Originally Posted by RISkier
Thanks folks. Looks like box is definately the way to go. Now, Thule vs Yakima? Or is there any significant difference?
I've always used Thule so I can't comment on Yakima. It's best to determine what you plan on using the box for: just skiing? golf clubs? extra gear? year round use?
I originally bought the Thule Weekender (now the Excursion) which was good for carrying luggage and stuff that would not fit in my SUV. It was wide, but too short to carry skis. I later bought the Thule Frontier for skis. It is long but very narrow. Last season, I sold them both and bought the Atlantis 1800 which is wider than the Frontier, but long enough for skis. You'll also need to consider how long a box you will need (ski length). Some of the longer boxes may extend beyond the rear of your vehicle and sometimes interfere with the spoilers at the top of the rear hatchback. You are then required to move the box forward and have it extend beyond the top edge of the windshield which doesn't help with aerodynamics.
Also, how concerned are you with security? Some factory roof racks are easily removed which would allow for removal of the entire box and it's contents. Some roof racks require additional "feet" to attach Thule/Yakima cross bars. In some cases, locks cost additional for locking the feet to your rails. Typically the Thule and Yakima crossbars are stronger than the factory bars but in most cases the Thule and Yakima boxes will attach to the factory crossbars.
Just some things to consider.