It’s impossible, goes the old quote by Christopher Bullock in The Cobbler of Preston, “to be sure of anything but Death and Taxes.” But there’s one more thing you can be sure of: Moving sucks.
Frequent moves are perhaps the biggest source of frustration in modern life. Whether it’s your first major move or you’re a seasoned hand, things break in transit or are lost in the chaos. Hell, with the exception of two years in my beloved Brooklyn bachelor pad, I’ve moved almost every year for the last decade and it never becomes less difficult. Moving, it seems, remains a constant nightmare no matter where you are, or whether you’re in uniform or, you know, wearing regular people clothes.
That’s where the Speedbox comes in. After weeks of testing, I can attest that the military-grade molded mobile storage containers are perhaps the best vehicles for a big move, whether you’re deploying overseas or getting your kid (or yourself) into a college dorm.
Inspired by the “miserable” experience of loading up a pallet for a deployment to Afghanistan more than a decade ago, Army Special Forces veteran Matt Summers dreamed up the Speedbox as a simple, modular solution to the challenge of cramming all your expensive gear into a single container for a rough ride.
“Our misery stemmed from cheap, weak, and insecure boxes, that when stacked together either exceeded the usable dimensions, left a large amount of space unused, or created instability on the pallet,” Summers explains. “These conditions wasted our time, jeopardized the mission-critical contents and invoked the rejection by the Air Force Loadmasters: ‘Repack!’”
The containers, handmade in the United States, get the job done. Durable and extremely stackable, they can haul up to 250 lbs (or 40 gallons) and provide a safe and secure storage unit for precious cargo while maximizing available space, an essential priority whether you’re loading a pallet onto a C-130 or filling up a U-Haul for a cross-country move. Indeed, Speedbox products have proven so efficient that they’re currently used by Army Special Forces, Navy explosive ordnance disposal techs, and Air Force PJs when shipping out.
They may be military-grade, but they’re not just for the military. I tested lugging the Speedbox around my neighborhood with various loads, from heavy and unwieldy items (my books, which are a nightmare in standard cardboard moving boxes) to some valuables (that nice bottle of Remy Martin 1738 I picked up during my stint at Maxim — don’t ask). If it’s good enough for the military, it’s good enough for a nasty civilian, right?
I was proven right. Not only did the container make packaging and stowing each item easy, but the wheels and handle system provided handling more akin to airport luggage than hefty storage containers, making moving around tight corners and up narrow flights of stairs a relative breeze.
Even better, the handles on each Speedbox snap into the body of the neighboring unit, preventing items from shifting unexpectedly during transport. On top of that, the container’s airtight gasket seal protects against water damage or shifts in atmosphere, ensuring that items remain in the same condition they were in when packed regardless of where you might travel.
If you’re someone who moves frequently (or even just has some valuables they’d like locked away), the Speedbox might be the best possible option for you. At $575 apiece, they may be a bit of an investment, but here’s a bonus: With a drain in the bottom, it doubles as a beer cooler.