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Field Tested: Strongback Elite Chair

While walking the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, a guy at the Strongback booth lassoed me from the crowd and confidently said, “Hey man, sit in this chair.” I paused and asked what made his chair different from the dozens I’ve used. His response, “It won’t wreck your back.” I took a seat. Although I like flop-like-a-sack-of-potatoes sling-style chairs, the Elite’s wide stance, firm back and seat, and lumbar support captured my attention. The frame is engineered with… read more »

2017: What Does the Coming Year Hold for Overlanding?

It seems like every year magazines and websites take a nostalgic look backwards at the year when frankly, it really wasn’t that long ago. To shake things up a tad I thought I would consult the seer, give my two-pence to the sage, and peer into the murk of a crystal ball. As the new year unfolds, what does it have in store for overlanding? Automotive news to watch If the last year offered teases of new vehicles, the next… read more »

From the ExPo Vault: Is your overlander overbuilt?

It would be safe to say overlanding in America, at least under that specific designation, is still in its relative infancy. It wasn’t until recently that many off-road enthusiasts began to convert their 4WD trucks from weekend play things into platforms for extended travel. You can count me amongst the many who took inspiration from the impressively built trucks traversing the Outback of Australia or pushing through the tall grass of the Serengeti. Shortly after acquiring my Land Rover, I… read more »

Visit Canada’s National Parks for Free in 2017!

2016 marked the 100th year of operation for America's National Parks, but as the new year rolls in we find ourselves ready to celebrate two more anniversaries, this time with our neighbors to the North. The first is Canada's 150th year as a nation, a milestone it will recognize with festivities ranging from dancing to naval parades. The second is the centennial celebration of their National Parks, for which they've gone above and beyond to encourage tourism. How you ask? With completely… read more »

Fifth Element Camping

When I first fell in love with mountain biking I was living in San Francisco. Before too long I found myself spending more and more time driving outside of the city in search of new trails. The drive to ride time ratio was becoming a problem, not to mention my bike was crammed in the back seat of my 1991 Nissan Maxima. I knew then that I had to find the perfect vehicle for camping and hauling my beloved bike… read more »

The Top Ten of 2016

If you've been paying attention to social media or the news, it seems like 2016 has been the worst year ever. It's true, the past 12 months have had more than their fair share of disappointments and tragedies, but there was also plenty of good news buried in those massive, steaming, piles of bad. For example, the populations of several endangered species including tigers and pandas began to rise, India planted a record breaking 50 million trees in one day, a peace deal… read more »

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