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Head to Head: Refrigerator or cooler

May 27th, 2015 Every few months, with almost clockwork precision, a discussion pops up on the Expedition Portal forums pitting the virtues of the refrigerator against the time-tested ice chest. Which is better is not an easily answered question. As we tenuously approach a verdict, it is important that we understand everything we can about coolers and fridges. The modern cooler is produced in a multitude of variations using materials as basic as styrofoam to stainless steel and now rotary molded plastic. The… read more »

Jeep Wrangler, Then and Now

May 26th, 2015 Humans are creatures of habit. We hate change; it’s in our DNA. So when Jeep announced the Jeep Wrangler would be going under the knife yet again, the anxiety in the off road world quickly became palpable. Since Jeep is keeping the beloved Jeep’s fate close to the chest so to speak, let’s ease our anxieties by exploring the evolution of the Wrangler thus far.  It would certainly be justified to begin with the 1940 Willys Quad, but the Quad… read more »

The Roads of Costa Rica

May 25th, 2015 We were cruising down the Pan-American Highway on a new water-cooled BMW 1200GS, as the tropical vegetation whizzed by in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of green. Although we were traveling at a decent clip, it wasn’t fast enough to outrun the oppressive midday heat. Things will cool down once we make it to the coast, I remember thinking. Just then, I caught a glimpse of something red and blue in my side mirror and suddenly, alongside me in the opposing lane,… read more »

Bikepacking Southeastern Oregon’s Big Country

May 22nd, 2015 If you haven't lived here awhile you probably hear “Oregon” and think of its lush, rained soaked coast and stark volcanic cones. Though once you start poring over topo maps or fire up the engine and head east you realize that the entirety of Oregon’s vast eastern half is a rugged sagebrush desolation. It’s too hot, too dry, too boring. Definitely not worth the drive. Unless of course you have the inclination to poke around. Every time I've steered east… read more »

Field Tested: Primus OmniFuel Stove

May 21st, 2015 When purchasing a new camping stove there are a number of critical decisions to be made, the most important of which is selecting the fuel source you plan to burn. This is less of a concern if you happen to own a Primus OmniFuel stove, in which case you can burn just about any fuel you can get your hands on. Designed to burn a variety of liquid fuels including white gas, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation fuel, it also… read more »

Westx1000: Secrets of the Strait

May 20th, 2015 I met Andy Audette on Washington’s western coast one summer, maybe four years ago. The sound of a big cylinder diesel is what I remember most.  A cream colored Ford with an Alaskan Camper stuffed into the truck bed pulled up and tucked itself into a spot right in front of the ocean. From inside the cab came an attractive young woman carrying a newborn baby, an eight year old boy and Andy. The top of the Alaskan came up… read more »

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First Drive: 2015 Ram Rebel

May 19th, 2015 When Ram Truck announced that they were working on a “sporty” new 1500 4WD, it prompted a tornado of speculation and debate. The most commonly heard comment, at least from the standpoint of this journalist’s ears, was that Ram had its sights set on the Ford Raptor. Though I didn’t have any doubt that the brand could go head-to-head with the Raptor if they wanted to, I’ve always thought of Ram trucks as heavy-duty, haul-or-tow-anything, run-forever work trucks. What I… read more »

Overland Expo 2015: Day 3

May 18th, 2015 The final day of this year's Overland Expo brought with it the warm temperatures and sunshine most people expected of Northern Arizona. Despite a slightly thinned crowed, vendors and attendees filled the walkways and the driving course again resumed its activities. The better weather gave us a chance to look closer at some of the show's more interesting offerings.   The demand for adventure bikes of all sizes has seen a number of manufacturers scrambling to develop new platforms. Honda,… read more »

Overland Expo 2015: Day Two

May 17th, 2015 Day two of this year's event started off under a blanket of fresh snow, but that didn't stop the crowds from showing up bright and early to take in the many exhibits and classes. While the campground had thinned overnight as some attendees retreated to warmer and dryer accommodations, most held fast and endured the worst of the storm.   If there is a noticeable change in this year's event it would be with the increased number of campers and… read more »

Overland Expo 2015: Day One

May 16th, 2015     For those of us who have never missed an Overland Expo event, we recall years with high winds, hot temperatures, plenty of nice blue sky,  but not one with snow. As the first day of the 2015 show came to a close, fat snowflakes started to accumulate. Overlanders being who they are, took the weather in stride, bundling up and smiling through weather's worst.   Despite the marginal weather, the attendance was better than expected, and today should… read more »

Featured Vehicle: ARB’s Toyota Tacoma

May 13th, 2015 It would be safe to say, no other pickup in North America has been so openly embraced by the overlander as the Toyota Tacoma. Our alternative to the Hilux, the Tacoma has proven itself time and again as a star performer on and off road. With its renowned reliability, excellent built quality, and better than average resale values, the Tacoma will remain a fan favorite for years to come.   Realizing the potential of the Tacoma, ARB has produced a number… read more »

Destinations: Iceland

May 13th, 2015 If there is a singular place on Earth that the Overland International team holds most dear, it would have to be Iceland. Over the course of the last few years virtually everyone on our team has visited this tiny island nation, some for a few days, others for weeks on end. Its many charms speak to us in varied voices, all of them calling us to go back when the opportunity presents itself. As an overland destination, Iceland is without… read more »