Overland News of the Week

Method 312 Double Black Wheel

Method’s 312 wheel is now avaiable in a “Double Black” matte black/gloss black finish, and they look slick! If you are unfamiliar, the 312 is constructed from A356 aluminum with a T6 heat-treatment for strength and features a six-windowed design. The 312 has a load rating from 2650- to 3640-pounds depending on size, and features Method’s Street-Loc V.3 lip with undercut which simulates a beadlock wheel in appearance.

$431/wheel | Methodracewheels.com

Morakniv Kansbol Knife & Survival Kit

Knife-maker Morakniv’s roots are deeply embedded in Mora, Sweden, where the blade manufacturer was born from the timber industry. By the turn of the century (1904) Morakniv’s 10 employees were producing approximately 19,000 knives per year. For more on the extensive and interesting history of Morakniv, read here.

The contemporary Kansbol knife and survival kit is a great example of Morakniv’s evolution. The knife in this kit features a lightweight yet strong construction with a 2.5mm Scandi-ground stainless steel blade. A 90-degree edge on the spine of the blade allows for easy striking of ferro rods, and the durable plastic sheath features a diamond sharpener as well as an integrated fire starter. Just as compelling as the versatility of this kit is its sub-$100 price point.

$72 | Industrialrev.com/morakniv


Tumbledown 7-piece 9-foot 5-weight Fly Rod

Fly fishing and overlanding go hand-in-hand. I mean, what better way is there to access high alpine lakes and streams than in your trusty rig? To be fair, hiking is an acceptable alternative, but I digress.

Most fly rods are quite large, so if you’ve been on the search for a VERY compact solution, check out Maine Fly Co.’s Tumbledown rod. This 9-foot 5-weight rod is a great build for catching a variety of trout, from tiny to substantial. And because it’s a 7-piece, the Tumbledown breaks down to easily fit inside a backpack. This rod is built using bio-based renewable epoxy and features a house-made maple real seat.

$340 | Maineflyco.com


Leitner Designs Hydropod Carry Portable Shower Kit

Leitner’s shower pod system was an innovative addition to their bed rack, and now it is offered in a free-standing version, providing even more versatility, allowing it to be used wherever it’s needed. The pressure-rated water pod has a capacity of 4.8-gallons and the closure system features an integrated mechanical hand pump for generating pressure. The kit comes with a self-coiling 20-foot hose with quick-connect fittings for easy use.

$349 | Leitnerdesigns.com


DJI Mini Pro Drone

DJI just released a new compact drone that’s small enough to fit in your glove box. The Mini Pro is the newest in their Mini line and features some big upgrades over the previous Mini.

Weighing in at under 250-grams, the new Mini Pro has tri-directional obstacle sensing, 4K HDR video, true vertical video/photo capture, and focus tracking. DJI claims that it can fly for as long as 47 minutes when using their new Intelligent Flight Battery Plus (upgrade). Perhaps most compelling about this drone is its new 1/1.3-inch CMOS image sensor which can capture 4K video and 48-megapixel raw still images. The mini pro will also shoot 1080p video at 120 frames per second for cinematic slow-motion video.

$759+ | Dji.com


Bajio Caballo Polarized Sunglasses

Bajio has a few new styles dropping, and the Caballo might be my favorite. These extra-large glasses feature a bio-based nylon frame with grippy pads to help them stay put on your head and nose. The blue-light reducing high-definition lenses come in a variety of colors and are offered in glass or polycarbonate versions. Bajio is a 100% carbon-neutral company and their sunglasses ship with a handsome and unique cactus-leather case!

$199 | Bajiosunglasses.com


Step 22 Gear Tamarin Trunk

We all know and love Stepp 22 Gear, and they got some cool new storage solutions, like the Tamarin Trunk. The thing that I love most about this bag is that it can be used for individual large items, but it’s also perfectly sized to accommodate Step 22’s smaller organization cubes, like the Tenkile. The base of the Tamarin is padded, and it’s made out of a coated 500-denier nylon that offers a high level of weather protection. It’s also got a variety of grab handles and compression straps for added versatility. Hook and loop patches make for easy labeling so you know what’s inside, at a glance.

$90 | Step22gear.com


Stapll Tack Strap 4-way Bungee Cord

If you are like me, you’ve probably got a tangled mess of ratchet straps under the rear seat of your truck. But no matter how many I accumulate, it seems that I always need more. And since every cargo-securing task is a little different, I’m psyched that I came across the Stapll Tack Strap. It’s a 4-way bungee cord that looks like it would be right at home in my tangled pile of ratchet straps, errrr (nervous laugh), I mean, securing cargo in the bed of the pickup.

$20 | Stapll.com


AT Overland Truck Bed Canopy

While it’s not officially listed on the AT Overland website, the company has just announced a new product: a lightweight truck bed canopy made from their signature aluminum and honeycomb composite panels. AT says that the canopy will weigh approximately 110 pounds and have a 400-pound load limit (on the roof, one would assume). It won’t be flush with the truck cab (higher, likely), and will feature LED lighting, 12-volt power, a double-USB port, and a liftgate stiffener. Front and rear windows, side euro windows, slider, hatch, heater, and roof rack will all be optional equipment. Information is limited at this time, but if you’d like to get an order in for the quickest possible delivery, email AT directly at info@atoverland.com.

$5,500 | Atoverland.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