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Differences Between Inno Shadow 15 and Inno Wedge 660 Roof Cargo Boxes

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What are the differences between the following boxes: Inno Shadow 15 Rooftop Cargo Box - 11 cu ft - Carbon Fiber Black - INBRA1170CA, and the Inno Wedge 660 Rooftop Cargo Box - 11 cu ft - Gloss Black - INBRM660BK. Aside from slight dimensional variation 78-3/4 x 31-7/8 x 11-3/4 vs 80 x 33 x 11 and exterior aesthetic shape and carbon fiber/gloss black? From a functional standpoint, why would someone choose one over the other? I need a low profile to enter underground garages box to hold ski and camping equipment for my family of three, that is easy to mount/dis-mount and that causes minimal drag / wind noise while driving. Thule and Yakima options do not fit properly on our 2012 Toyota Highlander with OEM roof rack.

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The Inno Shadow 15 NBRA1170CA and Inno Wedge 660 # INBRM660BK are functionally almost exactly the same, as you noted; with a weight capacity of 110 lbs, 11 cubic feet of cargo space, dual side-opening lids and Memory Mount hardware. However, there are some slight differences which may lead someone to purchase one over the other, which I'll outline for you.

- Crossbar Spread: Shadow 15 requires between 23-1/2" and 39" while the Wedge 660 requires between 24" and 39".
- Exterior dimensions: Shadow 15 is 3/4" taller than Wedge 660
- Maximum Ski/Snowboard Length: Shadow 15's is 72" and Wedge 660's is 74-3/4" when loaded diagonally

Somebody may choose the Wedge 660 if they have slightly longer skis or need something slightly shorter, whereas if their crossbars were 23-1/2" apart they would have to choose the Shadow 15. The other difference which is a big factor for some people is something you noted - the finish. There are those who prefer the gloss black look while others like the carbon fiber look. With the two rooftop boxes being so much alike, aesthetics are often the deciding factor.

I have attached links to a review of each product for you to take a look at as well.

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Thanks for getting back to me! I have two follow-up questions: "Maximum Ski/Snowboard Length: Shadow 15's is 72" and Wedge 660's is 74-3/4" when loaded diagonally". Loaded "diagonally": How many 177cm (69.685in) sized ski pairs (with binding) should I be able to load vertically, for each box? In terms of finish, which (glossy vs carbon fiber) is more durable? If both are equivalent in durability, which looks better scratched up?

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As you can see in the photo with dimensions that I added, you will be able to get at least three pairs of 177 cm skis in both the Shadow 15 INBRA1170CA and Wedge 660 # INBRM660BK when the skis are loaded end-to-end.

When it comes to the finish of each, both boxes are made of what is called thermoplastic - or ABS plastic - which is known for being durable. The tops are scratch-resistant so that should not be much of an issue, but of the two lids, the carbon fiber finish of the Shadow 15 should be able to conceal small scratches slightly better than the gloss finish of the Wedge 660.

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