|Model||Sport Jr Previous Model Car Top Carrier, 9 cu ft,|
|Item Weight||6.03 pounds|
|Item model number||100S51|
|Manufacturer Part Number||100S51|
|OEM Part Number||100S51|
|Cover Included||Carrier^straps^clips^set up guide|
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Rightline Gear Sport Jr Previous Model Car Top Carrier, 9 cu ft, 100% Waterproof, Attaches With or Without Roof Rack
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- 100% WATERPROOF CONSTRUCTION: Dual Seam Technology (sewn for strength/welded waterproof) and Zip Right System (a urethane coated zipper located on the protective zipper flap where water cannot enter) provide total weather protection.
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- ATTACHES 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.
- SMALL CAPACITY DESIGN: 9 cubic feet of storage, 36" L x 30" W x 13-16" H; designed for compact cars (can be used on larger vehicles). Aerodynamic shape!
- EASY TO INSTALL: Your bag comes with everything you need to load it up, attach it, and hit the road in minutes. Includes carrier, (4) attachment straps, (4) Car Clips, and stuff sack with sewn-in set up guide.
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Every road-trip starts off with arguing about who's going to be crammed in next to the luggage. Free-up that foot space with Rightline Gear's Standard Sport Jr Car Top Carrier. This exterior luggage carrier fits right on the roof of your car and is designed fully aerodynamic to save a few extra dollars on gas. Don't worry about the car top carrier not fitting your car, it can attach with or without a roof rack. You won't know what to do with all the extra space you'll have, this cargo carrier can fit up to 9 cubic feet of items, perfect for compact vehicles. Add comfort to your road-trips and have the only arguments be about what radio station to play, with this 100% waterproof car top carrier.
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I just spent 4 weeks driving over 10,000 miles across the US, with the Rightline Gear cargo bag on the roof. It went through all kinds of environment from severe rainstorm, high altitude, and high temperature. I tried my best to fill up the bag per instruction so that it doesn't flap around on highway. Here is what is gathered.
- Rightline Gear Sport 1 had more than enough room to store 2 people's camping gear. I probably should've gotten Sport Jr.
- I went through several rainstorm and the bag remain waterproof. I'm talking max wiper speed is not fast enough and people are pulling over to the shoulder kind of rainstorm. Everything inside the bag remained dry.
-I also did over 100 miles of off roading from White Rim Road in Canyolands National Park to endless gravel roads in National Forests. The bag held on to the roof fine without a problem and virtually dust free.
-Even when driving at 80mph for over 8-hours straight while driving through SD, the carrier held up without a problem.
-Unexpectedly, the bag did not create additional wind noise but I did get a slight drop in mpg when I was driving over 55mph (obviously).
- Not really fault of the product but I was camping along the way and some of the lightweight camping gears were stored in the carrier. Undoing the straps, unzipping the bag, unloading camping gear and then packing everything back up next morning every day got tired real fast. After 4-5 days, I was dreading having to access the bag. If I were to do it again, I would've gotten the cargo box that you can open and close easily.
-On really windy days, I couldn't put on the strap by myself. The wind would blow the straps away before I can secure it.
-After driving through Death Valley where the temperature reached 125 degrees, the outside rubber material of the bag felt really soft. When I was trying to undo the strap to unload camping gear, the material sort of just stretched and ripped from the friction of the strap. When I got home, I also noticed that there were some additional rips inside the bag. Not sure if it was from death valley heat or from something else but not what I had hoped. It is there a way to repair the rips on the bag?
Conclusion: If you are driving somewhere with lot of stuff that needs to be dry, get this bag. Doesn't matter how fast you drive or how much it rains, it will not rip nor let water in. But if you are going to need to access inside the bag often, I would look into cargo box.
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.
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I didn't have a roof rack and was using the bag on the naked roof. I would wipe down the roof with a rag every time and I put down a non-slip mat. I didn't get the official non-slip mat which has terrible reviews. I went to a Dollarama and picked up a non-slip mat roll for less than $5 and it worked perfectly (I know because pulling the bag off the roof every time was fairly difficult with the mat on). The bag always felt secure and was still strong at the end of the trip.
