|Item Weight||7.7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||39 x 32 x 18 inches|
|Item model number||60001|
|Manufacturer Part Number||60001|
|OEM Part Number||60001|
WeatherTech 60001 RackSack Cargo Carrier
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- Expands cargo carrying capacity 13 cubic feet
- Made of durable water repellent polyester with soft felt bottom to protect finish of vehicle
- Stows away neatly in its own bag
- Swivel straps that mount to crossbar/side rails
- Roll and wrap tabs to prevent flapping straps
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The WeatherTechRackSack expands your cargo carrying capacity a whopping 13 cubic feet (measures 39" x 32" x 18"). Made of durable water repellent polyester, the RackSack stows away neatly in its own bag. Features include swivel straps that mount to the crossbar or side rails of an existing roof rack, patented Roll and Wrapâ„¢ tabs to prevent flapping straps, and a soft felt bottom to protect your vehicle's finish from scratching. PLEASE NOTE: For use only in conjunction with a cargo rack.
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After a trip from Ohio to South Florida and back, I felt I knew enough about it to review it and give some general info. So this is based on ONE long trip in the rain... (I am a retired truck driver, so have some knowledge in this area)
First, it's well made, it has it's own storage bag that yes, it really will fit back into!
Got the usual great Amazon service! Fast delivery, no damage, and lowest price I could find!
Soft or Hard - which to choose?
Here's my thinking on the subject: Hard is better, but much more expensive, and takes much more room to store when not in use. Since this is not an item I will use more than 2-3 times per year, cost and storage are big factors to me. If I were to use it more often, then a hard Carrier would do the job much better.
OK - Soft, now why this one?
As I said at the top, I like the Company, and knew the product would be of great quality. I was right, heavy material, double seams everywhere, strong zipper, great attachment system!
A few things I learned during the study and search for this; if your roof rack has cross rails - you need to measure the space between them, or make sure they can be removed - if not, you will have to go to a hard Carrier! Because this is some 30+ inches long, you want this to sit on the roof itself, NOT on any cross-rails! On my 06 Tucson, there is only 21' between the rails, and it was a chore to remove them (on my Tucson, the cross-rails are meant to not be moved, and they had some extra parts built up around the rails that had to be removed first). So scope all this out first regardless of which soft Carrier you buy!
I do not believe that any brand of soft Carrier would be truly water-proof, so get past that, and plan for some dampness - that was my thinking! The racksack uses a "rubber-backed" type material (PVC, etc), but water *could* come in through the seams, or around the zipper. So, I simply used garbage bags around what we were worried about.
The straps can be used on the front and back, or on the sides - since I had removed my cross rails, I could only attach on the sides. YES, it's a pain to load - I am 6' tall - but not tall enough - so a ladder, or stand on the door edge in the open door, or, load on the ground and heave it onto the roof---not an easy way to do it. And NO, it must be unloaded at night for those of you on long trips as there is no way to lock it, another reason for a[...] hard shell lockable Carrier - But, I knew this when I bought it, just bringing up "gotcha's" that others may not have thought of.
Anyhow, the straps work very well! The buckles hold well, and I felt no need for any extra straps (hindsight proved me correct as well) - remember, loose strap ends will do damage if they flap going down the road! The racksack uses this neat velcro way of rolling the end, and self-tying the ends so they do not flap. If not, or if it does not work for you, simply tuck the ends under the bag - just make sure they do not flap.
Gas mileage will go down when at speed. If loaded properly, there is not much extra noise, but at freeway speeds, a drop in MPG is a real possibility - regardless of which bag/Carrier you get.
On my small SUV (Tucson) driving at 65-70 on the cruise control I normally get 22-23MPG, the best I did with the bag was 19.8MPG - so in my case, the drop was rather considerable! This is more a issue of the vehical than the type of bag used. On my car, I would get roughly the same drop regardless of which Carrier bought (the exception might be some of the streamlined hard Carriers).
To sum it up, I like the product, it worked well for me, and the luxury of being able to bring items on the car trip that I could not have taken without the bag was a good trade-off for the loading hassles and the lower MPG - so, this is both a review and recomendation of the 'Racksack' - and a how-to in general for roof top carriers.
If you'd like more info on the Racksack, Google the Company name and go to their website - lots of images and info on the product. Very good product for the price - was roughly 50% cheaper at Amazon too!
I hope this helps!
My roof rack is small so I use a basket. I place the basket on the roof rack and secure it. I lay out the RackSack on the basket with the zipperless side facing front. Open the bag, add the contents pulling up the sides as I do, zip up the bag when done, clip the buckles to the rack, check security, secure the loose straps with the velcro tabs and we're off. When we get there, we unsecure, open, unload, close, fold and put the RackSack in it's storage bag. We put our bags in trash bags to protect them from water should the RackSack gets drowned.
We were using it and got caught in a (for Maine anyway) unbelievable rain/thunder/hail storm for about 40+ minutes - we're talking no visibility , dime-to-nickel sized hail, buckets of water torrential downpour. After our 4+ hour trip back (2 hours thankfully dry), we unpacked to find - dry. There was about a 1/4 cup (2 oz) pooled in one corner of the bag. That's it. I was amazed.
It is very secure on the roof of my car. We do notice more wind noise (although it's not bad). We do take a hit on fuel economy when we use it (~10% or so) because it's a sack with all of the aerodynamics of a sack. But considering we aren't taking the 15-20 mpg hit by driving a large SUV, it's worth it.
I use a folding step stool to load and unload (it's easier to get stuff in and out - I'm 6'1" and it's a pain for me without it). We bag our items in trash bags (which we reuse) just in case the zipper ends up in a pocket that collects rain. After all, it's a sack - fabric moves and shifts with wind and vibration. Even though the zippers are protected by very large gussets, unless your luggage is magically the same dimensions as the RackSack, the sack will collapse when you secure it. Because it's a sack.