Thule Pulse Cargo Box Review – What Size is Right?

Thule Pulse Cargo Box Review

The Thule Pulse Cargo Box is an incredible product that offers roof rack storage at an affordable price. The box is spacious and can hold all of your and your family’s gear. It is easy to install and easy to load. With its ease of use, sleek design, and large space capacity, it’s on the top of the value list. It has three variations.

$429.95 thule-pulse-alpine

Special Features

The Thule Pulse cargo box features Easy-Grip mounting knobs to simplify roof rack attachment. This box is also compatible with a wide range of cars and racks. The Thule SecureLock technology ensures that each side of the lid is completely closed while driving. The cargo box also features a large interior space capacity.

Thule Easy Grip Mounts

Ease of Use

Installation of this cargo box is incredibly easy. The Thule Pulse is much more lightweight than most other cargo boxes and can easily be installed by just one person. Mounting is tool free and takes less than five minutes to complete. The lid opens on the passenger side and can be loaded, closed, and locked with ease.

Thule Pulse Large on SUV
Thule Pulse Large on SUV
Aerodynamics and Weight

The Thule Pulse offers a sleek and aerodynamic design. The low profile makes it ideal for users who are less inclined to remove it between uses. It can be left on all year long without a significant increase in noise. Thanks to its shape, the reduction in drag may also negate any impact to vehicle fuel efficiency. Watch an independent test of the Thule Pulse’s aerodynamics here. The box weighs in at a mere 30 pounds, and can still contain up to 110 pounds.


This cargo box features a lock on the passenger side of the box. Once you are finished loading the box, you can close the lid and the SecureLock feature will keep all four sides closed completely. The lock on the opening side guarantees all side will stay closed while traveling.

  • Fairly spacious
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to install and load
Three Versions

The Thule Pulse Cargo Box comes in three unique sizes, alpine, medium, and large. The alpine cargo box measures 11 cubic feet. The medium is 14 cubic feet, while the large is 16 cubic feet. But skiers check your lengths!

Model GuidePulse AlpinePulse MediumPulse Large
Cargo Volume11 cu. ft / 311L14 cu. ft / 396L16 cu. ft / 453L
Weight Limit (incl weight of box)110 lbs / 50 kg110 lbs / 50 kg110 lbs / 50 kg
Ski/Snowboard capacity4-6 pair skis, 2-3 boards3-4 boards6-8 pair skis, 3-4 boards
Max ski length210 cm155 cm181 cm
Exterior Dimensions88.5 x 25.5 x 12.5″67 x 35 x 16″76 x 33 x 16.5″
Weight30 lbs / 13.6 kg34 lbs / 15.4 kg36 lbs / 16.3 kg

Customer Reviews

Customers are overwhelming pleased with this cargo box. They love how lightweight it is and how easy it is to secure this box to the top of their car. Customers were also pleased with how much stuff they could fit in it and its affordability. Contrarily, there have been a few complaints about snow and rain getting inside the box and the noise it creates when traveling down the highway.

  • Plastic on this model is more flexible
  • Medium model does not fit skis over 155cm
  • Is not the most weatherproof version

Starting at only $399 for the Alpine, the Thule Pulse Cargo Box is a great value. It is less expensive than most other cargo boxes on the market and more user friendly.

Best Use

This cargo box is best suited for those heading out on skiing trips or long camping trips that need to pack a lot of gear. This box is great for people traveling with large families or groups of friends.


If you are looking for an affordable and easy to install cargo box, the Thule Pulse is the way to go. Mounting this box on the roof of your car is quick, simple, and very secure. Also, it has the capacity to hold everything you need and more. The construction leaves a bit to be desired, but for such a low price, this cargo box is an excellent option. For a more weatherproof and wind resistant cargo box, check out the Thule Sonic Cargo Box . For a less expensive model, try the SportRack Horizon Cargo Box.


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