Essentials: Road-Trip


May 17, 2006
Outside Magazine

Photograph by Jens Mortensen

1. Haul it all in THULE's ATLANTIS 1800 cargo box. Brand-new for 2006, the 1800 is long enough (77 inches, to be exact) to stash your powder sticks as well as boots, bags, and several cases of beer. The rapid-fire QuickGrip bar mount means simple, one-handed installation and removal, and the Atlantis's clever dual-side opening allows access from either side of the car. $499;

2. Maximize storage space and minimize clutter with THULE's LOAD & GO packs. These soft-sided yet bombproof nylon duffels and totes are designed to fit snugly in an Atlantis cargo box. They're smartly finished with a waterproof tarpaulin base (some models) and convenient side pockets and come in a variety of bright colors, so you'll never go searching for lost gear under the seat again. From $30;

3. For short hauls or long, YAKIMA's fork-mount SPROCKETROCKET bike carrier has a streamlined wheel bed and a well-placed (behind the crossbar) quick-release fork clamp for supersmooth loading and unloading. Plus it accommodates the widest mountain-bike forks. $149;

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