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Purtrek 2-in-1 Trekking Poles

purtrek water trekking poles

Purtrek have developed an ingenious water solution for while out hiking. The innovative, “why didn’t I think of that” 2-in-1 trekking pole provides you with clean and safe water on hand, on-demand, and frees up space in your backpack. The trekking pole has an integrated water filtration system that you submerge, uncouple quickly, twist and after a few pumps, you are able to sip fresh water directly from a drinking tube or decant into your water bottle. This brilliant design of Purtrek’s 2-in-1 Trekking Poles was selected as the “Award Nominee” by ISPO (the international outdoor products competition) for the coveted 2022 ISPO Awards.

$190/set, $40/replacement filter | purtrek.com

 

Roofnest EV incentive program

roofnest ev

Roofnest announced that their future generation of hard-shell rooftop tents will be optimized for electric vehicles with an EV incentive program that offers a $225 rebate for Roofnest owners who drive a pure-electric vehicle. The hard-shell rooftop tents, such as the Falcon 2, have a lower aerodynamic impact and have dedicated mount locations for flexible solar panels making them ideal for EVs. Learn more about the EV program at www.roofnest.com

 

Psi Pro Tire Pressure Gauge by Lee Parks Design

leepark designs psi

Inflating a motorcycle tire while using those pesky pressure gauges that never seem to mate securely because of an odd-placed spoke is just as annoying as the cheap oil filter clamps that keep slipping and gouging your knuckles. The new Psi Pro Tire Pressure Gauge by Lee Parks Design is a 5.5-inch metal rod with a unique, flat-topped, 90-degree head with perpendicular orientation for those hard-to-reach angles and has guaranteed accuracy within +/-1 psi along with a five-year warranty.

$28 | leeparksdesign.com

 

The Savvy by Gerber Gear

american made gerber gear

We love knives, and as an avid viewer of Forged in Fire, can probably guarantee that this well-designed folding knife will “KEAL.” The plain-edged, 3.5-inch blade is crafted from 20CV steel with anti-rotation bronze washers for one-handed opening.The machine-designed Gerber Savvy handle allows you the option of an aluminum or carbon-fiber handle, and it can be customized with Gerber Custom. You can choose to carry the Savvy with a textured pocket clip or a lanyard hole.

$200 and up | gerbergear.com

 

Gas Growler X by Ignik

ignik gas growler

We love traveling with our outdoor stove and grill but loathe the inconvenience of having to replace the green butane canisters, especially when traveling remotely. The new 10-pound refillable Gas Growler X is the bigger brother to the original 5-pounder and is an ideal addition to your camping gear. For those overlanding with small rigs with limited space, this might be the solution you have been looking for. The Gas Growler X comes with a 4-foot adapter hose and connector and a compact dual zip-top case with a new detachable carrying handle.

$200 | ignik.com

 

BearVault

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We’ve had our fair share of bear sightings, close enough to be concerned whether our kids decided to smuggle a midnight treat into the rooftop tent or whether our toothpaste was securely packed away. If only I had known about BearVault. These handy, and might I add, very effective bear-resistant food canisters, will be the envy of every camper, especially when the bears come a-knocking. You can read Heather Lea’s honest review of the BearVault canisters for her ride up through the Yukon and Alaska here. BearVault has now added two new sizes, a 1.3 and 2.5-gallon canister to their 1.9 and 3-gallon collection, to accommodate every shape and size of backpack for day-trippers, backpackers, long-distance hikers, and bikers.

$74+ | bearvault.com

 

Wheel Pros acquires TransAmerican Auto Parts

wheel pros

Wheel Pros is the designer, manufacturer, and distributor of proprietary branded aftermarket vehicle enhancements for light trucks, SUVs, passenger cars, and ATVs/UTVs. It was recently announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TransAmerican Auto Parts (“TAP”) from Polaris Inc. TAP is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, retailer, and installer of off-road Jeep and light truck parts and accessories. www.wheelpros.com

 

FUSO celebrates 90th anniversary

fuso

Daimler Chrysler first introduced the FUSO bus in 1932 and since then have been producing trucks in more than 170 countries and making headway into the EV industry with the upcoming Next Generation eCanter truck. It’s the perfect platform for your next overland truck build. Check out the new eCanter for distribution in September 2022 at www.daimlertruck.com

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking enlightenment and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries, circumnavigated South America, driven from Argentina to Alaska followed by exploration of Europe and Western Asia. Currently the family are planning a journey from Western Europe to the Russian Far East. Graeme is a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six critically acclaimed books and an Overland Journal/Expedition Portal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell