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The Overland International Thanksgiving Sale!

November 26th, 2015 If you're anything like us, the last thing you want to do after thanksgiving is spend all day waiting in lines. That doesn't mean you want to miss out on those black Friday deals though, which is why we're discounting all of our products now through Monday. For a limited time buy a one year subscription for yourself or a friend and receive another one free! Maybe some cool merchandise is more up your alley? Get 15% off any gear, apparel, or decals… read more »

NMBR’s Long-term BFGoodrich KO2 Review: 15,000 Mile Report

November 26th, 2015 In March, New Mexico Backroads [NMBR] began the 2015 overland guide season with a new set of BFGoodrich 37x12.50R17 KO2 tires mounted on the NMBR Rubicon for a yearlong review.  “Is it time to come back to an all-terrain tire?”—this question would serve as the running theme for New Mexico Backroads’ ongoing review of the KO2. Would an overlanding based professional or enthusiast be willing to give up their big block mud-terrains for BFGoodrich’s next generation aggressive all-terrain tire? As… read more »

Wunderlich Releases 2WD 1200GS

November 25th, 2015 EICMA usually has a collection of the newest and coolest motorcycles around, and this years show in Milan was no exception. Everything from new Indian motorcycles and Bimota carbon cafe racers, to a 230 horsepower aprilla concept were unveiled, but it was a rather colorful GS 1200 that got our attention. Why the enthusiasm over a neon beamer? Because Wunderlich international has converted it to a 2WD. The first "two-wheeler" GS is actually a hybrid, and uses electricity to power a… read more »

Featured Vehicle: Mowgli the Unimog

November 25th, 2015 We were heading home to the UK from the Norwegian Arctic Circle and nearing the end of our annual off road pilgrimage. It was the end of January, a chilly -45°c, dusk at 13:30 and the winter arctic sun was setting in our eyes. Yet inside the cockpit of our modern Hilux, we were warm and making good progress southwards. In 4 wheel drive, the traction control was working perfectly on the thick ice laden road. It was our tradition… read more »

The Baja Rally – Plenty of Dust, Not A Lot of Glory

November 24th, 2015 Navigation racing is not something American’s are all that aware of. Tell someone about your experience racing a TSD rally, and they’ll bat their eyes and stare blankly. Talk about Rally Raids or Dakar, and they might ask you about Africa. So it makes sense that the Baja Rally, a navigation based cross-country race down Mexico’s infamous peninsula, is not a well known event…yet. Built by a man named Scotty Bloom, affectionately known on the internet as “Breauxman,” and his… read more »

Living Legends: Colonel John Blashford-Snell

November 23rd, 2015 “Would you like to see Stanley’s compass?” It was a gray, drizzly morning in southwest England. The man standing next to me opened a small wooden box, removed a weathered brass compass, and carefully handed it to me. I queried, “Henry Morton Stanley?” He replied, “Yes, this is the compass Stanley was carrying when he found Livingstone. It was a gift to me from the family.” Casting an eye around his charming home-office I noticed display cases of medals, photos… read more »

Beer is Love: Ninkasi Brewing

November 22nd, 2015 The craft beer movement is on fire in America, and especially in the Pacific North West. Eugene, Oregon based brewery Ninkasi Brewing has been making quality craft beer since 2006, and doing things a bit different than the competition. While the company’s main focus is on creating high quality craft beer, they also consider the community, its employees and the environment as parallel priorities. Ninkasi also believes in supporting grass roots sports, events and lifestyles which “perpetuate better living.” I… read more »

Roof tent or Ground tent? An important Question for Every Overlander.

November 19th, 2015 On a recent expedition and TV shoot in Zambia, I used a well-respected roof tent by Ezi-Awn. And it made me think. In my travels I have used many types of roof tent, as well as many types of ground tent. The advantages and disadvantages of each type are not always obvious to travelers who have never rigged and slept in a roof tent. Which do I prefer? Which one is easier to erect, wrap up, and which type is… read more »

MSR Whisperlite Universal Backpacking Stove and Quick 2 Pot Set

November 18th, 2015   Relying on a stove handmade from a beer can fuelled by 97 per cent pharmaceutical alcohol, worked flawlessly for months on the road through the Americas.  Certainly in non-windy conditions and when circumstances permitted us to be time-rich.  However, seasons change, the weather picks up and it becomes nigh on impossible to source almost pure alcohol in various portions of Latin America.  This gave rise to a pressing need for something a little more accessible; a sustainable solution that… read more »

36 Hours of Adventure: Eastern AZ and the Mogollon Rim

November 17th, 2015 I strongly believe that every so often people need a reset. We weren't meant to sit at a desk and stare at a screen for nine hours a day, and the constant chains of emails, spread sheets, and beeping alerts we endure is enough to drive anyone mad. Everyone escapes the never ending parade of technology a little differently. Some do it through a spa-day, others choose a crazy weekend in Vegas, and my friends and I prefer to shrug it off with a little nature and… read more »

Of Kangaroos, Stubbies, and Endless Sand Seas (Part II)

November 16th, 2015 Golden rays of light skipped over the red sands of the Simpson Desert, dispersing long shadows in their wake and alerting us of a new day. Peering out of my swag and across a shallow ephemeral lake, small birds pecked at the newly formed tarn. Breaking camp on this morning would begin the second half of ARB’s Outback Experience. In Part I of the adventure, I’d signed off after trekking the backroads from Broken Hill to the edge of the… read more »

Schutt XVENTURE XV-2: The wrap up

November 13th, 2015 "We just passed 11,000 feet," my passenger said with a smirk. We were heading up Imogene pass, a trail which tops out over 13,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado. A rock-buggy was coming down the easy line on the left, but stopped when he saw us climbing with the trailer in tow. The rest of his group had already lined up behind him making it nearly impossible to back his rig up. Looking to the right, I knew the trailer… read more »