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When Comfort is King: The Vipor XVI Chair

A good camp chair can make or break the moment when relaxing around a campfire, fishing next to a mountain stream, or just enjoying the sights, sounds, and scents of nature. The adventurer’s chair needs to be comfortable and durable enough to hold up to the elements under continuous use. It must also be supportive…

Born Outdoor Badger Bed

As a kid, I remember going on our annual quail trip and seeing a bedroll for the first time. I was intrigued and immediately wanted one, as it was thicker, more comfortable, and definitely easier to put away than my sleeping bag and tent. Most people conjure an image of a canvas-wrapped pad with leather…

Overland News of the Week

REI Co-op Trailgate Vehicle Sleeping Platform Two pieces of gear caught my attention at the Northwest Overland Rally, and REI Co-op’s Trailgate Vehicle Sleeping Platform was one of them. Car camping is arguably the most accessible form of vehicle-based travel for most, and I can see how a tiny interior could be made functional by…

IceCapades: High-performance and Lightweight, Soft-sided Coolers Get the Job Done

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Spring 2022 Issue. Soft-sided coolers have gotten good—really good. From the back seat of your truck to your campsite and on the trail, they provide cold storage for food and drinks, with waterproof closures and excellent ice retention. But beyond these fundamental functions, they are also significantly…

Overland News of the Week

Purtrek 2-in-1 Trekking Poles Purtrek have developed an ingenious water solution for while out hiking. The innovative, “why didn’t I think of that” 2-in-1 trekking pole provides you with clean and safe water on hand, on-demand, and frees up space in your backpack. The trekking pole has an integrated water filtration system that you submerge,…

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 Backpacking Tent

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Spring 2022 Issue. Few brands in the world of bikepacking have an equal reputation for quality, innovation, and functionality as Big Agnes. The Colorado company was established 20 years ago with a mission to “build better gear for sleeping in the backcountry” by a team who…

Treeline Outdoors Tamarack Plus Rooftop Tent

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Spring 2022 Issue. Many tents are coated in flame retardants to meet regulatory standards in North America, and these chemicals can easily transfer from fabric to skin to the hands (and ultimately, to your mouth). This is where Treeline Outdoors is making progress toward a safer…

Rossmönster Overland Launches Lagom Truck Camper Series

Inspired by the Swedish word lagom, which means “just the right amount,” Rossmönster Overland recently launched their latest offering, the Lagom Series topper. Constructed with a quick and easy-to-use aluminum hard-walled folding system, the camper is four-season capable and offers full access to the truck bed. Featuring full-length front and rear window panes and locking…

Katadyn BeFree 1.0L

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Spring 2022 Issue. Swiss maker Katadyn has been producing personal water treatment systems for over 90 years, and the brand is well-known in various outdoor segments. While the BeFree is not new, I recently found myself comparing water filters for an upcoming backpacking trip. In terms…

Necessity Fuels Innovative Creations at 2022 Overland Expo West

There were nearly 400 exhibitors at this year’s Overland Expo West held in Flagstaff, Arizona. Amid high-dollar overland vehicles and numerous impressive motorcycle displays, it was the work of homegrown entrepreneurs that stole the show. These ingenious products take on the challenge of overlanding travails and provide useful, productive, and practical solutions to make life…

Gear Roundup at Overland Expo West

I love overland vehicles and I love overland gear! While there were some amazing vehicles at the recent Overland Expo West, it is the search for excellent equipment which, in the words of James May, gives me the fizz. Great gear is essential to an overland journey, and well-designed gear should be good to look…

Bear-proof Food Storage for Moto Campers

Many of us traveling overnight or long distances on motorcycles are going into bear territory; that’s why we love our ADV and dual-sport bikes—to get off main roads and into the backcountry. But what about storing food out of reach from bears while we sleep at night? Growing up in the Canadian Rockies, I often…

The Coleman 1900 Range – Functional and Nostalgic

Coleman gear has been synonymous with exploration of the great outdoors since 1900 when William Coffin Coleman began selling gasoline pressure lamps. During WWII, Coleman camping stoves transformed the way soldiers ate in the field, and we have all admired the build quality and patina of classic Coleman gear found at garage sales and campsites…

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