Yakima FatCat EVO

Need a last minute gift idea for the adventurer in your life? How about a brand new ski and snowboard mount? The FatCat EVO is perfect!

YAKIMA FatCat EVO 4 and 6

The FatCat Evo 4 and 6 add more than 4 inches of extra space to accommodate wider all-terrain skis and snowboards. The racks hold four skis/two snowboards and six skis/four snowboards respectively.

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The FatCat EVO is Yakima’s sleekest, quietest, and sweetest ski & snowboard mount. It is wide enough to carry six pairs of powder skis – up to 136mm at the tip – or four snowboards. FatCat EVO mounts tool-free on virtually any roof rack. The HangOver™ clamp attachment point makes it easier to reach your skis or boards. SKS locks are built in for added security, and the mirror black finish looks awesome on your roof. For T-Slot crossbars, add the SmarT-Slot Kit 2 for a super sleek setup (sold separately).

PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Easily carries six pair of skis – up to 136 mm wide at the tip – or four snowboards
  • Aerodynamic design delivers a quiet ride and streamlined good looks
  • Universal mounting system works with round, square, factory, and most aerodynamic roof racks
  • Integrated SkiLift provides clearance for tall bindings
  • DoubleJoint™ hinge expands for easy use with thick skis and boards
  • HangOver™ clamp-mounting position shifts the mount further out on your vehicle’s roof rack allowing easier access to skis and snowboards and leaving more room for other gear
    • (A) Standard mounting location
    • (B) HangOver™ clamp-mounting position
  • Large button makes it easy to open with gloves or mittens on
  • Sleek mirror black finish looks great on your roof
  • Integrated SKS (Same Key System) locks included
  • Compatible with T-slot crossbars – just add our SmarT-Slot Kit 2 (sold separately)
  • FatCat Evo 4 ($229)
  • FatCat Evo 6 ($279)

Smart-Slot Kit 2

Go super sleek with this low-profile conversion kit that lets you mount your FatCat or FatCat EVO to T-slotted crossbars, such as our JetStream bars.

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Gear Junkie: FatCat EVO

The following is from GEARJUNKIE.COM

GEARJUNKIE Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

A peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

Fatter Winter Rack

Haul more of the newest gear to the slopes on Yakima’s FatCat Evo 4 and Evo 6 roof racks. Touted as “the most aerodynamic” snow sports mount by Yakima, the FatCat Evo 4 ($229) and 6 ($279) add more than 4 inches of extra space to accommodate wider all-terrain skis and snowboards. The racks hold four skis/two snowboards and six skis/four snowboards respectively.

FATCAT 6 EVO

The FatCat EVO is our sleekest, quietest, and sweetest ski & snowboard mount. It is wide enough to carry six pairs of powder skis – up to 136mm at the tip – or four snowboards. FatCat EVO mounts tool-free on virtually any roof rack. The HangOver™ clamp attachment point makes it easier to reach your skis or boards. SKS locks are built in for added security, and the mirror black finish looks awesome on your roof. For T-Slot crossbars, add the SmarT-Slot Kit 2 for a super sleek setup (sold separately).

PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Easily carries six pair of skis – up to 136 mm wide at the tip – or four snowboards
  • Aerodynamic design delivers a quiet ride and streamlined good looks
  • Universal mounting system works with round, square, factory, and most aerodynamic roof racks
  • Integrated SkiLift provides clearance for tall bindings
  • DoubleJoint™ hinge expands for easy use with thick skis and boards
  • HangOver™ clamp-mounting position shifts the mount further out on your vehicle’s roof rack allowing easier access to skis and snowboards and leaving more room for other gear
    • (A) Standard mounting location
    • (B) HangOver™ clamp-mounting position
  • Large button makes it easy to open with gloves or mittens on
  • Sleek mirror black finish looks great on your roof
  • Integrated SKS (Same Key System) locks included
  • Compatible with T-slot crossbars – just add our SmarT-Slot Kit 2 (sold separately)

Smart-Slot Kit 2

Go super sleek with this low-profile conversion kit that lets you mount your FatCat or FatCat EVO to T-slotted crossbars, such as our JetStream bars.

Unracked: Fly Fishing The Pacific Northwest

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Matt Swainbank: Events And Training Manager / Fly Fisherman

Winter steelhead, summer trout – Matt is an avid fly fisherman. And – let’s get this out of the way right now – he is not going to share his super-secret spot.

 

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But he will share what he does at Yakima. “My role varies quite a bit. I run point and handle logistics for all of our major national trade shows, plus organize all of our retail training and consumer events. There’s a lot of awesome. A fun aspect is my role is always changing. Spring is about training. I spend a lot of time traveling – I was a Yakima Road Warrior for two years, so I know the fun and the pain. Winter I get to settle back in – a little bit – and start planning for the next season.”

