March 2nd, 2015 In what can only be interpreted as another death knell for the overland-ready SUV, Nissan is expected to no longer offer the Xterra after the 2015 model year. For Nissan, the reasons to kill off the Xterra are simple enough. Sales numbers have dipped well below 20,000 units for 2014, a continued decline over the previous year. Perhaps most disconcerting is Nissan’s assertion that demand for capable off-road platforms is being usurped by desires for more fuel efficient and road-biased wagons and crossovers.… read more »Overlanding with kids – going beyond “normal” education
February 27th, 2015 Kids, like ships, are outward bound and ready to leave safe harbor to explore the globe. Why not board the ship, or in our case the Land Rover, and set sail into adventure. Instead of wasting time sitting in a classroom, kids might as well make the whole world a classroom. Where else could a family experience all that can be had by living on the road? Not only the will the children grow through travelling, the nomadic lifestyle will make the parents grow… read more »How a Subaru Conquered Baja!
February 26th, 2015 Okay, maybe “conquer “ is a little grandiose – how about “survived with honor?” It all began after returning from my second year of racing the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally on a vintage motorcycle when my wife said she wanted to go to the next year’s race. “To chase?” I naively asked. “To race,” she said matter-of-factly. Well, since Laura doesn’t really enjoy riding motorcycles, I suspected she meant racing something with four wheels. Being a big fan of… read more »New Adventure Rider: Selecting a Motorcycle
February 25th, 2015 For the new adventure rider, or one returning to the bike after a prolonged hiatus from riding, bike selection is the single most important decision to be made. Choosing the right bike not only ensures riding enjoyment, but it certainly influences rider safety. There are a number of considerations to carefully evaluate, some carrying more importance that others. Displacement In a nutshell, displacement is simply a measurement of engine size. This is not to be confused with engine… read more »Build of the Month: Apache Raven Tent Trailer
February 24th, 2015 We feature a lot of high quality and sometimes pricey trailers on our site. Why? Because we believe that quality should be key on anything you rely on in the back-country. If you lack the fabrication skills or the time to invest into a big trailer project, purchasing one of the ready to roll models is probably your best option. If you like to get your hands dirty however, and you're good with a welder, then a home build could… read more »Retrospective: The Toyota 70 Series Land Cruiser
February 23rd, 2015 Many makes and models of vehicle can perform admirably for the vast majority of overland travel, and some have proven to be more popular than others. Fewer still have risen to iconic status; having shown themselves to epitomize the ruggedness, reliability and efficiency necessary in the harshest of environments. One such vehicle is the 70 Series Toyota Land Cruiser. Introduced in 1984 with a new, updated body style from the previous 40 Series Land Cruisers, the 70 Series was… read more »
February 20th, 2015 Personal cooking systems have become increasingly popular over the last many years and with travelers of every kind. For those with tight size and weight restrictions, the efficiency of a solo cooking system is tough to beat, and even for those with ample storage space, the convenience is reason enough to buy a compact cooker. Primus, arguably the most storied and well known purveyor of backcountry stoves, has their own solo system, the Primus ETA Lite+. At only 14 ounces… read more »Riding Skills: Crossing Deep Water
February 19th, 2015 Being a desert dweller, I don’t get too many chances to cross small streams and rivers. Not to say I never get the opportunity, but it is infrequent enough I often have to remind myself how it’s done. I tend to jog my memory about mid-stream with an audible, “Eeeeks!” For those of you who have yet to cross water with two wheels, here are the finer points I should make a better habit to remember: Stop and assess… read more »2015’s Top Five Overland Vehicles for North America
February 18th, 2015 Knowing their vehicles are destined to be used with a certain degree of abuse, many overladers tend to purchase pre-owned trucks. It also represents a better value, but buying used comes with an undeniable level of risk. For that reason some prefer to start with a clean slate and buy new. The advantage, aside from knowing the complete history of the vehicle, is the added security of a full warranty, and let us not forget the alluring perfume of new car smell.… read more »Field Tested: Tepui Tents Gear Bags
February 17th, 2015 This may not come as a surprise to many of you, but overlanders are very rarely accused of being minimalists. We do love our stuff and can cram even the most sizable vehicles with hulking amounts of gear, some of it even occupying the overflow real-estate atop the roof. It is what it is, right? Our copious amounts of kit keep us safe, comfy, and well supplied for our protracted travels. It does however invariably create challenges for how to… read more »Overland International Spring Sale!
February 16th, 2015 Spring is here and we've decided to discount some of our products to get you and your family outfitted for summer adventures! Overland Journal polos, Expedition Portal long sleeve shirts, and Expedition Portal women's t-shirts are among the clothing items available at a fraction of their original cost. Touareg scarves picked up by our team in Morocco are also on sale for just $12.00 a piece. Looking for some inspiration for your next adventure, or perhaps that last issue to complete your… read more »Leaving footprints in Torotoro and a present from La Paz
February 16th, 2015 Refuelled and rested in Bolivia’s constitutionally recognised capital, Sucre, we scurried the 200 odd miles over rutas 5, 23 and 7 leading us into the urban sprawl that is Cochambamba. The streets were saturated with photocopier shops, crammed in between kiosks bursting with processed junk, chips and salsa, banks of candy and great walls of electrified soda. Hotels and motels straggled over the city were also bountiful, budget-traveller hostels not so much. We stumbled upon a little serendipity tucked away… read more »