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Field Tested: MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person Tent

September 18th, 2014 When they were first released many years ago, MSR Hubba tents were heralded is instant classics. Their efficient architecture paired to quality materials and smart features made them ideal solutions for a wide range of backcountry users. At a time when many manufacturers are hoping to simply liquidate what they currently have on the shelves, MSR saw the opportunity to gain ground on the competition and recently revamped the entire Hubba line. We recently had the opportunity to test the… read more »

Long Term Review: Blundstone 550

September 17th, 2014 If you were to thumb through the catalog of All Things Australian, not to say there is such a thing, somewhere between didgeridoos and Vegemite you would surely find Blundstone boots. Affectionately referred to as “Blunnies,” these unique boots with their signature elastic ankle panels and lace-free uppers, are time-honored legends of footwear and iconic boots of the outback. If Australia had an official boot, this would likely be it. It's been a couple years since I first started wearing… read more »

Range Rover Number 001 Sells at Silverstone Auction

September 16th, 2014 Call it a sign of global financial recovery, or just good old passion for cars, this past year has seen a number of surprising automotive sales. Not long ago, the Land Cruiser crowd was gobsmacked to see a restored FJ40 fetch north of $100,000. In sports car news, a 52 year old Ferrari recently sold for a mind bending $34.65 million. Land Rover is even getting in on the action with this 1970 Range Rover wearing chassis number 001. Silverstone… read more »

Running the Rim

September 15th, 2014 Winding through dense forest for 120 miles atop the most prominent section of the Mogollon Rim, the Rim Road (FR300) crosses the eastern half of Arizona from north of Payson to Apache country at the White Mountains. With a maze of roads twisting through the pines on top of the rim FR300 is a little tricky to follow on a map, but it's fairly easy to stay with it on the ground. A few miles of pleasant driving through the trees reveal little,… read more »

Jack of All Trades

September 13th, 2014 There are towns in the world that shine as frontiers for overland travel: Moab, Ulaanbaatar, Maun, Arusha, Perth. There are other examples, but they all have something in common: superb 4WD vehicles outfitted for true function. Walk down the streets and you see the the different makes—Toyota, Land Rover, UAZ, Jeep, Mercedes, many you didn't know existed—and the local nuances of preparation: tire choice, roof racks or no, bull bars or no. Winches? Sand mats? All this you compare to… read more »

Field Tested: Helle Eggen

September 13th, 2014 In an age of 3D printing and automated production, it’s easy to forget the halcyon days of manufacturing when quality goods came to life only through the dedicated efforts of master craftsmen. Helle knives is one of the last remaining holdouts determined to not let the legacy of tradecraft slip through their skilled hands. Founded by brothers Steiner and Sigmund Helle in 1932, their knives are still produced in a small facility in Holmedal, Norway, much as they have been… read more »

An Open Letter to the Motorcycle Industry

September 12th, 2014 If you are an adventure rider, chances are you've heard of Noah Horak. For the last two years he has ridden his KTM 690 around the world by way of more than 42 countries covering some of the most challenging terrain imaginable. Putting it lightly, he's learned a thing or two about what it takes to pilot two motorized wheels in proper adventure style. Below is his open letter to the motorcycle industry and those influencing motorcycle design.    Dear Motorcycle Industry, With the… read more »

Project Titan is Ready for Alaska

September 11th, 2014 It’s more than just a great truck, it’s a unique project for a worthy cause. For the last two months, Nissan has worked in conjunction with their extensive Facebook fan base to collaborate on a one-off custom build of a 2014 Titan Crew Cab Pro-4X pickup. Through Facebook, Nissan asked their fans what they wanted in the truck officially dubbed as “Project Titan,” and this was the end result.   Built to take on the Alaskan wilderness, Project Titan will… read more »

La Aduana: 2000 Jeep TJ V8

September 10th, 2014 We all love the AEV Jeeps. Whether you own a Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, or otherwise, a big V8 in a platform that can flex its way through about any trail is just plain cool. The price however, is a little less so. Luckily for you, our team has found a solution at a fraction of the cost. This 2000 TJ has been rebuilt from the ground up with the goals of performance, reliability, and daily use in mind. Inspired by… read more »

Sirocco Overland: The Lost City of Kadykchan

September 10th, 2014 The Kolyma Highway in the Far North East of Russia stretches over 2000km from Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world, to Magadan, an infamous seaport on the far eastern edge of Russian empire. It is the only route in and out of this part of the world and is often disrupted by floods and harsh winters.   Better known as the Road of Bones, this gravel road is strewn with numerous abandoned towns and villages, some completely, others with… read more »

A Northern Baja Quail Hunt

September 9th, 2014 There is something strangely familiar about the rural areas of Northern Baja California. The landscape isn’t much different than Southern California, outside of Tijuana and Ensenada it remains largely unchanged from when the missionaries established the first communities along El Camino Real in the late 1700’s. Sure, there is sprawl around the small hamlets and the farms have been divided with some even being consolidated into industrial style operations, but it’s nothing like the sprawl and big agriculture north of… read more »

Expedition Portal Project: Range Rover Sport – The Build

September 7th, 2014 If you read the first article in this series, you’ll know my goal was to create a highly capable vehicle on the trail while still maintaining a comfortable every day driver. After looking at several options I came to the satisfying, albeit questionable, decision of a Range Rover Sport. In its stock form the car was certainly capable and a bit lavish, but it needed some modifying before transforming into an overland home for two. Performance & Self Support Our… read more »