Rated 1 out of 5 by Jeff90272 You don't want it.
This is the first roof box I purchased, so I don't know if this is a common problem. This product is not easy to put together!! It took me 4 hours and I am fairly handy. and you will need another person to hold parts in place. But, the real problem was installing the box on the roof using the additional u-bolts. There is no simple way to do it. In the end I ended up taking the cross bars off and installing them to the box and then putting it back on the roof. Don't buy I'll sell you mine cheap.
September 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vinny420 Best Bang for Your Bucks
The shell is a bit flimsy but holds its structure once clamped down and locked. I have no problem doing 70 - 80 on the freeways. It looks pretty nice from afar. Up close, you can tell it is not the best quality. The U-bolt kit is a must.
I created a jig with ply wood and 1"x4" as a base in side the cargo area that spans across the cross bars to give it strength. I was able to put a lot of stuff with this cargo carrier. I used this a few times already.
Not a Thule quality and also a fraction of the price.
September 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by oldcrankyman Great product
It went together pretty easily, and tied down to the crossbars with no problem. We got a hefty discount by buying it online and then picking it up at our local Pep Boys. They had it ready and helped carry it out.
August 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Especially Great Product for the Price
It took us about three hours to put the SportRack Explorer together. Not too difficult, just time consuming. We went on a 2300 mile road trip in August, so we feel like we put this carrier through extreme conditions testing: 110-degree heat, torrential downpours of rain, 75 mph driving speeds and the Explorer stood up to it all. No leaks, no melting, no popping open. This is a great little carrier with lots of room to carry all your stuff! Don't forget to buy the SportRack U-Bolts if you are going to mount it to your rooftop rack because they are sold separately.
August 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by morgain GRATE
Cant say a bad thing about it the store clirks are grate will shop there soon
July 29, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by 1Steve great way to add some cargo space
I shopped extensively for a "hard shell" cargo carrier before selecting this one. I chose this one specifically based on price. Pep Boys had a great sale on it and I had it delivered same day to my local store for under $95. Couldn't beat it. Especially being that most containers of this size retail at twice that price easy.
The product: The container itself is quite large and can fit a bunch of stuff. It does come with basic straps to secure it to the roof rack. A U-bolt mounting kit can be purchased separately; but I didn't find that necessary.
The plastic that the container is made out of is a little flimsy/ flexible. I had expected it, at least the base part, to be a little more rigid... and for that reason alone I decided on the 4 star rating vs 5. It really is a 5 star product for the price I paid.
The assembly, yes there is some assembly required, was pretty straight forward. Though to fit and tighten the base to the lid you may need an extra set of hands.
it comes with 2 key locks that add some piece of mind int keeping contents secure. But be careful when loading. The flexibility of the open lid, coupled with the locations on the spring loaded arms, can cause the spring arm on one side to close unexpectedly. It happened to me once and the hasp for the lock scratched my arm as it was inside the carrier when the lid came down.
Overall it's a nice carrier at this price point... and if you can get it on sale that's all the better.
And of course PepBoys service was A+
July 16, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by shuac hard to work with
very thin construction makes it hard to put together and really flops around when trying to load it. if you leave it open too long it just bends and warps and falls to the side closed especially if it is hot outside. it is roomy and looks good on my Jeep Patriot but otherwise I should have got a refund and spent the money on a better one
July 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beach Works well...
Works well for the price. I actually got it on sale at 30% off so I was pleased. I paid extra for the U bolts because of secure mount. However, I found that because it opens from the side reaching the U bolts on the hinge side was very difficult without a ladder. It comes with strap mounts of its own - just FYI. I did not know that at the time of purchase. I still prefer the U bolt mounting.
June 16, 2015