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Thule Evolution 1600 Cargo Carrier

Item Number: 11807641
Price: $349.99
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Pack up your bulky skis, snowboards, golf clubs and luggage in the Thule® Evolution 1600 Cargo Carrier and hit the road. This spacious 16 cubic feet aerodynamic cargo roof box is made with rugged high-impact and UV-resistant ABS construction. It connects directly to all styles of Thule® load bars, Yakima® round cross bars and most factory roof rack crossbars.


  • Enough room for skis, snowboards, golf clubs, water sport gear, luggage, camping equipment and much more
  • Aerodynamic shape reduces wind drag and noise
  • Rugged high-impact and UV-resistant ABS construction
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Includes quick-release mounting hardware for easy on/off attachment to roof racks
  • Security lock and keys included
  • Fits all Thule® load bars, Yakima® round cross bars and most car factory rack cross bars
  • Designed to allow most rear hatch doors to open without hitting the carrier
  • Easy to follow instructions included
  • Lifetime manufacturer's warranty
  • Dimensions: L 76" x W 33" x H 16"
  • Capacity: 16 cu ft

For additional information relating to the Manufacturer's Warranty, please contact 1-800-238-2388.

Country Of Origin: United States

Customer Reviews

Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 19 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Box for the $ Bought this box a few weeks ago and tested it on a 3 hour road trip. The box performed great, with minimal wind noise at around 75-78 mph. The box held 5 beach chairs, 2 large umbrellas, 3 inflatable beds, and some towels. Attachment system could be better, but can't beat the price and durability. Great box for the money. Mounted on a 2013 Santa Fe Limited June 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Makes sense. Product installs easier with two people. Possible with one person, but more trying on the patience. Drove from IA to VT with no issues. Would buy it again as it has good storage capacity and simple operation for ease of access to luggage. Would use small amounts of lactate as I did notice one of the screws backed off just a bit (1 1/2 turns). We did experience high cross winds in IN while driving 75 MPH and saw the cargo unit bounce a bit through the sunroof. Installed on a Nissan Armada. Dick's also matched the sale price of a local competitor which enhanced the buying experience. June 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice carrier did the job Works well and is very easy to install. For my purposes if it was about 5 inches taller it would be better. However being in a bind this was the only one I could find. Nice product though May 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Well made Lightweight enough to set on a honda pilot by myself with careful balancing. Holds more than you would think. I fit a full size suitcase, a carry on suite case, a huge ski boot duffle, and a few bags of stuff we brought back from our trip, and still had some room. April 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Doesn't fit... Not compatible with our Lexus RX350. Had to return. No way of evaluating product but don't assume it will fit your vehicle just because you have a roof rack. February 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Decent product but beware its vintage When I mistakenly left the key, (unlocked) in my original Thule 1600 a few weeks ago the entire top half of the box let go on the freeway. I kicked myself for making such a dumb mistake and was equally bummed that I would no longer be able to buy one like it since Thule no longer makes this model in both this size and the two tone color, (silver top, black bottom) which I prefer. I was shocked to find one on the Dicks website at a fantastic price and free shipping since Thule hasn't made one in many years. After briefly reading the product description and its listing of Thule's "quick release attachment" it looked completely identical to the one that I has lost on the freeway days before. Once it arrived my heart sank when I saw that this was not the case. The color, size, and quality are identical to my old 1600 which is great. The attachment system is definitely NOT. My original 1600 used Thule's U-bolt system with sliding tracks inside the box. You could simply plop it on your roof, slide the track until there was a mounting hole on either side of the bar and then pop the U bolt up thru the holes and snap it secure with their internal locking mechanism. It was quick, easy, and a one person job. This system had multiple parts and pieces that you have to stack together and hold in place while attempting to use their provided T nuts to secure it to the bar. Not only does it look like a junk show on the car in my opinion, but it takes two people to try to perform the whole process. Its the farthest thing from "quick release" in my opinion. Instead of taking it back I decided that it would actually be an easy fix to make it more user friendly and I'm a bit of a tinkerer anyway. I scrapped the entire attachment system. I simply went to the hardware and bought some U bolts, about 3" wide and 4" long, and wing nuts, washers to fit the threads so I wouldn't need tools to tighten them. The box already has multiple holes in the bottom of the tub but none of these matched the 3" span of my U bolts so I simply marked and drilled new ones. It was very easy to do as the roof box material is not that thick and its only plastic anyway. To ensure a snug fit inside the box, I went to a local plastics store and had them cut me four, 1"x1"x1" strips of white HDPE, (the same thing you see cutting boards for cooking made out of). I drilled thru them to correspond with the span of the U bolts. Now I can just pop the U bolt up thru the box, place the HDPE strips down onto the bolts inside the box and place a washer and wing nut down to tighten. You could easily use something like a piece of 1x3 wood instead of the HDPE but I chose to use something that wouldn't be affected by moisture. Visually its way cleaner looking from the outside now (just like my original 1600 did). Additionally, the HDPE pieces also cover up all the unused mounting holes so no water will make it into box. All you see is the U bolt going up into the box and not an ugly, complicated stack of parts that are a nightmare to hold together while you install them. I also discovered that the box only opens up on one side instead of both sides, which my old 1600 was able to do. For me not a big deal. All I can figure is that Dicks must have sourced these as overstock from Thule as they must be close to 10 years old. They pre date my original 1600, (that had the updated U bolt attachment system) and that one was at least that old. They are however a sweet box and built with the same materials as all the new Thule and Yakima boxes at way less cost so don't let the age scare you. I just wish Dicks would have been a bit more forthcoming in their ad about how old these boxes really are. Overall no harm no foul I suppose. I'm happy with my box and will NEVER make the same mistake leaving my key in the lock again :) December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love my Thule ! Does a great job with storing cargo as it was designed to do. The aerodynamic design saves on gas. Out Boxer dog with expanded room in the back of our SUV gives it two thumbs (paws) up !! November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Worked great We bought this to go on top of our 2013 Buick Enclave. It fits perfect. There was no problem attaching it to the roof rack. There are more bolts and screws than the pricier model which just has the clamps but it wasn't hard to attach. We had a six hour road trip to the beach. It held a guitar, guitar stand, beach toys and a couple of duffle bags . I would highly recommend! The staff at Dick's helped me load it into the car too..they were great. October 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent value at price point I purchased this somewhat spur of the moment after looking at several other roof top cargo carriers. This is ideally designed more for sports equipment, skis, etc. although we purchased it mainly for luggage. I liked that I was able to buy it in-store. It assembled pretty easily and I am by no means Mr. Mechanical or Mr. Outdoors. It is fairly lightweight and very aerodynamic. It is almost unnoticeable atop our Ford Excursion. I would purchase this product again. July 9, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by not worth your money We bought this for a road trip to California and within a few days it was already cracking. Also this is a pain to install and takes like 20 mins and you need two people to do it. We returned it as soon as we got back to buy a Yakima skybox instead. Seriously, spend a little more and buy a higher quality skybox. This product is a major disappointment. July 8, 2013
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