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Right to Repair

NHTSA Blocks Massachusetts Right to Repair Law

In a recent ruling, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has instructed auto manufacturers to ignore a 2020 Massachusetts right to repair statute that allows third-party repair facilities and owners access to vehicle data that automakers claim is proprietary to themselves and dealers only. In a letter to manufacturers obtained by Reuters, federal regulators…

Overland Expo PNW

Overland Expo PNW—July 7-9, 2023

I’ve always considered Oregon—especially the Eastern desert regions—to be an overlooked and underrated overlanding destination. Like all Western states, Oregon contains a huge variety of landscapes, and they belie the rain- and IPA-soaked Portlandia stereotypes. Nearly 53% of the state is public land, and there are many miles of dirt to explore, from Arch Rock…

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series

Is the Toyota Land Cruiser Coming Back?

Toyota’s been locked in low range and on a serious roll lately with their four-wheel drive lineup. The fully re-engineered Tundra and Sequoia hit dealerships last year, and the all-new 2024 Tacoma will be available in the overland-oriented Trailhunter package starting later this fall. The latest Lexus GX model just launched with serious off-road-focused performance…

Helinox lightweight camp furniture

Helinox Lightweight Camp Furniture :: Field Tested

Camp furniture suffers some of the most constant and careless abuse of any of our gear. Left out in the rain, pounded with UV rays, tossed into the back of pickups, and subjected to pets, kids, and adults generally using chairs and tables hard every day in camp means we tend to replace them frequently….

Honda Transalp adventure bike

Honda Will Sell the Transalp Adventure Bike in America

The mid-size adventure motorcycle market has seen quite a few entrants in recent years, with welter-weight ADV bikes from nearly all the major manufacturers (and most of the small ones) available, save for one. That may be changing as it appears Honda will offer its XL750 Transalp adventure bike for sale in the US. Currently…

EarthCruiser Evato

The EarthCruiser Evado Is a Van for Global Travel

When EarthCruiser (EC) announces a new model, it’s big news. The Bend, Oregon-based manufacturer moves methodically, only adding the TerraNova expedition vehicle to its long-standing Mitsubishi- and Isuzu-platformed EarthCruisers in the last year. But they’re on a roll now, with plans to develop a Hummer EV expedition truck in direct partnership with GMC, as well…

VAHNA motorcycle film festival

VAHNA Motorcycle Film Festival – Submissions Now Open

VAHNA, a lushly illustrated and beautifully written print magazine that features motorcycle stories from all over the globe, has announced that submissions are open for the 2023 VAHNA Motorcycle Film Festival and competition presented by Triumph Motorcycles. The festival tour “[celebrates] the art of motorcycle cinematography [and] offers filmmakers a platform to showcase their unique…

Mercedes Electric Vans

Mercedes VAN.EA Platform To Launch in 2026

Starting in 2026, Mercedes-Benz will be moving all of its van architecture to modular EV underpinnings for both commercial and private applications. The upcoming Mercedes VAN.EA platform is different from the new 2024 eSprinter that just launched in North America. It will consist of a common front module that includes batteries and an electric motor…

Pasq ADV1 motorcycle trailer

Overland Expo West 2023—Top Gear

With hundreds of exhibitors setting up shop at Overland Expo West—by far the largest overland event in North America—the wave of products, gear, and upgrades, both well-proven and brand new, takes center stage. Many of us from the Overland Journal and Expedition Portal teams spent hours hiking the aisles of Expo’s vendor village, and we…

Land Rover 75th Diamond Jubilee

Land Rover 75th Diamond Jubilee, June 14-18, 2023

Land Rover celebrates 75th Diamond Jubilee, and while my own Defender is only a touch over 30 years old, sometimes it feels like it’s 75. No matter—three-quarters of a century of off-road adventure is something worth celebrating for this segment-defining brand. The Association of North American Land Rover Clubs (ANARC) is holding its 75th Diamond…

Mojave Desert

Video :: Preserving and Exploring the East Mojave Heritage Trail

Long-time denizens of Expedition Portal certainly will know our old friend and frequent contributor, Chris Cordes. Now with onX Maps, Chris has turned his passion for off-road exploration into a career helping others find their own way to unknown places. One such place is the American Southwest’s Mojave Desert. A sprawling patchwork of diverse landscapes,…

LifeSaver Wayfarer Water Purifier

Field Tested :: LifeSaver Wayfarer Water Purifier

way-far-er /ˈwāˌferər/ noun a person who travels on foot. Portable water filters are common kit among backpackers and other travelers of the remote backcountry. Rugged, reliable, and usually field serviceable, they take the guesswork out of securing a clean water supply. The most highly effective among carbon ceramics filters eliminate up to 99.9999 percent of…

BDR Riders

Gaia GPS Teams Up with Backcountry Discovery Routes

For the last decade, Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has been introducing brass ring-level overland expeditions across North America. These multi-day DIY routes traverse large swaths of the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States, as well as every Western state save Montana. Aimed primarily at the dual-sport and adventure moto set, these off-pavement routes come with free…

Can Your Overland Videos Send You to Jail?

Last spring, I woke early to start a long day’s hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on the south rim’s Bright Angel trail. Just a few switchbacks down from the historic Kolb brothers’ studio (famous in their own right as filmmakers), my eye caught subtle but deliberate movement in the pre-dawn light. A…