Going on a trip where the things we needed were big and bulky and ate up a lot of space inside the car leaves little room for the people. Isn't it more convenient to have a pick-up or maybe have more space in the trunk? Then we thought that having a rooftop cargo carrier would be such a swell idea but we know very little about this kind of item since we never looking into them before. So, if you’ve never gotten around to looking for a good one to purchase and have installed on our vehicle, this is exactly what you need to read - a list of ten of the best rooftop cargo and carriers in the market today.
Keeper is one of the most durable and affordable rooftop cargo tops in the market, as their tagline states they are "Performance Engineered. Keeper is a company under the umbrella of Hampton Products headquartered in California. Other Hampton Care subsidiaries, aside from Keeper are Airbolt padlocks, Hyper Tough timers and door hardware. Keeper products specialize in tie-downs, electric winches, towing, truck and trailer accessories, and rooftop cargo.
Their best rooftop cargo is the 15-cubic feet waterproof Roof Top Cargo Bag. It's composed of rubber-laminated nylon and has attachment straps on all four sides of the cube compartment. It's also available in a smaller 11-cubic foot Keeper Roof Top Cargo.
Horizon Global is a company based in Michigan that specializes in towing and cargo management and one of their companies is Reese. Reese was founded in 1952 and is most famous for its fifth wheel products: Titan, Goose Box and Sidewinder. The company also manufactures ultra-strong car rooftop cargo bags made from rainproof quality material. At 15-cubic feet and very similar to the Keeper rooftop carrier, the Reese Rainproof Expandable Cargo Carrier Bag folds flat when not being used and can be purchased on Amazon for only $25.99. This rooftop cargo bag fits most car roofs, rails and roof racks.
Rightline Gear is a company based in Asheville, North Carolina and it makes truck and SUV tents, cargo and jeep products, back carriers and car-top carriers. Their car rooftop cargo products range from car top duffle bags, Ace car top carriers, Range car top carriers, and the Pick the Sport Car Top Carrier. The Sport Car Top Carrier comes in 9, 10, 15 and 18-cubic feet capacity in black with gray and priced at $79.95, $84.95, $99.95 and $119.95 respectively. All Rightline carriers are made from UV protected PVC Semi-Coated Mesh XT and Hydrotuff for sun and rain protection.
If there's one company on this list that is laser-focused on making the best quality rooftop cargo carriers, its Roofbag. Headquartered in San Diego, California and founded in 1992, the website gives out a very nostalgic feeling of a nineties website interface that has a warm and welcoming effect to the visiting customers. However, the website is all information and easy to navigate, their products are divided into five categories: Sedan, SUV, No Rack, Side Rails, and Cross Bars. The Premium Triple Seal is available in 11-cubic feet and costs $80 while the 15-cubic foot is $90. It's waterproof, has no exposed stitching and comes with a 2-year warranty.
When we want to take advantage of our vehicle's carrying capacity, SportRack is there to lend a hand. This company produces products from bike racks to roof racks, snowsport and watersport carriers.
But of course what we want to share more about here are the Sportrack roof cargo products and they have four different models; the roof cargo basket, hitch cargo basket, roof cargo bag and roof cargo box. The best cargo box they have is the Sportrack Vista XL Cargo Box priced at $339.95, it's an aerodynamic, hard-case roof box that's 63” x 38” x 19" in dimension and can carry 18-cubic feet of cargo.
Thule is the largest name brand in car top carriers and belongs to the Swedish company Thule Group. Based in Malmo, Sweden, Thule started in 1942, and its products range from racks and carriers to luggage, strollers, bags, and camping equipment. Two of the best Thule cargo carriers are the Thule Force XT and Thule Sidekick. The Thule Force XT XL is 18-cubic feet of storage space but is quite expensive. The Thule Sidekick is much smaller and more affordable at 8-cubic feet and only $299.95. It's state-of-the-art as far as cargo boxes go, with strong U-bolts and passenger side opening for safety.
4 Vault Cargo Management
The goal of Vault Cargo Management is to help minimize the risk on the road by providing traveling and adventurous car owners with products like roof racks and bags, tie-down straps, and off-road recovery gear. Vault is an American company based in Wisconsin and some of its products are Jeep and Subaru roof racks, kayak racks, and rooftop cargo bags. Vault Cargo Management’s Waterproof Roof Bag is 100 percent waterproof and 100 percent covered with a comforting lifetime warranty. The roof bag is available to buy at the company's website at an affordable $44.97, or it can also be purchased on Amazon.
Roofpax is proud to introduce their military quality and heavy-duty car rooftop cargo bags and carriers. They also have tie-downs, shackles, and ratchet straps, products for the outdoorsy traveling types. The RoofPax Car Roof Bag & Rooftop Cargo Carrier is $153 and it comes with a TSA approved combination lock. Instead of long straps, it has four door hooks that make it a breeze to install and secure the bag on the roof of your car. It is also exceptionally safe when installed because the hooks do not connect inside the car and won’t interfere with side air-bag function. It is perfect for vehicles with or without roof racks. It also has a lifetime warranty.
Winston Products is a company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and was founded in 2004. CargoSmart was the 2nd brand of Winston and it was launched in 2008. It focuses on organizing tools and various things in an owner's car, trailer, garage, lawn, and even sporting goods and equipment. Under cargo management, CargoSmart products are cargo baskets, hitch platforms, bike racks, truck nets, pet barriers, and rooftop cargo. The CargoSmart Rainproof Roof Top Cargo Carrier / Bag is $54.99 and fits easily on a car's bare roof, side rails, basket, or crossbars. It comes in two sizes, 10-cubic feet and 15-cubic feet ($64.99).
The company owned by Steve Cole and Don Banducci was just a machine shop in Yakima, Washington. It started in 1979 and has since been a trusted provider of gear and equipment for sports enthusiasts in biking, kayaking, snowboarding, and skiing. With rooftop cargo, Yakima's products are generally classified into roof boxes, bags, and baskets. Their best product is the Skybox Carbonite. Check out the Yakima Skybox 16 Carbonite at $559. It's sleek 16-cubic feet of hard storage for your stuff. The Skybox Carbonite comes with an SKS lock and opens on either side for the user's convenience and safety.