|Item Weight||8.6 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12.6 x 11.2 x 5.3 inches|
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|Item model number||100S30|
|Manufacturer Part Number||100S30|
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Rightline Gear 100S30 Sport 3 Car Top Carrier, 18 cu ft, Waterproof, Attaches With or Without Roof Rack
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- Capacity: 18 cu ft. Dimensions: 48" L x 40" W x 14-19" H
- Aerodynamically designed for SUVs and minivans, WITH or WITHOUT a roof rack
- 100% Waterproof with Dual Seam Technology – sewn for strength/welded waterproof
- ZipRight System; a urethane coated zipper located on the protective zipper flap
- Includes: carrier, (4) attachment straps, (4) car clips, and stuff sack with sewn-in set up guide
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|Item Dimensions||12.6 x 11.2 x 5.3 in||9.1 x 24.8 x 4.8 in||13.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 in||15 x 10 x 7 in||9.45 x 7.48 x 2.36 in|
|Item Weight||8.6 lbs||10.8 lbs||1.3 lbs||4.8 lbs||—|
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The Rightline Gear Sport 3 Car Top Carrier is 100% waterproof and attaches to vehicles WITH or WITHOUT a roof rack. Attach the carrier's straps to a vehicle’s roof rack or use the Car Clips to attach the straps to a vehicle's door frame weather molding. The carrier is made from UV protected PVC Semi-Coated Mesh XT and Hydrotuff for maximum durability. The materials are sewn together for strength and then welded along the stitching to make the seam waterproof. The carrier’s ZipRight System locates a urethane coated zipper on the protective zipper flap where water cannot enter. The Sport 3 is one of the largest car top bags on the market and aerodynamically designed to save $$$ at the gas pump.
From the manufacturer
Why can we say Rightline Gear Sport Car Top Carriers are 100% Waterproof?
The information below explains the Advanced Design Features of the Sport Car Top Carriers.
Other carriers claim to be 100% waterproof but lack the features to support this claim. Many of them use regular zippers located right where wind pushes rainwater. Without any sort of protection, water can enter this weak point.
Advanced Waterproof Design Features
Dual Seam Technology
What makes our bags waterproof? It starts with how the bags are made. The Sport Car Top Carriers are constructed from PVC Semi-Coated Mesh XT (our premium polyester re-enforced PVC) and Hydrotuff Material (a PVC backed polyester). These two materials are sewn together for strength and then welded along the same line to make the seam waterproof.
ZipRight Zipper System
The second way the Sport Car Top Carriers keep the water out is by using the innovative ZipRight System. The zipper is located on the inside of the protective flap, not at the junction of the flap and the bag, where the wind forcefully drives rain water. The flap is folded down and secured to the carrier with hook-&-loop closures.
Urethane Coated Zipper
Not only does the location of the zipper (on the protective flap) help to keep water out, but the zipper itself is another line of defense! The Sport Car Top Carriers use Urethane Coated Zippers. Other carriers feature a standard zipper located where the zipper flap meets the bag, allowing rain water to enter the carrier.
WITH a Roof Rack
Loop the included straps around the roof rack side rails or cross bars.
WITHOUT a Roof Rack - Car Clips
Start with the Car Clips on the (4) attachment straps. Open the vehicle's doors and hook the Car Clips under the door frame weather molding.
Standard Airline Carry-on.
Carrier Fit Guide
To ensure a proper fit, please measure your vehicle's roof (as shown above) and compare to the carrier's dimensions.
- Sport 3: 48" L x 40" W x 14-19" H
- SUVs and minivans
- Popular Examples: Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Pilot, Dodge Grand Caravan
Carrier Capacity Guide
The guide below will give you a general idea of how many suitcases each Rightline Gear Car Top Carrier will hold. The guide references a standard Airline Carry-on Bag (14"W x 8" D x 22" H, 1.43 cu ft).
