Reviews and Comments on the Expedition Box from our Customers

We’ve been steadily receiving feedback and comments from a good number of people.  Many have made comment on our FaceBook page whilst one was even sent with pictures from the Dampier Peninsular, miles from the nearest post office.

If you are wondering whether the Expedition Box is all we say it is, or whether it would suit your style of travel, below is a list of customer reviews of the Expedition Box by people who have actually used them.  Please contact us at sales@openskytouring.com if you would like any further information. One grey box received and put to good use last weekend. It bounced around in the back of the ute over rough roads, creek crossings, and steep hills. I ended up with the usual tray full of dust, but the box remained 100% dustproof. What a brilliant box!  I am heading away at Christmas and I want to retire my other two ‘Bunnings boxes’ so I have just ordered another two from you.  You have a great product – well done. – Daniel Jeffries

I took my new Expedition 134 box out for a run the first weekend after delivery. The tie down points were great and made securing it to the roof rack quick and easy. And then, access to the box while tied down was so easy.   The box is a great size for a roof rack too. Big enough to put plenty of stuff inside without raising the overall height much at all.  I will be getting myself another one when they come out in different colours.   Thanks guys. Awesome result for all the work you have put in.  – Stewart Speedie

Thanks for the super-fast delivery of the boxes!  I’ve loaded them up for a quick weekender.  I’m very impressed with them!  Haven’t had a chance to fully figure out how to utilise them best, but so far, so good.  Besides Barrington being 90% gated off to anyone, the trip went well.  It hailed and stormed for about 30 mins which was interesting.  I used the boxes as a step to get into my roof top tent, it’s awesome you can stand on them.  Also, when I came back down to sea level, the seals were so good that they had almost sucked the lid in.  Maybe need to put an equaliser valve in them…  I love them though.  I’ve been searching for a smaller box than my Trimcast ones for ages and this ticks the boxes.  I’ll be buying more for sure.  Have you thought about making yellow ones? – Alex Cheng

Received my Expedition 134 box today.  Despite being a little off the beaten track it found its way to c/o Beagle Bay store up on the Dampier Peninsular, WA, which is pretty impressive in itself.  When it arrived it looked just as good as I had expected, but actually feels more solid, so has exceeded my expectations. We travel with a Tvan and have limited storage space.  This replaced what we call our ‘Kitchen Box’, which travels in the rear of the Tvan, and has effectively increased our storage space.  The old kitchen box ‘did the job’ but this box does it better.  When we set up camp the box lives outside on the ground next to the slide out kitchen.  This new one won’t collect the morning dew or rain on its lid.   We also no longer have the need to ocky strap the lid closed each night to keep the various bush critters out.  Wife is very happy.  As someone who likes everything we carry to have more than a single purpose, this new box makes me happy too.  Aside from secure storage, it will double as a stool, meaning the folding one I currently carry will no longer be needed, and we now have an extra ‘seat’ when the odd visitor without their own drops by our camp fire. To be honest, I know it is ‘only’ a box, but I’m pretty stoked with it.  Nice when you find something which solves several problems, is well made (giving confidence in its durability) at a fair and competitive price.  Good one people. – Ian Lock  (Ian’s Travel Blog can be found here)

We also really appreciated this next customer review which contained some questions and feedback from an experienced industry person, so in the interests of transparency, we thought we’d include it as it was intended and answer some of the points so you get a better feel for it yourselves.

First of all, I’d like to say congratulations on producing a top-quality Aussie product.  I’d have to say the quality and finish of the container is very, very, good! I love the smooth internal finish, the look/feel of the container, the size, the tie down points and general construction of the container.

Can Am Maveric

I look forward to testing it against water and dust ingestion by running it on the back of my Can-Am Maverick SxS buggy, which is what I principally purchased it for – all other containers used so far have let in stacks of dust! I am quietly confident yours won’t!  On a side note, used to own and run a 4×4 Accessory Shop so consider myself to have a LOT of experience with 4×4 products, the good, the bad, the ugly and the plain ‘how can you sell such rubbish’!  Here’s a few points:

  • Of the three catches, two maintain a level or resistance and ‘stay up’ out of the way when using the lid, whereas one catch is very loose and swings freely, often getting in the way when closing the lid.  (Yes, this will unfortunately occur due to the tolerances of the injection moulds.  It can be a little inconvenient, but we don’t think it will detract from the overall use.)
  • I know it is very new, but the catches don’t push close easily (which is fine), meaning rather than forcing them, I have found the need to hook my finger under the edge of the catch whilst pushing in the middle of the catch to close them. This process works, however as it closes your finger gets caught between the catch and container which hurts somewhat!  (The middle latch can be tougher to close when the boxes are new.  With a little use, this should disappear.  If you need to, hook your fingers of one hand under the lip of the tub and pull out a little as you push down on the latch.)
  • When carrying the container full (read ‘heavy’), the ribbing under the lip digs into your fingers – again, not a big issue as you are unlikely going to be carrying them for any distance, however it could probably be solved very easily by filling in between the ribs.  (This is one of those issues that arises from strengthening the lip of the box.  Hopefully it isn’t too much of a problem.  A bit of soft rubber could potentially be glued in if this was an issue for some people carrying heavy boxes long distances.)
  • There is no ability to lock the container from a security perspective, so if it is stored on your roof racks, camper trailer A-frame or anywhere where it is left unattended the contents can be accessed by those that shouldn’t be!  (Actually – all three latches can be padlocked in the closed position.  Reverse the padlock on the right-hand latch to have it fit properly.)
  • It would be great to have some non-slip rubber on the bottom of the container to stop them moving around. I have tied it down, however unless using non-flexible tie downs, the weight of the box means it still moves around a little which possibly could be solved by use of some non-slip feet. (No doubt there will be some cases where the limitations of tie-down options will see small movements.  If this is a specific issue, rubber ‘feet’ could be glued to the base, perhaps neatly filling the circular drill-points.)
  • Have you considered selling some ‘branded’ straps which are designed specific to the containers? I have tried a few different options now and they all worked, however I did think that if straps to match were available I would have purchased those too! This is a great upsell opportunity for you. (Yes!  We are currently testing a design of our own that features true quick release and utilises seat belt grade webbing.  Stay tuned!)

