If you’re a tent or cabin camper you may find you need some extra storage space to carry your camping gear when you travel. That’s the time a car-top carrier comes in extra handy. There are several styles to choose from and most of them are designed for quick lock and release, unlike in the past when they could be complicated and frustrating to set up.
Hard Car-Top Carrier
Most of these are made with a quick-attach system and can be loaded and unloaded in a few minutes. A couple of manufacturers have taken things even further by developing advanced systems for assuring your car-top carrier is securely locked in place.
Thule offers the Power-Click on its top model. Once in place a dial makes an audible clicking sound to confirm the carrier is in place.
Rhino-Rack offers Smarter Grip Technology which features clamps that align with grooves in the carrier bottom. A dial tightens and a button locks everything in place.
Soft Car-Top Carrier
Some new designs can double as luggage, something like a duffel bag. A few even have rollers attached for easy maneuverability on the ground. There are several designs that do not require roof racks and, instead, are attached with straps. The straps are flat and won’t stretch so will hold your carrier in place.
Some things to watch for in soft carriers are stitched vs. welded seams. Stitched seams can leak, putting your contents at risk of damage. Another thing to look for is urethane coated zippers. These, too, will help to keep your camping gear dry and mildew-free.
You can read more about the best features of new car-top carriers at Road Warriors: Car-Top Carriers That Bring It.