After a stifling day, young people loitered on the cement wall alongside the coast enjoying the sea breeze and eating take away from the bustling outdoor market just a parking lot away. Down below, a mess of boulders formed a wave break. Cats pounced between the rocks, unhindered by their strangely peculiar tails; some were stumps, others crooked, and a few with ends like a lollipop. I voiced my sad feelings about these cats a week earlier, happy to hear from a local that it was simply a "special Asian genetic defect".
ExPo: Adventure and Overland Travel Enthusiasts
For many people, a motorcycle isn't just a means of transportation, it's a way to escape; the ordinary, the everyday, the otherwise average. It takes you places only two wheels can - beyond the boundaries of the box, into the backcountry and across countries. Exploring, experiencing and enjoying everything along the way. So when BMW's new water-cooled R1200GS was introduced earlier this year - the latest iteration of their most popular model - it was only a matter of time before we outfitted the bike for its first adventure; a week long expedition to the southeast side of Utah.
Overland SUV of the Year - Runner Up: Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition
For the second year in a row, the Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition has taken our runner-up spot for Overland SUV of the Year. Although certainly biased more towards the street than the Jeep Wrangler, the winner of this year’s Overland SUV award, the 4Runner is no laughing matter on the trail. In fact, those looking for a little less trail capability, and more on-road comfort would likely be happier in a Toyota 4Runner.
It's that time of year again when Overland Journal holds a contest to get some awesome gear into the hands of loyal Expedition Portal readers and members. This year they're doing it big and just bought 18 SureFire G2X Pro Flashlights that you'll have a chance to win by simply signing up for (or renewing) a subscription to Overland Journal. If you're still in the dark about North America's premier overland magazine, this could just be the extra push you need to finally come to the light. (Pun intended.)
2013 marks the 65th anniversary of the iconic British 4WD brand Land Rover. To highlight this, the company has launched a series of throwback advertisements reminicent of some of their most significant ads, with their modern, brand-new fleet of vehicles taking place of the classics.
Which one is your favorite?
Overland SUV of the Year: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary
Ten years of the Rubicon.
Launched to the public in late 2006 amidst times of economic unease and ever-rising fuel costs, the Jeep Wrangler JK became an instant success. It’s proof that innovation and a good concept will almost always thrive—even during times of adversity.
I love that people continue to find new ways to prepare premium coffee in the backcountry. For centuries travelers have extracted themselves from their beds, limbs stiff, eyes puffy, anxious to tilt back that first hot slug of the magic morning elixir––coffee. While some are fine with “cowboy” coffee or feeble instants, most of us prefer a proper brew. The coffee aficionados at Grower’s Cup are not just merchants of premium roasts, they have invented an ingenious method of making coffee on the go a simple and tasty process. We introduce to you, the Coffeebrewer.
Down to the derivative of the Unimog's name (the UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät) it's hard to exactly define what the true purpose of Mercedes' brute off-roader is. Simply calling it a 4WD would be too vague, calling it a tractor would be disingenuous to the decades of development the vehicle has witnessed, and calling it a utility vehicle would simply be an understatement. Those in North America almost exclusively understand the Unimog as an antiquated toy—an eccentric vehicle more at home at a town parade or a 4WD trail. Those in Europe know the Unimog as something drastically different, to them it's a troop carrier, a fire truck, a snowplow, an expedition vehicle, and even a railway-ready vehicle. Mercedes has just released the latest update to the long-standing Unimog lineup, and quite frankly, it's quite significant. (Read more for Unimog Wallpaper)
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