Yakima SkyBox 21 Rooftop Cargo Box Review

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Review of the Yakima SkyBox 21 Rooftop Cargo Box


Today we'll be reviewing the Yakima SkyBox rooftop cargo box. This has the dimpled carbonite texture. It's going to be available in four different sizes. It's available in 21 cubic feet with part number Y07337. It's also available in 18 cubic feet with part number Y07336, 16 cubic feet with part number Y07335, and 12 cubic feet with part number Y07334. One of the first things that we noticed about the new Yakima SkyBox is that it has a nice carbonite dimpled effect to it. Gives it a nice clean smooth texture.

It's going to be an anti-scratch finish. It's made with up to 80% recycled material and it has a really nice sleek, aerodynamic design so it's going to reduce wind drag and noise. Another great feature about this box is its ability to open from either side of the vehicle. All you got to do is place the key in, move it to an unlocked position, drop the latch down, and then open the lid on this side. We'll move to the driver side and show you that it opens just as easy from that side as well repeating those same steps. See here on our driver side, open it.

Got the easy grip handle there. That way you can get a nice grip whether you're in wet, dry, or cold conditions. Then you can gain access to whatever you need to on this side of the box as well. Then when you're ready to close the box we have it installed on a little bit of a taller vehicle today. You can grab the easy pull-down strap, pull it down, tuck it back in the box, and then finish closing it. Now here on the inside of the box Yakima really does a good job at providing some tie-down points because we always want to make sure when hauling our cargo that we have it tied down so it doesn't roll around inside the box. On each side they put in a track system.

It's going to have four tie-down points. That's what these red Yakima bars are. Again, there's going to be four on each side of the box. That way you can run straps over your gear or use a cargo net. Straps or a cargo net are going to be sold separately. It also features the Super Latch system.

This is going to ensure that the box is closed before driving away so when we close the lid that latch comes up into place. If we try to remove the key it actually won't let us because our key is still in the unlocked position. We got to move it to a locked position and then it will remove. That's also going to give us the peace of mind that all of our gear is nice, locked into place, and fully secured. Here at the back of the box it has a nice sloped design. Now this is designed in mind to give you more room when opening your rear hatch door, but in our particular situation today when opening it, it does not allow us full access to the rear hatch door but it does give us some clearance. Just in mind that this will vary depending on your vehicle. The Yakima SkyBox with 21 cubic feet has external dimensions of 92" long by 36" wide by 18" tall. The 18 cubic foot box is going to have dimensions of 92" long by 36" wide by 16" tall. The 16 cubic foot box is going to be 81" long by 36" wide by 15" tall. Then the box that measures 12 cubic feet is going to give us measurements of 92" long by 24" wide by 16" tall. This box is going to feature a flat base that's going to allow for easy on-car adjustment. It also has two same-key Same Key System locks. That secures the gear inside the box and it's going to lock the box to the roof rack crossbars. The Same Key System cores can be changed out to make all your Yakima locks keyed alike. It's made from a durable ABS plastic construction with internal lid stiffeners for extra strength. This is designed to work with round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars. You just need to make sure that the crossbar spread is between 24" and 42". For the rear hatch door to open fully with the box installed keep in mind that there must be at least 57" between the center of the front crossbar and the line where the roof and the rear hatch door meet. Securing your gear inside the box is very important. You can do that with the Yakima SkyBox cargo net that's going to be sold separately with part number Y07146. Or you can use some tie-down straps from Yakima, part number Y05006. You can find both of those right here at etrailer.com. Yakima's going to support the box with a lifetime warranty. Another great feature is how easily the box installs. All we have to do is set it up on top of our roof rack and then we'll be able to adjust it as necessary to get our feet around our bars. We need to gain access to the inside of our box, and in order to do that we'll just place the key inside of the lock core, move it to an unlocked position, release the super latch. The box lid easily opens with the use of one hand because of the nice spring-loaded hinge design. We need to make sure that our feet are around our crossbars. Then here on the inside we can tighten them down. The rear thumb dial is going to secure the sliding part of the mechanism in place to make sure it doesn't slide around. We'll tighten that down and then we're going to tighten that other thumb dial just a little bit, and then rely on the cam-action lever to finish securing it in place. We'll move to the back and do that same process. Then we can move to the other side of the box and repeat that process. That's going to complete today's review of the Yakima SkyBox rooftop cargo box. .


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