Overland News of the Week

Hyperlight Mountain Gear Camera Pod

Hyperlight Mountain Gear, makers of über-lightweight sewn outdoor goods, have just dropped their new Camera Pod, and if it’s built like their other products, I have no doubt that it will survive many miles on the trail. Hyperlight is one of the pioneering companies responsible for popularizing Dyneema (aka Cubin fiber), an incredibly strong yet lightweight material that is made by extruding a UV-resistant polyethylene gel through a spinneret.

They claim that their Camera Pod is the “worlds lightest and most durable camera case”. The regular size is designed to fit cameras like Sony’s a6000 series and weighs just 77 grams yet provides weather protection as well as padding. The large size can accommodate larger mirrorless cameras like Sony’s A7 and weighs 106 grams. Both sizes of the Camera Pod can be mounted to your backpack in a variety of orientations via four sewn loops.

$109+ | Hyperlight Mountain Gear

 

Rago Fabrication 3rd Gen Tacoma Endeavor Rear Window Modular Storage Panels

Looking to add a little bit of additional utility to the rear seat of your 3rd-generation Toyota Tacoma? Rago Fabrication has you covered with their Endeavor rear window modular storage panel, a steel Molle-compatible organization solution. This panel is fabricated from 1/8th-inch thick cold-rolled steel so that it will hold up to years of abuse on the trail and the center panel is easily removable so that you can still access the rear window of your truck.

Installation is straight-forward, utilizing the OEM holes in your vehicle’s ceiling but requiring drilling for the lower attachment points. The Endeavor Panel from Rago is made in the USA and comes standard with black powder-coating and stainless-steel hardware.

$324.95 | Rago Fabrication

 

Expedition / Units: PROJECT 25L-46-012-031 Dry Bag

While we don’t often feature products that are in the process of being crowd-funded, this one was too cool to pass up. The creator of this dry bag, Matteo, is no stranger to the world of overland travel. He and two friends drove a Fiat Panda from Europe to Mongolia.

The Expedition/Units PROJECT 25L-46-012-031 Dry Bag is a versatile backpack-style roll-top waterproof bag that is designed to protect whatever you can fit inside from moisture. It is constructed from 840-denier TPU-laminated ballistic nylon for a high level of durability and abrasion-resistance. It is currently 99% funded with 13 days to go. Our fingers are crossed that we see this project come to fruition.

$69 | Expedition/Units

 

Recaps Custom Hat Builder

Looking for a unique cap to keep the sun out of your eyes on the trail? Then look no further than Recaps and their custom hat builder program. This female-owned Washington-based business has been making unique lids for 10 years, pairing art and functionality. Their hats are offered in multiple styles including the popular trucker and 5-panel styles. When creating your custom cap on their online hat builder, you begin with a colorful but blank cap and choose a woodblock-printed embellishment to have sewn onto the front. I counted 33 options for graphics including many outdoors-themed motifs. Because the available colors are always changing and each print is made by hand, no two hats are the same.

$35 | Recaps

 

Roam Adventure Co. Rugged Cases

When it comes to a heavy-duty solution for storing your overlanding gear, be that recovery, camp kitchen, camera equipment, or tools, Roam Adventure Co. has you covered with their Rugged Cases. These LLDPE plastic cases are offered in four colors and feature steel lockable latches, nylon handles, and a waterproof gasket so that everything inside stays dry. Additionally, these cases are molded with an interlocking design which results in better stability when pairing and stacking.

While they sell for a premium price, many positive customer reviews specifically commend the durability, dust-proof and waterproof construction, and overall build quality saying that they are “exceptional cases that are worth the price”.

$199+ | Roam Adventure Co.

 

Big Agnes Sidewinder Camp 35-degree Sleeping Bag

Side sleepers rejoice, the Sidewinder Camp 35-degree sleeping bag from Big Agnes is made just for you. This synthetic mummy-style bag uses Big Agnes’ proprietary FireLine Eco 100% post-consumer recycled insulation, has an anti-snag ambidextrous zipper, and its outer shell fabric utilizes a PFC-free DWR (durable water-repellant) finish. Its foot box was specifically designed to accommodate your feet comfortably while sleeping on your side. The entire bag offers the aforementioned technical features in a cut that is a little bit more roomy than your standard mummy bag, placing an emphasis on comfort in the camp site.

$149.95+ | Big Agnes

 

VSSL Java Coffee Grinder

VSSL makes compact collections of critical outdoor gear, conveniently packaged in compact, water-tight aluminum cylinders. The Java coffee grinder is their answer to preparing fresh coffee on the trail, and like the rest of their kits, its form takes the shape of a compact aluminum cylinder.

Inside, stainless steel burs and premium metal ball bearings provide a smooth and consistent grind with 50 distinct settings, letting the backcountry barista select the perfect coarsness for their chosen brewing method. The Java grinder measures 6-inches long, weighs 360-grams, and carries a limited lifetime warranty.

$150 | VSSL

 

Desert Does It Front Multi Mount Panel

When two friends set out to build a product that didn’t exist, they ended up creating a small business called Desert Does It. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, they specialize in off-road vehicle accessories made for outdoorsmen and daily commuters. All of their products are designed, machined, and powder-coated in Southern Utah out of US-sourced aluminum.

Their Multi Mount Panel, one of the most popular products in their lineup, attaches to the seat mounts in the front of a variety of vehicles. A grid of parallel slots, similar to a Molle panel, allows users to attached a variety of items quickly and easily.

$89.99+ | Desert Does It

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.