If surfing, biking or boating are your style, you’ll face a lot of competitors for your rooftop property. Add a cargo container to the mix–most are around 3 feet in length–and you’re in an extremely challenging scenario for the majority of vehicles. However, if you’re looking to enjoy your cake and take it home the Yakima RocketBox Pro 11 is your ideal choice. With a width of just 24 inches it’s RocketBox 11 is one of the tiniest cargo boxes that you can find which leaves the entire (or even more) of your roof rack open for bikes, surfboards or kayaks, skis or whatever other gear you’re multi-sport enthusiast might want. It’s priced at $469, it’s one of the cheapest ski-capable models on the market.
With a name nearly identical to roof boxes The RocketBox is Yakima’s entry-level modelthat is in both 12- and 14-cubic-foot sizes (both that are significantly larger at 33 and 36 inches. respectively). The budget-conscious will appreciate the RocketBox’s easy installation with a dual-sided opening and an additional latch and locking mechanism (not always accessible at this cost) however, it’s not a top-quality. Many customers have issues with durability due to the fragile build and the front design isn’t as weatherproof as more expensive models. If you’re looking for a modest upgrade, it’s worth looking into SkyBox 12 ($679; 24 in. wide) or SkyBox 12 ($679 24 in. large) as well as Thule’s Force XT Sport ($630; 24.75 in. wide). Before you fill your roof with excessive equipment, be aware of the dynamic load limit of your vehicle. Most weigh around 165 pounds.