YAKIMA – School of Rack – Cargo Management 101

CARGO MANAGEMENT 101

Duffels and tents, coolers and firewood – make more room inside by carrying it up top. But how? A cargo bag, cargo box, or cargo basket? We guide you towards the option that works for your gear, vehicle, and adventures.

 

Box, Bag Or Basket – Find Your Best Cargo Solution Duffels and tents, coolers and firewood – make more room inside by carrying it up top. But how? A cargo bag, cargo box, or cargo basket? We guide you towards the option that works for your gear, vehicle, and adventures

CARGO BOXES

Our cargo boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes—all designed to maximize the amount of gear they can fit.

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FOR THOSE WHO HAVE AN SUV.
The SkyBox 12 is long enough for skis and boards, yet narrow enough to leave room for bikes and boats.

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PERFECT FOR A ROAD TRIP WITH FRIENDS.
The SkyBox Carbonite 16 is the perfect companion for hauling your gear.

 

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YAKIMA – School of Rack – Rack 101

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SCHOOL OF RACK

LEARN HOW TO RACK YOUR WORLD

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!

ROOF RACKS 101

BUILDING YOUR FOUNDATION

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.

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THE BASICS

THE FOUNDATION OF ALL GEAR-HAULING SOLUTIONS IS OUR BASE RACK SYSTEM.

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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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.

New Yakima Racks For Spring 2018

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Gearing up for Spring 2018, Yakima gets set to roll out some new products in their hitch rack lineup. The company will add a new swing arm that makes it easier to get in and out of the back of your car and a single-bike hitch rack for those quick after work solo missions.

I often throw a single bike on the back of my car whether it’s to head further north to escape the tourist traffic for my weekend ride, or to road trip up to Tahoe and beyond. While not a big deal, a two-bike hitch rack is a bit overkill, especially on my little Mazda Miata.

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Answering my plight, Yakima created a new single-bike hitch rack for those fast and light solo missions. The SingleSpeed ($259) carries any kind of bike and is super-easy to install and remove, making it great for the spur-of-the-moment rides. The StrongArm design secures your bike at the wheels, protecting paint jobs and carbon frames. It’s compatible with fat, mountain, road, BMX and kids’ bikes.

The SingleSpeed is the first single bike tray that comes with a full locking package: SKS Locks are included, which lock both the rack to the vehicle and bikes to the rack. The rack weighs just 20 pounds and is compatible with both 2” and 1.25” hitch receivers.

After seeing Küat introduce the Pivot swing arm at Sea Otter earlier this year, I am psyched to see Yakima follow suit with their own version. The new BackSwing ($299) turns any hitch rack into a swing-away hitch rack. It works seamlessly with Yakima’s DrTray and HoldUp and almost any other rack or hitch basket using a 2” receiver. Now, your fully loaded rack can swing well out-of-the-way for easy access to the trunk of your car.

The BackSwing installs in your hitch receiver just like a regular Yakima hitch rack and includes a receiver on the opposite end for mounting your rack. A locking system holds the arm securely closed when you are driving.

The BackSwing will hold loads up to 250 pounds, so can easily accommodate a 4-bike rack. I’m excited for this one as it is impossible to get Lola in and out of the Subaru when we bring our bikes along on any road trip.

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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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.

Yakima SkyRise – Poler Edition

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EXCLUSIVE POLER SKYRISE TENT! Yakima teamed up with Poler on this custom SkyRise rooftop tent. It’s crafted from the materials we know and trust. The 210D nylon is light and breathable with mesh panels for ventilation and star gazing. The weather-shedding rainfly has a waterproof PU coating and for warm, clear evenings, leave it off for a faster set-up and a wide-open view.

PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Easy to pitch design means less work and more play
  • Thick, 2.5” wall-to-wall foam mattress provides cushy comfort
  • Mattress includes removable cover for easy cleaning
  • Made from the same lightweight and breathable materials as backcountry tents – 210D nylon
  • All windows and the two skylights have solid and mesh panels that zip open to improve ventilation and provide a view of the starry skies
  • 210D nylon rainfly with PU coating protects you from the elements
  • Aluminum poles are light, strong and pre-set to make pitching a breeze
  • Tool-free vehicle mounts – no bolts required – means it’s easy to put on and quick to take off
  • Locks to roof rack with SKS Lock Cores (included) for added security
  • Ladder and all hardware are included for easy set up
  • Tent FAQs?

The Yakima Poler SkyRise tent is available at your independent local Yakima retailer, but they are a limited edition item, so they won’t be available forever! Hurry in to your local Yakima Dealer!