recalls. “He started out as a trumpet player with the New York Philharmonic and invented the folding music stand. As an engineer, he later designed a rack (the first of its kind) to get his touring kayak to the water, along with foot braces and a rudder.” Today, Otto’s rack still helps water-lovers navigate hard crosswinds and surf today.

Bill remembers Otto as honest and conscientious to a fault. “He didn’t raise prices and didn’t make much money because there was quite a bit of inflation. Otto was so dedicated, he slept in an easy chair that he kept in his shop.”

Bill Park and friends scouting a rapid

Moving Forward While Honoring Tradition

When the time came to sell, the Lagervalls chose outdoor fanatics who shared Otto’s vision and would take the company further: kayakers Don Banducci and Steve Cole, who brought the renamed Yakima Products to Arcata, California, in 1979. The rest became our proud, multi-sport history.

Yakima founders Don Banducci and Steve Cole

Likewise, NRS has thrived after its original founder passed the baton. Recently retired as he approached his 80th birthday, Bill Parks sold NRS to nearly 100 employee-owners who share his singular vision. Like Yakima, NRS continues building on a heritage of innovating solutions for adventurers who are drawn to the water.

 

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Yakima LockNLoad Platforms

Purpose Built for Rugged Utility

The toughest gear has to be proven in the toughest environments. That’s why we designed and tested our new LockNLoad Off-Road Platform Rack in Australia’s unforgiving outback. Adapted to suit the expansive terrains of the U.S., the LockNLoad has the backbone to haul your valuable gear from Baja to New England.

Heavy-Duty Platform Roof Rack

Combining smart looks with smart engineering, the new LockNLoad Off-Road Platform Rack is built for sport, utility, and off-road adventure. An Australian backroad-tested addition to our Rugged Outdoor Collection, the LockNLoad safely hauls everything from rooftop tents to jerry cans with low-profile ease. 

  • Horizontal crossbar slats make for easy mounting of gear and accessories
  • Compatible with all Yakima crossbars and most roof racks with LockNLoad Crossbar Clamps
  • Designed to work with Yakima SkyLine and TimberLine towers, with StreamLine adapter sold separately
  • Available in 6 sizes, we have options for all vehicles big and small, young and old

MSRP $729–$979

CamelBak Reign – Team Sport Bottle

How do you make a simple sport bottle a tool to help athletes avoid overheating during play? At CamelBak®, we do it by being obsessively innovative. CamelBak is proud to partner with the Korey Stringer Institute in advocating for optimal athletic hydration and safety.

Learn more about the Reign™ bottle at http://www.camelbak.com/reign

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.

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.