ATV's and UTV's are some of the most versatile vehicles out
there and one of their most redeeming qualities is their ability to haul
gear around. ATV luggage can make them even better. There is a wide
array of luggage selections that can make your machine even more dynamic
for hauling all of your gear. From rack bags and trunks to cargo boxes
and tank bags, there is something out there for everyone.
With there being so many different luggage options available, it might
seem like a daunting task to choose what's right for your needs.
But when you know what all of the options and what the advantages and
disadvantages are of each, you can find the best ATV luggage for you and
Not all ATV luggage is made equally and some options may fit your needs
better than others. It's important to take the different features
into consideration so there will not be any surprises or disappointments
when you are out on the trail with your machine. Below are some of the
considerations that you need to take into account.
Hard vs. Soft-
The choice between "hard" plastic luggage and "soft" textile
luggage is one of the most important decisions that you will
need to make. Where hard luggage is more rugged and impact
resistant, soft luggage is more versatile. You can be very
confident that your gear will remain protected from impact with
hard luggage, but because it is rigid, it is not so easy to
store off of the machine. Soft luggage is very versatile in that
it can usually be compressed to be smaller, which makes it far
easier to store off of the machine. Gear can be secured tighter
in soft luggage, whereas it might sit loosely in the hard cases.
Soft luggage is often less expensive as well.
Lockable- If you use your ATV/UTV on public lands and
trails, you may want to strongly consider getting luggage that
has the ability to be locked. Lockable hard cases and
trunks will usually have latches where a padlock can be placed
through to secure it. Some even have built-in locks. Soft or
textile luggage that can be locked will have lockable
zippers that can be locked with a padlock.
Waterproof and Water Resistant- ATV's and
UTV's are built to handle extreme terrains and conditions.
Your luggage should be able to too. A lot of ATV luggage is
water resistant, but very few are actually waterproof.
If you need your luggage to be completely waterproof, pay close
attention to the designations. Many trunks and bags will
have fitted rain covers that can be placed over the top to
protect them from rain.
Headlight obstruction- Many models of ATV's have
the headlight on the steering column. This will greatly limit
the height of the luggage that you can place on your front rack.
If you go too high with the luggage, your headlight will be
obstructed. Machines with the headlights below the front rack
have very few limitations on the luggage that can be
ATV/UTV Luggage Styles
Out of all the powersports, ATV's and UTV's have the most
options when it comes to different styles of luggage. With so many
options, every rider should be able to find what they need in
storage no matter what machines are used. Below is a list of the
different styles of luggage for ATV's and UTV's.
Rear Trunk with Seat- Many rear trunks come with added
cushioning to extend the seat onto the back rack for a passenger.
It is important to note that most of seats are not legal for
use while the ATV is moving. Using the added seat in this way
will be done at your own risk, even though it has become a
Cargo Box/Tool Box-
UTV beds are great for hauling things, but they lack
organization. A cargo box or tool box allows you to keep your
tools and other gear organized and protected from the elements.
They are built tough and rugged enough to handle heavier tools.
Plus, many boxes are lockable to keep your expensive tools safe.
The fenders of your ATV are a great place to add more storage.
The fender bags can be mounted to all four fenders, giving you
plenty of added storage. The bags are shaped to fit the
fenders to keep them out of the way. They are another good
option for keeping your belongings close to you for quick access.
A handlebar bag is a perfect place to keep your belongings that
you need to keep close at hand like your GPS, phone, keys and
wallet. These bags can be quickly attached and detached via
hook and loop straps and are small enough to be unobtrusive.