Whether you use your ATV for work or pleasure, you always need to carry some necessities.
Sure, you could carry them in a backpack, but that will get heavy and uncomfortable pretty quickly. And let’s be honest, you’ve got a powerful bit of kit beneath you that can take the strain, so let it!
Storage boxes for ATV come in a variety of shapes and sizes so you are bound to find one that meets your needs. Whether you want a big, solid, sturdy chest for your fishing kit, or you prefer a softer bag that can double as a rear seat, there is something for everyone. By the way, if you are researching what oil types are the best for your Hemi 5.7, we have you covered.
Below you will find reviews of some of the best ATV storage boxes available at the moment. We’ve done the dirty work so you don’t have to. Check out what customers love about each box and what they wish could be better.
If none of the boxes we chose takes your fancy, be sure to check out our buyer’s guide. We’ve put together some information covering all the different aspects of ATV storage boxes that you should consider.
Top 5 Best ATV Storage Boxes
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This is somewhere between a storage box and a back seat. It will give you plenty of room for storage without sacrificing comfort for your passenger.
Made from ‘durable impact resistant polyethylene’ this storage box will see you and your gear safe through every adventure. The construction is top-notch giving it a solid, sturdy look and feel.
The rubber tongue and groove seal prevents water from leaking into the box at the lid. You will need to seal the holes you drill for the u-bolts to make it fully waterproof.
The box has a storage capacity of 7 cu ft split over two compartments. There is plenty of space here for helmets, gas, oil, and hunting kit.
The bottom storage area goes across the full length of the box and a smaller compartment spans the width of the box. You can fit long items like bows and rifles in the lower compartment but you will need to slide them in and out which is a bit annoying.
The seat is padded enough to give a comfortable ride. It also has handles and armrests so your passengers can feel secure wherever you go.
The latches and lock both seem to be decent quality. No loose latches when you hit the bumpy ground which is always good!
To be honest there don’t seem to be any major complaints with this box. It has two jobs and it does both of them excellently.
- 7 cu ft of storage.
- Fits helmets, bows and rifles.
- Comfortable padded rear seat.
- Good quality latches.
- Fully waterproof.
- Fiddly to mount with u-bolts.
This is an interesting design for a storage box. It has a tubular steel frame that the tarpaulin fabric cover stretches across.
This design gives you more storage space than other soft boxes but does leave the sides exposed as there is no padding.
According to the manufacturer, the inch-thick cover fits snuggly to the frame to provide a waterproof seal at all times. Customers agree with the makers on this one. It does a great job of keeping your gear clean and dry, only allowing a little damp in from significant downpours.
The amount of storage in this box is incredible. The large back compartment can take at least two bows according to one happy user! A velcro divider is supplied if you want to split the back compartment up for whatever reason.
It also has two removable front pockets which act as armrests for the passenger. These are a pretty good size, perfect for your lunch!
The seat is detachable but when in use provides good cushioning for your passenger even though it doesn’t look like much.
This box can be secured to your rear rack with the straps at the bottom. They seem to be very sturdy and easy to use. You don’t need to spend time messing about with drills and u-bolts for this.
This box comes highly recommended. They seem to last for years according to customers which means you get great value considering its fairly low price.
- Steel frame design gives rigidity.
- Plenty of storage options.
- Removable front pockets and cup holders.
- Heavy duty mounting straps.
- Can store oversized items like bows and rifles.
- Water resistant but not waterproof.
- No side padding to protect your belongings
Black Widow is a well-liked name in the ATV world. Their locking cargo box lives up to the brand reputation.
At 35” L x 17 ½ “ W x 14” H, this is a massive box. It can store two adult helmets side by side and still have room for other essentials like a gas canister and then some! In total, you get 5.6 cu ft of storage!
It’s made from high-density polyethylene and is pretty damn robust! It won’t crack on bumpy roads and can take some stacked kit on top as well.
