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Full road test to the alps and back
on 4 January 2014
Ok, first things first - don't be put off by the price! This item performs far better than the price tag suggests.
Negatives are you can't really fill it in situ so you need muscle to get it onto the roof. Also the zips are too flimsy (heavy duty please), the webbing straps should be continuous over the top of the bag so as not to stress the material, the zips also need another pair of runners so you can easily open each side at the front so as to optimise the fill, and it's bloody noisy if you don't get it filled right (see point above).
Positives - it's a fantastic piece of removable kit that stood up top 1500 miles on top of my xc90 with around 9 hours of that in a torrential downpour with me driving at 80 mph most of the time, and with 2 hours standing in the rain before we left. The inside of the bag as still pretty much dry (I did use waterproof liners as well, but needn't have done so. The best bit was being able to totally remove it from the car once we had arrived thus no need to drive around with a fuel guzzling carbuncle strapped to the top of your car. Easy to attach (but do tie down the strap-ends as they could work loose) and remove and folds to nothing.
This is not a piece of kit that can outperform a Thule for regular use, but for occasional trips (once a year holidays, etc), save your cash and buy one, just don't overload your car roof!
If the manufacturer can improve it as I have suggested it would be a cracking piece of kit that would be more usable for regular trips as opposed to occasional ones.
Great buy and cost less than the roof bars alone (also cost only 25% of the cost of hiring a box for 2 weeks!) so can't complain one bit.