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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I just got a 12 cubic foot box made by Thule, it's a Thule Evolution 1200. I need your help in figuring out what I can fit in it. I haven't had a chance to play with it.

I want to know how many skiis I can fit + any other gear. Can I get 4 pairs of skiis, and 4 pairs of snowshoes in there? What about boots? Looking for real world experience

12 cubic feet. 90.1in(l) x 23.8in(w) x 14.7in(h).

Thanks!
post #2 of 15
FWIW a pair of skis weigh about 17lbs. Most people would say you could carry more than or about 150lbs in there..
post #3 of 15
I have the EVO 1200 and have had 5 pairs of adult skis (160-185cm) in addition to 2 pairs of childrens skis and multiple poles. I'm sure you could probably get the snowshoes in there too, but I'm not sure. Keep in mind the measured dimensions do not take into account the interior mounting knobs which do stick up and restrict how you put stuff in.
I would also pay attention to how much weight your putting in as the previous poster mentioned. I have Thule load bars which are beefier than some of the factory ones I have seen. Pay attention to the ratings and use caution but you will probably be surprised how much it will hold.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for posting! I appreciate it guys. That's a good start SJB.

The thule foot pack instructions says:
Quote:
Do not carry more than 75 kg (165 lbs.) on Thule Load Carriers.
Thule Load Carriers do not increase gutter or roof strength. Thule can
not warranty loads that exceed this limit. Total load = cargo weight
plus weight of accessories used to carry cargo.
The box instructions say:
Quote:
Do not carry more than 50 kg (110 lbs.) in the box. Loads that exceed this limit are not covered
by the warranty.
• Do not exceed the weight limit of your roof rack. Total load = cargo weight plus luggage box used
to carry cargo (674 - Evolution 1200 - 37 lbs)
So if I can carry 110lbs of stuff, that should be pretty reasonable. Do skis really weight 17lbs per pair? I need to get a scale out.

More comments always appreciated!
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by merlin2375 View Post
Do skis really weight 17lbs per pair?
Mine does Maybe even a bit more, but I like to go heavy - maybe normal skies are more like 14lbs?
post #6 of 15
Not apples to apples, but I've fit 3 pairs of skis/poles, a pack & play crib, and two stuffed boot bags in a Yakima Skybox 16. It's a little bigger than your box, but that's more volume, too. (may not be more weight than what you've described) The rack system held it quite securely (Yakima round bars).
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I've gotten to play a little bit so far.

I've been able to fit:
2 pairs of skis
2 pairs of snowshoes
2 pairs of poles
1 pair of boots

I believe I can also fit (though I don't have to test yet):
2 more pairs of skis
2 more sets of poles

I weighed everything (including the stuff I believe I can fit) and that would get me to 101 pounds of gear as of right now.
post #8 of 15
And how much did a pair of ski weigh?
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Funny you should ask! I just came back because I realized I didn't post that.

I measured a small pair of skis (160cm, women's) and they weighed 11 pounds
I measured a large pair of skis (180cm, men's) and they weight 16 pounds
I then just assumed a medium (170ish) would weigh about the average of the two
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by merlin2375 View Post
Funny you should ask! I just came back because I realized I didn't post that.

I measured a small pair of skis (160cm, women's) and they weighed 11 pounds
I measured a large pair of skis (180cm, men's) and they weight 16 pounds
I then just assumed a medium (170ish) would weigh about the average of the two
Okay So I guess my skis are way off normal ski-weight :P
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Haha, yeah you were spot on, my apologies. I guess it was just wishful thinking hoping I could fit more in the box without going over the weight limit.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by merlin2375 View Post
Haha, yeah you were spot on, my apologies. I guess it was just wishful thinking hoping I could fit more in the box without going over the weight limit.

Don't apologise - I'm serious I was a bit wrong in my statement - probably just because I don't know how to calculate from kilos to lbs
post #13 of 15
If you have sticky tires, don't forget to slow down for corners to account for the extra weight up there (or it will be down there : ).
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
ah yes, I have only driven with the box empty from picking it up. Haven't had it filled up yet
post #15 of 15
It isn't that difficult to drive with. I've done more than 1000miles and I've only just gotten my licence don't go faster than 100mph though, I tried 128mph down hill But I guess that's only legal in Germany?
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