THE team at Yakima mustn’t see daylight going by the amount of new touring equipment they release each month. We’ve taken a closer look at the Hangover 4 and OffGrid.
Yakima HangOver 4
Yakima has devised another new and welcome way to transport bikes to the trailhead or campground, with the HangOver 4. The innovative vertically oriented hitch-mount bike carrier is made from heavy-duty steel and lugs your bikes while taking up less space behind your vehicle.
The HangOver 4 allows you to raise and lower the rack via a foot pedal, and it offers a tilt-away function so you can access the rear of your 4x4 wagon or the tray of your ute when bikes are on-board. The unit offers two height positions for bike mounting and has plenty of ground clearance.
Bikes are secured via the front fork and rear wheel (with straps) and the unit is compatible with Yakima’s BackSwing, which converts the HangOver 4 to a side-swing-out carrier. There’s a hitch-pin lock and a steel lock loop, so you can run a cable or chain to secure the bikes. As you’d expect from Yakima, there’s a built-in bottle opener.
The OffGrid premium cargo basket (an evolution of Yakima’s LoadWarrior and MegaWarrior baskets) is a prime example. The OffGrid comes in two sizes – medium and large – an additional 40 per cent of storage/carry space is also available via an optional extension piece.
The OffGrid is made from tough welded steel and features a fairing and removable accessory bars. It is affixed to crossbars via the Universal strap mounting hardware or the optional SmarT-Slot Kit 3 (sold separately).
The accessory bars also allow fitment of other Yakima gear such as canoe/kayak carriers, snowboard/ski holders or bike carriers. Other accessories include an adaptor for the AceO’Spades shovel/spade holder and a Stretch Net to secure gear. The OffGrid is also SKS (Same Key System) compatible.
RRP: $599 (OffGrid Large); $499 (OffGrid Medium); $199 (Medium Extension); $219 (Large Extension)