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Why 4x4s Are Better In Australia

October 5th, 2015 Australia is filled with poisonous shit that’s constantly trying to kill you. But it’s also filled with the world’s best four-wheel drive vehicles. Yeah, basically everything the little off-road enthusiast inside of you has ever wanted is here. And I just moved here in order to drive it. We’ll start from smallest to largest. Suzuki Jimny You could compare the Suzuki Jimny to a mini-horse. It’s a proper four-wheel drive with all the correct bits in the right places, just… read more »

Field Tested: Spyderco Squarehead Folder Titanium

October 2nd, 2015 In an industry rife with similarities and subtle nuances between products, it is refreshing to see the occasional departure from the norm. That said, different isn’t always a good thing, although it sure works for Spyderco’s Squarehead Folder. At only 2-inches long when closed with a small 1.3-inch blade, the uniquely shaped square blade is made from high quality CMP S30V powder metallurgy stainless steel. Powdered metal is not to be confused with other powdered products like say, Tang. Powdered… read more »

What Happens When You Press the SOS Button?

October 1st, 2015 A few years ago I wrote an article for Overland Journal reviewing the best personal locator beacons and satellite-based emergency communicators on the market. Not all too much has changed since then with regard to the products and services available, but I continue to get questions about which system I recommend, why, and what my experiences with these units have brought to bear in the years since that first editorial. I get questions about battery life, coverage areas, features, but… read more »

Featured Motorcycle: BMW HP2 Enduro

September 30th, 2015 The BMW HP line of motorcycles is a special group of highly engineered machines produced in low numbers. They are rare, exclusive and attract owners as unique as the bikes themselves. I own a 2006 HP2 Enduro. When I ride, I often have other riders come up and ask me what kind of BMW it is. When I meet other owners of the HP2, I can sense the passion and excitement that they have about it. Often times they even… read more »

Field Tested: Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair

September 29th, 2015 I’m fairly confident in assuming that many of you, like me, have evolved well beyond the days of sitting on rocks and fallen logs. As camp chairs get smaller, lighter, and more comfortable, a relaxing repose around camp is easier than ever. The Treo Chair from Therm-a-Rest is my favorite backcountry throne and for a number of reasons. At just over 2-pounds, I concede the Treo isn’t featherlight. It has some heft to it making it perhaps too heavy for… read more »

Goose Gear

September 28th, 2015 Sometimes you reach a point where it is necessary to upgrade some of your overlanding gear. We feel we have reached that time with our current storage system in the back of our Lexus. Lexy is our trusty steed, a Lexus GX 470 that we love and have kitted out as an overlanding rig. We felt that our storage system could be (greatly) improved upon. So, we contacted Brian Fulton and Matt Hebel of Goose Gear in Westminster, CA to custom build… read more »

North America’s Aging Fleet of Overlanders

September 28th, 2015 One of the water cooler conversations oft had at the Overland International office has to do with the golden age of overland vehicles, an epoch generally awarded to the mid to late 1990s. Scott Brady has an actual year he favors as the zenith of the North American overland truck, which as I recall is circa 1997. This has many overlanders lamenting the current offerings and reflecting on the halcyon days when the market included the iconic machines that defined… read more »

VOTD: The Toll Road (Preview)

September 24th, 2015 Our fellow Expedition Portal member Shane Denherder was a part of this production. You won't want to miss this. Make it big. Make it loud. read more »

Legacy Power Wagon

September 24th, 2015 What’s 1.3 seconds faster from 0-60mph than Magnum PI’s Ferrari 308 GTS-i, gets better fuel economy than a Jeep Cherokee XJ on 31” tires, and turns heads wherever it goes? Well, if the cover photo hasn’t ruined the surprise, then you may be shocked to learn that it’s a classic Dodge Power Wagon.   Yes, that rusty old truck that sits in a barn just down the road from your house, the one that you have considered stopping to ask… read more »

Gear Scout: Klecker Klax Lumberjack

September 23rd, 2015 Just when I think innovation is dead, something like the Klax Lumberjack crosses my desk. Part hatchet, part multi-tool, it is one of those items I didn’t know I needed until I saw it in person. Designed by engineer and inventor Glenn Klecker, the Klax is available in four individual models. The most basic is the Klax Feller, a stripped down axehead designed to be lashed to any handle, even a branch, with para-cord. The Klax Woodsman is a simplified… read more »

Trail Tested: Rukka Airman Jacket and Pants

September 22nd, 2015 I have a number of weaknesses, my ability to endure high temperatures only one of them. I can’t explain it, but I’m worse than a snowman a hot summer day. On a recent trip through the Mojave desert with the mercury tipping 110ºF, I thought I was going to burst into flames or dissolve in a puddle of sweat. My heat induced agony lead me on a search of the best summer riding suit and after several failed experiments, have finally… read more »

Interbike 2015: Adventure Cycling Continues to Expand its Segment

September 18th, 2015 Interbike, the annual convergence of cycling enthusiast from around the world, just wrapped up the 2015 show this week. Although many people including myself feel this show is dying a slow death as a trade show, it is still a place for manufacturers to showcase their latest offerings. For this year, the biggest advancements fell within the world of plus-size tires, particularly in the new 27.5-inch wheel diameter. The other interesting element to the show was the unbelievable number of… read more »