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SkyBox 18 Carbonite
- Sleek aerodynamic Carbonite textured lid
- No assembly required
- Tool-free installation/removal from vehicle
- Fits Yakima round, square, factory, and aerodynamic bars
- Designed with internal lid stiffeners for durability and easy open and close
- SuperLatch™ security ensures your lid is secure to its base, and your gear is safe
- Dual-sided opening for easy access on either side of your vehicle
- Tapered design reduces hatch interference
- Available in five sizes: Lo, 12, 16, 18, and 21 cubic feet
- Hauls gear for up to 4 campers; fits snowboards and skis up to 215cm
- Made in the USA with up to 80% recycled material
- SKS Locks included
- Minimum and maximum crossbar spreads: 24” – 42”
- Yakima cannot ship the SkyBox 18 Carbonite to Alaska or Hawaii – please contact a local dealer.
- Weight: 52.00 lbs.
- Dimensions: L 92.00 in x W 36.00 in x H 16.00 in
- Minimum Crossbar Spread 24.00in
- Maximum Crossbar Spread 42.00in
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
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This is a well designed and constructed box, with an easy roof attachment system. However, be aware that Yakima has a different idea of vehicle “Fit” than most users might. Admittedly, my bad for not carefully checking the measurements as they note in their “Hatch clearance” page. However, MY idea of when a cargo box “fits” my 2019 Honda CRV INCLUDES being able to open the rear hatch when the box is attached. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Seems a simple fix would be to extend the front clamp adjustment slots to allow the box to move forward another 4 inches. (The rear slots allow this much play.). However, Yakima’s response was simply to load the car first, then attach the box. Kind of inconvenient.
I own a 2019 Honda Odyssey .Purchase Skybox 18 .Perfect fit with factory crossbar.The van look great with the Cargo box.I have a lot of storage now .Looking forward to travel often.
While I love the extra space this box allows I am not thrilled with how quickly it breaks down. I have not had it a year yet and I bought it new at REI. Fits my 2014 Toyota Highlander very well and fits all my gear. It has recently come apart while I am loading it or accessing items inside. In other words both sides of the box come apart when I access it. In order to get the lid back on I need help or another pair of hands that can balance and push down while I try to re-attach the lid. I have had this happen more than 3 times and it is frustrating and causes delays with my adventures. I like that both can open but hate when they open at the same time. I am not sure what is as I have read and re-read the directions.
So I work for a company that has one of these that we can checkout. The problem is it is usually booked around the holidays. Nonetheless, I managed to snag it a couple of times for family trips. The Skybox works out great! At the time I had 2 kids, 2 Great Pyrenees and a wife that constantly over-packs. We got tired of missing out on work's Skybox, so we got our own. My wife balked at the price but the amount of times we use it and the ease of installation has made her a believer. It is so easy to take on and off that sometimes we put it on for in-town shopping trips. The kids like that they are no longer squished between bags. One of our dogs is no longer with us but the remaining dog is happy with the extra space in the back of the car. My in-laws are impressed by how much we pack between the kid, dog, and bikes on back. If you are on the fence, I would strongly suggest this product.
I was concerned that the Skybox 18 would not fit on my Outback without hitting the tailgate when open. The info I found only stated that the center of the front bar needed to be 57in from the hatch. I am not using factory racks, but the landing pads with Skyline Towers. Nowhere could I find if the extra height on these towers would help clear the tailgate. I called an REI about an hour away to see if they could help me test it out. They said they would help me see if it fit since they had one on the floor. As we were walking the box out to my car, they told me that they were having a huge anniversary sale the next week. They were most likely going to sell out at that time. If I purchased it today, they would refund the difference ($175) the week of the sale. We got the box on the car and adjusted, there was about 2.5in. to 3 ins. of space between the hatch and the box. Now that the box was on my car, I had to get it! :)
This is the third Yakima box that I've purchased over a variety of years and I can't say enough good things about this product. The design is simple and genius, the space that it saves in the car is immeasurable and I've run this box full to the gills without sacrificing mileage on the car, which is almost negligibly affected by even the heaviest of loads, worries about the cargo shifting in high winds that I drive through with some frequency, San Gregornio Pass in CA, and they last forever! I've even hauled three oak trees across the state in 5 gallon pots that arrived in perfect shape at their destination. Yakima brand rocks.
I originally bought this box for my 2005 VW Golf. It was easy to install on the square factory roof rack and has much better aerodynamics than the Thule it replaced. It's quieter and doesn't make the car use a lot of extra fuel. I just used it on my 2016 Subaru Crosstrek XV with factory aero crossbars for the first time. The mounting clamps didn't look like they were going to grip properly at first, but they clamped very securely after playing with the tightness adjustment knobs a few times. Taking it off after the trip was a different story. The clamps hung up on the thicker end sections of the crossbars. I gave the box a gentle shove from the rear and it popped off of the crossbars, slid across the front of the car roof, windshield and hood, probably doing $500-1000 worth of damage to my paint before tumbling onto my driveway and rolling over on its top. In order to mount this box to my Crosstrek, I had to slide the clamp locations to move the box forward in order to allow it to clear the hatch window. This made the balance of the box front-heavy. The Crosstrek's front crossbar sits lower than the rear one, so beware the accident waiting to happen. If you don't have a second person to help you remove this box, weight the back end before pulling it off of the crossbars or secure it to prevent it from sliding forward. This also applies to the very similar Impreza.
Got this for my 2015 Subaru Forester- it looks great and doesn't really lower my gas mileage. Have drove across the country twice with it thus far and haven't had any issues. Only issue is that you have to take the antenna off with this box, but that's not with every car.
Purchased at REI. Salesperson checked website and advised this box would be compatible with my 2016 Subaru Outback. I found that when opening the rear hatch it scrapes the rear spoiler. I will be returning it for a Skybox 16 or possible the Thule Force XL 625. With the exception of the above the Skybox 18 seemed to be an excellent product.
Picked up an older model at an REI garage sale and it's been great! It doesn't seem to affect mileage too much on my 2001 Subaru Outback, even with a full load. Yes, it does interfere with the back hatch, but you can still open it most of the way and it's the second largest box Yakima makes, so it's to be expected. I experienced very little wind noise at highway speeds. The mounting clamps are sturdy, easy to adjust, and fairly intuitive. You'll probably want a buddy to help you get it on and off your car though. My only complaint (and the reason it was so cheap at the sale) is that the scissor lift style hinges that allow the box to open on both sides can bend if the box is loaded improperly or if the alignment isn't right. Mine came with a bent lift. Still, it barely affects performance, and so long as you don't overfill the box or slam the lid you should be fine.