In March 2017, Rightline Gear introduced our new model Ace Car Top Carriers with major design improvements. The original Ace Car Top Carrier had been a great product since 2012, but with all of our advancements as a company in product design, we saw several ways that we could dramatically improve this product.
Weatherproof Vs. Water Resistant
The original model of the Ace Car Top Carrier was advertised as water resistant. It was constructed with sewn seams, a zipper flap without hook-&-loop attachment, and a regular zipper. The new model has welded seams, a zipper flap with hook-&-loop attachment, and a regular zipper. The bottom line is that the new Ace Carrier’s design makes it extremely difficult for water to enter the carrier.
The original Ace Car Top Carrier came in one size (15 cu ft). The new model comes in (3) sizes: Ace 2 (15 cu ft), the Ace 1 (12 cu ft), and the Ace Jr (9 cu ft). We now have an Ace Carrier to fit every vehicle on the road.
Simplified Strap Attachment
In our original model, the attachment straps ran over the top of the carrier from one side of the vehicle to the other to hold the carrier in place. The straps could attach to roof rack side rails or cross bars, run through the vehicle, or attach to the vehicle’s door frame weather molding using Car Clips.
The 2017 model simplifies the attachment process by having (4) attachment straps thread through buckles at each of the (4) corners of the carrier to hold it in place. The straps no longer need to be run over the top of the carrier. The straps can attach to roof rack side rails or cross bars or attach to the vehicle’s door frame weather molding using Car Clips.
After much research and testing, Rightline Gear developed our PVC Semi-Coated Mesh material for the new model Ace Carriers. The material features a polyester woven fabric layer with PVC sheets glued to either side with liquid PVC. The bottom line is a super durable material that will stand up to all the abuse a roof top carrier receives.
The original model Ace Carriers featured our PVC-backed polyester material, Hydrotuff.
Car Clips Included
We are happy to announce that the new model Ace Car Top Carriers come with Car Clips included. The original model Ace Carrier required the purchase of Car Clips separately to attach the carrier to the door frame weather molding. We were able to accomplish this change with just a slight increase in cost.
We also modified the shape of the Car Clips slightly. The new shape allows the Clips to stay under the weather molding without the tension of the strap, making the attachment process easier. The Clips also fit even better when the vehicle’s doors are closed over them.
The new carrier design allowed us to eliminate the D-ring strap guides from the sides of the Ace Carriers. We had a few cases over the years where our customers attached the straps to the D-rings instead of using them as guides for the straps. Unfortunately, this improper attachment method would sometimes lead to the D-rings detaching from the side of the carrier.
No D-rings eliminate the possibility of this incorrect attachment method and simplifies the overall setup.
Because the product number, 100A20, remained the same for the Ace 2 Car Top Carrier, many of our retailers’ websites have kept customer reviews that were given for the original model carrier. These reviews may not accurately reflect the new version of the Ace 2 Car Top Carrier. While we are proud of our 2012 Ace Car Top Carrier, we never want to stop improving our products to make the overall customer experience even better moving forward!
(The reviews for the 100A50 Ace Jr Car Top Carrier and the 100A10 Ace 1 Car Top Carrier reflect the new model carriers.)