Expanding on the milk crate idea and working to improve the concept, Plano released the V-Crate last year at the 2017 ICAST Show.
I was very anxious to review this but popularity and late production delayed my delivery. When it finally arrived, I was shocked, overwhelmed and in awe.
The well-made crate has two “v”-shaped slots that hold (2) 3600 or (2) 3700 StowAway boxes on each side, which are easy to access when sitting in a kayak. Each box is secured with a rubber strap that keeps them safe and protected. The top has an access hole for storing items such as gloves, sun block and more, however organization lacks and your items may become jumbled together.
The top of the Plano V-Crate is spacious enough to store drinks, sunscreen and other items. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Hauswirth)
There are two bottom latches that open to a hidden and semi water-tight compartment. Access to these areas can be difficult when out on a kayak. This depends on how deep your back kayak storage area. The latches may not be reachable or your kayak may not be stable enough to sit sideways to access it. However this area is a great and nearly waterproof place to store your wallet and valuables that you do not need to use during your kayak trip.
If your V-Crate falls out of your boat, don’t worry … it floats! It will protect your items from sinking for a while but the bottom compartment did show signs of leakage once it was pulled out of the water.
The bottom has a non-slip surface but seems very tippy if not secured down properly. The tracks are a great idea and allows for some customization to the user. I mounted a Railblaza HD Starport with no issues and am now able to customize a rod holder or mount a tray. An additional 3 rod holder can be mounted to the plastic case on the back side as well.
Make the most of your V-Crate Plano by attaching a rod mount or tray. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Hauswirth)
Overall, I thought it was a great first revision of the V-Crate. It could be improved with a larger foot-print and better top storage for organization. Bottom storage is adequate if you intend to use it for items that you will not need to access on the water.
For more information on the Plano V-Crate Tackle Box, visit PlanoMolding.com.
Review written by Gary Elliott, facilitator of www.facebook.com/GarysOutdoorNewsandReviews and @garys_outdoor_news_and_reviews.