Still packing your car like a game of Tetris? Save yourself some stress and enhance your storage space with either the Thule Motion XT or Force XT. These cargo boxes are about as good as they come. But it will cost you. For a more budget-friendly option take a gander at the Thule Sidekick.
The Thule Motion XT and Force XT feature aerodynamic and user-friendly designs with ample storage capacity. The Thule Motion XT is large enough to fit up to 7 pairs of skis. For smaller groups, the Thule Force XT still offers plenty of room at 5 pairs of skis capacity. Either way, both these cargo boxes can free up some elbow room inside the vehicle for a long drive.
The Thule Motion XT and Force XT come in four different sizes. Both of which are L, XL, and XXL.
Additionally, the Thule Motion XT comes in a robust Alpine size. Meanwhile, the Thule Force XT features the smallest size as Sport.
The main difference between the sizes are the dimensions. The reason for that is to better fit the roof of your vehicle.
To give you an idea, the Thule Motion XT XXL shell is 91.5 x 37.5 x 18 inches. The Thule Force XT XXL is smaller at 90.5 x 35.5 x 18.5 inches.
Head on over to the Thule cargo box finder to find the best dimensions for your roof rack.
Whether it be snowboards, skis, or trekking poles, the Thule Motion XT and Force XT have ample space to stash your gear.
So much space that the Thule Motion XT can hold up to 7 pairs of skis. That’s likely more skis than people can fit inside your vehicle. The Thule Force XT, on the other hand, can store a more modest 5 pairs of skis.
However, I understand not everyone is looking to hit the slopes. Converting those numbers to the metric system equates to about 453 liters and 300 liters for the Thule Motion XT and Force XT.
Both of which have a maxed out gear weight at 165 pounds. In layman’s terms, that’s a lot of gear.
One noticeable storage feature of the Thule Force XT is a more robust back end. This is great for storing bulkier equipment.
Yet, when you look at the numbers, the Thule Motion XT has more gear space.
Other than gear capacity, there are two big differences you’ll notice with the Thule Motion XT and Force XT. The difference being how each cargo box locks.
The Thule Motion XT has a SlideLock. The Thule Force XT has a central lock. So which one is better?
In my humble opinion, I prefer the SlideLock. The reason why is increased security.
The lock opens and closes without much effort. Simply turn the key, slide the lock, and you’re in.
The whole design removes stress from the key. Unlike the Thule Force XT which combines both the key and locking mechanism as a single unit.
The aerodynamic design of the Thule Motion XT also enhances security. The large overlap between the base and lid prevents air from blowing through the front.
This in itself makes the Thule Motion XT one of the most secure cargo boxes around. Which I greatly appreciate considering windy conditions do their best to try and rip anything off a roof rack.
Additionally, there’s a glaring red warning near the lock that lets you know when the lid is open. This extra feature is lacking on the Thule Force XT.
However, I will say that what I like about both the Thule Motion XT and Force XT is it’s impossible to lock the key inside. Unlike my vehicle.
Admittingly, both options feel secure. The Thule Motion XT just offers a bit more security.
We tend to do all sorts of things to our vehicles because we like the way it looks. And a cargo box is an extension of that, no matter the practicality.
The shiny exterior of the Thule Motion XT screams sleek. However, some may prefer the matte finish of the Thule Force XT.
Think about wear and tear. Any scratches you accrue over the years of adventuresome road-tripping won’t be as apparent with the matte finish. Load either up with stickers and nobody will tell the difference.
Really, there’s no right or wrong. It’s all a matter of personal preference.
High-end cargo boxes can easily cost you a month’s salary. The Thule Motion XT and Force XT deliver premium quality at a more reasonable price. That said, these guys aren’t cheap.
Yet what you get in return is an easy to mount, open, and close cargo box that provides extra space for all your gear. Whether that be camping supplies, climbing gear, luggage, or bulky winter clothes.
With the Thule Motion XT, you get better security and more user-friendly features. As for the Thule Force XT, you’ll get a cargo box that is shaped perfectly for skis and plenty of extra storage to go along with it.
The Thule Motion XT and Force XT make road tripping easier. Both are user-friendly options with some noticeable differences.
What you get with the Thule Motion XT is a highly secure cargo box. This is what you want considering the cost of all the gear loaded inside. Meanwhile, the Force XT has a larger back end for all your bulky items.