Size This cargo box is 11 cubic feet, which is a great size to store your gear. The combination of sturdy construction, thoughtful locking mechanisms, incredibly mounting clamps, and an ergonomic handle make for an obvious Editors' Choice Award winner. Built with quality at the forefront of the design, we expect this model to last many years of use. We can match the keys of your new product to your existing product if we have your barrel number in stock. Size The Yakima RocketBox Pro 12 comes with an aerodynamic design, which helps to reduce drag as you drive. This metric constitutes 20% of the overall score of each cargo box. The handle of the SkyBox aligned properly, indicating secure latching Security It would be hard to argue that a roof box was a worthy purchase if you couldn't confidently store your belongings in it — that is their purpose, after all.
Security Our security testing accounted for lock design and overall construction. Comparatively, we thought the textured finishes of the Thule Sidekick and SportRack Vista looked cheap. The grip claws are self-centering over the load bar as they are closed, for maximum security and ease of use. Appearance To evaluate appearance we accounted for the styling of each box's shape and how well their finishes held up to continuous use in harsh conditions. You want something with a nice finish and appearance that looks great on your car. You should be able to more easily set-up your cargo box simply using the items provided when you purchase it. 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.
We managed to fit in two large bags of clothes, along with two child seats for bicycles and our bike helmets, securing it all with the supplied tie straps. Like most of its competitors, the Force's hinges, lid, and mounting system are all well-designed, ensuring that you'll be able to keep it on the road for a long time. Compared to the U-bolt system of the Thule Sidekick and SportRack Vista or the Yakima system found on both the SkyBox Carbonite and ShowCase, Thule's PowerClick mounting system was by far the best. How often you both mount and use the box is going to heavily determine whether or not you want an easy-to-mount cargo box. All of these boxes come with a 75kg load limit car dependent with the smallest Sport model having a 300L capacity.
The SportRack Vista's U-Bolt mounting system makes it much slower to install than any of the more expensive models but this isn't much of a problem if you plan to leave it on your car for a while. We love this addition because it is highly rated, protective, easy to setup and take down, and durable. The best looking box you can buy, if you can afford it. Both of these inspire extra confidence that your belongings are safe, so we boosted their scores in this metric accordingly. If you plan on leaving the cargo box installed on a semi-permanent to permanent basis, the more laborious installation procedure shouldn't be a deterrent at all, and you should stick with the SkyBox and spend a little less.
Ease of Use Whether you plan to use your cargo box occasionally, or throw it on your roof and leave it there for months, there are a few ways in which some products are considerably easier to use than others. This is an above-average product that is very spacious and easy to use. Take a close look at features, usability, capacity, and price. The Yakima SkyBox is equally sturdy with hinges that gave us a solid impression of sturdiness and a lid with minimal flop. From its sturdy lid and ergonomic handle to its superior mounting system, we couldn't improve this box if we tried.
If we drove fancier cars, we'd be hesitant to put either of these models on top. While we originally had an entire metric devoted to this, we found after testing each of these boxes that there wasn't significant impact on how a variety of different test cars handled, regardless if we were traveling on the freeway at high speeds, over windy mountain passes, or over potholes and bumps on rough roads. For instance, if you are planning to back both skis and boards, you need to look for a longer and leaner type of cargo box which is typically also a more expensive type. One easy way to do this is to get a fit kit, crossbars, and a foot pack to easily install a roof rack on your car. None of these boxes showed any signs of damage through normal wear and tear, though most showed a handful of scrapes and scuffs from repeatedly installing and uninstalling each one. Compatability While the Yakima RocketBox Pro 12 is made for smaller cars, it also hauls a decent amount of gear for up to two people. The box is anchored in four places, while Thule provides a set of additional straps to keep items from sliding around inside.
Long enough for your skis and snowboards and big enough for all your camping gear. All of the boxes do a reasonable job of protecting your gear from the elements and kept our belongings dry, even when driving through a hefty rainstorm — or 20 minutes with a garden hose when the weather didn't cooperate. Our gas mileage was happily unaffected by the presence of this and every other cargo box we tested. Like every model that we tested, the Force must be locked before you can remove its keys, making it impossible to leave it unlocked so long as you remember to take your keys. This SlideLock system will lock the lid in place and also indicates that the box is closed, so you know your items will remain 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. The shiny black finish of the Yakima ShowCase is sleek, classy, and timeless, and looks exactly like what we'd expect from a high-end cargo box.
Thule's unique, patented quick-mount system for fitting a roofbox in seconds - safely and easily. Capacity This cargo box is 18 cubic feet and is a good size to allow you to store your gear without issue. There was only one box that gave us serious pause here, the Thule Sidekick. Both of these lids open from either side and aren't very floppy at all. We thought the matte finish was unique and tasteful, blending the lines between sophisticated and subtle. Materials that are more tough and made to handle the elements will last longer, and also protect your items better. Its incredibly sturdy construction made it easy to open with one hand, which was helpful in trying to load big items like skis or heavy packs into the box while it was mounted on the tester's mid-sized van, high above her head.
Its low profile goes a long way to keep this model stylish, yet it still manages to fit a ton of gear. These boxes were driven thousands of miles through a variety of harsh conditions, from torrential rain to scorching desert heat. The test winner after 13 hrs of research By Jordan Coleiro: This list of cargo boxes has been put together to show you the best researched and reviewed boxes to help you unclutter your trunk and give you extra room on top of your car to pack your gear when you hit the road next. Short of being fully inundated or subjected to a hurricane we cannot see how it would be compromised by even intense rain and snow storms. The Thule Pulse Cargo Box also comes with Easy-Grip mounting capabilities, making it easy to assemble and mount to your rack.