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Roofbags vs. Roofboxes: Which is Right for You?

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When it comes to expanding your vehicle's storage capacity for outdoor adventures or road trips, two modern options stand out: a roofbag and a roofbox.

Each one has its unique features that will help you store your baggage, camping gear or sports items, hence offering a difference in advantages to customers.

Thus we need to know the difference between roof bags and roof boxes so that you can make an informed choice regarding your needs.


1. Capacity and Shape

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Fundamentally roof bags and roof boxes have different shapes and storage capacities.

The roof bags that are made in different sizes have the distinctive feature of being extended to put in items that are bulky or have odd shapes.

They give an advantage of space, so you can section off the area you want to use.

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On the contrary, roof boxes have a fixed shape so mostly it doesn’t have a chance to adjust their shape as per the object.

Although the basic storage capacity of a roof box is more than a roofbag, so if you have compact units roof boxes are a better choice.


2. Aerodynamics and Fuel Efficiency

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The next essential factor is the possibility of harm to a vehicle's aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

You might ignore these factors for short rides but in the long run, they do count!

Looking at the shape of roof bags, they face a lot more drag as compared to roof boxes which have a streamlined body specially designed to fit over larger vehicles.



3. Weather Resistance and Durability

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Weather resistance and durability, are important for any outdoor accessory but they are of particular importance for a traveller.

In most cases, the roof bags are made from high-quality, water-resistant materials like nylon or polyvinyl chloride that can withstand showers, snowfalls, and the UV rays of sunshine.

Being less waterproof and dustproof than roof boxes, it’s hard to say if they are as protective against either moisture or dust intrusion.

But this is about normal roof bags, not the ones we call 3D Roofbags.

They come in super-resistant material that is completely waterproof and dustproof.


Roof boxes on the other hand are usually built with strong plastics or fiberglass to assure high durability and can resist elements such as rain, UV rays and snow, meaning that you will not doubt the protection of your belongings in these boxes.


4. Cost and Storage

Lastly, budget would and does have a great impact on the travelling backpacks.

Roof bags are cost-effective as compared to Roof boxes.

This makes them the first choice of many travellers as they are affordable for those who need them occasionally or who have a tight budget.

Furthermore, roof bags that can be folded or rolled up into a small pack can be a blessing if you don’t have a huge backyard or garage.

Inversely, roof boxes have a greater buying cost but also, require ample space when not in use.


In summary, if you are the one who gives importance to multifunctional, smoother and low-costing equipment, a roof bag can be the perfect option for you.

On the other hand, if you specifically need the highest protection, the most safeguards, and longer-lasting durability, then a roof box is the way to go.

However, in either of the options you might select, the most important thing is to make sure both the introduction and maintenance processes are correct to ensure that your travel and post-travel experience is amazing!

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