 

 

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The Right Gear

Matt’s Yakima system starts with his cargo box – one that’s just the right size. “Man, I would have to say the SkyBox 12 Carbonite is the Yakima thing that I love most. With the Outback and 70-inch bars, I can put the 12 on the side and create room to carry whatever watercraft – canoe, SUP, or a kayak in a JayLow – I need. The narrower box means I can bring fishing and camping gear, a boat, and still have room for the dog.”

Other equipment Matt relies on/loves includes – of course – “All the fly fishing gear.” But he also likes to indulge his inner biologist. “The stuff I tend to pack most often would be field guides – mushroom guide, plant guide – I like being able to be scientific and learn about the ecosystems. We even track cloud cover, water temperature, things like that, and keep a log so we know what the right conditions were. When they line up again, even years later, we know it’s time to get out there.”

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SkyBox 12 Carbonite & KeelOver on RoundBars

Matt’s Tips

  1. Always get bigger crossbars than the minimum size recommended….you never know when you want to bring two boats or a bike along
  2. Practice catch and release for our future generations [and safe fish handling]
  3. Catching a fish is only a part of the fun….enjoy the scenery, sights, water, and the companions you are with
  4. The fish don’t just bite when the weather is good…dress appropriately on the bad days and get out there. Plus it means fewer people – that sometimes gives you a better chance
  5. Always take your waders, boots, and lifejacket out of your cargo box when you get home to dry out. Otherwise, fish will smell you from miles away the next time you go out!

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On the Road

fishn--600x600When Matt sneaks out of work early, he doesn’t usually go fishing – he would rather commit at least full day to that – he keeps it simple.

“There’s minimal midweek fishing, but there are lots of hikes around Portland. I think the awesome thing about being here is that any direction takes you to something new and exciting, like the desert or the ocean. For a midweek afternoon escape, I grab my best buddy and our dogs and bomb out. Weekends are about fishing, setting up a nice basecamp, and having some Rainiers.”

When pushed to disclose his favorite fishing-focused basecamp, Matt stays cagey. “I think I’ll plead the fifth on that one. Look, the variety is what makes it, any direction you go. Head towards the coast for steelhead in fall and winter, up to the mountains in summer for trout. Even right here on the Columbia and the Willamette, we can go out and fly fish for smallmouth bass.”

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Memorable Moments

When asked to share an especially memorable moment, Matt mulls. “I don’t know…just fishing is awesome…”

But he knows. There is definitely The One.

“It was last winter, catching the 34-inch, wild, fresh-from-the-ocean steelhead on the fly. The one in the picture. This was the dream fish. Something that wild, that healthy – it was one of those oh-$%#! moments – whether you’re going to get that thing or it breaks you off. They call them unicorns for a reason. Or a gray ghost – you know they’re there, but they’re a ghost. The stars aligned on that one. We took a quick pic, then sent her off to do her things.”

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More Unracked

YakimaUNRACKED_signOff-02Matt isn’t our only awesome employee. Checkout our entire Unracked series to see who else here at Yakima is getting outdoors, how they have their car racked out, tips and tricks, and their favorite Pacific Northwest adventure spots.

Stop in to your local Yakima dealer to get outfitted so you can get out there and find your unicorn!

Yakima Interbike 2017

The following is from MTBR.com’s coverage of Interbike 2017

Multiple rack updates, a new tailgate pad, camo rooftop tent, and more

Portland-based Yakima has updated some of its most popular racks, improved its tailgate pad, and launched a cool camo version of its SkyRise rooftop tent. Here are all the critical details, launch dates, and prices straight from the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas.

Video: Yakima BackSwing, GateKeeper, HoldUp Evo, SkyRise tent, and more

Hauling bikes behind your car or truck shouldn’t mean not being able to get to your tailgate or trunk. With Yakima’s new BackSwing mechanism, it’s never been easier. Simply pop up the security pin and your rack swings out of the way. This $299 add-on device works with any Yakima (or most other brand’s) rack and holds up to 250 pounds, meaning you can haul four bikes. Availability is set for spring 2018.

Also new from Yakima is the GateKeeper tailgate pad, which includes several key updates from the previous version, including padded individual bike cradles and a window cutout so you can still use your vehicle’s back-up camera. The GateKeeper comes in 5- and 6-bike versions and sells for $139 and $149 respectively. Availability is set for February 2018.

Yakima has also added fat bike-carrying capability to its HoldUp tray rack. The new HoldUp Evo can carry the fattest of fat tire bikes, is lock secured, and has both a pull lever and kick plate so it’s easy to raise or lower the rack out of the way. Price is $499 and it too will be available starting in February 2018. You can also get a single bike version of this rack for $259.

