Yakima’s new Rocketbox Pro gets redesigned to pack flatter so it’s UPS-able rather than having to go via freight, which should lower the landed cost by about $20-$40 for the consumer. the new design nests the lid inside the bottom, so they come smaller…which also means they take up less space in the shop.

The back end was reshaped allow hatchbacks to open fully without hitting the box. They also reworked the mechanisms to make assembly brain-free. MSRP ranges from $359 to $439 depending on size, they offer 11, 12 and 14 cubic feet models.

Their recent purchase of Whispbar has made the line their premiere roof rack option. Check out what makes it unique after the break…


The aero shape has a small lip on the front to create turbulence and smooth the air flow over the bar. The rubber section inside simply squishes down when you insert a tray or mount, keeping it fully intact when you remove any attachments. Their original designs required cutting.


The bars ends work with all roof attachments, making it smooth and easy to switch lowers without having to buy an entirely new mount. It can run flush for a stock look or extend beyond the edges for more capacity, all with the same lowers.


  1. “we redesigned our bars and came up with a fancy marketing term so you would continue to buy roof rack parts.”
    “with the price of gas going up and more and more people purchasing hitch racks to save gas, we thought we needed to re-brand and schmancy up the cross bars with some rubber bushing thing”

  2. user 58 – While the wording is questionable, the scientific principle is not. By creating turbulence, the thickness of the air’s boundary layer against the bar is reduced, thereby reducing drag. The dimples on a Zipp wheel (or indeed those on a golf ball) are there for the same reason.

  3. @user58

    By disturbing a small amount of air it causes the main flow of air to adhere to the surface rather than separate prematurely. The principles are also used by aircraft if you notice little pieces of metal arranged randomly on the tops of wings and vertical stabilizer(vortex generators).

  4. User, Nathan’s right. Ridley uses this theory on their Noah bikes and Reynolds on their wheels, among others. It sounds counterintuitive, and I probably didn’t it write it the best way, but apparently it works quite well.

What do you think?