SportRack Vista XL ($400)

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63 x 38 x 19 in.

18 cu. ft.

Rear

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Lots of capacity and easy installation for a low cost.

Opens at the rear and cannot accommodate skis.

It is possible to spend as much as $1500 for a roofbox however, the less expensive SportRack Vista XL is a well-known option that gets the job done for about half the cost. In comparison to other designs that are value-oriented it is the SportRack is a great choice with a lot going for it. In contrast to the well-known Thule Sidekick, it comes completely assembled and can be installed quickly and effortlessly without the need for additional tools. Additionally, the capacity of 18 cubic feet gives you a lot more storage space than models such as that of the Thule Pulse beneath. Its height is 19 inches when it’s at its highest point, cost isn’t an only factor to go for the SportRack. It’s also ideal choice for those who are transporting large things (many slimmer boxes measure 15 inches. or less tall).

There some inherent disadvantages when selecting a less expensive design. For the SportRack the biggest issue is its rear opening. We prefer a model which opens to the sides to allow for greater access to all our equipment. The storage capacity is also limited as, with a tinier length of 63 inches it’s a shame that the Vista XL does not accommodate skis (for an affordable ski bag look into this model: Yakima RocketBox Pro 11 below). In addition, as we’ve come to expect from less expensive boxes it’s not as sturdy. Vista XL has a flimsy lid, and the U-bolt system for mounting isn’t as sleek as the more modern clamp designs. If you’re looking for a box that looks good for you, then we’d suggest choosing a different option. For only $400 (plus shipping, contingent of the retail store) The SportRack isn’t as shabby as other boxes at this price , which makes it our top budget choice.

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