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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 »

Jeep Wrangler, Then and Now

Humans are creatures of habit. We hate change; it’s in our DNA. So when Jeep announced the Jeep Wrangler would be going under the knife yet again, the anxiety in the off road world quickly became palpable. Since Jeep is keeping the beloved Jeep’s fate close to the chest so to speak, let’s ease our anxieties by exploring the evolution of the Wrangler thus far.  It would certainly be justified to begin with the 1940 Willys Quad, but the Quad… read more »

Field Tested: Primus OmniFuel Stove

When purchasing a new camping stove there are a number of critical decisions to be made, the most important of which is selecting the fuel source you plan to burn. This is less of a concern if you happen to own a Primus OmniFuel stove, in which case you can burn just about any fuel you can get your hands on. Designed to burn a variety of liquid fuels including white gas, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation fuel, it also… read more »

Westx1000: Secrets of the Strait

I met Andy Audette on Washington’s western coast one summer, maybe four years ago. The sound of a big cylinder diesel is what I remember most.  A cream colored Ford with an Alaskan Camper stuffed into the truck bed pulled up and tucked itself into a spot right in front of the ocean. From inside the cab came an attractive young woman carrying a newborn baby, an eight year old boy and Andy. The top of the Alaskan came up… read more »

Overland Expo 2015: Day 3

The final day of this year's Overland Expo brought with it the warm temperatures and sunshine most people expected of Northern Arizona. Despite a slightly thinned crowed, vendors and attendees filled the walkways and the driving course again resumed its activities. The better weather gave us a chance to look closer at some of the show's more interesting offerings.   The demand for adventure bikes of all sizes has seen a number of manufacturers scrambling to develop new platforms. Honda,… read more »

Overland Expo 2015: Day Two

Day two of this year's event started off under a blanket of fresh snow, but that didn't stop the crowds from showing up bright and early to take in the many exhibits and classes. While the campground had thinned overnight as some attendees retreated to warmer and dryer accommodations, most held fast and endured the worst of the storm.   If there is a noticeable change in this year's event it would be with the increased number of campers and… read more »

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