When it comes to roof racks, Yakima has always led the pack — both in design and their limited lifetime product warranty. The US-based company has been in the game for decades, helping families haul their goods for those long road trips while ensuring demanding adventure-seekers hit their destinations with everything intact.
For 2019, Yakima adds the new Platform Rack Collection arriving in August, to include the LockNLoad — a slim, modular platform purpose-built for rugged utility. Available in six sizes with a load rating of 165-440 lbs, the off-road rated roof rack makes its way over from Australia where it has been backcountry-tested before hitting our North American shores.
Powder-coated for durability with a corrosion-resistant aluminum construction, the ultra low-profile rack will carry anything from rooftop tents to jerry cans. Big items like bikes and kayaks will mount easily via side-to-side slats which act like crossbars. Keeping wind noise in check, an integrated wind deflector and push-down infill sits on the frame’s front side.
Roof rack accessories to ramp it up
Unlike most of Yakima’s other stow and go products, the LockNLoad Accessories Collection ramps things up, allowing customers to customize a sport, utility, or off-road vehicle’s rooftop with the company’s Rugged Outdoor Collection of accessories. These include:
- Jerry Can Holder: or 20L of water
- Jack Holder: carry that high-lift jack
- Corner Brackets: secures hard-shelled cargo
- Light-N-Up Bracket: house a light bar
- Perimeter Rail Kit: for added support
- Spare Wheel Restraint: haul an extra wheel
These accessories all range in price from US$69 to $279. Check out the gallery below for examples.
Availability and price
We haven’t tested the LockNLoad just yet but if it’s good enough for the Australian Outback, we’re pretty sure it’s good enough for your next North American overlanding adventure.
The Yakima LockNLoad Platform starts at US$729 up to $979, and goes on sale August 2019. Learn more here.