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Feature: The Swiss Army Stove

The Swiss Army Ranger Stove—is without a doubt one of the original “ultra light” cooking options. Compact, versatile, and easy to use, it continues to be a quintessential part of the classic kitchen kit. {loadposition bellymain3} The complete package fits nicely into many of the “one liter” bottle carriers and pockets commonly available. Dry weight is a…

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Gear of the Year – 4WD Equipment 2011 – Overland Awards

The overland market is growing at a rapid pace, which is providing for innovation and a wide range of new products.  As a result, the team at Expedition Portal has started an industry award, Gear of the Year for multiple categories (each featured in a different article) and based upon their price point, with a…

comparo: Kindle Fire vs. iPad vs. iPhone

Kindle Fire for Adventure Travel

As long-time Amazon Prime members, we ordered an early release Kindle Fire for evaluation.  Given the form factor, we considered its suitability for adventure travel.  Being just in the middle of the iPad and iPhone on size, the Fire immediately feels more portable and with the rubber surround, more robust. Without question, the Fire lacks…

Camp Awning

I wanted to make an awning that would interface with my Thule rack, and provide an easy set-up/tear down.  This is an initial prototype, but it has proven to work pretty well.     Awning Design   Rack Parts: Thule Parts- Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Rack (835) Thule QuickDraw Ratcheting Boat Straps (855) Thule Aero Foot…

Engel Fridge Installation

I have found through the years that a freezer/fridge is an essential comfort accessory for vehicle dependent expedition travel.  While traveling in Mexico it can be difficult to find ice, and food is often spoiled, or damage from the water that has collected in the cooler.  For a minor weight penalty (over a traditional cooler…