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Roof Box -Volvo Atlantis or Thule Force?

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Need a new box and typically get Thule since I key everything the same.  Looking at Thule I would be getting a Force XL which has the dimpled golf ball finish.  Another alternative is the Volvo Atlantis 1800, which is an older Thule model with the gloss coat (not the thule Atlantis 1800 XT with the reinforced ribs in the cover, but the model before that without the roof ribs). Boxes seem to be the same size and style, with the main differences being the lock style (force has newer external grip on the lock barrel to turn easier) and the force has a  brace at the cover nose to apparently keep it from flexing and fish mouthing at highway speed.  I have not looked at the 2 boxes side by side but it seems to me the Atlantis is a bit beefier material so may be easier opening and closing.  Anyone seen the older Atlantis (not XT) and a Force side by side and offer a comparison?

 

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Edited by CanadianQuad - 9/26/13 at 12:22pm
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Just a follow up.  I ended up ordering the Volvo version as they were on sale in Sept so was cheaper and seems to be less flimsy than the thule force -note that I could not compare them side by side and the demo boxes were mounted to different display frames.

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