Yakima Acquires Road Shower

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., December 5th, 2019 – Yakima, a pioneer in recreational cargo management solutions and outdoor specialty products, announced today that it has completed an asset acquisition of Road Shower, the leading on‐vehicle outdoor recreation water transport system. Through the acquisition, Yakima will take ownership of Road Shower’s intellectual property and existing inventory as it works to transition production to its own facilities.

“We are thrilled to add Road Shower’s proven products to our ever‐growing portfolio of industry‐ leading racks, cargo boxes, and outdoor specialty equipment,” said Yakima CEO Ryan Martin. “Road Shower is a natural fit for us in that it fulfills specific needs for a wide range of Yakima customers and facilitates greater enjoyment of the outdoors.”

Following on the heels of the launch or expansion of several key categories for Yakima—including Truck, Basecamp, and Sportsman—Road Shower offers utility and versatility to adventure campers, anglers, surfers, bikers, kayakers, and anyone who wants to keep their gear, their vehicles, and themselves clean while out in the wild.

“After four years of exploring options with Yakima, I couldn’t be happier to hand the Road Shower reigns to such a forward‐thinking, innovative group of people,” said Road Shower founder Joel Cotton. “I take comfort in knowing that the products I put so much into developing and bringing to market are now in such capable hands.”

Cotton began work on the first‐generation Road Shower in 2007 after a frustrating experience trying to clean up with a solar shower after a long day of riding Utah’s White Rim Trail. In fact, Cotton mounted his very first Road Shower to a Yakima bike rack for transport. Fast forward 12 years and Road Shower is now in its fourth iteration, available in 4‐, 7‐, and 10‐gallon capacities.

“One of the things that drew us to Road Shower, aside from its quality, is the entrepreneurial spirit that went into its development,” said Jonny Wood, Yakima Product Manager, Automotive & Expansions. “Yakima came from humble beginnings, too, founded in a Yakima Valley machine shop some 40 years ago. We’re big fans of Joel and his vision and are excited to continue his great work.”

Road Shower will be available for purchase at Yakima.com beginning December 12th.

To learn more about this newest addition to Yakima’s product offerings, please visit Yakima.com/roadshower.

PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Available in 4, 7 & 10-gallon sizes.
  • The Patented Design is built strong with welded aluminum construction and durable powder coat finish.
  • Brass water connection fittings.
  • Large top-cap allows for easy filling.
  • Pressurize the tank through the Schrader air valve or a garden hose.
  • Pressurize with hand or electric pump – Built in pressure relief valve safely and automatically tops out at 65 psi (max).
  • Included garden hose adapter harnesses the pressure of your home water spout and fills and pressurizes at the same time.
  • Includes a stick-on thermometer strip for the outside of the tank.
  • Includes two outlet water ports, one on each end, for convenient water access.
  • Included Hose Lengths: Small and Medium 55”, Large 81”.
  • Integrated lock loops allow you to lock RoadShower to your roof rack.
  • Stainless steel universal mounting hardware fits all Yakima® crossbars and most other roof racks.
  • 1-year Limited Warranty.
  • RoadShower SM with 4 gallons of water – 53 lbs.
  • RoadShower MD with 7 gallons of water – 84 lbs.
  • RoadShower LG with 10 gallons of water – 120 lbs.

Rack It Up: Yakima Shows Up with Latest Products for Adventure-Seekers

From TractionLife.com By Graham Heeps

Yakima’s Ford Ranger project truck for the 2019 SEMA Show had the LockNLoad platform rack and HangOver bike rack. Photo: Graham Heeps

Few More Reasons To Hit The Outdoors

Yakima brought a bunch of new gear transport solutions to the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas. 

In the spring of 2019, the Portland, Oregon based company introduced a range of truck racks that have proved to be a huge hit with pickup owners. All three are designed for use with the company’s new HD bars.

The racks are available in three heights. Bedrock HD mounts flush to the top of the bed – ideal for transporting bikes, cargo boxes or a rooftop tent, with up to 300 lb on-road carrying capacity.

The fixed-position, mid-height Outpost HD is great for overlanding, when you want to keep a lower centre of gravity, but still want to carry up to 300 lb of gear – or up to 500 lb on-road.

OverHaul HD for the pickup fans

OverHaul HD truck racks are height-adjustable.

The third option, OverHaul HD, carries as much as Outpost but is fully adjustable to support loads up to and beyond the cab height. Yakima says that multiple tie-down points and the ability to fit most truck beds – plus compatibility with Retrax XR tonneau covers – contribute to Overhaul’s outstanding functionality.

And as with Bedrock and Outpost, once the bases are fixed in place, the rack can be unlocked and removed when not required, without needing to reattach the bases for every use.

The versatility of the LockNLoad Platform

The LockNLoad platform rack can be customized with all manner of accessories.
Photo: Graham Heeps

Another star of the SEMA booth was the LockNLoad platform rack we featured here, which was introduced in late-September after a couple of years in development with Yakima’s team in Australia.

Tested on backroads in the Outback, the low-profile rack is said to major on versatility and comes in six sizes to suit all types of vehicles, from a Subaru Crosstrek to a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. 

Yakima’s familiar T-slots – in the frame and in the slats – make it easy to install accessories like a perimeter rail kit, spare wheel holder or light bar brackets, or the platform can be customized with a kayak or bike rack.

Yakima’s new GrandTour Cargo Boxes adds new streamlined products to the lineup

Sleek and modern, the GrandTour is a premium addition to Yakim’s Cargo Box Collection.

Finally, Yakima provided a sneak peek of the new line of GrandTour Cargo Boxes, which will be available from February 2020. Featuring a sleeker, more streamlined design, they’ll be available in 16 and 18-cu.ft. capacities. There’s dual-sided opening for easy access and a torque-limiting wrench to avoid stripping the fixings during installation.

Hit up Yakima’s website to learn more.

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New Yakima LockNLoad™ Roof Rack Platform – Available Now!

MADE TO BRAVE THE BACKLANDS

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

HEAVY-DUTY PLATFORM ROOF RACK

Build-out your vehicle to be a true adventure rig—whether to get to the local trailhead or miles from civilization. Designed and thoroughly tested, the LockNLoad roof rack platform is a blank slate, ready for you to customize to your needs. Integrated T-slots throughout allow quick and easy attachment of our new LockNLoad accessories. Horizontal slats are designed to attach bike, kayak, surf, ski mounts, or even one of our SkyRise™ rooftop tents. It’s available in 6 sizes to ensure the best platform fit for your vehicle.

Designed and Tested in Australia

The toughest gear has to be proven in the toughest environments. That’s why we designed and tested the LockNLoad roof rack platform 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.

Innovative side-to-side slats act as crossbars, to easily install most Yakima mounts.

Attaches either directly to your roof rack crossbars or to Yakima SkyLineTM or TimberLineTM towers.

Built to withstand the backroads with a Yakima Off-Road Rating of 165–440 lbs.

*Depending on vehicle roof weight limit

Available In 6 sizes for the perfect fit

For more check out: Yakima.com/LockNLoad and stop in to your local Yakima dealer. LockNLoad platforms are shipping now!

Yakima – Take It Easy

Our story is more of a journey, because we’ve never been good at sitting still. After all, we don’t have wild sides; we have wild souls. For four decades, our trusted solutions have transformed the way people travel. We’re leaders in our category, packing heritage, safety, design sensibility, and street smarts into every product. Based in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve got the great outdoors at our doorstep. From valleys and peaks to banks and backlands, the grounds we roam make us feel at home. We give everyone the freedom to wander, the right to be unruly, and the confidence to go more rogue.

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.

 

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

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