Front Runner Wolf Packs ($47) are just plastic boxes. But as plastic boxes go, they’re the best around for those who play outside.
To start, Wolf Packs are the perfect size. At 31 liters, they’re big enough for a week’s worth of clothes (if you pack smart) or a weekend’s worth of food for two people. But they’re too small to overstuff, so they never turn into unwieldy, un-liftable bricks.
Thanks to the grooves in the lid, the Wolf Packs nest with one another. You can stack one atop the other, and they won’t slide off while you drive down 40 miles of washboard road. At camp, stack two or three and use them as a camp chair. Throw a cutting board on top and you have a mini table. Made from a high-density polyethylene plastic, they also work as a durable step stool if you need to get something from the top of your truck.
If you have a Front Runner rack or a Yakima basket, the Wolf Packs sit flat on your roof and are easily ratcheted down with an NRS cam strap. Four latches—two on each side—keep the lid on tight at highway speeds.
The Wolf Packs are not 100-percent waterproof—they have four tiny holes in the bottom for airflow and to prevent mildew. Nonetheless, I gladly throw mine on the roof as it’s nearly impossible for water or dust to come from the bottom up. Thanks to the holes, the Wolf Packs also make great drying racks in the woods.
If you want to get fancy, Front Runner makes tons of accessories. There’s a taller lid that gives you more space inside, padded inserts that let you store more fragile gear, like camera equipment, and even an entire drawer system for the back of your SUV or truck. If you want to go smaller than 31 liters, Front Runner also makes a 19-liter Cub Pack.
All that said, Wolf Packs are four times more expensive than Rubbermaid bins. But once you try them, I really think you'll become a convert. I now carry one packing with emergency supplies in my commuter car at all times, and I’ve even started using them in my closet at home.