Yakima Revamps Cargo Category with New Solar Technology

Yakima introduces new solar panel SkyBox and recycled components. LoPro SkyBox Features First Self-Activated Solar Light and 80% Recycled Plastic.

Expanding upon its company-wide sustainability initiatives and Planet Payback program, Yakima, an innovator in vehicle racks for boats, bikes, camping, winter sports gear, and cargo boxes, will introduce the Yakima LoPro, a premium low profile SkyBox made of 80% recycled plastic featuring integrated solar light technology that will come with the mat and cargo net for easy organization of gear. The integrated, self-activated solar light is the first of its kind in the cargo box category. Yakima will also unveil a new rendition of the classic RocketBox series, also made of 80% recycled plastic. All products will be unveiled at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, August 8-11 in Salt Lake City, Utah, booth #32084, and will be available at retail beginning early 2009.

“We are working hard to help pave the way in sustainability for the vehicle rack and cargo categories and will continue to expand upon these initiatives by constantly exploring new technologies and materials,” said Mike Steck, senior director of customer marketing and sustainability for Yakima. “These products give eco-conscious consumers a more sustainable way to carry gear.”

LoPro SkyBox 15
The LoPro Skybox is intended for consumers with tall vehicles, low garages and/or those looking for a low profile, space-saving solution. At 15 cubic feet, this cargo box, in a new titanium color, embraces the current popular aerodynamic design of the original SkyBox series, but features the SOLLIGHTâ„¢, a solar-powered light manufactured by Simply Brilliant LLC of Hood River, Ore., that automatically illuminates the SkyBox when opened for better visibility.

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Consumers have enhanced ease of use and security with the SuperLatchâ„¢, a new ergonomic handle making its debut in the new LoPro SkyBox. In alignment with its Skybox Series, the LoPro includes the stiffest lid in the cargo box category, improving performance, security and durability. The LoPro features quick-install hardware with a universal fit on all crossbars, a pad to protect the base of the cargo box and a cargo net to organize the gear inside.

RocketBox 11, 15s and 16
This series of cargo boxes now has new mounting hardware and updated branding. A new naming system includes: RocketBox 11, RocketBox 15s and RocketBox 16 that reflects their sizing: 11, 15 and 16 cubic feet, respectively.

About Yakima
Yakima is a world leader in the design and manufacture of destination hardware and gear management solutions. Committed to providing rack solutions for outdoor enthusiasts, Yakima's products include vehicle racks for bikes, boats and ski and snowboard gear and a line of cargo boxes and bags for a variety of needs. Yakima Products is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.

SOLLIGHTâ„¢ products are distributed by Simply Brilliant, LLC, an innovative design firm specializing in safe, US-made, environmentally-friendly home, outdoor and marine products. For more information, visit www.simplybrilliant.biz