There are a few issues: the straps that come with the bag are WORTHLESS. You will notice in my included photos that I have straps purchased separately. Definitely head down to the hardware store and pick up some quality ratcheting straps for $20 or so. I also got 4 carabiners to use instead of the attached plastic loops which were too small, although, I don't think they were necessary. Tying the bag down tightly was probably good enough. It you want to risk using the included straps, please make a trial run before going on your actual trip to make sure it's enough for you. I was hoping the use the car clips but there was nowhere in my car to attach the clips. If you're thinking of using the car clips, run your fingers along the car door frame to see if there's somewhere the clips can latch onto (you don't want it latching onto the weather stripping). And speaking of weather stripping, even with the upgraded straps, if you're using it on a naked roof, it will affect your weather stripping. It was fine in light rain, but in heavy monsoons water would leek in pretty rapidly. Have a towel handy to shield your arm and pets when that happens. Another issue the straps against the weather stripping did also let in more wind noise and would vibrate pretty loudly if tightened just right, but was bearable.
Even with the issue with the straps, I can't deny that this bag survived the entire road trip unscathed. It protected my gear and kept it perfectly dry. I'm definitely keeping this bag to use again on a future trip and I can thoroughly recommend it.
My only advice? Wipe those dead bugs off BEFORE you take your stuff out.
Oh and we put 200lbs of vac-packed stuff on the unprotected curved roof of our Prius. Hit a big pothole and the roof "popped" inwards. But it popped right back out when we took the bag off and slapped it once. Definitely overloaded our poor flexible roof but on a flatter/tougher/smaller roof I could have doubled the weight. But that would have taken literal bowing balls.
La única cosa negativa es que si no se tiene canastilla, se tiene que amarrar por dentro del carro y si llueve, entra algo de agua entre los empaques que aplasta el sujetador del portaequipaje.
Now here's the catch the clip that included don't work with our car or maybe we don't put it right (hope you have video in youtube showing how to put it properly) anyways the "tie through the car" worked with us and the problem started there because of the rain, the strap get wet and the water get through the car too so all of us beside the door get wet. I hope the company can suggest something that we can do to prevent water going inside the car through the strap. Thank God on our way home it's already sunny or else we will all end up sick because the temperature goes down and it's really kinda cold.
About the noise of the car we heard it too but we realized it's because of the non skid pad that we also buy my husban just fold it in and the noise was gone so just cut it a bit smaller from the bag size and also tigth the strap to prevent the noise too.
Will i recommend it??? I did 2 of my friend buy it already but gave them a head up regarding the water through the strap when it rains.
As we plan on travelling this summer, I decided to test the carrier out with our gear to see how it would fare. I read all the reviews, watched all of the manufacturers videos, and read all the FAQs to ensure I was aware of all the recommended and proper loading and hauling procedures. Then I proceeded to load it up with two cots, a folding camp table, an 8-man tent, two following chairs, two pillows, a queen sized comforter, and a 106L Rubbermaid container. The carrier easily held all of this gear, with a bit of space remaining for various small items (next time I pack it, I expect to add our queen air mattress and two burner camp stove).
I then strapped everything in, and went for a drive, heading out on some hilly and twisty back roads, averaging 50km/h. I made a stop about 5km in to get out and check the bag -- it hadn't budged. The straps were still perfectly tight. I checked it again after about 15km, and the story was the same. As I had tied up all of the excess strap, and ensured the bag was pretty well filled, there was no noise. It performed admirably.
For our next trial, I plan on ditching the 106L Rubbermaid container, and replacing it with a canvas duffle of some sort instead. The container is a bit too tall to really get the velcro down at the back, and the zipper was a bit tight. But that's hardly the fault of the carrier bag itself (and it was to learn these things that I ran a pack-test before our first camping trip of the season!).
Overall, a great solution to our extra storage needs when camping; I'm already looking forward to taking it on all this summers adventures!
On the first trip it rained heavily on our drive there and all of the items in the bag were completely dry when we arrived. Was very pleased with the waterproof aspect of this bag.
The 4 straps hold it down securely but the metal clips that hook to the car door frame do increase the wind noise in the car slightly since they affect the seal. Not a major issue as it is not too loud and you get used to the difference quickly.
You do have to tighten the straps very well or there will be vibration and noise from them. On my first trip out I had to stop a couple of times to adjust them but had no issues after that.
