JUNE 25, 2019

Yakima Racks to Introduce Rod Carriers to Fishing Industry at ICAST

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore.For 40 years, Yakima has built its reputation as a leader in vehicle rack design and performance by providing innovative and reliable cargo solutions for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. For Fall 2019, the brand is excited to announce its long-anticipated entry into the recreational fishing market, with three all-new rooftop fishing rod holders.

The rod carriers, as well as Yakima’s new HD Truck Rack Collection and Platform Rack Collection, will be on display at ICAST (booth #5403), July 10–12, in Orlando, Fla. To book an appointment at ICAST to see the new products firsthand, please contact John Taranto at jtaranto@broco.com.

The Fish Collection
The new line of rod holders consists of three products. The DoubleHaul is a premium, precision-designed rod carrier made specifically for fly and spey rods. The TopWater is a purpose-built storage box for conventional rods and reels with room for tackle and other gear. The ReelDeal is a simple and economical solution for transporting up to eight fully rigged rods on any style of roof rack.

“With 49 million anglers in the United States, many of whom are already Yakima consumers, it only made sense to bring our expertise in cargo management to the world of fishing,” said Garrett Barnum, Category Director – Top of Car, Truck, Camp. “However, this was never going to be an ‘us too’ play. Instead, we’ve gone all-in right out of the gate, with three smartly designed and well-built products for a wide range of anglers.”

The Fish Collection will be available in August 2019.

The Platform Rack Collection
Born and rigorously tested in the Australian Outback, the new LockNLoad Heavy Duty Platform Roof Rack combines smart looks and even smarter engineering for hauling overlanding equipment as far off road as your vehicle will take you. LockNLoad accessories include side rails, a bracket for mounting lights, a high-lift jack holder, a spare tire holder and more. The LockNLoad system offers tremendous utility beyond the overland market, though. With its side-to-side slats, it’s perfectly suited for hauling boats, bikes, boards, and skis, too.

The LockNLoad platform rack and accessories will also be available in August 2019.

The Truck Collection
Also on display at ICAST will be Yakima’s new HD Truck Rack Collection, introduced in Spring 2019. Yakima is meeting consumer desire to convert pickup trucks into gear-hauling machines with this new line of rugged bed-mounted racks. The HD Truck Rack Collection includes three different systems: OverHaul HD, OutPost HD, and BedRock HD.

The Truck Collection is available now.



Designed with avid flyfishers in mind, the DoubleHaul offers superior protection for up to four fly rods or two fly rods and two spey rods. The DoubleHaul accommodates rods up to 10 feet in length and most reels up to size 12. The best part? Rods can be stored fully strung up for fast and easy access. The four aluminum rod tubes that comprise the carrier each contain a plastic sleeve to securely hold a fly rod and prevent wear and abrasion on the blank and guides. Felt padding prevents marring on the reels, and the reel box features a Yakima SKS lock for worry-free security. The DoubleHaul easily mounts to any vehicle crossbars with its tool-free, low-profile universal mounting hardware, and the carrier can be configured to half its length for smaller vehicles. MSRP: $699

The super-versatile TopWater is easily mounted to a roof rack or trailer for on-the-go access to as many as eight fully rigged baitcasting and spinning rods up to 8 feet in length (or 20 bare rods). The TopWater keeps rods and reels secure and organized during transit thanks to protective foam pads and rubber straps that ensure everything stays in place. Additional space under the rods accommodates low-profile tackle boxes and other gear. The durable hard-plastic shell features Carbonite, the industry-proven, American-made material used in Yakima’s SkyBox products. With a Yakima SKS lock included, the TopWater is equipped to keep cargo secure. As with the DoubleHaul, the TopWater is compatible with any crossbar style and shape. MSRP: $549

For a simple and cost-effective way of transporting fully rigged rods to any fishing hole, look no further than the ReelDeal. This two-piece rod carrier features tool-free mounting to any roof rack, including factory and aftermarket racks. The included Yakima SKS locks secure the rods and rack to the vehicle and the rack opens from the side for easy access to up to eight rods. Full-length rubber padding securely holds and protects rods during transit. MSRP: $169


Bringing versatility and customization to far-flung adventures and weekend trips alike, the all-new LockNLoad platform rack was conceived by Yakima’s team in Australia and torture tested for months in the extreme conditions of the Outback. Its low-profile design with side-to-side slats enables it to haul anything from a rooftop kayak or ski rack to jerry cans or a rooftop tent; a series of accessories allow the user to truly maximize the rack’s utility. The LockNLoad is built to last with corrosion-resistant aluminum construction and powder coating for durability and style. The LockNLoad is available in six different sizes with load ratings of 165 to 440 pounds depending on the vehicle. MSRP: $729-$979


OverHaul HD
For weekend adventures and hardworking weekdays, the new OverHaul HD adjustable truck rack brings best-in-class payload and unmatched versatility. Leveraging Yakima’s new HD Bars for a 500-pound on-road carrying capacity and 300-pound off-road rating, the OverHaul HD is the ideal foundation for heavy loads, like fishing kayaks and canoes. Plus, it’s easy to customize. The crossbar height can be adjusted from 19 to 30 inches—all the way up for long loads that need to extend over the cab, all the way down for a lower center of gravity and to get the load out of the wind, or anywhere in between to accommodate whatever additional gear might be in the bed.

The system is easy to install or remove in minutes, with its patent-pending QuickChange™ rack attachment. The OverHaul HD accommodates all of Yakima’s HD crossbar sizes and accepts SideBars for attaching off-road and utility accessories. Multiple tie-down points and the ability to fit most truck beds—including select tonneau covers—with the heavy-duty BedGrip™ clamp design make this an ultra-functional rack that works and plays hard. MSRP: $700

OutPost HD
Designed to handle heavy loads on backcountry terrain, the OutPost HD is built for rugged backcountry adventures. The mid-height design provides a low center of gravity, easy accessibility to gear, and the perfect platform for the SkyRise rooftop tent or the TopWater rod box. The engineered aluminum construction delivers an unmatched 500-pound on-road carrying capacity, and is Yakima Off-Road Rated up to 300 pounds. It’s the foundation for a fully-loaded overland rack system. Pair the OutPost HD with the HD Bar length that best fits the bed and gear, then add Yakima SideBars, mounts and accessories to outfit any truck for every adventure. MSRP: $500

BedRock HD
Sleek and strong, the BedRock HD’s low-profile design and 300-pound on-road and 180-pound off-road ratings deliver an aerodynamic system that carries kayaks, bikes, skis or cargo boxes above the bed while preserving valuable cooler-carrying capacity underneath. Compatible with the new Yakima HD Bars, the BedRock HD provides strength and security, features easily accessible tie-down points, and has T-slot attachment capability that makes adding gear mounts a breeze. MSRP: $240

About Yakima
A pioneer in vehicle racks and cargo management solutions since 1979, Yakima is known for its rugged and dependable products. Built for a wide variety of recreationists, Yakima products embody the company’s commitment to quality and safety and its passion for the outdoors. Yakima Products, Inc. is headquartered outside of Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com and follow Yakima on social media: facebook.com/yakimaracks, @YakimaRacks on Instagram and Twitter, andyoutube.com/yakimaproducts