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Conqueror Off Road Campers Now Available in North America

In the last few years the North American trailer market has exploded. A dozen new manufacturers have entered the fray and existing brands are expanding their offerings with each successive season. Just when it appeared things had reached a saturation point, another trailer option entered the mix––but with a twist. The latest entry in the North American trailer market is no upstart or hobby business housed in someone’s garage. For over 25 years, Conqueror Off Road Campers has provided overlanders… read more »

Buyers Guide: Portable Fridge-Freezers

Fridge freezers are by far one of the most welcomed additions to any overlanding kit. They absolutely change the way you eat in the back country and can raise your culinary game to the next level. True, you can certainly live without one, but once you take the plunge you’ll wonder why you didn’t break the ice leash sooner. There are several advantages, and very few disadvantages to switching from a cooler to a fridge/freezer. However, we won’t be arguing… read more »

Destinations: Peru’s Majestic Cordillera Blanca

With every successive step the trail got steeper and our brief rests more frequent. We didn’t just stop to fill our lungs with gulps of thin air, but also because the view was so immense we couldn’t take it in at a glance. Every momentary pause gave us time to look deeper into the valley and at the trail ahead. It was a stunning sight to behold. Directly in front of us was the Huaytapallana glacier, a jumble of ice… read more »

Living with the Maggiolina Extreme Tent

I have never been bashful on my dislike of roof top tents. Sure, I love the image of a Defender camped with one in the Serengeti, or the romance of a cross-continent expedition; but my main beef has always been in regards to vehicle dynamics when I’m not on some adventure. I felt that ruining my daily commute for occasional camping trips just wasn’t worth it. When Overland Journal started testing a few hard shell roof tents last summer, I… read more »

Trail Tested: Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX

Despite their legacy as one of Europe’s premier manufacturers of climbing hardware and apparel, the Salewa brand is a relative newcomer to the footwear market. That doesn’t mean their boots and shoes have not become extremely popular with the adventure set since their release in 2005. I have personally seen them in action all over the world, from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the heights of the Himalayas and Andes. And with that, here comes a confession. This… read more »

Third Wheeling It

As we approached the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal, the young girl inside the ticket booth opened the window and hung her head out. “Hello, I’d like to pay for me and the guys behind me,” I said. Momentarily nonplussed, her eyes gazed from me, down to our vehicles, then back up to me. “Well,” she said, “You’re the size of a smartcar, but you only have…” she craned her neck to double-check, “three wheels. So, I guess that sort of… read more »

“New” Defenders from the East Coast

For many people the rugged and capable vehicles that built Land Rover's rich heritage have become just that, heritage. Camel Trophy trucks no longer push and wade their way through the depths of foreign jungles, and the rows of machines that once rattled Defenders off the Solihull lines have finally fallen silent.  It would seem that those loyal to the green oval have been relegated to the leather clad luxury machines which wear the badge today; but for a select few that possess a… read more »

Yakima Announces SkyRise, Their Entry into the RTT Market

No one is more aware of the uptick in roof top tent popularity than the Overland International editorial team. We’ve spent the last several years evaluating over a dozen different tents from as many manufacturers. And now there is one more tent entering the mix. Yakima, one of the largest rack manufacturers in the world, has just released their own roof sleeper called the SkyRise. Like many longtime ground tent users, I often wondered why manufacturers of roof top tents… read more »

National Geographic Now Offering USGS Maps For Free

Many of us remember the days when paper USGS topo maps sold for as much as $12 a sheet. That’s assuming you could even find them. When they were eventually made available digitally, they still weren’t cheap and printing them off on a standard printer was a complete headache. All of that is behind us now. The map mavens at National Geographic recently launched a new web-based service which offers all of the 1:24,000 quads in the USGS inventory for… read more »

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Leading up to its debut in 2010,  Ford left no stone unturned while cultivating the ultimate desert weapon: the Ford F-150 Raptor. Still poised firmly at the top of the class it created, the all new Raptor promises substantial improvements over its predecessor. The fully revamped, soon to be released 2017 model is better in every way imaginable. According to Ford, it will be lighter, faster, more powerful, and pretty much more awesome in every way -from engine to suspension, to… read more »

A2A EXPEDITION: Memories of Africa

Anyone who has ever been to Africa will have experienced the contrasts of a continent beautiful and wild, charming and mysterious, dirt poor and dazzlingly rich. My family was born and raised in South Africa, the largest economy in Africa, home to the world’s most liberal constitution, Nelson Mandela, one of the best Rugby teams on the planet, Charlize Theron, and eleven official languages. Cape Town is, without doubt, the most beautiful and cosmopolitan of all African cities and it… read more »

Outdoor Retailer 2016: Overlanding Hits Big

The biggest news at this year's Summer Outdoor Retailer show didn't pertain to a particular product or innovation, but a new bias towards all things overland. I've been attending this show since the mid 1990s, and over the years have witnessed certain trends wax and wane, but the explosive influence in overlanding is an unexpected twist. At the root of it, the actual pursuit of overland travel is not experiencing an uptick in popularity as much as it is an acceptance of… read more »