Corona, CaliforniaLeitner Designs reveals Active Cargo System ROOF, the brand’s first platform rack, and GearPOD ROOF, the world’s first side-opening rooftop storage box. The pair extend Leitner Designs’ leading cargo-carrying design engineering beyond the truck bed to any vehicle with a roof, enabling anyone to securely carry their most valuable gear no matter what kind of vehicle they own. The ACS ROOF and GearPOD ROOF together represent the first-ever integrated rooftop storage system composed of a platform rack and dedicated rooftop cargo box from a single brand.

  • Active Cargo System ROOF and GearPOD ROOF represent the first-ever integrated rooftop storage system composing a platform rack and dedicated rooftop cargo box from a single brand. 
  • GearPOD ROOF is the world’s first side-opening rooftop storage box capable of holding up to 100 lbs on its top, including MAXTRAX and RotopaX, without affecting interior gear accessibility. 
  • Active Cargo System ROOF is the first platform rack on the market with infinitely adjustable load bars — even while the rack is installed on the vehicle.

“We reinvented and perfected the truck bed rack with the Active Cargo System (ACS). But no matter how good it was, ACS only served a portion of the vehicle market: trucks. We wanted to extend our design leadership and know-how beyond the truck bed to every other vehicle. Just like we did for pickups with ACS, we reinvisioned the roof rack with ACS ROOF. We removed major issues and pain points, then we topped it off with the first-ever side-opening roof box, the GearPOD ROOF.” said Leitner Designs Founder and Chief Designer Bernhard Leitner.

ACS ROOF & ACS Platform

Leitner Designs Active Cargo System (ACS) ROOF is unique in the segment because of its infinitely adjustable load bars. Unlike traditional platform racks, the structural rigidity of Leitner Designs ROOF comes from its exterior frame, not the longitudinal load bars. This enables users to add as many or as few load bars as they like — even when ACS ROOF is installed on their vehicle.

With the turn of a few Leitner-branded torx bolts, owners can slide the load bars in a multitude of arrangements, front to rear, thanks to the patented mounting system. ACS ROOF has toothed channels that run the exterior of the rack rather than bolts that run through the exterior frame in a fixed position. The load bars clamp to these toothed channels, creating an adjustable but incredibly secure mounting solution.

In addition to being fully adjustable along the length of the rack, ACS ROOF load bars are twice as wide and twice as strong as the competition; each ACS ROOF load bar is 4.0 inches wide and 1.2 inches tall and features two T-slots (most platform racks feature just one t-slot). The load bars are formed from 1.5mm to 3.0mm multi-wall thickness aluminum — more than twice as thick as other platform racks on the market.

Securely mounting and wiring rooftop accessories, like auxiliary lighting, is easier and cleaner than ever with ACS ROOF. Unlike traditional platform racks, which force users to attach wiring to the rack externally, ACS ROOF’s corner caps can be removed while the rack is installed. The corner caps feature passthrough holes that allow users to run wiring along the inside of the exterior extrusion rails. Running wiring inside the extrusion protects the wiring and eliminates the need for unsightly zip ties.

Leitner also created a version of the platform rack compatible with the brand’s ACS Forged bed racks, called ACS Platform. It’s compatible with all of Leitner Designs’ ACS Forged bed racks and replaces the standard top rails. ACS Platform both lowers the overall height of the ACS Forged (compared to running an auxiliary rack atop the load bars) and increases overall structural rigidity — something racks from other manufacturers can’t.


GearPOD ROOF takes Leitner’s patented GearPOD storage-box design and moves it to the roof — any roof. GearPOD ROOF is designed to work seamlessly with the all-new ACS ROOF rack, but it can be easily attached to virtually any modern platform rack. This makes it an excellent entrée into the Leitner Designs ecosystem.

Leitner_ACS Roof System

Traditional rooftop storage boxes open from the top. The GearPOD ROOF opens from the side. This first-ever design feature not only improves accessibility but also creates additional storage space — the top of the box. The GearPOD ROOF can hold up to 100 pounds of gear on its top. This makes it perfect for mounting off-road necessities like MAXTRAX and RotopaX. In fact, the top of GearPOD ROOF is pre-marked for MAXTRAX and RotopaX mounting hardware attachment locations. Owners simply drill the top of the GearPOD ROOF in the marked locations and install MAXTRAX or RotopaX mounting hardware. A water-tight seal is created between the nut, bolt, and GearPOD ROOF material.

Thanks to the Leitner’s Lid Lifter struts, the GearPOD ROOF door opens to 115 degrees. This means that the door won’t interfere with gear mounted on top of the box or the accessibility of the gear inside.

Unlike rooftop boxes that require cumbersome ancillary exterior-mounted straps, brackets, and padlocks, GearPOD ROOF mounts to virtually platform rack with Leitner Designs’ specially designed internally mounted lock mechanisms. These locks are protected inside the box from the elements (dust, snow, ice, etc.) as well as thieves.

The GearPOD ROOF’s door latches also feature locks for additional security. The key that locks the exterior door is the same that unlocks the GearPOD ROOF from the rack, so there’s no need to carry a jumble of additional keys. What’s more, this means the GearPOD ROOF can be unlocked, unlatched, and removed from a rack in less than 30 seconds.

Leitner Designs also created twin accessory storage bags that nest side by side neatly inside the GearPOD ROOF. Measuring 7.4” tall, 13” deep, 20.5” wide, these storage bags make storing and retrieving gear even cleaner and more secure. The two top-opening bags, which will be available after initial GearPOD ROOF launch, are made from EVA foam and feature carrying handles as well as provision for velcro identifier patches.

GearPOD ROOF is priced at $699. ACS Platform is $850. And ACS ROOF is $1,300. Buyers can find out more about ACS ROOF and GearPOD ROOF at:


Active Cargo System (ACS) ROOF & Platform
Extrusion dimensions: 4.0” wide, 1.2” tall, 1.5 - 3.0mm multi-wall thickness
Number of load bar t-channels: 2
ACS Forged rack, sizes: 5-foot, 6’0” 5’6”, 6’4”, 6’6”
ACS Platform: $850 (includes mounting hardware)
ACS ROOF: $1,300 (includes mounting hardware)
Platform Dimensions and Weight:                                                           
5’: 52” long, 61” wide 2.0” tall, 56 lbs
5’6’: 58” long, 61” wide, 2.0” tall, 57 lbs
6’: 65” long, 61” wide, 2.0” tall, 58 lbs
6’4”: 68” long, 61” wide, 2.0” tall, 59 lbs
6’6’: 72” long, 61” wide, 2.0” tall, 60 lbs

ASC ROOF vehicle applications at launch will be the 2005-2023 Toyota Tacoma, 2010-2023 Toyota 4Runner and 2017-2024 Ford F-250, F-350, F-450

GearPOD ROOF                                                                                          
Exterior diameter: 48” long, 18” deep, 12” tall
Interior volume: 110 quarts
Unit weight: 29 pounds
Top load capacity: 100 lbs.
Door open angle: 115-degree angle
Price: $699 (includes mounting hardware)

 About Leitner Designs:

Leitner Designs is a company of genuine outdoor enthusiasts, driven by the philosophy that life is best spent with family and friends in the great outdoors. Leitner believes it’s in moments outside that we find our best selves. This belief translates to everything Leitner does, from design to manufacturing to customer service. Founder Bernhard Leitner’s love for adventure and the great outdoors drives Leitner’s commitment to providing the highest quality, most innovative truck accessories to help you “Carry Your World.”