Again, much of this will depend on how often you use the cargo box and what you plan to use it for. Those of you opting for long-term use should look more at how well the box opens and closes to fit your needs rather than how easy the box is to mount. The only adjustments needed were on our existing mounting bars. In my opinion, the looks of both Yakima and Thule cargo boxes reflect the core values and image of each company respectively. Take a close look at features, usability, capacity, and price.
By Jordan Coleiro : This list of cargo boxes has been put together to show you the best researched and reviewed cargo boxes to give you some extra travel room while you take your next roadtrip. Yakima boxes, when open, tend to have a more flimsy feel than Thule. If that sounds like you, or if you need to remove the box to fit your car in a garage, you will undoubtedly be thanking the Thule engineers for inventing such a simple mounting system. Most cargo carrier boxes will have a weight limit anywhere from 75 to 250 pounds. If they are not, make sure to contact the manufacturer.
We did not have any trouble fitting it, and it will take you less than five minutes. Luckily this is one tough box. Although this box does open from both sides, that was a universal feature on all but the two smaller boxes we tested, so it wasn't taken into account when scoring. Q: What is the best way to load my cargo box? Always anchor skis and snowboards to ski holders, with the front ends aiming towards the back. From its sturdy lid and ergonomic handle to its superior mounting system, we couldn't improve this box if we tried. All the features you need, whether you know it or not Dual Sided Opening Being able to access your gear from either sie of the vehicle is one of the features you might think you don't need, but the practicality of it is fantastic. You need a roof rack to use this cargo box.
Because both perform similarly and the Force is more expensive, the SkyBox barely edged it out to win this award. We tested the gray version of this box and felt sleek driving around town with this glossy model. Additionally, for shoppers looking for the very best on the market regardless of price, this box fits the bill and is a much better buy than the similarly priced ShowCase. The Verdict Without a doubt, both manufacturers make a high-quality cargo box that will get your gear safely and securely from point A to point B. Compatibility The Keeper Waterproof Rooftop Cargo Bag also folds down so it becomes compact and easy to store. It also has a rear opening feature, so you can open it while facing away from traffic. Most of the longer and leaner cargo boxes come in two size styles, so which size you pick will depend on the size and amount of the and board you plan to pack.
They are also sleek and elegantly designed. Our gas mileage was happily unaffected by the presence of this and every other cargo box we tested. If you use it regularly, you can probably just leave it on your vehicle. Durability For durability, we looked at both weather resistance and construction materials. Materials that are more tough and made to handle the elements will last longer, and also protect your items better.
Ease of use The design of the Yakima Showcase Rooftop Cargo Box offers an internal lid stiffener, which makes this cargo box both durable and easy to open and close. Cargo boxes are not designed to be driven at high speeds while empty, so if you don't plan on using it for long-term storage of your favorite gear, you may want to remove it after each trip. The Thule Pulse Cargo Box is actually an excellent choice for skiers or anybody using any type of board for conducting outdoor activities. This article narrows the field down to the 6 best rooftop cargo carriers and roof boxes. Generally it is more secure to lock items in your vehicle rather than a cargo box, but as far as boxes go, the Force felt quite secure. That is because hinges hold the lid in place.
Capacity The Thule Force Cargo Box is also designed with an oversized secure lock, to keep the box closed so you can ensure that your gear is always safe. We opened and closed these boxes dozens of times, trying to knock them off their tracks to see if there was any way they could be accidentally closed but not latched properly. For this reason, you are given the freedom of accessing and storing your stuff both in the trunk as well as in the cargo box. This tactile feedback confirms that the box is secured to the roof rack. Buyers Tips 1: Always make sure to follow your car weight ratio.
The integrated SlideLock system has separate locking and opening functions as well as the ability to automatically lock in place when the lid is closed properly. This model is well made and big enough to fit your entire luggage. Ultimately, it all boils down to personal preference. The price is jaw-droppingly affordable — especially for such a popular brand as Thule. Optimized Design One of the features that make this stand out amongst the competition is the optimized design that offers the user with space efficiency as well as ergonomics. Additionally, for shoppers looking for the very best on the market regardless of price, this box fits the bill and is a much better buy than the similarly priced ShowCase. The locking mechanism is average.
The straightforward design is nice and convenient. It does have pre-drilled holes for the U-bolts used, but as they include vinyl hole covers the interior is kept untouched by the weather outside. It is a perfect choice for people who are going for a vacation, a road trip, camping or hiking. I'm short so I did need help to place so I didn't scrape the roof. We did not have any trouble fitting it, and it will take you less than five minutes. The wrap cargo straps around the top of the cargo box and tighten to secure.