Thule Evolution 1600 Cargo Carrier

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 32 reviewers.
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 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 5 out of 5 by Just works - no fuss, no muss. A great product. I was concerned about crosswinds pushing my small van around (Mazda 5) with this on the top - especially through the winding mountain roads on my trip - but it didn't happen. It swallowed a surprising amount of gear. It also kept everything perfectly dry in a torrential downpour we drove through. Only nit, if I have to pick a nit, is a whistling sound from the front edge at speeds over 55mph. Our roof rack itself provides some whistle, but this was different, but not to the point of being too much of a nuisance (survived 18hrs on the road with it). First installation takes a bit of a learning curve too, but we got it on and it was really secure for our ~1100mile trip. September 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by high quality Though a bit laborious to anchor, it immediately withstood a 3,600 trip at highway speeds and in some driving rain. The contents were dry and safe. It also made very little wind noise and the bug spatters cleaned off in a flash after the trip. July 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good Product for the Money Large cargo capacity for the money. Takes a while to install and secure the brackets...not very user friendly. I am familiar with these types of cargo boxes, so it was easier for me to install by myself. Be careful when installing, the loose brackets can damage/scratch the vehicle roof. I put an old towel on the roof to avoid this issue. July 29, 2014
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 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 1 out of 5 by I am dissapointed with this product Dick's Sporting Goods let me down on this one. The internet is riddled with features of the Thule Evolution 1600. More specifically, this cargo box is supposed to open on either side for easy access to the mounting hardware. What Dick's sent me only opens on one side. Dick's website also indicates that this box includes "quick release mounting hardware". In actuality, that is not the case. I am dissapointed with this purchase. November 29, 2011
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thule Evolution Cargo Carrier Great price for an excellent product. Only surprise was the older-style mechanics for attaching to roof racks. Had hoped for the more user-friendly system for attaching to the roof cross bars. Has only one side that opens for loading and that was not clear in the description! None the less, this product should give many years of service simply because it is built so well. July 31, 2014
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