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Berghaus Hillmaster II Gore-Tex Boots

Want to look like Indiana Jones but discover the Holy Grail in superior comfort? Well, Berghaus might just have the answer. The Hillmaster IIs offer a classic design that seamlessly integrates the modern features of a technical hiking boot. The timeless exterior conceals a Gore-Tex membrane for superior waterproofing (whilst still allowing your feet to…

The Chama Vaquero Chair

When we shut the vehicle doors and drive countless hours down rocky dirt roads, it is often in search of something we can’t find at home. Perhaps it’s adventure or the stillness of remote locations. Maybe it’s just a change in routine. Regardless, it nearly always involves the pursuit of simplicity. Leaving the fully furnished,…

2020 Overland Holiday Gift Guide: Over $200

Western Mountaineering Flash Hooded Jacket With colder temperatures settling into the Northern Hemisphere, a lightweight down jacket makes a great holiday gift that can be used day in and day out. And the Flash hooded jacket from Western Mountaineering is that jacket. This California-based company manufactures down garments and sleeping bags of the highest quality….

Prometheus Design Werx Travel Down Jacket

With the days getting shorter and the last of the fallen leaves gathering on the trail, we start to look toward winter travel and more time in the brisk outdoors. With so many of us trying to minimize our kit and find equipment that serves many purposes, jackets like the Kepler Down Cardigan from Prometheus…

Fjallraven is giving away U.S. National Parks Passes this Holiday Season

Last year Swedish outdoor gear and clothing maker Fjällräven gave away U.S. National Parks Passes at their brick and motor stores on November 29th. This year, they are using an interactive online platform to continue the giveaway, offering customers a more responsible and socially distanced way to participate. This holiday giveaway runs from Nov 20th…

TerraScout :: A New Clothing Company With Overland DNA

Bend, Oregon, is shockingly beautiful, a remote nirvana positioned between mountains and grasslands, bisected by the Deschutes River and tributaries of breweries and coffee shops. We were in town to test the newest EarthCruiser and were introduced to Rob Williams of Terrascout, a local startup crafting premium adventure clothing and luggage in North America. The…

Overland News of the Week

Kahtoola EXOspikes If you’re one of those people who don’t like to let snow and ice slow you down, having traction devices for your footwear is a simple, low-cost investment that will go a long way. Kahtoola makes many high-quality devices, but their new EXOspikes seek to improve on previous designs with better traction and…

Overland News of the Week

Pelican Commemorative First Aid Kit Pelican Founder Dave Parker, who recently passed away April 2020, started the now-global company in his garage in Torrence, California, back in 1976. One of his first products, a first aid kit specifically designed for divers, initially put him on the map after customers began repurposing the waterproof, crushproof housing…

Field Tested | Garmin Instinct

Originally Published in Overland Journal, Fall 2019 With cellular phones progressing from calling device to personal computer, the humble watch has also morphed from timekeeping caterpillar to fully fledged, personalized smartwatch butterfly. Borrowing heavily from the much-lauded Garmin Fenix, the Instinct cannibalizes the best elements of its expensive cousin, ditching well over 50 percent of…

Everyday Essentials :: Products That Make Your Life Easier

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal, Gear Guide 2019. I recently had the privilege of leading an amazing group of women from Montana to Idaho on our very first all-ladies overland trip for XOverland. The seven of us all had different experience levels, and it was a great opportunity to plan, film, and…

Editor’s Gear Closet: Danner Crag Rat Boot Review

I imagined that when I saw the awe-inspiring peaks of the Himalayas soaring overhead that I would somehow be changed, enlightened even. Gratitude would overwhelm me, and I would be struck by a revelation that until now had never crossed my mind. But the truth is that when I finally stood in their shadows, I…

The Products We Loved At Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2020

Each year the Outdoor Retailer show brings together some of the largest arrays of outdoor products and enthusiasts in the world. You’re undoubtedly familiar with the Summer market show, which we have covered in previous years, but for 2020 we decided to drop into their winter “snow show”, and we’re very glad we did. That’s…

Outdoor Retailer Show Goes Overland

The Outdoor Retailer Show continues to reinforce overlanding as a rapidly growing segment. The Winter Market show in Denver this week included an Overland Experience area, and even broader OEM representation. For our “Day One” coverage of the industry-only event, we will feature the products, innovations, and vehicles showcased at the venue. Our day two coverage…

Winter Overland Gear Guide

Winter and polar travel present some of the most challenging and rewarding conditions for the overlander, (often) requiring in-depth planning, logistics, and specialized equipment. Even a trip to the local mountains for some four-wheeling in the snow will necessitate an additional degree of preparedness, which we think is all part of the fun. To assemble…

The Right Trousers

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal, Summer 2019. It’s important to have field pants that cover the middle ground. We’re not talking about waxed über-cotton kit, cutting-edge combat trousers, or dedicated snow and ice outerwear. Here, we examine some of the best everyday wear trousers that are not too tactical or technical. We…

Overland News :: ArchiTec Endeavour Kickstarter

As part of our Overland News series, we often feature products that are being released through programs like Kickstarter. These services help smaller companies take more managed risks with new ideas, and I am often inspired by the concepts that make it to market. One of those companies is ArchiTec, a brand that focuses on…