The box is shipped with four u-bolts which need to be fitted to the base of the box to hold it in place. This is simple enough to do but you will need a drill to get through the base. Depending on your ATV rack, this could be a fiddly process but will ultimately make it more secure than tying it down.
A padded backrest is included on the front of the box so a passenger can comfortably lean against it. It doesn’t win any prizes compared to dedicated back seats but it works well enough.
The major complaint customers seem to have with this box is the flimsy latches. The box has two latches and a lock in the middle. The lock seems to be of good quality and works well. The latches can bump open when off-road which is infuriating but as long as you use the lock, the lid should stay closed.
Overall this is a sturdy, spacious storage option for your ATV. As long as you seal the holes you drill to mount it, this box is fully waterproof so what more could you ask for?
- Fully waterproof.
- 5.6 cu ft of storage.
- Sturdy construction.
- Tongue and groove lid system.
- Padded backrest attached.
- Fiddly mounting system.
- Weak latches.
- No drain plug.
This is as simple as they come but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t do a cracking job.
Made from sturdy diamond tread aluminum, this box can take a lot of abuse. It is scratch-resistant and rust-resistant which is very much appreciated.
The lid opens with a paddle latch so there isn’t much chance of it bursting open mid-ride. The lock is sturdy and comes with two keys, always handy!
The whole box is waterproof benefiting from slid welds at the joins and waterproof foam taping in the lid. Whatever you put in here will be bone dry even after a downpour.
You will need a decent drill to get through the metal if you are going to attach it using u-bolts or anything similar. Also, you will need to use rubber washers or sealant on the bolts once in place to maintain the waterproofing.
The price is quite steep for what is essentially a basic metal box. The durability and sturdiness do sort of makeup for the price. If it’s in your budget then it’s a good choice.
- Heavy duty construction.
- Fully waterproof.
- Sturdy paddle latch.
- Plenty of storage room.
- Fiddly to mount.
- Fairly expensive for what it is.
This is a nifty, lightweight storage solution that also adds a rear passenger seat to your ATV.
Made from water-resistant polyurethane, this storage box will definitely protect your kit from splashes and small downpours but it is not fully waterproof. You can coat it with a waterproof spray if you want to, though that will be an added cost.
There are three storage compartments, one along the back and 2 along the sides. These form the back and armrests for the seat. The storage compartments have double padded walls to protect your belongings from impact. The padding also helps the boxes keep their shape which makes accessing your gear easier.
Attached using winch straps, the box is pretty secure once it’s on as long as you tighten up those straps.
Some customers have reported that the rear seam gives out during rides especially when the box has heavy items inside. This is probably because the winch strap attaches to the base of the bag. The force of heavy items moving around rips the seam away from the base and the strap.
It’s important to remember that not every customer has had this experience. It could have been a faulty batch, but it is a worrying sign.
The seat is comfortable for adults and children. It is made from a dense foam that provides plenty of support and cushioning.
Overall, for what you’re paying this is a decent bit of kit. It’s not the strongest or fanciest but it will keep your gear clean and dry for the most part.
- Double padded walls to protect your gear.
- Comfortable padded seat.
- Easy mounting with sturdy winch straps.
- Plenty of storage space.
- Rear seam is a weak point that may rip.
- Water resistant not waterproof.
Best ATV Storage Boxes Buying Guide
What you need to remember about ATV storage boxes, is that they are open to the elements. Their job is to keep your kit and gear clean, dry, and safe so there are a few things to think about.
Hard or Soft?
Some storage boxes are rigid and actually look like boxes. Often these are made from plastic to keep the weight down, though you can find some metal boxes.
The benefit of hard storage boxes is that it offers more impact protection. Ideally, you shouldn’t be taking any impact on your ATV, but accidents happen. The hard boxes tend to prevent more breaks and damage to your kit providing they are made from quality materials.
A hard box also allows you to stack things on your ATV without having to worry about crushing your supplies. Again, this will only work if you buy a good quality box. Cheap plastic won’t be much use.
