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First Look: Magellan eXplorist TRX7

When I first received our TRX7 sample, it appeared to be a fine product with a design mission I could get behind. Aimed at the off-road enthusiast, that’s me, I assumed it would have a few nice bells and whistles, but admit I didn’t expect such a comprehensive navigational system. It’s far more than just a dash-mounted GPS unit. Available in three different kits, all with the same main unit, our’s arrived with a RAM dash mount for 4x4 users.… read more »

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 »

To Bumper or Not to Bumper. That is the Question.

For a large number of overlanders assembling their version of the perfect travel platform, the decision to add, or not add, an aftermarket bumper eventually intersects with the build plan. This is of course a more recent phenomenon as just a few years ago, during the height of build mania, it was a foregone conclusion that any overland vehicle needed a bumper and the bigger the better. If not out of necessity, because it fit the desired motif. As it… 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 »

XOverland :: Return to the MacKenzie

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KTM Announces new 1090 Adventure R

As we have seen over the years, the cycle of cycles has ebbs and flows and we just happen to be on the verge of a considerable uptick for 2017. Aside from the widespread scramblering of bikes from the big players, there has been a renewed interest in the mid-weight adventure bike. Much of this has been instigated by Honda’s new Africa Twin, which is not only priced well, but it has size and performance metrics that appeal to many… read more »

Field Tested: Primus Tupike 2-Burner Stove

As a general rule of good journalism, it is typically uncouth to invoke the name of one brand while discussing another. I’m going to break that rule. For the better part of the last decade, the overland audience has held Snow Peak in particularly high regard. It’s a well placed affection as they do make extremely nice gear. They are, however, not alone anymore. Primus, the function-forward brand from Sweden and inventors of the modern camp stove, have started to… read more »

Wandering In the Eastern Sierras: Part 1

This trip to the Eastern Sierras was originally planned to take place last summer as a way for us desert dwellers to escape the heat. But as our departure time grew closer, personal plans began to change and ended up not working out. In a way, it was better that way - giving me time to refine the trip to best utilize our time. And now, looking back, it would have been mostly disorganized chaos compared to the epic trip… read more »