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Chevrolet Announces 2016 Colorado 2.8-liter Duramax Diesel

July 31st, 2015 America has gone green. Not in the sense that Leonardo DiCaprio is driving a Prius, or upcycling pallets into crude patio furniture has become a thing. We’re talking about the other green: envy -and why shouldn’t we be? While every city from Bangkok to Bogota seems to have an ever expanding fleet of diesel powered machines, we (in the U.S.) are often left empty handed. Thankfully, it appears that the tide has begun to shift; especially in the truck segment.… read more »

Sirocco Overland: The Beginning of the End (Part 1)

July 30th, 2015 As darkness fell, I was scrabbling around on the floor underneath the 100 series Land Cruiser trying to locate the origin of the fast flowing fuel leak emanating from the main tank. With the beam from my head torch, I could see the stream of petrol arcing like an ornamental fountain away from the top of the tank. This was going to be tough to get to, but even tougher to try and repair. Just moments earlier we had filled… read more »

American Overlander: Arizona Outdoor Furniture

July 29th, 2015 It’s no secret the modern overlander has a predisposition for creature comforts. A typical overland campsite often has finer appointments than many brick and mortar homes. This is certainly true if your campsite is adorned with furnishings from Arizona Outdoor Furniture. In an age when most camping tables are inevitably headed for the dumpster, Arizona Outdoor Furniture’s offerings are built to be handed down to the next generation. Designed and fabricated by well-known overlander Brian DeArmon, his creations are the… read more »

Honda’s New Africa Twin: The Final Details Released

July 28th, 2015 After what amounts to effectively a two-plus decade wait, the final announcement of the forthcoming Honda Africa Twin hit this weekend with less impact than I would have expected. It’s not because the new Twin isn’t a stunner on paper. If anything, I think most people are reserving their excitement for the day when these machines finally start rolling onto dealer floors. According to Honda that should happen in the early months of 2016. In what I would say is… read more »

Trevolta’s Crowd Funded Travel Site Announces the End

July 27th, 2015 Some people likely saw this coming. I know many people wanted it to happen. Either way, it would seem that crowd funded travel has taken a hit as of late with Trevolta announcing the end of their services. You may remember our coverage of Trevolta in December of 2013 at the time of their launch. My op-ed about the acceptance of crowd funded travel stirred up a great deal of discussion, both for and against. The voices in the latter… read more »

Madagascar in a 25 Year Old Pajero: The Red Island of Africa (Part 2)

July 27th, 2015 Madagascar, the Red Island of Africa, is sometimes described this way not because of its socialist past, but because of the color of the local soil. This island was once covered almost entirely with green rainforest, but the slash-and-burn agricultural technique of local farmers has led to heavy erosion over time. Today, throughout the country, the reddish color dominates the soil. While driving there, red dust quickly covered all our belongings inside the cabin. Near the town of Ambalavao, we… read more »

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Trust Is Best Served Ignorant

July 24th, 2015 From the back seat, free of a seatbelt and full of unspoken worry, I studied our driver. His right wrist casually rested on the shift lever ready for his next challenge, and in turn, gear-change. Fingers clutched both a lighter and a cell phone glowing with updates from the Facebook feed which he, coolly, scrolled through. Never missing a beat on this beaten path, he - to my horror - formed responses! I grew more nervous. Trying to hide the… read more »

Rugged Ridge Releases New Roof Rack for Two-Door JK

July 23rd, 2015 It seems that all too often modifications show up that create more problems than they solve. They block factory features, require you to drill or cut into your vehicle, and sometimes just don't interface with any other accessories. It's refreshing then to see products that not only solve your problem, but make using your vehicle easier and more enjoyable. It would appear that Rugged Ridge has done just that with their new roof rack. Like their existing rack available for the… read more »

Field Tested: Caribou Luggage Commando Soft Panniers

July 22nd, 2015 Soft luggage or hard cases? That is the question. Looking at it as objectively as possible, it is safe to say both systems have their obvious advantages and undeniable foibles. We could go into those pros and cons until we’re blue in the face, but ultimately it all depends on a rider’s needs and how they fit into a particular style of travel. Straddling this fence as a clever alternative is the Caribou Commando Soft Bag system. Blending many of… read more »

Gear Scout: Garmin Epix GPS Watch

July 21st, 2015 There are a number of contemporary products available today that would have defied the imaginations of the most creative science fictionists just a few years ago. I doubt Jules Verne or H.G. Wells could have dreamed of something as sophisticated as Garmin’s new Epix GPS watch. A marvel of futuristic technology, it is straight out of a bond film or comic book. In reality, the GPS watch is nothing new. I reviewed one of the first such wearables a few… read more »

Mother Nature’s Mayhem

July 20th, 2015 Mother Nature has a way of letting us know we are not always the masters of our own destinies. She collaborates with the earth, sun, and moon as they circle around each other in an eternal ballet, drifting through the heavens. However, when not painting striking sunsets and panoramas suited for the big screen, her more terrestrial doings can wreak havoc. She shuffles the tectonic plates, causing seismic chaos and squeezing magma from the planet’s core, and then whips up… read more »

Madagascar in 26 year old Mitsubishi Pajero (Part One)

July 20th, 2015 Coen was waiting for us at the airport. My plan was to jump in the car, drive right away 3-4 hours to the nearest National Park, and see lemurs. I did not want to waste the entirety of the following day just to drive such a short stretch of road. It was getting late and Coen was against this idea. He said that after dark, drunken soldiers replace police checkpoints and meeting them on the way is not a pleasant… read more »