I am a passionate 4×4 enthusiast, have toured Australia extensively (using products that range from great to absolute rubbish) and love everything 4×4 related, especially good quality products that make touring easier and more practical. Again, congratulations and well done on a well thought-out, conceived and tested product. – Phil Trotman

I’ve been following the build progress on these since the beginning and bought them as soon as they went on sale for our work vans and my camping and traveling plans.  What really got my attention was the custom dust and rain seal and the external tie-down points.  We’ve put these in all our technicians vans and our work maintenance crew boss reckons he aint seen anything like them, even in his Canadian snow plowing days. I also really like the flat floor in them and the smooth walls for easy cleaning.  This is what I hate the most about the big heavy boxes.   Although I can easily swap them from the back of the Patrol up onto the roof, I use two in the back beside the fridge and one on the roof for the gear that I use less often.  The external tie down points are great and mean I can open the box without having to undo the ratchet straps.  Fantastic feature.  Great that they are lockable as well.  A very smart combination.  These boxes are really well made and far more solid than I anticipated.  Highly recommend them. – Mark Batty    
Have 2 of these already.  The video doesn’t do them justice.  Such great kit guys.  Easily takes my 130kgs.  Tough, great lid, great seals, no lost space inside due to big ribs and big lips like a space case.  If you’re looking for a Tough as Guts space case for your camping kit, tools, Offroad Racing boxes then These Are THE SHIT!!!!! Tie them down or mount them permanently without drilling though the bottom and still open the lid. Invest, they are a 20+ Year box.  Great Aussie Made Kit. – Darren Thornton
I took my drawers out a while ago and have been running crates for a while. Just took these boxes on the weekend and it was a dream.  Everything packed in perfectly and could leave it outside no problem. The GQ cargo area is tight so adding drawers kills a third of your space and doesn’t leave much for other things you need to carry at times.  On the weekend getting wood was easy to just throw it in the back rather than the roof.  Love the boxes guys!!! – Andrew Batty
Jayco Jpod – image from Jayco website

  Really happy with our boxes, great design, well made, high quality and a perfect fit in the Jayco jpod.  Will be getting a couple more when the new colours are available. – John Turner

Hope you supply to NZ – have ordered a couple.  They look great for horse gear and strong enough to stand on to get on the horse.  Also if I ever get the Land Rover stuck in deep water, at least I know something will be dry. – Lynne McKenzie
My new expedition box showed up the other day and it’s better than I expected…  I got the grey and thought it was going to be too light in colour but it’s a good match with my engel and water tank etc. so I’m pretty happy about that.  – Paul Smith      
Just received two of the Expedition 134 boxes and I’m thoroughly impressed. I was expecting quality, but these have surpassed my expectations. Well done guys! – David Burton-Smith
I have followed these guys and love the passion and honesty approach to the goal they have been working to. Thus I couldn’t wait for these boxes to become available and they have and I just bought 3.  Well done again great touring box .. I’ve been using Wolf packs which are a pain to open and close so looking forward to swapping out with your ones. – Benny
I can leave the milk crates at home now. Normally I carry my cooking gear in a Milk crate and use it for maintenance on the track to stand on when working under the bonnet. These boxes take my 130kegs easily.  The Latches were tough to function at first but I kept the lid shut for a bit to bed in. They’re a wicked seal and its good as gold. Tough bit of kit.  They are a little smaller than I expected but in hindsight, I think they are actually a perfect size for what we really need them for. Those pics that Mark Batty has of them in the back of the GU are a great representation of what a great size they are. Fit perfectly. When full they can be managed easy. Solid construction with a strong lid, strong latches, and robust shell. No Lost space from a bulking lip like the Space Cases. Winner. – Darren
    We took our box away camping last weekend and it was great. The wife loved it to pack food into. It seals like a giant Tupperware container. She really praised it. It’s a good, practical size & looks to have a solid wall thickness, which should mean it’ll have a durable lifespan.I can’t wait to take it on my next adventure. I can’t wait for the next production run. I’ll definitely be getting one of each of the new colours – Ash
Trent Linnell also provides a great look at how he is using them in conjunction with his Full Boar Fourbie Draws in this short FaceBook video.  Follow this link to a video showing his 150 Prado setup.
  To continue reading the story of the development at the features of our Expedition Box, check out our page on the tie-down points, and how to use them or compare some of the features with other types of boxes regularly used by travelers in the outdoors. To order the Expedition Box simply go here to our Sales page.

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