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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 trip-saving HandiHoldall.

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.

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What did we think? Our Review

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 roof bars.

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.

We did 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 website

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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