MBAction.com – Featuring WB 200 – April 13, 2015

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Yakima has been a leading producer of quality roof rack systems for decades and their innovation with the rook rack market has only improved since it purchased Whispbar years ago. Historically roof racks have been notorious for noise and wind drag with or without a bike mounted.

Tech features: The Whispbar utilizes oval shaped load bars to reduce drag and virtually eliminate noise.  Since the vehicle we were using for testing already had siderails, the installation took about ten minutes, which was a huge plus. The WB200 carrier slid easily into place thanks to the Quickdock technology that Yakima developed for this system and requires no need for tools (with the exception of mounting the load bars to the siderails). The WB200 was created with versatility in mind and featured the Smartmount which allows for users to mount a 9mm fork, 15 and 20mm thru axles on the same platform without having to use any adapters.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring WB 200 – March 27, 2015

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Fitting a bike in a car packed with gear is a Tetris challenge nobody likes to confront. Even with a behemoth SUV, trunk space is a luxury, and all the dirt and dust and grease a bike brings with it isn’t proper for svelte interior upholstery. Thus, a bike rack is in order. And finding the right one is simple enough. Start here: look at your car and see where a rack serves you best — the hitch, roof or trunk. Then, look at the best options available — we’ve helped by narrowing to the best selections in each category. And finally, don the rack, load the bikes, then drive, ride and get on with the show.

The Designer Roof Rack: Do as your bike does, and if you’re racking a Pinarello, make sure it’s sitting on something sleek and sexy. Whispbar’s WB200 uses QuickDock technology for easy loading and unloading and integrated SKS locks to secure the bike. Plus it’s artful, just like the steed you ride.

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GearPatrol.com – Featuring WB700 – March 19, 2015

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A reckless adventurer might feel inclined to carelessly throw gear in the back of a vehicle. This kind of behavior leads to dirty interiors and car chaos. But that isn’t you. You demand organization and space for the good of your gear, your car and your sanity. And for your needs, a cargo roof box is in order…

The Cleanest Lines on a Box: We’re willing to bet half the reason you bought your car was for its looks, so why spoil it with an uninspired cargo box? Whispbar’s dedication to sleek, aerodynamic roof systems pays off here with arguably the best-looking thing you can strap on to your roof. The WB700 happens to be both skinny and good looking, with a modest capacity of 10.8 cubic feet. If that isn’t enough, a larger 13.3-cubic foot model is also available.

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NYTimes.com – Featuring Aero Midsize Cargo Carrier – December 11, 2014

Forget the GoPro and the Bluetooth gloves. This season’s best ski and snowboard gear takes full advantage of technology to simply help improve your experience on the slopes. Ski materials like lightweight carbon, gloves that warm your hands effectively and boards that help ease your ascent are a few examples of the items that take the essentialist approach to skiing and boarding. At right is a fuller look at these and more…

WB701 Aero Midsize Cargo Carrier: The best, and most efficient, way to transport skis and snowboards to the mountain is in an enclosed carrier that protects bindings and bases from road grit, salt and other potentially damaging elements. But carriers are usually accompanied by a noticeable amount of wind noise and drag, which compromises fuel efficiency. That is not the case with this exceptionally aerodynamic carrier, which was introduced last winter and is still best in class. It provides 13.3 cubic feet of cargo space, accommodating skis up to 190 centimeters long, and opens from either side via spring-loaded hinges. The carrier attaches to any roof rack — no tools required — but performs most efficiently with Whispbar mounting rails, whose shape is inspired by wings.

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NYTimes.com – Featuring WB701 – December 11, 2014

Forget the GoPro and the Bluetooth gloves. This season’s best ski and snowboard gear takes full advantage of technology to simply help improve your experience on the slopes. Ski materials like lightweight carbon, gloves that warm your hands effectively and boards that help ease your ascent are a few examples of the items that take the essentialist approach to skiing and boarding. At right is a fuller look at these and more…

WB701 Aero Midsize Cargo Carrier: The best, and most efficient, way to transport skis and snowboards to the mountain is in an enclosed carrier that protects bindings and bases from road grit, salt and other potentially damaging elements. But carriers are usually accompanied by a noticeable amount of wind noise and drag, which compromises fuel efficiency. That is not the case with this exceptionally aerodynamic carrier, which was introduced last winter and is still best in class. It provides 13.3 cubic feet of cargo space, accommodating skis up to 190 centimeters long, and opens from either side via spring-loaded hinges. The carrier attaches to any roof rack — no tools required — but performs most efficiently with Whispbar mounting rails, whose shape is inspired by wings.

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Adventure.NationalGeographic.com – Featuring WB401 Kayak Carrier – Fall/Winter 2014

yakima-kayak-carrier_84983_600x450The brisk days of fall and cold nights of winter bring out the best in gear design and technology. When the mercury goes south with the birds, there’s little leeway for lapses in function and lots of room for flexing new ideas. Sometimes this means embracing the rare (eiderdown!), the clever (Gore-Tex under the foot!), and the revolutionary (a probe that divines avalanches!), while other times it just means leveraging existing ideas in new ways to make adventure safer, more comfortable, and more fun…

Putting a kayak on the roof of your vehicle is just about the last thing that most people want to do, but with the very sleek and stealthy Yakima Whispbar WB401 you might find yourself actually enjoying the process. The WB401 has the same design sense of the ultraquiet Whispbar rack itself—sculpted into a low profile like a luxury sportster—and it folds flat and nearly out of sight when it’s not in use. When you’re ready to go for a paddle, you prop the bow of the boat on the WB401′s rollers, slide it onto the roof, tilt the carrier’s wings until they cup the sides of the boat, and cinch it all down with the included straps…

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