If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I love taking the kids and one of the dogs camping. The dog takes up the car boot, though, so the car is usually crammed with gear. When I was sent a Handirack and Handiholdall 400 to review, I was very excited!
What Is A HandiRack and HandiHoldall 400?
A HandiRack an inflatable roof rack. It works just like a traditional roof rack does, but with the benefit of folding away into a small storage bag, between uses. Perfect if (like us) you’re limited on space. The HandiHoldall 400 is a waterproof 400 litre soft bag, which attaches to the HandiRack (or any normal roof rack). It has 4 metal poles in the base, which fold down to allow the HandiHoldall to be packed away into a storage bag too. The bundle of both items together has an RRP of £215, but they are on sale at the moment, so it’s a great time to buy.
HandiRack Inflatable Roof Rack
The HandiRack is, essentially two inflatable bars. They are sat on the non slip mats which were included in the bundle I was sent to review. Once in place, they look like this:
The HandiHoldall was easy to fit and inflate (with the included pump). However, if you are shorter than 5 foot 9, you’ll probably need a step ladder to reach easily. That, or you’ll be climbing on and off your car doorways, like I did. The HandiRack can safely carry loads of up to 80kg. (This is subject to individual vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, though, so check your manual).
The HandiRack is held in place by a long strap. This feeds through your rear doors (or front doors, if you have a 2 or 3 door car). The strap then goes through a heavy duty clasp which is pulled securely to hold the HandiRack in place. This is one of the straps inside my car…
One thing you see when you search for reviews online is people saying water leaked into their car when it was raining. Handiworld have addressed this now, with the Wet Weather Kit. This issue only seems to affect some vehicles, and we stayed completely dry in a huge downpour without using it. I highly recommend the HandiRack. It was easy to use and folded back down after use too.
The HandiHoldall 4oo
The HandiHoldall 400 is a waterproof bag, which can be attached to the HandiRack or a standard roof rack. It’s a good alternative to a roof box, and is ideal if you don’t have storage space for a traditional roof box.
The HandiHoldall 400 unzips to get access to the main compartment, and then there are 4 poles which run lengthways down the inside of it. Once these are inserted, the holdall won’t sink down, so no weight will be resting directly on your car’s roof.
Attaching the HandiHoldall 400 to the HandiRack was a bit fiddley for me. Admittedly, my car is taller than most, and I didn’t have a stepladder. So I was stood on my car’s door rims to thread the straps through the hoops on the Handirack.
Once the HandiHoldall 400 is in situ, it feels extremely sturdy though. Then I began filling it with all of our camping gear – Minus the tent. Firstly, I lay the fcamping tables at the bottms. This also helped prevent sagging. Secondly, I put the camping beds, airbed, sleeping bags and camping chairs in. Finally, I got all of our clothes and food into the The HandiHoldall 400 too.
I was genuinely astonished at how much went in there. Once you’ve put in everything you need, you thread the straps through the handles on the HandiHoldall 400 before passing it through the loops on top of the bag. Finally, you pass the strap through the clasps and pull as tight as you can.
Once it was loaded and ready to go, the HandiRack and HandiHoldall 400 weren’t for budging! We drove the 25 miles to our campsite without issue, and all of our gear made it in one piece! All told, I am extremely happy with our HandiRack and HandiHoldall 400. Additionally, I would highly recommend them for those who only occasionally need a roofbox.
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