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Old October 8th, 2007, 11:17 AM
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AluBox v Zarges cases?

Anyone have experience with these two brands?
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Anyone have experience with these two brands?
I own two larger Zarges cases. Recently got another one a few weeks ago. I've had my first one for several years and it's held up very well.

Do some googling when you are ready to buy. I bought my recent one from Zargescases.com who had a free shipping coupon.
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I've got a couple of the Aluboxes. They look VERY similar to the Zarges cases in construction and features. The issue with the aluminum cases is the can dent and scratch. While they look great, you may also want to look at Pelican as well.
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I used Stormcases for a while. Bought the Alu-boxes and never looked back. I have zero experience with the Zarges. I love that the Alu-box is so light compared to the Stormcase. The aluminum does get marked up and dented, but that adds to the story IMHO.

Sorry I can't compare contrast the two aluminium boxes for you.
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I used Stormcases for a while. Bought the Alu-boxes and never looked back. I have zero experience with the Zarges. I love that the Alu-box is so light compared to the Stormcase. The aluminum does get marked up and dented, but that adds to the story IMHO. Sorry I can't compare contrast the two aluminium boxes for you.
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The aluminum does get marked up and dented, but that adds to the story IMHO.
Yep, and mine are covered in stickers from all the rovers events and travels.
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Both brands have higher/lower grade cases. Zarges are a bit more refined than the equivalent Alubox.

Zarges latches are larger, box bottoms are a sandwiched sealed design, and the seal is in the lid where it should be.

Alubox are a bit more cost effective and are still more than adequate for basic storage.
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Which one would be better to bolt onto a roof rack for a 4 month road trip? Any other brand you would look at? Any advice on mounting would be great. Jymmiejamz recommended drilling holes and using a U- Bolt to mount to any rack?
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I don’t know if this will help but, I own several Zarges cases and have traveled with them extensively from 36C in the dust and torrential rain in west Africa to -30C at freeway speeds on slush covered roads here in NA. They have never failed and keep their contents clean and dry. I have seen Aluboxes and they seemed to be somewhat lighter aluminum but I have no practical experience with them and that wasn’t a side by side comparison. Aluminum does dent and oxidize but mine have taken a considerable beating with minimal damage; there’s a reason they are used by the Bundeswehr and several other armed forces around the world.

The latches are lockable with a padlock. I’ve seen a homemade bracket that uses the spring loaded handles to anchor them to a rack but nothing “out of the box”. In my case, I used cargo straps to hold them on and a wire rope and padlock to keep them from wandering off while the truck was unattended. I’d be hesitant to drill holes in them, a big part of their purpose is to keep things dry and clean and they aren't cheap.

You’ll likely not go wrong with either of them. I bought mine used at a considerable savings but you may have more luck finding Pelicans, which are also great cases, when looking for used.




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Good little endorsement for Zarges in the summer issue of OJ.
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