Review by Bluemas
Well 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. Picture 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
We 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 the 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
This 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
The 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 six 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
this 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. highly recommended.
WHAT A BOX!
Review by Martha
This box is hands down the most useful box I have ever owned. The 21 cu, ft. space swallows everything we threw at it and carries them very securely. We have never had any issues with this box for the years we've had it. We actually owned an older version of this years ago and decided to sell it because we thought we can get away as a family with less cargo space but we were wrong. So recently we sold the smaller box and got the skybox 21 again. This time we will never sell this ever again!
Yakima did update the box a bit by covering all the rivets it has so that it will stand the test of time a lot better.
Really Good Box
Review by Lindsey B
I ordered online, which was a challenge as a first time purchaser, but the folks in customer service quickly helped me straighten everything out.
The box is great. It fits the top of our mid-size SUV perfectly; ending right at the end of the roofline in the front while giving a few inches of clearance at the back for the tailgate to open (I would save the 18 or 21 for full size SUVs and wagons). Capacity was enough for the 4 of us plus a dog for a week long trip. Additional wind noise was minimal.
Love this new big box!
Review by Howard
Arrived timely and in great shape. Installed easily. Would have been easier with 2 people.