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Overland News of the Week

Osprey Talon Pro 30 The comfort of Osprey’s backpacks is well known amongst outdoor enthusiasts, and their new Talon Pro 30 brings that comfort to the world of ultralight backpacking. A lightweight wire frame and injection-molded framesheet provide support for this 30-liter pack, and though Osprey didn’t list a recommended maximum payload, I would wager a guess that it’s somewhere…

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6 Airstream Rentals Across North America

6 Airstream Rentals Across North America Airstream rentals have become a thing, and while it’s true that renting someone’s travel trailer for your vacation accommodations might have been considered odd a decade ago, now it’s hip. And honestly, all of the Airstream rentals that I’ve come across online look beautiful. Normally on Fridays I publish a destination article, but this…

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Nitecore FSP100W IPX5 Rated Waterproof Foldable Solar Panel

Nitecore is on a mission to bring durable tech to the outdoors, and their FSP100W promises to be a solar panel you can depend on in the backcountry. I currently own the Goal Zero (GZ) Yeti 1250 and their Boulder 100-watt panels and love them, but I’m intrigued by some of the cheaper alternatives. That said, the FSP100W is by…

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Humanity :: Kindness of Strangers

Clouds of dust drift away as I sit up and take off my helmet. My bike stretches out across the Trans-Labrador Highway on its left side; its wheels still spin, but the engine has stopped. Something is wrong. But I don’t know what. My heart races as my brain takes inventory. I’m breathing. I’m in one piece. Maybe it’s just…

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Tribit StormBox Micro and FlyBuds NC

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I can’t remember a time when our house was silent growing up, whether we were listening to Radio Caroline, the pirate radio station that inspired the film The Boat That Rocked, or my dad’s records. As a young kid, I was first drawn to the album art (something lost on…

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Osprey New Bike Lumbar Packs

I have a confession, for I have sinned. Only when I got my hands on the Car Sick Designs “The Time Traveller” in 2019 did I realise hip packs are the ultimate cycling accessory, whether for weekend trails, extended bikepacking trips, or general life. It makes perfect sense: resting conveniently on your hips for all-day comfort, being the ideal size…

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What the Dempster Highway Taught Us About Slow Travel

Words by Ashley Giordano, Photography by Richard Giordano   A comedy of errors saw us attempting to fill our empty diesel tank in the parking lot of the Eagle Plains Hotel on a toe-numbing, nose-hair freezing spring evening in the Yukon. I’m shuffling back and forth in my down hut boots while Richard struggles in the glacial Arctic air with…

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Hema Maps Announces Changes to the 4WD Maps App (Android Version)

Hema Maps, founded in 1983 and based in Brisbane, is a mapping and publishing company that has been exploring Australia for 30 years, producing maps, atlases, guides, and digital navigation products. The company is focused on off-road touring and has subsequently become one of the industry leaders in 4×4 and adventure navigation. This warranted reputation has been achieved thanks to…

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Horizons Unlimited HUMM Event and Travellers Meeting, 2021

Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) Cascades 2021 Event Described as “the best 48 hours of my life” by one participant (who later had to apologize to his wife for saying that), Horizons Unlimted’s HUMM event is essentially a make-your-own-adventure, off-road scavenger hunt. Riders form teams of two or four and spend two days chasing tags through British Columbia’s Cascade Range. As…

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How to Photograph Fire

Words & photos by Lisa Morris   Whether you’re wrapped up in the warmth of a crackling fire indoors, red coals gleaming from the ash below, or sat around a cosy camp as tongues of flame flicker, it’s hard not to be spellbound by the amber light. It’s easy to lose yourself in the snap and pop of burning wood,…

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Why Choose Bikepacking for Your Next Overlanding Trip?

It’s a common misconception that overlanding is restricted to the world of internal combustion when in reality, it more broadly refers to self-reliant travel to remote destinations or to “travel a long distance over land.” As someone who lives in an overlanding truck and loves vehicle exploration, I thought it would be interesting to discuss why I continue to make…

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Video of the Week: Scout Campers Kenai Walk-through

The much anticipated Scout Campers Kenai, which has been available for pre-order since fall of 2020, is almost here. It’s the largest camper in Scout’s lineup, ideally suited for full-sized pickup trucks with 6.5-foot (or bigger) beds. Read our previous article featuring the Kenai for more details about this lightweight yet functional slide-in truck camper. In this week’s video of…


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Triumph 2022 Scrambler 1200 and Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition

If I could afford more than one motorcycle, a Triumph Scrambler would be on my list: iconic, cool, stylish, fun. Maybe that describes a lot of motorcycles, but ever since I test rode a Ducati in Salt Lake City, I’ve always loved Scramblers, and that day, I really wanted to take one home. Now, Triumph tempts me once again with…

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Overland Classifieds :: 1984 Mercedes Benz 1222 AF 4×4 Doka

If you’ve been on the hunt for a unique 4×4 platform to build your custom overland rig, here it is. This 1984 Mercedes Benz 1222 AF 4×4 Doka is already outfitted with a custom aluminum flatbed with folding sides, side-step platforms, super single 22.5-inch, 10-lug wheels, and 445/65 Hankook Smart AM15 tires. The Doka features a 10-passenger cab that has…

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South of the Border

If you’ve been dreaming of exploring Mexico’s Gran Desierto Altar—and the pandemic has you pining for a south-of-the-border experience—the Sonora Rally Adventure Raid might be your escape to a world of missions, sand dunes, and tacos.  As a Dakar-style venue, the Yokohama Sonora Rally has emerged as North America’s premier rally raid—a multi-day event that challenges competitor, machine, and terrain….

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Gloves Mandatory for Motorcycle Riders in Spain

Spain’s director general of traffic (DGT) has passed a law that requires all motorcycle riders and pillions wear gloves. The DGT was working on mandating every rider wear an airbag, but that idea was dropped in favor of gloves—not quite apples to apples, but perhaps they’re looking to start small and work up.   The DGT law says the glove…

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How to Shoot the Northern Lights

Whether you’re off to the northern reaches of Canada or Alaska, the Nordic countries, or Scotland this winter, you’ll be tingling with excitement to recreate the northern lights from photography you’ve been drooling over for goodness knows how long. Latin for the northern dawn, the aurora borealis displays a solar-powered jig of shimmering green swathes rippling across the sky. Here…

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Jeep Brand Creates Jeep 4xe Charging Network

Jeep reveals plans to take electrified propulsion beyond the paved road with the 2021 Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid. The company is partnering with Electrifying America to create the Jeep 4xe charging network; these EV charging stations will be installed at, or near, trailheads of Jeep Badge of Honour off-road routes. Stations are scheduled to open this spring at three of…

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Destination: Ark Shelter Houses at Hotel Bjornson, Slovakia

Photography by boysplaynice, courtesy of Design Boom   Ark Shelter is a collection of architects who are collaborating to “reinvent the way people live their lives.”  “In today’s fast world, society has fallen into a continuous loop of pressure and deadlines that forces stress and burn-outs. People are not following their own senses, and become slaves of artificially set timings…

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Video of the Week: Overland Journal Jeep Wrangler JLU Project Vehicle

Join Overland Journal’s Brian McVickers as he traverses the lonely Arizona desert landscape, testing the Jeep Wrangler JLU project vehicle which he has been refining since April of 2018. Starting with a basic Wrangler Sport, Brian logged some miles to determine what this vehicle really needed. He then got to work, adding safety and recovery gear before moving on to…