Thule Sidekick review
Reviewed By Willits S (Tacoma, WA) Reviewed for a
—7/3/2006 3:00 PM
The box seems strong enough, though of course it's far too early to determine whether it will stand up under repeated use. I encountered one problem and will be waiting/watching to determine whether it was a one-time accident or a chronic problem. The socket of the rear hinge separated from the ball and I was unable to reinsert it manually while on the road. It didn't affect my use of the top carrier, but if there had been some circumstance requiring me to have good access with head clearance inside the carrier, it would have been an inconvenience. And of course, should the front hinge also separate, that would be a REAL aggravation to a solo traveler who doesn't have a companion to hold the lid up while someone else rummages around inside the carrier. One of the caps popped off a hinge attachment screw while I was trying to fix the hinge, but I found it and it popped right back on and seems to be secure. Overall, the carrier seems to be performing adequately, and if the hinge doesn't prove to be a chronic problem, it may perform excellently.