Great entry level roofbox
Review by Rosco
I've owned the Rocketbox pro 11 since fall of 2016, and it's served me well, doing exactly what I was looking for it to - get skis and boards out of my car (subaru impreza) in the winter while still being protected, and extra storage for road trips in the summer. It's not a super sturdy construction, and has its flaws with the lock-unlock button being difficult to push in sometimes, as well as the clamping mechanism at each end seems a bit flimsy. That being said, I'm careful to open it with both hands, not throw boards/skis in aggressively, and it can open from either side so if one side was giving me trouble, I try the other.
I've had sets of boards and skis and poles for 4 people fit fine, and it can be installed and removed pretty easily. It also adjusts without any tools so swapping to another car's roof rack was easy too. Overall, I'd recommend buying one if you're looking for an entry level box and don't want to break the bank. You get what you pay for, take good care of it and it should last a while.
Long time User
Review by SteveL
We've owned a rocketbox 11 for about 15 years - first mounted on a 1999 Honda Odyssey with Yakima crossbars. Worked great when we need extra capacity when all seats were utilized. We now have a 2017 RAV4 with factory crossbars. We are a little worried about the 100 lb. weight limit of the Toyota crossbars - not remembering what the limit of the Honda Odyssey rails were (the Yakima crossbars are STURDY!)
The rocketbox itself is a good product - not without it's problems, as the latch & hinges can get 'cranky' - but overall, if a product can last 15 years as a storage on and off the car, then it should be considered a success. (When the rocketbox is not in use on the vehicle, we store our sleeping bags in it - that way, the garage space is put to use!
xc skiing and RB 11
Review by Dennis
This is a wonderful carrier for ski enthusiasts (for example). I had a first generation rocket box which lasted almost 20 years. It would have probably lasted much longer had I not left it on top of my car through several hot summers. Improvements over the first gen are numerous: 1) quick installation and de-install from your horizontal bars, 2) easy adjustment for distance between your two horizontal bars, 3) because of #'s 1 & 2, much improved and quick movement and adjustment of the cargo box between multiple vehicles. Also easy locking and access from either side (mounting either on driver's or passenger's side of vehicle.
One problem I have run into in packing the carrier for a routine xc ski trip in CO, is that the longest pair of skis I have (my classic fischer skis) need a length of min of 81 inches. Although the box length is more than adequate (exterior dimensions) the interior available length is very close and it is very tough to pack these long skis into the box, along with the several other pairs we usually have for a trip.
Great! More rear clearance (for hatches)
Review by Peter
I wanted a small box to supplement carrying capacity on a subaru outback (2006), and it had to be long to fit my 190cm skis in the winter. I originally bought the thule model as it's a not as tall and looks a bit slimmer, but the rear hatch wouldn't clear/fully open even with my cross bars (yakima) moved all the way forward. Then I went and looked at the Yakima rocketbox 11 which had the exact same problem. Frustrated, I considered drilling further holes/modifying the box to move it the extra 3-4" I needed.
Then (thanks to this website) I realized there is a new model - the Pro 11 - and one of the other local REIs had it in stock (although it wasn't assembled). Skeptical, I went to check it out - and indeed, it turned out this model has significantly increased the rear clearance to accommodate cars like the outback - awesome!! Now I'm a very happy owner of a Rocketbox Pro 11.
If you're also looking to mount a rocketbox on a car with rear hatch and are concerned about clearance, check this one out. As a bonus, the button dual side opening is great!
Review by Dan
The product has worked well, but I had difficulty getting it assembled. Be sure to look ahead at instructions so you know where all the parts go.
Very Small Interior!
Review by Jay
Don't be fooled by the listed (exterior) measurements. The dual-opening scissor lifts on the inside ends, the inside side-bars that operate the three-latches from the central lock, and the overall shape of the box all make usable interior space very, very limited for a box this "size."
I am returning it.
Does NOT fit all factory bars
Review by Aaron
Not particularly pleased with this product. Does not fit standard VW crossbars, as it claims to; did not unlock without applying an unreasonable amount of force; bottom molded features of box damaged in handling.
BUT it does look sexy, albeit not on my car.
17 ft sea kayak and a box too--yes!!
Review by Jenny
It was easy to to set up and install. The sliders were very stiff but I assume that was to keep water out. On one side, the lid has to be held down before the box can be locked or before the button can be pushed in to lock the box. I will use it this summer for camping and next winter for skiing--should keep skis clean on long trips.