Overland News of the Week

Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace XL

Snow Peak has just released the XL version of their popular stainless steel folding Pack & Carry fireplace. The new XL is 170 percent bigger than the size large, ensuring that you have plenty of warmth and ambience for the entire camp. Because the Fold & Carry packs flat, it can be squeezed into tight spaces, like your overlanding rig or SUV. Evenly distributed holes promote airflow so that your fire burns consistently, and four legs provide a stable platform.

$279 | snowpeak.com

 

Orion Van Gear Promaster Stealth+ Roof Rack

The low-profile Stealth+ roof rack from Orion Van Gear (for the Dodge Promaster) is made from lightweight yet durable aluminum and doesn’t require any cutting or drilling for installation (generally taking a half-day to install). Thanks to its modular crossbars, it offers the flexibility to be installed around your pre-existing roof fan as well as the freedom to securely mount a variety of differently sized solar panels. A side ladder (also from Orion) and a variety of awnings are compatible with this roof rack system which is proudly made in the USA and carries a limited lifetime warranty.

$2,499 | orionvangear.com

 

Bison Gear Universal Wheel Mount

To be honest, I didn’t go through the whole checkout process on the Bison Gear website, so I can’t comment on their shipping timeframes or cost (they’re based in Poland), but nonetheless, their Universal Gear Mount is a clever solution for quickly and easily attaching accessories to your spare tire (and easily remove them after a trip). Available as individual powder-coated steel brackets that secure around the outside of your rear-mounted spare using a ratchet strap, just bolt on specific mounts for peripherals like a shovel or jerry can.

$36 | bison-gear.com

 

Vankind Matrix Cabinets

Building out overhead cabinetry for a campervan can be a time-consuming and challenging process, but it doesn’t need to be. Vankind designed their laser-cut and powder-coated aluminum Matrix overhead cabinets to make the process a lot less painful with a much more refined and durable finished product. Pre-built as a single unit, the cabinets are designed to integrate with Adventure Wagon Sprinter conversion kits, and come with all necessary hardware for installation. Additionally, they come pre-wired with under-cabinet recessed warm LED light strips and switches.

$3,250+ | Vankind.co

 

Kickass 12-volt Travel Oven

The Kickass travel oven is a 12-volt food heating solution that was designed for use in vehicles traveling through the Outback. This compact cooker has a heating range from 194 to 356°F but only draws a minimal amount of electricity, 130 watts (10.8 amps) to be exact. Its integrated timer allows you to reheat or cook for up to 120 minutes with automatic shutoff. A latching door and included mounting brackets mean that the Kickass oven is ready to be mounted in your rig and used on the trail. Imagine heating up your dinner while you drive the final miles to camp. A fused Anderson-style connector is included, making electrical integration relatively simple.

$299 | kickassproducts.com

 

Van Compass Air System Mount

There are many benefits to having an onboard air compressor, like being able to reinflate your tires at the trailhead, or opening all of the doors and blowing the dust out of your vehicle. If you own a 2019+ Mercedes Sprinter VS30 and have been thinking about adding onboard air, make your installation a little bit easier with Van Compass’ air system mount. This specially designed plate allows you to attach a variety of compressors from ARB or Viair (and some others) next to your vehicle’s cabin air intake filter without any drilling. Installation can generally be completed in under an hour.

$90 | vancompass.com

 

Klymit Everglow Light Tube

Klymit’s Everglow is an inexpensive and clever way to illuminate the interior of your vehicle, camp kitchen, or rooftop tent. Utilizing an inflatable white tube to diffuse the light from a USB-powered LED strip, the Everglow is lightweight, water-resistant, and packs down very small for travel. Both the Large and Extra-large sizes have integrated magnetic mounts, a dimmer switch, and a Hypalon carabiner loop that makes hanging them up a breeze.

$20+ | klymit.com

 

Bennett Winch Commuter Bag

I’m not sure if handmade in England justifies the price tag, but there is no denying it, these bags from Bennett Winch are beautiful and would look right at home in your Defender. Am I wrong? Made from 24-ounce British dyed and bonded waterproof cotton canvas, with full-grain leather trim and handles, solid brass hardware, and YKK zippers, this bag is designed to last. And because it’s backed with a lifetime promise, investing in one might mean that you never need to buy another carry-on or travel bag for the rest of your life.

$745 | bennettwinch.com

 

Essentially Engineered Hydro Expander

I can personally attest to the frustration that comes from not being able to use my vehicle’s cup holders with larger mugs and water bottles. Inevitably, this leads to me riding with a Klean Kanteen pinched between my legs or driving one-handed while I attempt to drink hot coffee. Neither of these scenarios ends well. But here’s a solution from Essentially Engineered: an adjustable water bottle holder that is large enough to accommodate your insulated Hydro Flasks, Nalgenes, and large coffee mugs. Just place the adapter into your vehicle’s cup holder and twist the base to lock the Hydro Expander into place. Now you are ready to drive with your large drink close at hand.

$25 | essentiallyengineered.com

 

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Matt is a paragliding pilot and adventure seeker living full-time in a 25-foot Airstream travel trailer pulled by a Ram 2500. His love of the outdoors has driven him to explore remote destinations across North and South America in search of the most aesthetic peaks and beautiful flying sites. IG: @m.b.swartz