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Thule Pulse Cargo Box

$469.95 - $499.95

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Drive a bigger car without having to drive a bigger car.

Thule designed the Pulse Cargo Box for the budget-minded driver with a  serious outdoor addiction. Available in three sizes, the durable Pulse Cargo Box adds much-needed space to your car and separates your wet, muddy toys from your car's clean interior on the ride home.

  • Easy-Grip mounting attaches in minutes
  • SecureLock ensures the box is closed tight before you drive off
  • Opens on the passenger side of the car–especially convenient for vehicles with sliding passenger-side doors
  • Item #THU0397

ABS plastic
[medium] 67 x 35 x 16in, [large] 76 x 33 x 16.5in, [Alpine] 88.5 x 25.5 x 12.5in
[medium] 14cu ft, [large] 16cu ft, [Alpine] 11cu ft
single side, passenger side open
round bars, square bars, factory bars
Locks Included
Part Number
[medium] 614, [large] 615, [Alpine] 613
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 4

First Impression

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just barely picked up the Thule Pulse Cargo Box yesterday. I was expecting a bit of a wrestling match to get it mounted to my AeroBlade Edge bars (Item #THU0379). I was wrong. What a cinch. The Pulse is light enough to for me to put up on top of my Subaru without help and the tool free clamps are a breeze to use. A quick test drive on the freeway offered no significant drag or noise and the Large size should easily swallow our camp stuff. The Pulse L might (might!) be a bit too small for my skis during the winter, but should make getting gear to-from adventures much easier on my typically squeezed passengers. Off to the desert this weekend to put it to the test.

>Rating: 5

Great Product, Excellent Service

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought the medium size last week and used it camping over the weekend. I loved it because it fit almost all our gear (including a very large tent) for two people and three dogs for two nights and freed up lots of room inside the car for the dogs. Easy to install and take down, easy access to the gear. I'm very happy with it. It did have a slight, rare defect, so I took it back today to exchange. They no longer had the medium in stock in the warehouse by my work, so I said I'd pay the difference for the large that they did have in stock, and I was okay with that. Of course Backcountry always goes above and beyond in customer service, so without me even asking they cut me a deal on the large since they didn't have the medium in stock. Just one of many more-than-satisfactory experiences with Backcountry, and the reason I keep coming back.

>Rating: 5

Thule Pulse Cargobox

I've put it through the wringer

This is a perfect box for skis. It will fit skis up to about 195 or so. It is big enough to fit 6 pairs of adult skis and poles. Very simple to install. One person can do it. I was able to install it on my 99 outback so that the back liftgate opens all the way, but it doesn't stick out too much over the front window. The locking system works great. perfect ski box!

>Rating: 5

Everyone needs a roof top box

I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Thule Pulse Cargo Box for my 2015 subaru forrester, it's unofficially our family wagon. As such, extra storage is a requirement to accommodate my family of five on any type of meaningful road-trip or outdoor adventure. We easily double our load capacity and are able to cram in all the essentials to ensure our trips run smooth. The installation is super easy. I highly recommend that you tighten the box before every trip. I will usually check mine every so often on a longer trip while filling up gas, just to be sure. The only real con is that it's a single sided box, so you have to open it from the passenger side. I don't really care, but I can see that being a disadvantage in some situations.

Does the medium size box fit skiis for a family of four? Two are little kids, (ages two and four so their skiis are small) but obviously two adults skiis as well.

>Rating: 5


I've used it several times

Great box, lock is smooth, very easy to operate. Roomier than it looks in the pictures, easily fits four pairs of big skis, maybe more. Still low profile for gas mileage and garage clearance. Attachment system is super easy and tool free, very secure. Also it's compatible with any crossbars. Pros: -Easy, tool free installation -Low profile but bigger than it looks -Very smooth one-lock closure -compatible with any crossbar -More affordable than the bigger, fancier boxes -Looks Great, especially on smaller cars Cons: -Not as roomy as the bigger boxes (plenty of room for my needs) -Single sided opening (not a big deal to me)

Did you buy the medium or large size cargo box? Trying to determine the best size to buy for a family of four, albeit two are little kids, to fit skiis


Are the dimensions for the interior usable space or overall size of the box?


How much room does the lid need to swing open? Meaning how close could you put another rack and still have the box be functional?

Hey there Kiersten! That sounds like a question Thule actually might be better at answering! You can contact them directly at 1 (800) 238-2388 or if you'd like to contact me directly or hop on our live chat we can help further assist you further!


Will the Pulse XL fit my 193 Nordica Patrons in? and will it fit on my Mazda CX5?

The XL size will fit skis up to size 210! As far as your car question, we'd need to know the year of your car and what mounting system you're using on the roof.


Can you please tell me what size it is in...

Can you please tell me what size it is in metric . Regards Troy

Metric measures are: For Large size - 170x89x41.6 cm Volume - 396.4 L For X-Large size - 193x84x42 cm Volume - 453 L

I should also point out that it would be way faster to just learn how to do the math yourself.