Physicists point to the red shift in distant starlight to prove that the universe is expanding. We simply point to our gear for a weekend ski trip. Rooftop gear boxes are the rage these days as they offer anti-theft security, easy flip-up-and-pack-it loading and hard-shell protection (one Saturday morning drive to a ski resort with a traditional rack can leave your new $700 skis as chipped as creamed-beef on toast). And storing gear on the roof opens up space inside your vehicle for important stuff, like your spouse, kids and a cooler of beer. The following boxes can each fit up to six pairs of skis and boots and are compatible with most rooftop racks. See the slideshow to view this year's roof racks.