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The Overland Journal Holiday Sale

It’s official, the Overland Journal holiday sale is here! We’re discounting all field sets by 50%, as well as 50% off all back issues! Take a look back at Namibia’s desert with the Winter 2014 issue, or read all about driving through Iran in a London taxi with the Fall 2015 edition. Did you miss…

The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: $125 or Less

Ah yes, the holiday season is finally upon us. That special time of year where families and friends come together, communities are filled joy, love, and charity, and we eat all the fattening foods we know we shouldn’t. It’s also when most of us are faced with one of the year’s most dreaded tasks: choosing…

Classic Gear: The Leatherman Multi-Tool

It’s one of the most exceptional inventions of our generation, but its inception could not have been more ordinary. It happened during a European vacation in 1975 when a young mechanical engineer from Oregon named Timothy Leatherman needed to repeatedly fix his cantankerous rental car and leaky hotel plumbing. The only tool he had available…

Head to Head: Hammock vs. Tent

Like many of you, I love the comfy repose and gentle sway of a good hammock. I also think they pair well with a warm beach and a cold cocktail. As much time as I’ve spent relaxing in a hammock, I don’t often think of them as the go-to for backcountry bedding. That’s not to…

Did Google’s Pixel Buds just break the language barrier?

The written and spoken word have been shaping our lives since the dawn of mankind. They’ve built and defined societies, led to a greater understanding of the world around us, and helped to bridge the gap between nations, but they’ve also been a barrier. Even simple differences in dialects can lead to difficulties in communication,…

First Impressions: SEMA 2017

For most people, the end of October and beginning of November is simply a season called fall, but for those of us in the automotive world, it’s something entirely different. It’s that time of year when tens of thousands of enthusiasts and manufacturers descend upon the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the latest and…

Cool New Products from Overland Expo East

In addition to the hordes of cool four-wheel drives, motorcycles, and campers at Overland Expo each year, there are always at least a few new products on display. This year’s show was no exception, and we spotted everything from Overlander bottle openers to electric motorcycles. Here’s a quick peek at a few of the products that we…

News: Feniex Releases AI Lightbars

Up until recently, Feniex has been almost unheard of in the civilian world of lighting. The small, Austin-based company was established in 2010 and has been hard at work trying to brighten the space around our first responders, keeping them safe on duty. Now, after honing their designs and engineering over the last 7 years,…

Gear Classics: Danner Jag Hiking Boots

It’s hard to believe, but many of the most successful names in American business got their start during the worst economic period of the last 100 years. With the Great Depression crushing the nation, companies like Zippo, Ray Ban, and Macy’s entered the market with a simple promise to provide quality goods at affordable prices….

Long Term Review: iOverlander Travel Resource App

In the fall of 2014, I wrote a small review of an upstart web and app-based travel resource called iOverlander. At the time it had equal potential to be a runaway success, or just one of a million great ideas to vanish into the cyber-ether. Three years later, the iOverlander platform is a proven winner…

Long Term Test: Therm-a-Rest Altair HD Sleeping Bag

For what seemed like decades, sleeping bag technology languished. There were a few minor innovations with regard to baffle shapes and fabrics improved slightly from year to year, but not until recently has the humble sleeping bag received the engineering advancements it deserved. This is particularly true of bags in the Therm-a-Rest line like the…

Field Tested: La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX

In late 2015, I had the good fortune to visit Nepal and trek deep into the Khumbu Valley. Because I travel light, I only packed two pairs of footwear for the near month-long trip, both from La Sportiva. For rugged hiking days, I used Trango Cube boots. The rest of the trip, including the long…

Field Tested: Primus Onja

Did you know that a camp stove can help you meet new people? I sure didn’t, but it can if that stove is the Onja. It seems bystanders can miraculously appear from thin air just to say, “What the heck is that” or “Hey, now that’s cool,” when you least expect it. It even happened…

Field Tested: Yeti Panga 50-Liter Duffel

When it comes to product marketing, talk is cheap which is why I respect brands like Yeti. They let their products speak for themselves. If it could talk, their new Panga 50 waterproof duffel would be a loud-mouth braggart. I would argue it is the toughest and most weather-thwarting duffel ever made. If you have…

2017 Fall Boot and Shoe Roundup

The contemporary overlander is not easily defined, nor are their individual gear needs. While some stay sequestered within their vehicles, many enjoy a mix of pursuits beyond the driver’s seat. For years, overlanders only wore heavy-duty leather boots, a trend I always thought was a little strange. Today’s traveler is still keen to wear well-made…

La Lucha: The Fight

Almost 2 years ago, I was sitting comfortably in a leather-backed camp chair, glancing around Scott Brady’s office. He had just stepped outside for a phone call, and I was occupying my time scanning his library, soaking in the titles from authors around the world. One book in particular caught my eye though, a paperback…

Field Tested: Le Chameau Condor LCX Boots

In the mid-1990s, while living in France, I had a local friend named Georges. Twice my age, he spent his days toiling in the vineyards near my home. Every now and then, I’d volunteer to help him trim vines, burn brush, or some days we’d just sit around and chat. The one thing I remember…

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