Thule Evolution 1600 Cargo Carrier


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Thule Evolution 1600 Cargo Carrier - Dick's Sporting Goods
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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
Web ID: 11807641

Customer Reviews:

Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 35 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good but no quick release hardware This is my second Thule. I am quite sure it was advertised with the newer quick release hardware but i got the ones which take way too long to put the carrier on September 27, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Product hard to get on car I'm 6'7 I had one heck of a time mounting this carrier on top of my mini van. Brackets are a pain to use and I was at full reach on tipi toes to get wing nuts screwed on. It is a two person job. You can't mount this unit by yourself it takes two people. Very in happy and will be returning it to store September 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Only grey... Needs to be available in black too, otherwise, no complaints, exactly what I expected. September 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by A stable, fine performer: 4.3 Stars from me I recently purchased the Thule Evolution 1600 Cargo Carrier as a last minute overflow cargo box for a coast-to-coast trip moving my son to grad school. We took 8 days to drive 4000+ miles; going the northern route into Canada over the Great Lakes, then down to MI, WI, MN, SD, WY, MT, ID, WA and OR before heading south to California. The carrier endured blistering heat (106F in Oregon), cool nights (40'sF), sustained torrential rains with high crosswinds, and vehicle speeds of 80+/-mph as we used this unit for our camping/hiking gear. It rode very well on the car and was convenient once it was mounted on the rack. It held a pair of 185cm skis w/bindings (somewhat longer skis will only fit crosswise), fully loaded large-tall trekking backpack, one bulky sleeping bag, two pairs of hiking boots, 2- 8" diameter x 22" bed pads, 15' loosely coiled booster cables, extra shoes/gear/tools, and multiple full water bottles... with some room to spare. We noticed very little additional road noise (unobjectionable) with no whistling at all. Regarding stability,even though it raised our center of gravity it felt as if it were built into our 2010 Subaru Outback factory roof rack. Cornering at speed was a bit noticeable, but not scary. By contrast, we saw a couple of carriers fluttering up and down like high speed teeter totters on other cars traveling 80mph. It did a great job as a stable external cargo hatch, but here some considerations/comments to consider: 1. The mounting system is a bit clunky compared to the newer Thule mounts. (This unit is, I believe, a discontinued model that Dick's had bought up long ago...but it is fully warranted). My unit is sufficiently adjustable fore/aft and side/side. Each mount has an internal plate, two flathead bolts, an external channel bracket and easy-to-grasp molded faucet-handle style grips on the nuts that tighten the mounts. To attach it to the car, especially the drivers/hinge side mounts, two people make it much easier. Otherwise, one person needs to be a bit creative to keep the bolts in place...such as a wad of cloth on the roof to hold the hardware up. And a small step ladder may help. I recommend that you mount the carrier as far back on the car as you can (stability) with any rear hatch open to check for clearance. Then measure the mount placement side-to-side on the car to be certain it isn't mounted unevenly, increasing air drag. 2. Our gas mileage dropped about 15% overall (12-20% was the range) due to wind resistance and our (often) high speeds. A lower profile carrier might do slightly better, but this unit holds bulkier/girthier items...a fair trade off. 3. The folding plastic "lid lifter" hinges that keep the lid up while accessing the unit require some care when operating. We had no trouble , but be mindful of how you load the carrier so these folding parts clear your cargo while closing the lid. I suggest SLOWLY closing the empty mounted carrier a few times with two hands evenly spaced at shoulder width on either side of the key slot so you see what I mean. They take slightly different paths with each shutting and it is possible that one remains extended while the other folds, especially if you are not pulling the front and rear down evenly. This is nothing to sweat if you focus in these parts while slowly shutting the lid and guide them when they are not in sync. A plus here is that the flexibility of these lifter joints is good for snuggling these lifters slightly around your cargo. If you are deliberate they work very well. 4. Locking- There is one key slot that secures 3 latches. I had a scare that the lock was faulty, but realized that each latch has an interlocking mechanism; meaning the lid must close FULLY (pushing down a small "button") before the lock sliders will secure the lid to the base. Don't force the key if it doesn't turn 180 degrees easily... You probably have something holding the lid up ever-so-slightly. Simply pushing down on the lid in the following 3 places as you apply slight pressure to the key solves the problem: About 2 feet to the right of the key slot, directly above the key slot, and about 2 feet to the left of the key slot. If any of these spots are up even a little the key will not turn. This is a simple thing to get used to. It's not a big deal. 5. Front lid lip- I noticed that when cargo was piled too tall near the front of the carrier the lid's front lip warped up a bit closest to the windshield, not closing fully. If left this way it could have let rain/snow in or make noise while driving. I adjusted the cargo to keep the lid from hitting it in that spot and was good to go. I realized: This isn't an old steamer trunk that you can overstuff and then sit on to close. 6. The carrier only opens on the passenger side meaning a long reach to the far side. Since we are 6'0" and 6'3", standing on the car floor with the rear passenger door open allows us to reach beyond the carrier's middle well toward the hinge side without a problem. If you are shorter, readily needed items should be packed closest to the passenger/lock side. But your vehicle height is the true issue here. I actually like the fixed hinge on one side because it is stable when lifting the lid in a brisk wind (park with the driver's side into the wind). 7. It doesn't come with interior straps to stabilize the load like some newer Thule models, so if you only have a few things inside you may want to use padding or blankets to keep items from shifting around. Our rather full load was perfectly stable with no interior cinch straps needed. I am a critical reviewer. This unit does everything I had hoped it would. It requires some minor, reasonable attention for use, but overall it's a good cargo carrier that cost me less than other Thule models of the same volume. I've only owned it two weeks, but as of now I'm pleased. August 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Works well. This is an older model no longer in production, but still works well. Attachment mechanism is main difference between new models. The Evolution uses bolt and hand tightened nuts whereas new models use a clasp mechanism, which is far easier. The price is also 100$ more. The Evolution works for me price wise and given that I'll use it two or three times s year. Just got back from trip with two young kids. Fit everything we needed and more. July 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by this product has great cargo space Perfect for my family of five who loves to ski. Very easy installation. Very satisfied March 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Light and roomy with a sleeker look than others. Pros: Sleek design, nice airflow over the top which makes it easy to drive at high speeds, sturdy, and light. One person can lift it up and take it down but two is probably advised. Cons: Hing doesn't allow it to open as far as I would have like. It was far enough to access and put everything in I needed. January 14, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by roomy but fragile Made from fiberglass that is rather thin. Cracked on my first trip. I ended up patching the crack with fiberglass repair kit from auto parts store. For the price I expected it to be more rugged. January 14, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by it takes forever to latch it to the vehicle. The way the brackets come makes it really hard to latch it to the vehicle. September 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Reliable Thule Quality I had borrowed this carrier from a friend for a trip out to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, this summer. Liked it enough that I bought my own September 3, 2014
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