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thule hyper cargo box

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'm pretty set on a Thule Sonic XL, it has prices similar to the yakima sky box but since everything else I have is thule and I haven't had any problems I thought I would buy thule again.

 

Now my question is, WTH thule is charging such a premium price on the new Hyper box? It seems exactly and have the same dimensions of the Sonic XL, except for the silver X and an internal light. Looks like the material is also different, but is it much better to be almost 50% more expensive? Is it worth paying almost $1000?

post #2 of 10
I bought a Thule Atlantis 2100 two years ago for $650 and it shattered when my wife tapped the garage door backing out too quickly (I had just installed it on her van). Not impressed with that material, if it is the same. It seems brittle, and the supposedly reinforced lid is what shattered.

I have a Yakima Skybox now, and while it has not been garage impact tested, it was a lot cheaper and the plastic seems more pliable and durable. I use it on Thule crossbars, that stuff is interchangeable.

So, no, I would not buy a $900 Thule box unless you believe it has 35% less drag on you vehicle that will affect your gas mileage to the degree that you will be making up $400 in fuel costs. And of course, if you do believe that, I have a $900 cargo box to sell you biggrin.gif.
post #3 of 10

I don't like the lack of multiple latches, front and rear specifically on the newer ski boxes.  Be prepared to add your own straps to better secure the lid.   Pretty cheesy that these things now cost over $600 and come with one lock/latch total.

 

 

 

 

Mine has two hinges on the back side, two locks on the front side, and a ski boot type buckle closure on the nose and tail for six total points holding it closed tightly. I'm going to cry if it ever fails beyond repair because any replacement will certainly be less well engineered/secure.. So far so good wink.gif

 

post #4 of 10
^^^Are you talking security or weatherproofing, or....?

My Yakima has three latch points on each side that have to fully engage before it will lock - it is a slide bar system with the lock at the center latch point, and it covers about 2/3 of the length of the box. I have found it difficult at times to latch all three points simultaneously when it is really packed say for camping and I have to compress stuff like sleeping bags in order to lock it, but that is it.

I have had it in 40+ mph winds during storms without any weatherproof issues...
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Just looking for a big waterproof box... to trow skis and luggage as space allows and capacity regarding weight... I was pretty much in between the sky box 18 and sonic xl or some other thule xl, looks like sonic is the better price/quality from thule. I can get both at $474 yakima and $494 thule

 

the single latch thing is real... I haven't thought about that before! 

post #6 of 10

 

Multiple latch points, you say?

post #7 of 10

Ya, I've seen the ones with bars that extend and go through other eye holes when the ONE lock handle is turned all the way closed.  That is definitely a better design than one big lock and one big hinge alone.  Even with two separate locks on the side it can be tricky to get them lined up perfectly with a lot of weight bowing the ends of the box down or up.  Anyway, there is a thread around here of horror stories pertaining to boxes blowing open when driving fast is high cross winds.  If I had to replace my box I would probably add some latches to the nose and tail myself if it really did only have one main securing point on the side regardless of the tongue and groove and seemingly solid construction.  I'm pretty sure they cut back on hinges, locks, and end latches to save costs, not simply because they really believe they have a better mouse trap.  Just my opinion though.  As for moisture, mine does take in a small amount sometimes.  I drilled a couple small holes in the bottom at the lowest point to prevent any potential pooling.  So, even though it is tongue and groove around the lid, it isn't perfect either.  I might be a little peaved if I paid more than fifty dollars for it (with cross bars and a bike stand).  Gotta love Craigslist!yahoo.gif

post #8 of 10
^^^^I have been happy with the Yakima. You cannot....cannot....cannot get your key out of the single latch lock lever unless all three latch points are closed and secured by the slide bar.

Never say never, tho...
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

I have a big trunk and space for luggage should not be a problem, really just for skis... maybe I will get one of those "alpine" boxes that are long but narrow and doesn't have much height. Thule has one with 11" which is usually about 7" difference from the regular...

 

I found the "horror stories" about cargo boxes... I definitively wouldn't want my cargo box top flying around, specially risking to hit another driver behind me! I probably should do a local trip to REI and check out boxes...

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

I have a big trunk and space for luggage should not be a problem, really just for skis... maybe I will get one of those "alpine" boxes that are long but narrow and doesn't have much height. Thule has one with 11" which is usually about 7" difference from the regular...

 

I found the "horror stories" about cargo boxes... I definitively wouldn't want my cargo box top flying around, specially risking to hit another driver behind me! I probably should do a local trip to REI and check out boxes...

Seems like my friend Bill's box is a Thule with the one latch.  He's been driving with it between NM and Utah and other points north for several years.  Only puts skis & poles in the box.  Never had a problem.  At least haven't heard any stories about the box flying open.

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