I did purchase the under-pad which I find helpful. It adds a little extra padding to protect the roof which I like.
- put the bag on the roof before loading it. It is easier than lifting a full bag into place and less likely to damage the roof.
- distribute the weight well and load softer items on the bottom to protect the roof.
- wipe the roof and the bottom of the bag before putting the bag on the roof. Any sand/dirt will act like sand paper if trapped between the two
- If using the metal clips on the door frame, tighten one side as much as you can and do not touch it after you tighten the other side. going back and forth between the straps makes it harder to tighten fully and will cause vibration/noise.
- the bag has a shape designed to be aerodynamic. Try to fill it in a way that maintains that shape. This will help the noise and fuel economy.
Well done Rightline!
Ample space and waterproof from what I can tell so far. One of the zipper handles came off when I was unpacking it. If that's the worst of it, I'm satisfied. Be sure to fill this thing to reduce drag and noise. Even if it means stuffinf a few extra pillows and blankets in their you may not need.
Overall I'm very satisfied.
We went camping this weekend and I likely placed about 150lbs worth of camping gear in there, including a cooler, a Rubbermaid container, camp stove, water jugs, propane cylinders, blankets, air mattresses, tent, and dining tent. Could have jammed even more in there!
I purposely drove the car for 20min at 120km/hr. The soft car topper didn't move an inch, nothing shifted in the bag, and the straps/clips stayed in place. Our trip was 2hrs each way and the bag still looks brand new. Highly recommend!
The bag is well built, the zippers are heavy-duty, as are the straps and clips. Well worth the additional investment for the frame clips that fit in your door window instead of strapping it through the car IF you do not have a roof rack.
Me gusto mucho que fue sumamente facil instalarla con los ganchos incluidos en mi Kia Soul. Ademas, la calidad de la bolsa de carga es muy alta. Se siente muy gruesa y duradera, y me dio mucha confianza que la ropa no se mojaria si lloviera en el camino.
Como recomendacion, asegurense de apretarla MUY bien antes de manejar, y que no haya ningun liston/cuerda/parte de la bolsa floja. De lo contrario hara mucho ruido al manejar a altas velocidades. Yo pude comodamente manejar a 130km/h gran parte del camino. La otra cosa es que las cuerdas con las que se atan se aflojan ligeramente con la distancia, pero esto se remedia facilmente deteniendose cada ciertas horas a asegurarse que todo en orden y apretarlas si es necesario.
La verdad quede muy feliz con la compra, y si la recomendaria a otros.
To our greatest pleasure this product exceeded every expectation. I chose this particular one based on reading a review that someone else had said it worked for a car of a moderate size as mine. Although, the description of the version down from this suggested it was better for me. Trust me, this will fit on top of most compact cars with room to spare.
I purchased the Rightline Gear 100600 Car Clips - they did not work on my car. However, I did purchase the Rightline Non-Skid Roof Pad which I do recommend and also the Master Lock 3060DAT Lashing Strap, 2-Pack. It took less than two minutes to secure this to the roof of the car. Further, my wife decided to take her motorcycle on the trip and followed me on the highway. It didn't budge and we exceeded both the speed limit of the road and recommended speed in the instructions.
It folds back down into a small sack for easy storage.
We regret now not having bought this long ago.
I am often skeptical of reviews, but I assure you I am in no way affiliated with Amazon, Rightline or Masterlock. I was just very impressed with this purchase.
It will fit ridiculous amount of stuff, considering its size, if you pack it three-dimensionally. We tend to put two small suitcases (larger than carry-ons, smaller than full-size luggage), plus filler stuff (blankets, towels, diapers and such depending where we're going).
If your vehicle has side-rails, after you've done it once, it takes NO time to set it up. It does help if you're tall, have access to a ledge, or park near a sidewalk.
We have been concerned about the four straps holding it, but in reality most of the weight is taken up by the roof itself. We have driven it through the recent post-tropical storm Dorian over the Nova Scotia confederation bridge, with crosswinds of 70-100kph, and it didn't budge. On regular drives, we go up to 120kph, and don't hear or notice any difference.
We have an infant and a dog, so our entire SUV is basically packed before we put any of our stuff in; this has been a lifesafer! :)