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CargoSmart Rooftop Cargo Bag Review

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Review of the CargoSmart Rooftop Cargo Bag


Hey guys, Zach here at etrailer.com. Today we're gonna be taking a look at the CargoSmart rooftop cargo bag. This is going to be a really good way to get some storage on top of your roof, whether you're going on a family vacation or a camping trip, this is going to be a good way to get 15 cubic feet on your roof. But you don't have to keep anything up there permanent. This bag is a nice soft bag so you can easily fold it and put it away whenever you're not using it. but it gives you good space, and it also keeps your stuff protected from the elements.

Now, when it comes to carrying a bag on top of your roof, the most important thing, other than keeping your stuff dry is securing it to your roof. And this comes with four straps. And it doesn't matter if you have raised side rails or raised rails and crossbars, or just crossbars, you can attach this to it. So in this situation, we have two straps running from the driver's side to the passenger side, and then we have two straps running to each crossbar. So that's gonna do a really good job of keeping this secured to our vehicle, just make sure you have it tightened down and always double check it before you take off.

Now, when it comes to the straps, I like the size of them. I've used a few bags before, and they usually just have a cinch strap that you tie down. I like the buckles. But my favorite part about the way the straps work is how they have a strap on here that's sewn in, and it gives you several whole different tie down points to run those through. So I definitely know that I'm holding my bag down compared to just throwing a strap over and just trying to tighten it down to the roof.

That way, I know that these are holding onto the bag but also pulling it to the roof. With this bag size, I think that you could fit it in some cargo baskets if you wanted to, it'd have to be a fairly large one. But if you're gonna sit it on a bare roof like we have today I recommend getting a pad to slide underneath there. Not only will that keep your stuff from sliding around but it will protect your paint because that material is kinda hard. And I think over time, going down the highway you could see some marks on your roof.

That one, right there we offer is from right LineGear. This is a really good one. We put this underneath all of the bags that we use around here. And another thing that I like about this is the strap that attaches to our crossbar on the front. This is sewn in. I think it's a little long for where the hook and loop works together but it is just another point of securing that to our roof. So I think think it's better to be a little bit more redundant than not have it at all. And besides keeping your stuff secure to your roof, the most important thing is keeping it dry and clean. And this is going to do a good job of that. It's IPX5 certified, which essentially means is they put a water nozzle against this for three minutes and they didn't have any issues. So that's a slight simulation of driving through a rainstorm. And I think that the last thing you want is to have a wet sleeping bag, or a duffle bag when you get to your trip. So as long as you have this flap down and the zippers completely shut you shouldn't have any issues with that. Another thing when it comes to water protection is the way you have this on your roof. So this is going to be at the front of the vehicle because this is what's gonna be taken the most stress when it comes to water and wind. And that's because there's no zipper up front. So the zipper and seams will be the weakest point when it comes to water protection. So not having that up front is really gonna help out. The 15 cubic feet that this is offering is a really good size. I think it fits well on the van. I think it would fit well on most vehicles, but with that larger size it's definitely gonna work out better for vans, SUVs. But I like it because I don't need to have a big giant box on here. You know, those boxes are expensive but they really confine you to a certain set height. This, if maybe my load's a little taller in the front, I can kind of move it around a little bit and the bag gets a little taller to kind of shift around. So I like the soft sides, it allows us to carry uneven loads. But definitely check with the owner's manual of your vehicle. Be sure to not put any real weight on glass. I think like sleeping bags and duffle bags are okay but I wouldn't put a ton of weight on your roof unless you have it in like a cargo basket. I really like the material this is made of I think it's pretty thick. I think that if you drag it on the concrete, the bottom could potentially see some damage but I think this is gonna hold up well. All the seams are real nice, everything's been really constructed nicely. I've removed the straps just to give you a better look at this flap. See that has good hook and loop through most of it. And that zipper has the earthing coating on it that goes over the teeth there and really protects that to really fight against water getting in there. So I like that it's got good zippers on there. I mean, the bag is a bag that kinda folds over on itself sometimes. So it can be challenging to get it unzipped. And that's one of the downsides is you have to remove all the straps if you forgot something up there. But if you're doing is packing stuff up that's going directly to your destination, then it's not an issue. But I'm gonna go to the other side, remove those straps and show you how much this opens up. Get that fully done. And we can undo this. We can see, we have an air mattress in there just to give you a better idea as to how much this is filling up. And I think that allows you to get decent access in there but I wish I could unzip it more. That's why I think like LineGear bag. They kind of excel because it gives you just a little bit easier way to access all the way in. But I think this still does a good job of opening up for, for the most part. There are other bags that don't open up this much, so it's okay but still need to kinda reach over and get that pushed out of the way to get our stuff loaded up. And then to get it zipped back up, we'll just pull it back up and get everything in place and try to feed this back around. I already have most of my straps ran and I have this one connected on the other side it'll connect the same way that I'm getting ready to show you. So what you do is I like to run mine through one of these openings on this strap that's sewn to the bag and then we'll get that to lay flat. And then we can take this buckle and go underneath our raised side rail here. And we'll just connect it back to it. I'll pull that down and then you can see I've got a decent amount of tail left over and that. So I'll just clean that up and they're all going to install the same way. We've got the front one and back straps there around our crossbar. I think this works best in that situation when you have both the raised side rail and a crossbar. But overall, this is gonna be a really good bag if you're looking for something that you're only gonna use a couple times a year, don't want anything that's permanent but it stows away easily. I don't have any issues with just putting this on a shelf in the garage. But overall, I think you're gonna be pretty happy with it and that's gonna do it for our look at the CargoSmart rooftop cargo bag..


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