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Dakota Grizzly Apparel By Jack Mac

Dakota Grizzly strives to create durable clothing fit for adventure and “have embarked on countless expeditions to the furthest corners of the world in search of the highest quality materials.” Furthermore, the company states, “We weren’t born craftsmen. We were born explorers,” and in my experience, the best products in any sector are born out…

Ford Explorer Timberline

It feels like there’s been a real uptick in big car manufacturers listening closely to customer feedback, and the new Ford Explorer Timberline is one such example. The company delivers on its promise to offer more rugged SUVs and trucks, with the new Explorer Timberline being “the most off-road-capable Explorer ever.” Kumar Galhotra, President, Americas…

Leatherman, The Bond

I’ll be refraining from gratuitously quoting Bond movies throughout this piece; that would be immature. Leatherman, akin to a much-loved secret agent, “likes to do some things the old-fashioned way” (definitely not taken from Skyfall), and their latest offering is inspired by the company’s very first multi-tool, the PST. Those of you who’ve read my…

MSR Guardian Gravity Purifier

MSR is a company synonymous with quality backcountry gear, and their latest offering, the Guardian Gravity purifier (GGP), is no different. I actually shared my friend’s older MSR water purifier during my bikepacking ride through the Spanish Sierra Nevada, and I was really impressed. On the bike, hiking or overlanding, it’s remarkable how quickly you…

Salsa 2021 Cutthroat

The Cutthroat is Salsa’s Tour Divide inspired drop-bar bike, and the latest model brings to market a more compliant fork, a wide range of drivetrain compatibility, a direct-mount frame pack, and more accessory mounts than ever. This is a bike focused on covering big distances with speed and comfort. So, what are the highlights? The…

All-new F-150 Raptor, Fox Live Valve Internal Bypass Shocks

Fox Shocks are widely accepted as some of the best on the market, and now, Ford, working with Fox, enhances the next-generation Fox Live Valve (LV) internal bypass shocks on the all-new 2021 F-150 Raptor. The new shocks promise to give the latest Raptor even more capacity when going hard on challenging terrain and subsequently…

AEV Front Receiver for the 2021+ Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and In-bed Winch Cradle Carrier

AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) has “become the world’s premier supplier of OE-quality, performance-driven aftermarket parts, and accessories for vehicles geared specifically to off-road recreational driving and overland adventure travel.” Their latest products showcase practical yet innovative solutions to anyone seeking to fit and store a winch on their 2021+ Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Sometimes less is…

Club Ride Apparel

Growing up, I owned very little cycling-specific clothing, other than a helmet and mitts. I spent most weekends on the bike making “sick” jumps, racing friends around the block, or on family rides in a pair of old Converse, generic shorts (jeans in the winter), and a band tee. I needed clothes that were suited…

Diamondback Amplifies Spring 2021 Lineup with New Ebike Collection

Diamondback Bicycles has unveiled a new electric bike category to their Spring 2021 collection. The four new pavement ebikes incorporate “reliable components, commuter-ready details, and Bosch high-performance motors to efficiently get riders to their destinations.” The new models will be accompanied by the brand’s “Get Amped” campaign, which pays homage to the electric guitar and…

Rigid, Adapt-XP

I’ll admit, I have a devious auxiliary light fetish. In fact, my Vanagon Syncro would be the perfect lighting rig for a Floyd concert or qualify as a mobile lighthouse. Admittedly, I went a little overboard, much like the sailors depending on me. However, at the time, it did feel as though the wider overlanding…

ARB Experiences, The Adventures of Scott Brady

Established in 1975, by Anthony Ronald Brown, ARB 4×4 Accessories has a warranted reputation for manufacturing quality products designed for the harshest conditions. The company is now Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of 4×4 accessories, has offices in the US, and an export network that extends through more than 80 countries around the world. Nevertheless,…

Nemo Spoon Bags

One key issue with most ultra-lightweight sleeping bags is they’re super snug and, if you’re a larger build or broad-shouldered, they don’t allow for much movement besides lying on your back. Well, Nemo has come to the rescue with a range of Spoon bags that provide enough space for side sleepers! According to Nemo, “Seventy…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Aether Apparel Alpine Alfa

Che Bello! Aether Apparel has unveiled their all-terrain restomod of the legendary 1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6, dubbed the Alpine Alfa, and it’s beautiful. This “safari-ready” machine “was born from a desire to create an unorthodox tool for adventure that celebrates the space where streetcar meets backcountry skier.” Well, it’s arrived (unusual for an Alfa; sorry, couldn’t…