- Sport 3: 18 cu ft = 12.5 Carry-on Bags
- Sport 2: 15 cu ft = 10.5 Carry-On Bags
- Ace 2: 15 cu ft = 10.5 Carry-on Bags
- Sport 1: 12 cu ft = 8.4 Carry-on Bags
- Ace 1: 12 cu ft = 8.4 Carry-on Bags
- Sport Jr: 9 cu ft = 6.3 Carry-on Bags
- Ace Jr: 9 cu ft = 6.3 Carry-on Bags
|Sport 3||Sport 2||Sport 1||Sport Jr||Ace 2||Ace 1|
|Water Protection||100% Waterproof||100% Waterproof||100% Waterproof||100% Waterproof||Weatherproof||Weatherproof|
|Construction||Dual Seam Technology||Dual Seam Technology||Dual Seam Technology||Dual Seam Technology||Welded Seams||Welded Seams|
|Zipper Type||Urethane Coated||Urethane Coated||Urethane Coated||Urethane Coated||Regular||Regular|
|Capacity||18 cu ft||15 cu ft||12 cu ft||9 cu ft||15 cu ft||12 cu ft|
|Size||48" L x 40" W x 14-19"H||44" L x 36" W x 14-19" H||38" L x 34" W x 14-19" H||36" L x 30" W x 13-16" H||44" L x 34" W x 17" H||38" L x 34" W x 16" W|
|Straps||(4) attachment, (4) car clips||(4) attachment, (4) car clips||(4) attachment, (4) car clips||(4) attachment, (4) car clips||(4) attachment, (4) car clips||(4) attachment, (4) car clips|
|Vehicle Category||SUVs, minivans||crossovers, SUVs, minivans||sedans, wagons, crossovers to SUVs, minivans||compact cars to SUVs, minivans||crossovers, SUVs, minivans||sedans, wagons, crossovers to SUVs, minivans|
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Mileage wasn't affected as bad as I thought. We averaged 37.5mpg at 70mph when we normally get about 40-43mpg at that speed. Definitely better than renting a larger car or taking two vehicles.
I can say that we definitely tested out the water resistant claims, as we ended up driving through a microburst on our trip home that had rain so hard we had to pull over because there was no visibility. A few drips of water came into the car from the driving rain and the straps compressing the weather seal on the door, but that can't really be helped. But the bag itself was bone dry when we unpacked it an hour later. Trust me, this was one of those "Worst storm of the year" storms and when we were stuck in it, the last thing I was thinking about was that bag on the roof. But finding everything dry afterwards was a relief.
Regarding accessories, I did buy the hooks and the foam pad. In retrospect, I wouldn't have gotten either of them. The hooks didn't fit on any of the three cars that I tried them on, so I'm returning them. Running the straps through the car seemed more secure anyway, so that's just what we'll do in the future. Regarding the foam pad, it wasn't worth the money. You have to cut the foam pad down at least 4-6 inches from the edges of the bag, otherwise the wind will get a hold of it and it will buzz like crazy. At that point, it's not protecting you from scratches, it's really just keeping the bag from sliding around on top. For that you can just buy a rubber shelf liner for a few bucks.
I used the pad that Rightline Gear sells to prevent damage to the roof of the car.
The bag smells like an inner tube and made all of our stuff temporarily smell the same but it quickly wore off our gear once it was out of the bag. It didn't prove to be an issue.
The clips that hold the bag in place worked well but at first it sounded like the door was just slightly open at speeds greater than 40 mph. I assume this is from the weather striping being compressed and letting a tiny bit of air in as a result. It quickly became background noise and wasn't terribly bothersome.
The same compression of the weather striping did become an issue on our drive back from the shore. During periods of heavy rain all four of the clips caused leaking water to get into the car and onto us. This might be remedied by putting some foam or universal weather striping on the back of the clip so the seal of the door isn't compromised when compressed. I didn't try this though since the bag didn't hold up to its first trip.
The bag needs to be loaded with a bias toward the front of the car if not full. The first time I loaded the bag with most of the stuff toward the front of the car and had no trouble. Driving at 70+ mph there was no flapping of the bag. The second time I packed it more spread out the bag flapped loudly at 50 mph till I reloaded it with most of the gear toward the front of the car again. Once this was done I was able to drive full speed again without flapping. In the future I will load the bag first with everything I can and only put gear inside my car if it won't fit in the bag. It seemed the more filled the bag was the better it worked at speed. On our return portion I stuffed the bag out with blankets and towels which seemed to work well to prevent flapping.
It rained for about eight hours on our 1400 mile trip. No rain penetrated to the inside of the bag during that time. The zipper has a rain flap but the entire bag also folds down around the edges to add another layer of protection for the zippers. Unfortunately this is where I had durability issues with the bag I received. The welding holding the Velcro on did not hold up and came off completely on each end, it also began coming off on the middle piece as well. I've included a photo to show the issue. I will be returning the bag because of this and will not be exchanging it for another due to this and the leaking issue mentions before.
We stopped halfway to sleep overnight and we were able to take the entire bag off the car, load it onto a luggage cart, and take it into our room without unpacking it. This was great as we had some concerns about the security of the bag at an overnight stop. Once we were at the beach we were able to remove the bag, fold it and store it in the trunk of the Prius. No need to drive around the entire week with a hard shell turtle on top of the car.