Soft storage ‘boxes’ are essentially bags. Often these are shaped like a backrest and include a padded seat so you can seat a passenger comfortably.
Soft storage boxes are generally cheaper but still offer decent protection for your kit. Most of the time they have padded walls to add an extra layer of protection. Of course, these padded walls don’t compare to hard boxes. Stacking on top of soft storage boxes will lead to things getting crushed if stacked improperly.
This is probably the most important thing to consider when buying a storage box for your ATV. You will be out in all weathers and going over and through all kinds of terrain. Unless you want your kit soaked through and caked in mud, you should get a properly waterproof box.
Hard boxes made from plastic are waterproof everywhere except the seams where the lid and body join. You need to make sure that your box has seals where the lid connects or you’ll find that water gets in.
Tongue and groove seal made from rubber or foam tends to be the best way to keep water out. Rubber is generally better than foam as foam can lose its shape over time.
Some hard boxes don’t use rubber or foam and rely on the tight fit of the lid to the body. Sometimes this works well but it isn’t a done deal. You are better off with rubber or foam.
If you are looking to get a metal box, all the above still applies but you also need to check whether it is rustproof.
To stop a metal box being ruined by water it should be treated with anti-rust paint or spray. Some will have had this done during the manufacturing process, others will need to be done by you.
Soft boxes should be made out of waterproof material like polyester or vinyl. Be sure to check whether the material is waterproof or water-resistant. Water-resistant material will keep your gear dry through short showers but won’t withstand prolonged downpours.
Again, the seams of your boxes are going to be the weakest point. You should look for boxes with taped seams and zips. This will stop water from leaking into the box at the weak points.
Figuring out how to attach your box to your ATV is crucial. If you do it wrong, well, you’re going to lose all your kit at the first bump.
Most boxes come with straps that can be attached to the rear rack of your ATV. These are simple and effective and tend to allow the bags to fit multiple ATVs.
Hard boxes sometimes use u-bolts which are screwed to the bottom of the box, connecting it to the rack. These tend to be more secure but they can let water in.
Whether you go for straps or bolts, the main thing to remember is quality. You might find that you need to buy different straps or bolts if the supplied hardware isn’t as strong or durable as you’d like.
Always do a test run when you’ve mounted your box and another once it’s filled. The last thing you want is for your box to come off while you’re out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a lock for my storage box?
That really depends on what you are going to use it for. If you’re carrying expensive gear and will be leaving it unattended then a lock is a good idea.
Most hard storage boxes have locks as well as latches so you won’t struggle to find one with a lock.
Soft storage boxes don’t tend to have locks as they use zips or ties. You can always put a padlock on the zips if you are worried about theft.
As well as protecting your gear from thieves, locks can help protect your gear during a ride.
Sometimes the latches on storage boxes can pop open during bumpier parts of the ride. This could be because they weren’t shut properly, because they are broken or because they are poor quality.
Whatever the reason, the fact is that if the box is locked, your stuff won’t fly out because the lid won’t open.
Can I sit or stand on my storage box?
The real question here is should you stand on your storage box?
Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Some boxes may be able to take your weight, it will depend on the material and quality of the box.
However, even if a manufacturer gives a load-bearing weight, and you are under that weight, the box can still break.
Load-bearing weights tell you how much a thing can hold across the whole surface. When you stand on something you put all of your weight on two areas the size of your feet. It is not a good idea.
You should never sit on a storage box while the ATV is moving. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why! If you can’t sit on the seat then you don’t get to ride the ATV!
Are straps or u-bolts better to secure the box?
For hard boxes, u-bolts are better. They are stronger than fabric straps and are fitted to the base of the box which means they won’t catch on anything.
You can’t use u-bolts for soft boxes made of fabric. Cutting a hole to fit a bolt would just weaken the integrity of the bag.
In the case of soft boxes, straps are the best fastening tool. Make sure they are made of good quality material and be sure to check the straps and seams regularly for any wear and tear.