You’re out on the trail, the sunset is coming down perfectly and you’re enjoying the company of your buddies. Maybe one of them even brought along a Bluetooth speaker and you’re jamming to an old favorite.
Then it hits you, damn it would be great to be able to crack a beer right now! Well, an ATV cargo box might be your answer and you’d have to let those sit a while after riding around first.
But, there’s more you can use your cargo box for than beer. If you’re going hunting and you need to bring back your catch, or maybe you just want a first aid kit handy, the list goes on and on. We guess water is okay too – beer does have water in it just FYI.
We took a look at the cargo boxes on the market for and brewed up a list. If you drive a Polaris, we picked out our best pick for that too.
Here are the 4 Best ATV Cargo boxes available:
Camco 66010 Black Boar ATV Rear Storage Box and Lounger
Being manly and throwing mud around is cool and all, but what if you just want a mobile lounging experience? Sure, this thing doesn’t recline, but that’s what kicking your feet up over the handlebars is for. If you’re looking for some comfort, the Camco lounger is calling your name. Armrests – to fully relax your limbs you can sink into this and take form. We are definitely upset they didn’t include a massage function.
Jokes aside, this is a great cargo box for someone who wants a cushioned seat and room for your stuff. The hard plastic shell of the sides will keep your goodies water free and can stand up to being banged around some. It comes with a lock to keep your stuff safe and mounting hardware to help you rig it up.
The back opens up with 3 separate compartments, you won’t have to worry about spillage as the lips come all the way up. You could put ice in one with some drinks, and other dry things in the remaining spaces. It’s not too heavy and not too light at about 27 pounds. The only thing we don’t like is that there’s no cushioning on the armrests – but that isn’t an easy integration either. Overall this is a great option and very affordable.
Titan Attachments ATV UTV Drop Basket Cargo
The Titan Attachments drop basket is a sturdy open-air cargo rack for ATVs and UTVs, at 42 lbs you’ll be able to feel the quality of the welded frame. This is a heavy duty steel option for riders who are comfortable with whatever they’re transporting being exposed to the elements. At 41 inches across you can fit most rifles in it flat or at least at a slight angle.
It’s powder coated so you don’t have to worry about the elements getting at it, and it includes mounting hardware. With a mesh frame, you can throw your dirty goods in there and let the vibration of the ride sort them out a little bit. If you’re worried about this vibrating too much when you ride, go ahead and grab some plastic washers to add some reduction.
Black Widow ATV Cargo Box
This compact Black Widow Cargo box is one of the lightest in its class. If you’re looking for some storage, but don’t want to weigh down your ride – you’ll be pleased to find this is only 22 lbs. It comes with reflectors on the back for night rides and two lockdown latches.
One thing we didn’t like is that the storage is a single compartment, so if you wanted to throw some ice in there along with other things it’s not going to work out. But, if you only have one purpose for it then it’ll work just fine. It has a compact backrest to give you something to lean on as well.
The warranty provided is for one-year. Included is a key for locking it up and all mounting hardware. You will have to drill into the box for mounting unless you can figure out a different solution. It’s a universal fit and you can adjust it to your atv/utv. Can fit up to 3 helmets with ease.
ATV Tek ACBMOB Arch Series Camo Cargo Bag
If a hardshell cargo compartment isn’t your thing, this ATV Tek cargo bag option might be up your alley. With 3 different compartments in total, including the long rear bag and the smaller side bags – you’ll have plenty of carrying space to fit everything. You won’t have to worry about water seeping through either, this is made from a waterproof fabric.
Both of the front pockets have drink holders on each side and it’s removable. So if you just want the rear storage compartment, you can detach the other pieces. There is a backrest for comfort. It has a sturdy steel frame underneath for support.
Something we really liked is the zipperless design, everyone has had situations where a zipper breaks off and with enough use, it will happen. The ATV Tek bag avoids that by using straps instead. You can fit a rifle or a bow in the back.
Is there an ATV Cargo Box with speakers?
There isn’t a cargo box with speakers built into them specifically. So there is not a plug and play combo, but there are Bluetooth speakers that can fit on top of a cargo box. You could also mount them to the front of your ATV or find a creative way to set them up. Boss Audio has a Bluetooth speaker option or you could opt for other units that have the more traditional separate speaker setup.
Things we recommend you put in your cargo box
If you are going to have all that new fancy storage room on your ATV, use it for good! You’ll still have plenty leftover. We recommend you bring a couple of things besides ice cold beer.
They are – a tire plug kit. You’ll be glad you got one, when some random nail gets embedded in your tire and you won’t be able to make it back in time a tire kit can be a welcome addition to any ATV rider.
Tire inflator. You’ve lost the air, now it’s time to pump it back up! You heard me right, how dare you leave that tire feeling sad. With a tire inflator – after you plug it, you can pump it full of confidence again.
Assuming you have water, those two things above are the most important for trail riding in our humble and superiorly correct opinion. We don’t think superiorly is a word, but yeah you get it.
There are plenty of options for cargo boxes nowadays, with some geared towards comfort and other geared towards functionality. If you’re looking for a comfortable ride, our first choice is the best.
But, you can always add cushioning to another unit if you like the functionality it provides. The ATV Tek is a great option for hunters and people that need more room. Since it’s not a hard shell you’ll be able to cram more essentials in there. Plus, at the price, it’s a steal for what you’re getting.
Titans drop basket option is a heavy-duty steel solution and the mesh design helps it to not accumulate gunk. You can throw your bags on it or anything else. If you’re not looking for a locking hard shell unit, this is the best “open air” choice.
We hope we helped you make up your mind, and that you find the best option for your needs.
I'm the owner of Beast Auto. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I love anything automotive related, and taking road trips all across my beautiful state.