There are different ways to transport your cargo, and the right way just depends on your needs. Before you invest in a roof basket or a cargo carrier, here are four things you should consider:
ROLA Vortex Roof Mounted Cargo Basket
Capacity vs. Ease of Use
A roof basket can store many items with ease – even oddly-shaped ones. Since it’s essentially an open storage platform, you can pile as much or as little as you want, just be sure to fasten all your items tightly with bungees or a net.
Roof bags or cargo carriers on the other hand, have maximum capacity limitations – although some are very large. They can easily be added to or removed from your vehicle whenever you’re headed on a trip then stowed when not in use. It’s also easy to reach into your luggage during a pit stop – no need to untie straps or fumble through nets.
Versatility vs. Aerodynamics
Snowboards, surfboards, skis or golf clubs – you can pack it all onto your roof basket. Whether you need extra lights, storage for the toolbox or your spare tire, roof baskets can be modified to fit your needs and lifestyle.
Cargo carriers are usually made with a rounded, aerodynamic design that helps your vehicle with wind resistance that usually gobbles up more of your fuel. Their sloped front edge allows airflow to pass right over. They can also accommodate various types of gear, but may be restricted in size or shape.
Rightline Gear Sport 3 Car Top Carrier
Roof baskets are usually coated to prevent water damage such as corrosion and even other elements, like UV rays. If your items are not covered with waterproof fabric or material, however, you can be sure they will be soaked or fade quickly under sunlight.
Most cargo carriers feature weather-proof fabric or plastic that is durable against sunlight and rain. Different roof bag styles come with more advanced features against outdoor damage, keeping your clothes or items free of moisture and grime even at the seams.
In the end, choosing between a roof basket and a cargo carrier boils down to your lifestyle and what your priorities are. Regardless of choice, your vehicle will be ready for any adventure with cargo space galore.