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Field Tested: Nomad Grill and Smoker

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Spring 2021 Issue.   There is nothing better than a satisfying meal after a day of adventure in the backcountry, and it needn’t consist of hotdogs and Kraft singles on white bread. Enter the Nomad, the low-mess solution to smoking and grilling. As travelers, we…

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REDARC’s new Manager30R Gets Color Display and App Connectivity

The name REDARC is synonymous with off-grid power systems, and the newest version of their fan-favorite battery management system, the Manager30R, has added a handful some new features including a RedVision color display and app connectivity. *It is also compatible with REDARC’s RedVision Vehicle Management System. The idea behind the Manager30R is simple: bring the…

Ballistol Oil

A few blissful years ago, I stood near Lake Bodensee, which borders Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, helping a meticulous German man called Olaf attach a folding bracket and stainless steel sand ladders to my Land Rover. He worked diligently and took pride in his work; the bracket and sand ladders had been designed and manufactured…

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Expedition Portal Project :: 2021 GMC AT4 Diesel

There is no question that full-size trucks are becoming the new vehicle of choice for North American overland travel, offering robust payload and towing capabilities. Most of the reason for this shift is the generally anemic mid-sized offerings, some providing less payload than a sedan. The full-size truck also affords notable improvements in durability, with…

Clarus Corp’s $150 million acquisition of Rhino-Rack

Clarus Corporation, a global company focused on the outdoor and consumer enthusiast markets, has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Rhino-Rack Australia, New Zealand, and USA. Rhino-Rack “is a leading manufacturer of highly-engineered automotive roof racks, trays, mounting systems, luggage boxes, carriers, and accessories.” Rhino-Rack, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, was founded…

Vasque Breeze LT NTX-Mid

Vasque, “inspired by history, driven by innovation,” is the brainchild of William Sweasy. After travelling to Europe in 1964, he realised a hiking craze was sweeping the continent and returned home “determined to create purpose-built trail boots to mobilize Americans outdoors.” In the decades that followed, Vasque steadily built a reputation for durable mountain footwear,…

Warn Industries Acquires Fabtech Industries, Inc.

Warn Industries, one of the world’s most recognized brands in off-road products such as hub locks and vehicle recovery winches, announces the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Fabtech Industries, inc., a leading manufacturer of aftermarket suspensions for light trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs. Fabtech products include suspension systems, shocks and leveling kits. Founded…

Don’t Go There; You Will Die

Have you ever wondered why planning for and embarking on a modern, maiden, extended overland journey is so stressful? Well, prolific overland travelers (myself included) are partly to blame as we tend to focus more on the adventure than ease of travel, which creates a false impression. Let me explain. I, and many of the…

First Bronco Off-Roadeo School Opens in July in Texas

“The Bronco outdoor lifestyle brand of all-4×4 SUVs adds to its adventure legacy with the June 28 opening of a first-of-its-kind Bronco Off-Roadeo experience center in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, near Austin. Bronco and Bronco Sport owners and order holders can receive complimentary instruction on how to take their SUV off-road.” The Off-Roadeo experience will challenge…

Featured Truck Camper :: Global Expedition Vehicles Turtle

Photos courtesy of Global Expedition Vehicles When it comes to designing an expedition vehicle that can traverse continents, having experience behind the wheel in a variety of locations is indispensable. Founder of Global Expedition Vehicles (GEV) Michael Van Pelt understands this well. He’s been refining his expedition vehicle designs since the 1980s in an effort…

Road to Lofoten

“The Arctic Circle during wintertime…hah…you know there’s a reason why they call them a MOTfalia*. I wouldn’t drive that to the shops, let alone to Lofoten in January.” – a fellow Vanagon owner on Facebook, offering words of encouragement. *MOT in the UK stands for “Ministry of Transport” and is a compulsory annual inspection to…

ACR Electronics Bivy Stick Satellite Communication Device and App

If you’re someone who enjoys venturing into the backcountry, then your safety should be a primary consideration, and the ability to share your location and alert emergency services in the event of an accident is crucial. In the past, I’ve been a fan of SPOT Satellite Communication Devices (generally alongside a second “burner” mobile phone,…

Forest Road

Photography by Michelle Francine Weiss and Roy Rudnick   Mirny is a city as isolated in the middle of the Russian expanse as many others in the far east of the country. But it has a strong reason to exist in that place: 25 percent of the diamonds which circulate the world come from its…