Overland News of the Week

Trestle Aeropress K-cup Adapter

Let me ask you a question: are you really an overlander if you haven’t added aftermarket parts to your Aeropress? The Trestle Aeropress K-cup adaptor allows you to utilize K-cup coffee pods with your trusty coffee syringe. Advantages? Well, to start, K-cups are pre-portioned and pre-ground which makes measuring or adjusting the coarseness of your beans a thing of the past. They are also offered in a huge variety of roasts from many well-known coffee companies and can be purchased at most major food stores.

$28 | Planetary Design

 

The Earthling Co Solid Dish Soap

An interesting and intelligent trend that I have seen in the last few years is the reimagining of liquid cleaning products. As it turns out, concentrated solids have a smaller environmental footprint to ship versus big heavy bottles of liquid. Using solid cleaning products also helps you avoid spills and sticky bottles. And when it comes to vehicle-based travel, you may be acutely aware of how frustrating it can be to find that any liquids (cleaning or otherwise) have spilled while in transit to your campsite. This is where I think The Earthling Co’s solid dish soap is brilliant. One solid bar of dish washing soap can replace two-three bottles of liquid, lasting up to six months. It’s made in the USA and The Earthling Co donates 1 percent of their sales through 1% For The Planet.

$18 | The Earthling Co

 

Parkit Voyager

What’s better than enjoying an icy cold beverage in your favorite camping chair? Not having to get up and walk to the cooler for a refill! Parkit aims to solve that problem with their Voyager. This stylish folding camp chair has an integrated cooler that hangs right underneath the seat, so a cold drink is always nearby. It has exterior pockets for things like keys or a phone and shoulder straps to make carrying it from your vehicle to the campsite easy.

$220 | Parkit

 

Omnicharge Omni 20+

The Omni 20+ is a compact 20,000 milliamp-hour lithium-ion battery bank that features a 100-watt AC outlet, two USB-A outlets, one USB-C outlet, and a universal programmable 12-volt barrel outlet which can be used with a variety of 12-volt devices. Additionally, the Omni supports 10-watt wireless charging for a wide range of compatible cell phones. An OLED screen provides detailed information regarding power output and battery charge so you know how much power your devices are using and how much power remains.

$199 | Omnicharge

 

EcoFlow Delta Pro

The newest off-grid power solution from EcoFlow is the Delta Pro and at first glance, it looks like a pretty incredible power station, with some major differences from the standard Delta. First, all of the USB and AC outlets have been moved to the front of the unit. Second, it now has an extendable handle and wheels to make moving it around easier. The unit has a massive 3.6 kilowatt-hour battery which can be expanded (with external battery modules) to a maximum 25-kilowatt-hour capacity. The Delta Pro charges extremely fast with its proprietary X-Stream charging system that can pull in up to 4,200 watts of AC power. The pro also features a first-of-its-kind charging port that allows users to charge it at EV charging stations.

Price not yet announced | EcoFlow

 

Beyond Clothing A9-T Mission Pants

Seattle-based Beyond Clothing makes some incredibly functional and tough outerwear, all while adhering to above-average standards for sustainable production and their company’s environmental impacts. The A9-T Mission pants are a perfect example of their approach to solid clothing design. Built from hard-wearing NYCO ripstop fabric, the A9-T has a ton of features including an adjustable waistband, a four-way stretch gusseted crotch, front and side thigh pockets, zippered back pockets, lower leg cargo pockets, and Velcro cuff adjustments. Not convinced that these pants are awesome? Read the mountain of glowing reviews from actual customers on the Beyond website before making up your mind.

$175 | Beyond Clothing

 

Skeeter Beater Magnetic Mosquito Screen

There is nothing funny about getting mosquito bites in the backcountry, but thanks to these magnetic Skeeter Beater vehicle bug screens, bites will be a thing of the past (at least when you are in your vehicle). A quick visit to the Skeeter Beater website and you can browse a very long list of compatible vehicles to find that perfect fit for your rig. The screens themselves adhere to your vehicle with non-marking rare-earth magnets, allowing for ample airflow through open windows but keeping all bugs out. The openings in the mesh are tiny enough to keep out even the smallest no-see-um bugs.

Prices vary by vehicle | Skeeter Beater

When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.