Finally, Yakima is launching a co-branded (with fellow Portlanders Poler) camouflage-version of its popular SkyRise rooftop tent. It will only be available in a 2-person version and comes with a ladder, rain fly, and mattress. New camping accessories include a shoe bag, gear net, fitted sheets, and even an LED lighting system. These are all sold separately.

Gallery: Yakima BackSwing, GateKeeper, HoldUp Evo, SkyRise tent, and more

 

Interbike 2017: Goodies from Day 1 – Yakima

The following is from DirtRagMag.com

Bike transport solutions from Yakima

We’re in Vegas for the last Interbike in Sin City and here are a few interesting and/or new things we found on our first day wandering the show floor.

Yakima BackSwing

The BackSwing adapter from Yakima converts almost any hitch rack with a two-inch receiver into a swing-away rack (even those that aren’t Yakima). It will hold up to a four-bike rack with bikes (or about 250 pounds), will retail for $299 and will be available in April.

Yakima SingleSpeed

The SingleSpeed one-bike rack is designed for folks who tend to travel solo (or don’t have any friends) and want a minimalist hitch rack. It is compatible with a variety of sizes of bikes from 20-inch BMX to fat. It will also be available in the spring and will retail for $259.

Yakima GateKeeper

 

The GateKeeper truck tailgate pad will be available in two different sizes (fitting five or six bikes depending on the size of your truck) and features individual straps to hold each bike in places as well as a cutout to allow use of a backup camera with the pad in place. The larger of the two (62 inches wide and holds 6 bikes) will retail for $149 while the smaller (54 inches wide and holds 5 bikes) will cost you $139. They’ll be available in February.

 

Yakima UnRacked: Kayaking with Tex Alexander

TEX ALEXANDER – FIT AND TECHNICAL TRAINING LEAD

Tex makes sure your rack is gonna fit. “My job is to go out to auto dealers, or customers who are willing to let us use their brand new cars, and assess the auto/rack interface. We have a network of car dealers in Portland, so we have access to new vehicles once they come to the market. We look them over, take measurements, check structural integrity, gather all the data. Say a new Ford Fusion comes out, we’ll go out and test it in the field, relate that to our internal testing, measure everything, then post the info up for consumers.”

Tex loves racks. But his true love is paddling. He’s so dialed into the scene up here that he actually doesn’t own a boat right now. “I Moved to Colorado a while back and sold my boat. But I used to guide and teach roll and rescue for a kayaking outfit here, and now that I’m back they still give me access to stuff for free.”

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THE RIGHT GEAR

Borrowing expensive boats means Tex better have a good way to carry them. “I’m a huge fan of the DeckHand saddles – they offer the best boat protection on the market. They’re super easy to use, adjust to almost any hull, and help protect your $4000 Kevlar kayak,” he says.

“It’s just one of the best boat products we’ve ever made.”

Because Tex is a truck owner, the new LongArm truck bed extender has been exciting for him to work on and test fit.  “It’s one of those products we’ve needed for awhile, and I’m happy it’s finally here, both for the company and for me to use on paddling trips.”

Like most of Yakima, Tex is a four-season multi-sporter. In the winter, he loves to snowboard – and this means switching up his Yakima system. When the temperature drops and the DeckHands come off his JetStream bars, the cargo box goes on. “The SkyBox is essential for snowboarding. Hands down the best box ever made, super strong, holds what I need, and looks great on my Tacoma.”

And what’s his don’t-leave-home-without-it essential that’s not 100% Yakima?

“Bottle opener. Luckily we put those on just about all of our products.”

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TEX’S PADDLING TIPS

  1. Always dress for the water temp, not the air temp
  2. If your bow and stern lines “hum” in the wind, give them a few twists to eliminate the harmonic vibration
  3. When tying down a sit-on-top to your crossbars, rout the straps through the scupper holes for a more secure carry
  4. Drip rings are worthless, remove them from your paddle
  5. Get out there, learn to roll, have fun

ON THE ROAD

When Tex grabs an afternoon paddle, he heads west. “I do like to get out to the coast – I don’t want to disclose where, cuz, you know…it’s my spot. We’re in a wonderful place, one hour and you’re in the mountains or at the ocean. And just to the north are the San Juans – Anderson Island in three hours, Anacortes in about five. Actual time may vary – depends on how many people I have to motivate.”

MEMORABLE PADDLES

The day Tex first learned to roll his boat was a big one for him. “It was at Trillium Lake near Mount Hood. It gave me the confidence to right my boat in any situation, and this opened more options – surf, whitewater – and it allows you to play while touring. Also, on a hot day, it is nice to roll and cool off.”

