SportRack Horizon Alpine Cargo Box
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- Rugged construction made from impact resistant ABS material
- Quick release attachment kit included for easy installation and removal
- Passenger side opening for access away from traffic
- Fits Sport Rack Roof Rack Systems, square, round and most factory racks (Check Fit Guide)
- Holds 3-5 pairs of skis (up to 210 cm) or 2-3 snowboards
- L 88.4" x W 20.7" x H 15.9"
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From the manufacturer
Reliable and easy to use
Rugged construction with impact resistant ABS material.
Passenger side opening for access away from traffic.
Easy Installation and Removal
Quick release attachment kit included for easy installation and removal.
Perfect fit for any vehicle
Fits SportRack Frontier Rack Systems, square bars, round bars and most factory racks.
Secure centralized lock for easy opening and closing.
3 Different Sizes
Available in 3 different sizes: Alpine, Large, and Extra Large.
|SportRack Horizon - Alpine||SportRack Horizon - L||SportRack Horizon - XL|
|Volume||11 cu ft||16 cu ft||17 cu ft|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||88.4" x 20.7" x 15.9"||75.9" x 33.2" x 16.1"||91" x 30.7" x 16.5"|
|Load Capacity||110 lbs||110 lbs||110 lbs|
|Product Weight||29 lbs||43 lbs||44 lbs|
|Load Capacity Skis (Pairs)||5-6||5-6||6-8|
|Load Capacity Snowboards||2-3||3-4||3-4|
|Max Length of Skis||210 cm||180 cm||217 cm|
Style: Alpine - 11 Cu Ft
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I did not experience any problems with wind noise or bothersome flopping driving at highway speeds.
The box is not as rigid as I expected. It's floppy and doesn't open smoothly out of the box. But once tightened down onto a roof rack it firms up and operates fine.
The locking mechanism is a bit cranky. It's not the easiest to operate, and given the way it's exposed inside the box, it can get easily blocked by the contents. These are all minor issues, and not a huge problem.
I also had to drill new holes to get the box to fit on my non-adjustable roof rack. I thought that might be the case, and some careful work with a hand drill made that an easy fix.
The real problem with this box is the mounting hardware. It's just poorly conceived from start to finish. When I first read the instructions, I thought, "you have got to be kidding me!"
Each corner of the box has this bizarre assembly consisting of two bolts, washers, a couple drilled plates, and a bar with a hole in one end and a keyhole in the other.
The installation process involves installing these in a particular order, then loosening each bolt out of the keyhole. Then, you have to heft the box over your rack, with the bolts and the bar dangling loosely on each corner. You have to then magically align each set of bolts so the bolts are on each side of the rack, and the bar scoots under the rack. The entire time, you have to somehow avoid scratching your roof up with these dangling, loose bits of hardware.
This is unacceptable. A better scheme is trivial - just use U-bolts to affix each corner!
What's truly insulting is that the manufacturer HAS a u-bolt kit! They just want to sell you this, THEN sell you MORE hardware so mounting isn't an insulting PITA.
For hundreds of dollars, I expect they could include $3 worth of u-bolts. C'mon!
This is mounted to Thule aero bars.
The actual interior space on this box is a little strange: the usable space is rather narrow and not particularly high, though again, it is quite long. I imagine it would be great for skis or surfboards, though I was using it for more general cargo so I had to make some adjustments to my planned packing schema. The bottom is not flat like you might expect, so flat-bottomed items are not particularly efficent to be placed inside. I kept most boxes in the car itself, and used this box for two guitars (in soft cases), a number of blankets and pillows, some parts to a lamp and a desk, and a few small shoeboxes, among other things. So it is indeed quite roomy if you are able to adjust to the irregular shape. Again things like blankets and pillows are a great use of its interior.
I rode through all manner of climates with this box, beginning in the sweltering Phoenix summer (and I drove around Phoenix for some weeks with this box attached), through the windy mountains of Coastal Highway in California, rainy Washington and Oregon, and snow in the mountains around Mount Rushmore. At several points the weather was so atrocious that I worried the entire box might be flooded. I did not open this box until I arrived at my final destination, and when I did so everything inside was perfectly intact. There was no indication that any water had leaked into the box.
One of the main reasons I purchased this box was that its slim profile seemed like it would be quite aerodynamic, and indeed it was. My Fit averages about 40 MPG on long highway trips, and on this trip it hovered around 37 MPG, which may have had more to do with the increased weight I was carrying than this box. Granted my car is relatively low-profile, so a higher SUV might notice more of a drop off, but on my Fit I don't think it was responsible for more than a 1–2 MPG loss, which I found quite impressive. There was also very little wind noise. You could tell it was there, but it was a minor background sound, you really had to be listening for it to detect it. More noticeable was the sheer wind effect, pushing my car slightly to the side on particularly strong gusts of wind, but this was only apparent during the worst weather conditions.
An added bonus of the sleek aerodynamic effect: this box looks cool. I really liked the visual effect it had on my car; it seemed to complement the slick look of the Fit.
In short, I would highly recommend this cargo box rather than paying more for a fancier name-brand box like Thule, because I just can't see what Thule could offer that this box doesn't already have. It held up to everything Mother Nature could throw at it, and looked great doing it.
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Easy install - under 10 min assembly. I lifted it by myself onto my Ram 1500, but 2 peeps would have been easier.
They have a bolt hole, that allows for one side, once loose, to drop through it, you turn it and then you can take it off the rack, without having to unscrew the plates and bolts. (quick change if you wanna call it)
There are 6 or so holes on each corner - so it allows for some custom options where to place it, but in my case, I used to furthest out holes, and still had to put my bars closer together. No big deal.
I will show you pics, but I put in there, a double inflatable tube (rolled up comes to about 2 feet long by 10 inches diameter)
A gym bag with all our swim wear, towels, etc - a beach bag (inflatable air bed time) - 3 life jackets, 1 outrigger paddle, 5 pool noodles. a backpack water pack - a large RC Jeep, and a laundry bag - the size of a larger backpack (all the dirty laundry at the endow the trip)
IT could fit more, but you need to do some better compressing and packing. Ned to make sure nothing obstructs the locking mechanism - there are three, front back and middle where the key is.
Once closed, seemed closed enough that I couldn't just pry it open with my hands to grab anything. That being said, the plastic seems rather flimsy and if you used tools,you could open it up - but then so could one break into a car. Point is to deter, not to actually stop a thief.
I bought it for our 3000km road trim last week and it held up quiet nice. Weight distribution is important to keep it balanced and noise free.
It does make a bit of noise at higher speeds, but then so does my roof rack on its own (thule aeroblade)
This fits the aeroblade, but fastens mostly to the front bulky part. IT held up the trip, and when i checked to fasten in again half way thru, it didn't need it.
IT probably would fit a square bar better, but I'm happy with the thule aero fitment.
It opens on the passenger side - so I wish they made the opposite version, because I'd like to get another one side by side.
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Very pleased. Quiet on the roof. The brackets are a little finicky but over all, a great product.