Great box but Design Flaws
Review by JBarnes Posted on August 13, 2018This is a great box. We have taken it from Maine to Florida to California and love how much stuff we can put in it. I have three main complaints that are in my opinion design flaws.
1) Once you hit 75 MPH it whistles like crazy. It is piercing. I have put it on my roof rack, on the Yakima ra...read morecks etc... same result. The only way I have been able to solve it is to put a thick towel between the rack and the box to eliminate the air flow.
2) The locks are not SKS and can't be changed out! I have to carry two keys. One for my racks and one for my skybox!
3) You have to leave the keys in the locks when it is unlocked and open. The keys can't be removed when loading or unloading the skybox. I have bent and broken two keys so far. I just ordered another 3 keys today and I suspect they will last me a year at best.
Besides these 3 design flaws we love this skybox. We have had both a Thule and this Yakima and prefer the Yakima Skybox 21.
Review by Laurence Posted on May 30, 2018Four years down the road now with a Skybox 21. I move it from car to car and now I'm buying a second one. No issues ever, fist rate quality and we swear the 2003 Subaru Legacy GT gets better fuel economy with it installed! We like to take our dogs everywhere and when we do we put all of the camping ...read moregear in the Skybox and have plenty of room inside the car. Yes, this does fit our car perfectly with a 1/4 inch of room clearance to the rear hatch when it is opened. It is like they designed the box for this specific car!
Review by Scott Posted on November 30, 2017I just purchased the Skybox 21 last night so my review is based on comparing this to the THULE on the show floor and then mounting on my car. The Yakima design stability is apparent the moment you open the two cargo boxes side by side. I originally went to the store to buy the THULE witch was on s...read moreale, and I immediately switched to the YAKIMA after comparing the quality. The mounting system was a little tricky but was done within 15 minutes after installing on my Chevy Tahoe. The handles and locks are firm and quality built. The ride noise was very minimal and had to look through my sunroof to notice it. I'm looking forward to loading it up and heading to Mt Hood this weekend!
Best Quality Ever!
Review by DerrickG Posted on November 22, 2016I've owned two Thule cargo boxes in the past. The quality of the Yakima Skybox is exemplary. I have a 21 cu. ft. on my 2017 Subaru Outback, and couldn't be happier.
Convenient and awesome
Review by Migz Posted on November 22, 2016I have 4 dogs that go on trips with me all the time, this has made it much easier for them to spread around inside my 4runner.
I have taken tools, groceries, luggage, etc and never any issues. If I had to mention one problem is the clearance on my garage door, unfortunately it doesn't clear ...read moreit. But its still a great product.
Review by Bluemas Posted on August 23, 2016Well I may of just lost my first review as I was not done with it but it disappeared. so try #2.
I do not own a SKYBOX 21 CARBONITE. I do however own a SPACECASE 19, a 19 cubic foot box that I purchased in 1996 I believe, it was originally bought for the top of a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee. ...read morePicture this as I do not have any pictures that I can find, I could of swore we had some from Yellowstone. So here is this large box that is white and gray, and a beautiful 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee that is White and Gray with hand painted pin stripes around the door handles etc., custom wheels and so AWESOME with the Yakima Space Case in White and Gray on top. Turned heads every place I went. I want to get the SKYBOX so badly, but both kids are out of the house and college now, there is just 2 of us when we go places and we have plenty of room with us in the Jeep so no need to put on the SPACE CASE when we go on a vacation. And yes we still go and we still drive, it is the best way to see the USA. Last year we could of used the SPACE CASE/SKYBOX but we flew to Maine for our oldest Son's wedding, rented a new Jeep Grand Cherokee and took off for Acadia National Park and on to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and down the coast back to Portland Maine and then flew home. Had time constraints or we would of drove. I think of all the stuff I missed by not driving from Kansas to Maine.
Oh Well back to the BOX. I store it and my sons come and borrow it, I have tried to give it to one of them no charge so I could buy the new one but my wife says no new box. And that is because thee is nothing wrong with the old one. Imagine being in your 30's two small children and your husband comes driving in the driveway with a rather large purchase in the way of mounts, cross bars and a Space Case and locks and tie downs and money is tight as saving for college etc is all going on at this same time. Well in later years she has said and I quote "That is the smartest thing you ever bought" but wont let me replace with a new one.
GREATEST purchase ever is the truth, and the Yakima products are still going and in great shape and some like the SPACE CASE are approaching 30 years old.
I might add that both boys now 30 and 28 both have Grand Cherokee's with Yakima Racks, baskets, air spoilers and bike racks on their respective Jeep's as we;; and the oldest also has a Wrangler outfitted with Yakima products.
So great products built in USA and built to last. SO THIS IS A BIG THANK YOU TO YAKIMA, THE COMPANY, THE EMPLOYEE'S THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND WHOEVER ELSE THAT I CAN, love your products and next purchase is a bike rack for my Jeep as my personal activities have had to get a little milder so the cruiser bike is taking place of the White Water Kayak, although a lake sit on top kayak will replace the WW one on the rack. Toys change as we age.
Again and again I love these products they are great.
Skybox 21 Carbonite
Review by Lou in NJ Posted on July 13, 2016We are a family of six and used to have to take two vehicles on trips so that we could bring all our stuff.
No more since we bought the Skybox 21 Carbonite. We have a 2015 Dodge Durango and the install was a snap literally, taking about ten minutes with the help from one of my son's to lift t...read morehe Skybox onto the roof. We loaded up the box with with mostly bags of clothes and gear to allow for the contour of the Skybox, though we did put a couple of smaller suitcases in as well.
I was truly amazed how quiet the Skybox is, and had to look up at times to convince myself it was still there. We drove about 120 miles mostly highway at speeds of 65 to 70 and the noise level was virtually non-existent and no impact of ride quality either. The Skybox is also water tight having been out in a rainstorm. It's high quality, durable, aerodynamic and eye-pleasing. Can't wait for our next road trip, great purchase. Thanks Yakima
Review by David Posted on July 11, 2016This box is a lifesaver and now I can understand how we vacationed without it. Family of six now vacations with kids friends without being cramped. Holds all luggage without problems and can't tell that it's there when driving on the highway. Quality construction and value.
Review by sareeves Posted on April 4, 2016The best things I have ever purchased for a driving vacation. We had 6 people (4 of them teenage girls) in our VW Routan minivan. We would have never survived our trip from Wisconsin to Florida then back home again without our Skybox 21 Carbonite.
To help organize the packing, I purchased s...read moreix identical dufflebags... everyone had exactly the same bag. It made it much easier to pack the Skybox 21. Traveling with teenage girls, we did not have 1 square inch left with all the shoes, makeup, clothes, electronics, etc. :)
It was easy to install on the top of the van... Easy to take it off... and it was almost silent while we were driving. I had to look up through the sunroof a few times to make sure it was still up there. :)
I love my Skybox 21 Carbonite!
this box rocks
Review by oiler_head Posted on August 5, 2015this boxed replaced an older thule 21cu cargo box that had seen better days. everything from the the locks, the sturdy handles and the spaciousness is awesome. we looked at a new thule but the sturdiness of the yakima is what won us over. easy to get on and off our minivan so no problems there. ...read morehighly recommended.
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