Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Yakima Expands Customizable Offerings with Two New Sizes in SkyBox Cargo Box Series

BEAVERTON, Oregon (August 2006) – Reinforcing its commitment to the outdoor community, Yakima, an innovator in vehicle racks for boats, bikes and winter sports gear, home storage and cargo boxes, is unveiling a series of car top soft packs offering three options for transporting gear. The new car top soft packs, the FarOut, GetOut Pro and GetOut, install directly onto a vehicle roof with raised factory side-rails, crossbars or a cargo basket.  In addition, Yakima is expanding its SkyBox customizable cargo box line with two sizes providing more choices to consumers.

“We continue to develop products that enable outdoor enthusiasts to transport their gear easily to their outdoor destination of choice,” said Mike Steck, senior director of marketing at Yakima. “From new weather-resistant, lightweight top-of-car cargo bags to additional sizes in our SkyBox cargo boxes, Yakima’s products sport a consistent design language with user-friendly features and attention to detail.”

FarOut, GetOut and GetOut Pro
Looking to provide outdoor devotees with a number of options for moving gear, Yakima will unveil a series of cargo bags, the FarOut, the GetOut Pro and the GetOut. Designed for easy packing, all cargo bags can be attached to cargo baskets or on the car top.
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The FarOut (MSRP: $199) is designed for heavy use with gear-intensive activities or in harsh weather where consumers prefer not to load gear into the bag while it is on top of the vehicle. “The FarOut can be loaded in the house then carried to the car. It has been engineered for organization inside the garage/house and is small enough to fit in a car trunk. Essentially, this bag is for a premium customer that needs a travel solution with the flexibility to carry additional gear outside the vehicle on particular trips,” said Steck.

The FarOut cargo bag has: back-pack straps attached for off-car packing and transport; high quality finish that resists road debris for easy cleaning; weather-resistant sealed seams; grab handles for easy lifting and loading; an inside accessory pocket plus dividers to organize gear; anchor points for easy vertical-hang storage; oversized pull tabs with zipper lock-loops and a soft hook and loose strap that keeps straps bundled during travel.

It provides seven cubic feet of storage space and can be used three ways: for hanging organization, for hauling/travel, or as an on-car cargo carrier. Modular interior dividers act as shelves when the bag is hung from its endpoint anchor or as dividers when used horizontally during transportation. It fits factory racks, raised side rails and cargo baskets and has a premium quilted lid and base to protect gear and vehicle.

The GetOut Pro (MSRP: $159) and GetOut (MSRP: $99) each provide 13 cubic feet of carrying capacity.  The GetOut Pro is designed for frequent use in extremely tough weather, can be attached directly to factory racks and raised side rails, or used in combination with Yakima’s LoadWarrior and MegaWarrior products. Competitive product features include: a high quality finish for easy cleaning of road debris; weather resistant sealed seams; and over-sized pull tabs with zipper lock-loops in addition to the soft hook and loop strap tabs that keep straps bundled during travel. In addition, the GetOut Pro has a cross-padded base and lid for durability and wear resistance, delivering superior protection of contents.  The GetOut is designed for the price sensitive user that needs a last minute solution for carrying gear on top of their car.
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GetOut, offering exceptional value, features integrated wear-resistant base padding to prevent scratches on the vehicle and to protect contents and over-sized pull tabs with zipper lock loops and the soft hook and loop strap. It fits factory racks, raised side rails and cargo baskets.  Like the FarOut, the zippers on the GetOut Pro and get GetOut bags can also be locked for added security.

Expansion of Popular SkyBox Cargo Boxes - SkyBox 12 and SkyBox 21
Yakima will add two new sizes, the SkyBox 12 (12 ft.) and the SkyBox 21 (21 ft.).  Each new model comes in a standard and Pro version and features consumer-friendly accessory options, including: a long-lasting internal LED light for increased visibility; a durable cargo net to keep gear secure; a removable gear pad for increased gear protection; and a low-profile wall mount for convenient box storage when not in use.  (MSRP SkyBox 12: $339; SkyBox 12 Pro: $439; SkyBox 21: $519; SkyBox Pro 21 $612.)
“We have taken one of our best selling product lines and raised the industry standard,” continued Steck. “Our new design language again comes into play in the SkyBox series with: a lid using Endo-Skel™, three times stiffer facilitating a single hand closure; an aero-dynamic shape for less noise and better looks; super latch security; a re-inforced nose cone for airtight travel and; Easy-Edge™ for better grip in wet and cold conditions. With these performance features and attention to detail, the SkyBox is the best package on the market today for outdoor enthusiasts demanding top-of-the-line performance solutions for transporting their gear.”

Yakima is a world leader in the design and manufacture of destination hardware and gear management solutions.  Yakima’s products include vehicle racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and gear; a line of cargo boxes and bags for a variety of needs; and Ground Control, an integrated gear management system for the home.  Yakima Products is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon.  For more information, visit www.yakima.com.