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Adventure Concept: Mini Cooper Adventure

Since its initial release its modern form, the Mini Cooper seems to generate big ideas. Some come to fruition and roll into the market place. Others, like this concept project as envisioned by young apprentices and their mentors at BMW in Munich, are just creative exercises, examples of what could be done if they cared to do so. Starting with a Mini Cooper S Pacemen as the base platform, they set out to create a pint-sized adventure mobile with as… read more »

Understanding Weights and Ratings

When planning to tow a trailer there's more to consider than just the rated towing capacity of the vehicle. Hitch rating, tongue weight rating, payload capacity, unbraked towing capacity (if a brake controller is not installed), aftermarket accessories, cargo, and passengers all affect the maximum trailer weight that a vehicle can safely tow. Adding to the confusion, manufacturers often exaggerate the tow ratings they give their vehicles in an effort to one-up the competition. Understanding how to calculate accurate values and how they'll affect handling off-pavement… read more »

The Lost Fishing Fleet of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan

While driving across north western Uzbekistan we decided to risk a fine for not registering with the authorities straight away, and headed into the desert to look for the Aral Sea. This isn’t as easy as it sounds as there are no roads to it, no signposts, and it is nowhere near the size or shape it use to be.   In the 1940’s the Soviet Union diverted the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers away from the Aral, the… read more »

Field Tested Helinox Chair One and Table

As editorial subjects go, this is one of those topics that makes me recoil. The primary reason is simple enough. There is no perfect camp chair. All of them come with their own little short comings and peccadilloes, this assuming they don’t outright stink from the get-go. Hand me a chair to review, and in return I’ll give you a dubious glare. Want to add insult to injury, pair that chair with a folding table. That is unless, we're talking… read more »

Kakadu BushRanger SE

We departed this year's Overland Expo with the newest member of the Kakadu Camping family in tow: the untested BushRanger SE. Our first destination was southern Utah, where we spent 11 days slogging through mud, fording streams, and bracing against wind storms. Next we turned south, to pull the trailer over the granite-strewn trails of northern Arizona. What's our impression after two weeks on the road with the Kakadu BushRanger SE? Read on... The Trailer At first glance the trailer might look very familiar, and it… read more »

Baja Tested: REV’IT! Sand II Jacket and Pants

REV'IT! calls it the Sand II suit, and given that handle, where better to evaluate it than Baja. Although our recent foray into Mexico appeared to be little more than a boy’s boondoggle, it was playing hooky with a purpose. Prior to leaving, we had amassed a pile of premium products we planned to test in the harsh environs of Baja’s backcountry. Topping that pile was Revit’s most popular adventure riding suit, the Sand II.   For the sake of full… read more »

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