Antidote Cargo Box Review

Antidote Cargo Box Review - 2Antidote Outdoors produces quality and inspiring cargo boxes, like the Antidote Cargo Box, with the aim that they will motivate you to take a break from your daily physical and mental excursions and immerse yourself in the outdoors.

These boxes are slim, sleek, and stylishly made from top-of-the-line materials using the latest cutting-edge production technologies guaranteeing durability. Moreover, they come in various sizes and color options to ensure you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Whether your antidote is hiking, camping, fishing, snowboarding, or something in between, there is always a compatible Antidote roof box to satisfy your cargo requirements.

Key Features
  • Universal crossbars- multiple mounting points for versatility between vehicles.
  • Compact, aerodynamic design- reduces drag and wind noise.
  • Tie-down strap – prevents items from buckling and shifting during transport.
  • Dual side lock – keeps the lid tightly closed.
  • High-quality glossy finish – beautiful, modern appearance.
  • Waterproof stickers – Keep out moisture and rain during storage or transport.
What we like What we don’t like
Sleek and durable Quite pricey
Tool-free installation
Universal crossbar compatibility
Good fuel economy
No assembly is required.

Material and Design

The cargo box is as sturdy as it looks since it is made from high-density plastic, which can withstand an excess of 1,000 pounds of force. You don’t have to worry about it crumbling under extreme temperatures or cracking if it falls from the rooftop.

The glossy finish is not just for the aesthetics, but it reflects UV rays, keeping the box’s interior cool in the summer. According to the theme or tone of your car, you can pick from either the white, black, or red or color options to complement it.

The box has a sleek aerodynamic shape which allows for less wind resistance, and consequently, you’ll have a better mile per gallon.

Installation

Antidote Outdoors provides mounting hardware for a tool-free installation. The hardware comprises 4 Rubber gaskets, 4 mounting brackets, 4 U-bolts, and 8 fastening knobs. This makes installation pretty straightforward and can be done by one person in less than 10 minutes, provided you’ve followed the instruction manual.

Your vehicle will need crossbars for the intended mounting methods. If you have opted for the clamp-on and bolt-in racks, do not load beyond 150 pounds. The dynamic weight load is capped at 100 pounds for the universal bare-roof clip-on crossbars.

Overloading beyond this recommended capacity and negligence to adhere to assembly guidelines automatically voids the Antidote warranty. Likewise, this may damage your car’s rooftop, lead to loss of cargo as well as compromise the safety of other road users.

Compatibility

Antidote cargo boxes come with multiple mounting points for universal crossbar fitment. This works on many different models and makes of vehicles except for some CUVs, which have factory rails larger than 3.5 inches wide.

However, the best way to ensure your vehicle is a good fit for an Antidote cargo box is to email them your car make, model, and year of manufacture. Their customer service personnel will quickly and reliably inform you if they are compatible or if you will require longer crossbars or brackets.

Ease of Use

The Antidote Cargo Box opens easily from either the driver’s or passenger’s side. 2 double action hinges ensure the box stays open for you to conveniently access your cargo without holding up the lid.

Each side has its lock and a unique key. Open by unlocking from either side and gently lift the lid until the springs activate. It’s worth noting that the key will not come out of the locking system until it is locked properly.

The box has a sleek aerodynamic shape which allows for less wind resistance, and consequently, you’ll have a better mile per gallon.

Sizes of Antidote Cargo Box

The Antidote comes in two sizes: the Standard and the Large version.

Standard Size (CB1)

The CB1 box has a 17.7 cubic feet cargo haul and a whopping 500-liter carriage volume. It has a net weight of 32 pounds and an impressive volume to carriage ratio.

The internal dimensions are 66.5 x 29.5 x 15 inches in length, width, and height. This room is big enough to easily accommodate 4-5 snowboards and leave some spare space for other gear. The external shell of the box is 66.8 x 32 x 15.5 inches.

Large Size (CB2)

The internal dimensions of the CB2 are 75 x 28.5 x 15 inches, whereas externally, it measures 76.5 x 31 x 15.5 inches. It is longer than its predecessor, but it is 1 inch smaller in width. If you’re going to be carrying fishing poles, skiing gear, or snowboards, the CB2 is your best bet.

Antidote Outdoors opted to maintain the same height for both models in a bid to maintain a low profile. This seems to have paid off aerodynamically; the CB2 model is much better than the former. The 34-pound box has a volume capacity of 600 liters and accommodates up to 21.2 cubic feet of solid cargo.

Packaging

  • Antidote cargo box
  • 2 sets of keys
  • Tie-down strap
  • Mounting hardware
  • Waterproof stickers

After Sales Services

What is great about this cargo box is that it comes with a lifetime warranty. Any defective parts are repaired within 45 days after arriving at their Southern California workshop.

In a scenario where the defects are irreparable, they will either replace the cargo box or refund the original purchase price.

It’s important to read the Terms of Warranty with emphasis on installation, load limits, and exclusion terms. Antidote Outdoors will not accept liability for any negligence on your side, modifications, or any damage done by a third party or a non-Antidote Outdoors product.

Final Thoughts

Antidote sums up what a good cargo box should be; sleek, durable, aerodynamic design, and easy to install. The CB1 model can fit virtually any car, but if you own a sedan, coupe, or mid-size hatchback, the CB2 shouldn’t be on the top of your list.

Overall, the CB2 impressed me the most, and rightfully, the superior Antidote cargo box. You might pay a little more for it, but it is more refined and streamlined, which will save you a lot when it comes to gas.

While, Antidote may not be the first name to mind when it comes to cargo boxes, but pound for pound, it performs better than most of the renowned brands. They have a great production and sales team, so it will be certainly worth it to give one of their cargo boxes a try.

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