Reviewed By Timothy S (Haworth, NJ) Reviewed for a 2003 Honda CR-V —9/5/2008 12:28 PM
We used this on two long trips this summer, and on both trips we encountered extreme heat and heavy downpours. Everything emerged unscathed and we had no problems with the clips opening up in the heat, which I was a little worried about from other reviews I read. The bag is very thick with good quality zippers, which is probably why everything stayed dry. Some of the items we stuffed in it had sharp corners and the bag withstood the stress. It's tough. We got the larger size and I'm glad we did -- you never know when you'll need that extra space, and when you need it you really need it (I was a little concerned it would be too big for our '03 Honda CRV, but it fit perfectly fine). It's also very easy to put on, take off, and load. It was also really nice to be able to just fold it up and leave it in the back of the car after unloading it at our destinations or in the garage when we got home -- takes up very little space which is a big plus over the plastic carriers. When packed full we didn't even need bungee cords to strap it down, and there was no flapping. When not full you need to crisscross bungees across it and tuck in empty spots, but it's no big deal. The only marginal negative is that the bag really doesn't maintain the shape you see in the pictures unless you load it with a big trapezoid, so in practical use this bag isn't any more aerodynamic than any other and will knock about 3-5 mpg off your gas mileage. It just looks like a big lump on top of the car like all the other roof bags. So it's not pretty, but it sure gets the job done and is very easy to use and live with. I'm extremely happy with it overall and would recommend it highly.