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Head to Head: Refrigerator or cooler

Every few months, with almost clockwork precision, a discussion pops up on the Expedition Portal forums pitting the virtues of the refrigerator against the time-tested ice chest. Which is better is not an easily answered question. As we tenuously approach a verdict, it is important that we understand everything we can about coolers and fridges. The modern cooler is produced in a multitude of variations using materials as basic as styrofoam to stainless steel and now rotary molded plastic. The… read more »

La Aduana (sorta): 1957 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen

If you’re a bonafide car guy you’re well aware that Porsche prices have gone through the roof lately. Anything air-cooled in particular has exploded in popularity and vehicles not worth big bucks ten years ago, are now fetching eye watering sums. There are a handful of cars that are so rare, they have always been expensive and difficult to obtain. The Porsche 597 Jagdwagen or “Hunting Car,” is certainly one of them. Made from 1955 through 1958 the Jadgwagen was… read more »

Field Tested: Yeti’s Brand New Hopper Flip 12

It was nearly two years ago when I loaded up Yeti’s revolutionary new soft cooler, tossed it in the back of my vehicle, and headed for the red rocks of Moab. In the time since, that cooler, the Hopper 30, has earned a loyal following and by way of a steady stream of counterfeits, has proven it is a colossal success. My Hopper 30 has even supplanted my much-loved refrigerator as my weekend beverage hauler and has become a permanent… read more »

Field Tested: Alpinestars Corozal Adventure Drystar Boot – Oiled

If you’re an adventure motorcycle rider, I don’t have to tell you how expensive good boots are. It’s not hard to burn $500, but Alpinestars has just released a model that might redefine the value proposition. It is the Corozal Adventure. Several years ago I tested their price point boot, the Scout. It was a nice product, nothing too fancy, and at the time seemed like one of the best values on the market at $280. A couple of years… read more »

American Overlander: Blue Ridge Chair Works Chair

I have only met the founder of Blue Ridge Chair Works, Alan Davis, a handful of times but every encounter not only makes me want to buy one of his handmade products, it gives me the sense that I should be outside––doing something fun. He has an infectious charisma, genuine passion for what he does, and I get the impression he could tell endless tales of a lifetime adventuring on the wild rivers of West Virginia. Alan’s story, and that… read more »

The Cost of Van and Camper Living

If you have not traveled in an off-road capable live-aboard vehicle, you really should give it a crack. There is something extremely gratifying about rolling down a remote road, pulling into a level spot with a nice view, and simply crawling into the back to cook a meal and catch some shuteye. According to the RV industry statistics, more than 365,000 recreational vehicles were sold just last year with an increasingly large number of those purpose-built to access the road less… read more »

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