He also shared a snowboarding memory. “It was the first time I hiked to the Bald Spot in Beaver Creek,” he says. “Just the area itself is beautiful – tons of riding, great way to finish the day. We brought a grill along for hot dogs, then would ski and board to the car. It was great to find a place so remote, so close to home.”

MORE UNRACKED

Tex isn’t our only awesome employee. Checkout our entire UnRacked series to see who else here at Yakima is getting outdoors, how they have their car racked out, tips and tricks, and their favorite Pacific Northwest adventure spots.

Stop in to your local Yakima dealer to find out more about the Deckhand as well as all our boat racks and pickup whatever you may need to make the most out of your next adventure.

Yakima UnRacked: Road Biking with Kenny Graham

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KENNY GRAHAM – PRODUCT INTEGRITY SPECIALIST

“I ride as much as I can,” says Kenny.  “I ride to work  – an hour and a half commute – then I’ll commute home, and after work I try and ride for a couple more hours if I can. Plus long weekend rides.”

What about lunch? “Sometimes. But lunchtime rides are over too quick.”

Kenny is a Product Integrity Specialist, but that’s just a title. “I like to share the Yakima culture – I consider myself to be a brand ambassador. I want to make sure the cycling community knows what Yakima is about, what our presence is in the cycling world – and in the outdoor community, too – so I work hard to insert our involvement so people can understand what we are and what we do.”

Kenny is on a cycling team Revenge Cycling & Racingand owns a cycling promotion company that puts on events. Yakima sponsors both. He’s also heavily involved with OBRA – the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association – and is a race official. “Official, rider, promoter – I get to see cycling from all vantage points.”

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THE RIGHT GEAR

In the dark ages, Kenny used to haul his bike in the backseat. But one Yakima rack changed all that. His first true Yakima love?“Initially it was the HoldUp. It gave me the  ability to carry more than just one bike – and get it out of the backseat. The HoldUp let me stack bikes on the rack, giving my backseat some space for my friends and other stuff.” Recently, he upgraded his HoldUp to a Dr.Tray, continuing to iterate his ride to make getting out on his bike even easier.

And what’s some go-to gear that isn’t a bike or a rack? “My GQ6 hydration drinks are my go-to now. They are a sponsor and I believe in their product – keeps me hydrated, no cramps, I don’t leave home without it.”

KENNY’S WHEELS

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KENNY’S CYCLING TIPS

  1. Take your time when installing bikes on your rack system. When rushed, you will forget steps. This is not a good thing for your bike! 
  2. Always take your keys to lock your bike to your rack – and never leave your bike out of your sight. If they want it bad enough – they will steal your car with your bike on it!
  3. Always carry enough water while you’re riding or plan so you can get a refill on your route.
  4. Never let a certain friend of mine – we’ll call her Brenda M. – create the route. NEVER EVER – NEVER EVER!!! (See tip 3)
  5. Always have fun! #cyclingiseverything!

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ON THE ROAD

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Where does he unrack? “I love to go over Neskowin. It’s on the Oregon Coast, ten miles north of Lincoln City on highway 101. There’s the old highway that carves it way through the forest. Low traffic, nice climbing. I can spend a couple of hours getting things out of my system. Riding the old highway is my escape.”

 

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MOST MEMORABLE RIDE

“My brother and I took a day trip to Paulina Lake in Central Oregon, and he decided he wanted to climb to the top of Paulina Peak,” recalls Kenny. Kenny wasn’t psyched on pedaling up a long, steep road – it was 99 degrees out – but his brother sold him on it and told him to bring a coat. Good advice. “Paulina was a crazy ride – it was brutal, but my brother and I were determined! At the top it was 20 degrees colder, and conditions weren’t great,” says Kenny. “But, I could literally see all of Oregon. Every mountain and weather systems rolling in – the view from all angles was amazing. I could have stayed there all day… all day long.”

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Kenny’s not our only awesome employee. Checkout our entire Unracked series to see who else here at Yakima is getting outdoors, how they have their car racked out, tips and tricks, and their favorite Pacific Northwest adventure spots.

GET UNRACKED

 

Yakima

At Yakima, we believe the outdoors is more fun when shared. Shared with friends. And with family. Shared with goofballs, wingmen, dreamers, crushes and jokers. The more the merrier. Because the outdoors is not just about the adventure, it’s about the stories told, the inside jokes and the shared memories.

Stop in to your local Yakima dealer to find out more about the Dr Tray or pickup whatever you may need to make the most out of your adventures and make memories. Memories that remain, long after the trip is over.