What do you do when you are about to set-out on an excursion, the bags are
packed, the tyre pressures checked and the realisation hits you that you
simply cannot fit everything in the car? Rather than compromising and having
an argument about what stuff to leave behind, the solution is the new
What is a HandiHoldall?
Designed to work hand in hand with the
HandiRack, the HandiHoldall presents motorists with an additional 280
litres of storage capacity whilst maintaining the principles of convenience
and ease of use that have made the HandiRack such a success. The
HandiHoldall makes light work of transporting up to 50kg of camping gear,
luggage and all sorts of holiday paraphernalia. It is also perfect for those
shopping trips to IKEA, the DIY store or garden centre.
How does it work?
Manufactured from high quality waterproof denier Polyester, the
HandiHoldall takes just minutes to attach securely to the HandiRack. The
base of the HandiHoldall is made firm by the use of reinforced glass fibre
poles which are inserted into a foam cushion in the bottom of the bag. The
HandiHoldall packs into a drawstring travel bag about the size of a family
tent so you have none of the disadvantages of a traditional roof box, such
as storage when not in use. It is small enough to store in the boot of the
car and so is always on hand when needed.
The stimulus for the HandiHoldall has come from the increasing number of
satisfied and loyal HandiRack customers demanding even more versatility from
what is already an amazingly costeffective load carrying solution. The
HandiRack is extremely capable of carrying anything from kayaks, to skis to
garden furniture and with the introduction of the HandiHoldall a further
dynamic dimension is added to its repertoire.
Upon receiving and opening the HandiHoldall, we were impressed by the size
of what would become a useful and worthwhile piece of camping kit
The pack size is roughly the size of a normal overnight, or sports bag and
rolls out to reveal a larger canvas holdall with the supporting bars
collapsed and located inside the rolled up HandiHoldall.
Preparing the four poles was easy as they are joined with elastic to ensure
they don't get lost. The base of the HandiHoldall simply detaches from the
velcro fastenings inside the HandiHoldall and you slot the four poles into
place. This makes the unit base rigid and useable. Once in place, simply put
the base back inside the HandiHoldall and attach with the velcro.
The unit is easy to get onto the roof, as it is lightweight and easily
manageable on your own, as I was. Line up the HandiHoldall front and back
and you are ready to secure the HandiHoldall down to the HandiRack or your
Our HandiHoldall was supplied with fastening straps and these were easy to
thread through both the HandiHoldall and the HandiRack, however for a short
person, with a high car, you may struggle without standing on the seats to
reach the top.
Once secured and tight, you are ready to fill and be on your way.
not try the HandiHoldall on roof bars, however looking at the product, the
location of the fixing points and the use of the locking straps, appears very simple and effective and a quick and useful addition to the
HandiHoldall, this eliminates the need for the HandiRack and ensures the
HandiHoldall works with existing roofbars.
Overall we found the unit to be lightweight, easy to install and pack away
and a great addition to your camping kit if an original style roofrack and
roofbox is not your thing. Being able to remove them when arriving at site
and placing into the boot made a large difference too, without having to
leave a bulky roofbox on your car roof all holiday, or on your pitch!
Where can I get them from?
HandiHoldalls are available at an SRP of £69.99 + delivery and is available direct from
Handirack, check out their
What is more, the package of a
HandiRack and HandiHoldall represents fantastic value when you consider that both items together will cost less than £124.99 inc. VAT -considerably less than more traditional solutions.
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