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Beyond Stretch Alpha L5

Field Tested :: Beyond Stretch Alpha L5 Jacket

Founded in Seattle, Washington, Beyond Clothing eschews traditional business practices to preserve the places and the ecosystems we all love to explore. They use sustainable production methods, using Bluesign®-certified and recycled materials that are free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances known to be a risk to human health. Any overlander knows that…

Field Tested :: Women’s Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody

Photography by Richard Giordano When I left Western Canada south on the Pan-American Highway nearly a decade ago, quality outdoor gear was not my priority. Our budget was tight, plus we were going to Mexico and Costa Rica—a hoodie and cheap windbreaker would certainly cut it, right? A blustery night with freezing temps at the…

Field Tested :: Appalachian Gear Company Utilizes Alpaca Fibers in Its Performance Fabric

  Merino wool is on most people’s radar, but alpaca fiber is one of the new kids on the block of “natural” performance fabric. A familiar friend to those in the Andes region, it is a completely different animal (literally) when compared to sheep’s wool or llama fibers, with a more slippery origin material that’s…

2022 Overland Holiday Gift Guide :: 20 Gifts OVER $100 For Your Favorite Adventurer

Photo courtesy of Featured Friends With December well underway, the countdown to holiday gift gifting season has officially begun. Out of fresh ideas for 2022? We test a lot of gear throughout the year as Expedition Portal editors and have carefully curated this over $100 list of gifts for the adventurer in your life. Whether…

2022 Overland Holiday Gift Guide :: 20 Gifts UNDER $100

With the holiday season upon us, the quest for the perfect gifts for family, friends, and adventurers has officially begun. Featuring cookbooks and knives, whiskey, shot glasses, and blankets, we hope this under $100 holiday gift guide not only sparks joy but offers suggestions to delight even the hardest to please. Whether you’re shopping for…

Field Tested :: Women’s Danner Mountain 600 Boots

Photography by Richard Giordano Prepping for a trip to Iceland, I hemmed and hawed over footwear. The country has a reputation for extreme and unpredictable weather, and I knew most of my time would be spent outdoors. Something waterproof, rugged, comfortable, and warm was crucial. Made from waterproof full-grain leather, featuring a Vibram SPE midsole,…

Overland News of the Week

Special Edition Beast28 Helium Ultralight Frame Pack I remember backpacking with my first frame pack 30 years ago. It weighed almost more than the sum of its contents, was extremely cumbersome, and I would almost topple over when hoisting it onto my back. Granted, I may have packed too much stuff, but the Beast28 Helium…

Welcome to the Jungle – Preparation is Everything

The jungle has evolved with one purpose alone—consumption and renewal. Of all the terrain on earth, it is the tropical jungle that is most determined to devour you as it devours every living thing in the pursuit of its survival and prosperity. It helps to think of the jungle as an enormous, beautiful predator, an…

Down For Adventure Blankets

We received two blankets to assess while visiting a group of overlanders in Florida. Yes, Florida the state in least need of blankets. We have since used the blankets—one down and the other synthetic—for almost a year as we traveled entirely by vehicle to Maine in fall, across to the Pacific Northwest in the middle…

Overland News of the Week

Prints for Wildlife Fundraiser Running for the third year, Prints for Wildlife will be raising funds for African Parks. This conservation non-profit currently manages 20 parks in 11 countries on behalf of governments in the hope of safeguarding and securing protected areas in Africa. Over 100 wildlife photographers will donate one fine art print each,…

Expo Gear You Will Want to Explore: Savvy Creations for Outdoor Comfort

Amid massive builds with habitat boxes, larger-than-life bumpers, rooftop tents, and overlanding gear at this year’s Overland Expo Mountain West in Loveland, Colorado, the displays of homegrown and sustainable-minded companies punctuated the landscape. These are the companies and products that always garner my attention for their creative ability to meet industry demands and emerging markets….

Bulbag USA: The best little bag on the planet

UkoalaBag has undoubtedly grown in popularity since its inception in 2013. The multi-pocketed pouch bag has become a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts because of its ability to carry a wide variety of essentials while being effortlessly strapped to the hip of its wearer. And now, with the release of Bulbag USA, the Georgia-based company is…

Patagonia Performance Twill Jeans

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Summer 2022 Issue Purchased for a trip to Saudi Arabia, the first test of these jeans was on the plane departing Toronto. We were giddy to be on the Boeing 777 and celebrated with the finest red wine. The thin plastic cup immediately cracked and spilled…

Rev'It makes gloves for all riders

Rev’It Adventure Travel Gloves and More

Rev’It has good news for all hands: five new styles of glove, including two pair of Rev’It adventure travel gloves. There’s big corporate news as well. Rev’It is acquiring Italian company Vircos, makers of custom leather protective gear. Rev’It Summer Gloves: Common Features All of the gloves here share common elements. First off, and critical…

Outdoor Research Women’s SuperStrand LT Hoodie

Photography by Richard Giordano When it comes to jackets, choosing between down and synthetic can be a challenge. Often the choice in chilly but dry conditions, down is packable with a higher warmth-to-weight ratio, while synthetic is more water resistant and gentler on the pocketbook. While many brands successfully compromise by constructing a down and…

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