A Better Way To Carry Your Gear

Yakima LoadWarrior


Spring is in the air and with Spring comes the great outdoors, or in the case of urban living – helping people move into new apartments. Time to break out the Yakima LoadWarrior and increase the load capacity of Gear Patrol’s Land Rover LR2. Thus, it’s a perfect opportunity to review Yakima’s cargo carrier.

The LoadWarrior is a great companion for you men that prefer your gear outside (thereby preventing any sullied interiors) or just need some extra room. You can stow luggage, boxes, a spare tire, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Furthermore, Yakima’s cleverly made the LoadWarrior compatible with their ski, bike, and boat racks. Just pop the LoadWarrior onto your SUV or car’s factory roof rails and you’ve instantly freed up 10+ cubic feet of interior space. Those of you with full-size SUV’s can also opt for the MegaWarrior – best described as a LoadWarrior on steroids.

Vehicles without roof rails need not fear, Yakima makes available a variety of universal roof rack attachment systems (the Yakima LowRider and Crossbars are used on the installation you see here).

yakima-loadwarrior-lowriderLoose cargo can be tethered down via a variety of accessories including an outdoorsman-approved axe/shovel bracket, spare tire carrier, locking bracket (installed on the rack pictured), light mounting bracket,  and even a stretch net to prevent loose items from falling off.

The rack itself is stout, made of weather resistant heavy-duty steel construction, and takes but a breezy 20-30 minutes to assemble and install. Once installed, any grown biped with two opposable thumbs can easily put-on/remove the LoadWarrior in a matter of minutes.

Simple and functional. Done.

Cost: $330 (Use Yakima’s “Fit My Car” tool to see what works for your ride)

Also Shown: LowRider ($150) and Crossbars ($70), Locking Bracket ($60), and SKS Lock Cores ($35)