One of the more eye-catching items at Yakima’s Interbike booth wasn’t even on their announcement list, but you couldn’t miss it. Their Highrise car-top tent system is getting a Yakima x Poler collaboration, putting the outdoor brand’s design touch on the existing frame. The Poler camo tent gets interior bits from them, too, as well as new accessories to add storage options.

yakima x poler highrise vehicle rooftop tent system with camo cover and new accessories

yakima x poler highrise vehicle rooftop tent system with camo cover and new accessories

The clip-on pouch and hanging net basket are two upcoming add-ons.

Yakima Backswing converts any hitch mount bike rack into a swing away rack for easier access to tailgates and lift gates

The Backswing was the most interesting rack addition, allowing you to convert almost any 2″ hitch-mount bike rack into a swing-away model. It adds about 12″ of length to your rack, which actually helps it clear tailgate mounted spare tires (like on a Jeep), but gives you full access to your hatch. It locks into both open and closed positions so it won’t swing randomly while you’re grabbing your gear. Retail is $299, available Spring 2018. Max load is 250lb. Check the video to it and the rest of the items below in action.

As for actual racks, the Holdup EVO (right) is updated to accommodate anything from kids bikes up to 5″ fat bike tires – anything from 20″ to 29+. It also gets a foot-lever release. Retail is $499, and the 2″ hitch version can add a 2+ bike to up capacity to four total bikes for $369.

On the left, the SingleSpeed uses the same oversized tire tray with a tire hook rather than frame hook, and is designed specifically for single-bike adventures. Both models are steel, keeping them more affordable than the lighter, higher and alloy racks, and the SingleSpeed’s small size keeps weight to a manageable 20lbs. Retail is $259, compatible with 1.125″ and 2″ hitches. Both items are available Spring 2018.

2018 yakima gatekeeper tailgate pad for holding mountain bikes with individual straps to keep them separated

The GateKeeper is a thickly padded tailgate protector that uses individual straps to keep your bike separated on the shuttle run. Check the video for more features. Retail is $139-$149 depending on size, made of UV-resistant waterproof tarpaulin. Available Spring 2018.

2018 Yakima EasyRider High cargo utility sports trailer for hauling kayaks canoes standup paddleboards and bicycles

The new EasyRider High improves upon their older sport utility cargo trailer with a stacked design giving you two levels of storage. Slide kayaks, surf boards or SUPs underneath, then mount your bikes, cargo boxes or their HighRise tent up top. Total capacity is 500lbs.

2018 Yakima EasyRider High cargo utility sports trailer for hauling kayaks canoes standup paddleboards and bicycles

Trick new features include a fold-away leader bar (the part that rests on your ball hitch and connects it to your car), which gets it completely out of the way when you’re parking it without needing any wire disconnections like their original telescoping design.

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4 comments

    • Lloyd on

      For real. I don’t understand the recent obsession with these tents. This is similar to the continued failed concept of using all or part of ones bicycle as component of a shelter while bikepacking. It looks good until you actually try it.
      However these do make for pretty pictures on Instagram, which is all some people want.

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      • Christophe Noel on

        I have a love/hate relationship with rooftop tents, but they’ve been around since the 1950s because they do have advantages. The biggest is the ability to camp anywhere unlike a ground tent. You can park on rocks, roots, pavement or mud and it matters not. They set up quickly and they are damn comfy, even in cold weather. It’s like converting your car to a Westy. They’re also heavy, small, and of course there’s the ladder issue. They make your car drive like poo and did I mention the ladder?

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