Nebo Mycro Headlamp
Let’s face it, when it comes to head torches, there’s no lack of options, so it takes a product decidedly unique to stand out from the crowd. With this in mind, Nebo introduces their new Mycro headlamp, which fits in the palm of your hand (1.75 x 2.75 inches), weighs just a quarter of a pound, is water and impact resistant, yet in “Turbo” mode, can produce an impressive 400 lumens of light (up to 80 meters). There are six light modes total, ranging from 15 to 400 lumens, plus a low-power 10-lumen green and red mode that provides up to five hours of use (while the internal battery takes approximately two hours to fully charge). However, one of the coolest features of this headlamp is that while it integrates an adjustable head strap, it can also be clipped to your cap visor. The Mycro is a great everyday carry that showcases an impressive number of features considering the compact size and low price point.
$32 | nebotools.co.uk
BERTUCCI A-1S Field Watch
As a lover of analogue expedition watches, I was immediately intrigued by Bertucci’s new A-1S field watch, which, at first glance, looks almost identical to Timex’s Expedition Scout. The company has been producing high-performance field watches for over 20 years and claims that the A-1S has been two decades in the making. Built around a 36-millimeter brushed stainless steel case and features a hardened mineral crystal for scratch resistance. This is a watch designed for hard outdoors usage; hence, it incorporates an offset crown to prevent wrist impingement and unbreakable lug bars (which also means there are no pins to remove when replacing bands). The A-1S is available in black or white and includes 12- and 24-hour markings, Swiss Super Luminous hands and markers, and a super durable B-Type Nylon band (available in four colors). Finally, it’s 100-meters water resistant, has a four-year battery life, three-year warranty, and is powered by an all-metal, gold-plated quartz movement.
$100 | ultimatefieldwatch.com
Snow Peak Zekka Shelter
It’s not easy hosting friends and family on the road, especially when your overland vehicle is just big enough for two. One option is to pack a few small tents in the van, and pitch them for your various guests when you arrive at camp. However, while this solves the sleeping situation, it does not provide a common space should the weather take a turn for the worst. Snow Peak’s Zekka could be the answer, offering a spacious communal living area, and up to three sleeping places (6 person) when paired with their “Inner Room” extension pack. The company designed the Zekka to have a “panorama view of nature” thanks to a gentle curved design and a wide-open front panel. The shelter consists of two rooms, but with the company’s “Inner Room” you can divide the shelter into three separate sleeping spaces. I’m surprised the Inner Room and Mat are an additional $800 considering the Zekka’s hefty $2,995 price tag. Nevertheless, this is a beautifully made, albeit pricey, communal space for overlanding.
$2,995 | snowpeak.com
Front Runner Slimpro Van Rack
Much of Front Runner’s success over the years is rooted in its ability to create class-leading modular racks. The company has recognized that overlanders’ needs are as unique as their personalities, and there’s no one-size-fits-all. The company recently announced their all-new Slimpro Van Rack, a low-profile, highly customizable rack built in collaboration with Dometic that is engineered to support large loads. Key features include the ability to freely move roof slats to accommodate existing roof-mounted equipment (such as fans, solar, skylights, etc.) while being easily adapted for both high- and low-roof vans. It’s engineered to be as modular as possible with T-slot channels that connect seamlessly with Front Runner’s extensive range of accessories. Finally, thanks to its all-aluminum construction, the Slimpro rack is supremely strong while being 30 percent lighter than steel. This is crucial in technical scenarios where high-mounted weight negatively impacts handling.
Price based on model | frontrunneroutfitters.com
The Exped Radical Pack
A good quality pack can provide convenient storage for valuables and essential items when you leave your vehicle, transfer gear from the van to a new location, store dirty laundry, or act as a high-capacity bag for groceries or supplies. In line with these goals, Exped has announced their super-lightweight (24-ounce), 43-liter, technical backpack-duffel hybrid, the Radical Pack, which promises to be the perfect companion for the adventurous traveler. The Radical can be utilized as a duffel using a single shoulder strap or worn as a backpack with the dual padded straps (detachable and stowable). There is convenient, “extra-long,” straight zippered access in the center, an additional side zipper for quick entry, and two large side pockets. Internal rack loops are integrated for organization, and a reflective logo print enhances your visibility. The Radical isn’t trying to be the most heavy-duty duffel nor the most technical pack on the market but instead promises to be a high-quality, do-it-all bag that’s great for shorter hikes, days out, or as additional storage in the van. It’s extremely compressible and packable, meaning it can be stowed away effortlessly.
$140 | exped.com
LGP Powersports and Enduristan USA Present the Small and Large Handlebar Bag and the Large Tail Pack
On the road, there is always a small selection of items you need regular access to, such as a phone, wallet, keys, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Having a durable and secure bag close to hand provides quick access to essentials. Enduristan’s Handlebar Bag is one such option and a great alternative to a tank bag.
The Handlebar Bag comes in two sizes (small or large), is 100 percent water and dust proof, features two elastic pen holders, a smartphone pocket (includes waterproof cable ducts), and a transparent pocket on top. In addition, it’s easy to fit via an “innovative” fastening clamp and is compatible with 22-, 28-, and 32-millimeter bar diameters. Finally, it showcases a red inner liner for better visibility and mesh pockets under the cover with a Velcro lock.
The Tail Pack is designed to mount on “larger racks, fenders, and passenger saddles” and is also 100 percent water and dust proof with the internal red liner. There is an internal compartment separator, zip pocket, mesh pockets, and an external pocket and elastic rope. Finally, there’s an ergonomic carry handle and eyelets with straps to secure to aluminum top cases.
Price based on model | enduristan-usa.com
Mystery Ranch Coulee and Bridgers Series Packs
Conceived in the Rocky Mountains, Mystery Ranch designs packs that “minimize the burden on your back.” After 20 years of research and development, the company’s “ultimate” packs are utilized by adventurers, first responders, and even the Navy SEALs. The new hiking Coulee Series and the Bridgers backpacking pack are manufactured with MIPAN Regen Robic nylon, using 100 percent reclaimed waste.
The 20- and 30-liter Coulee options are for shorter hikes and feature a top zippered lid compartment for storing essentials, side stretch-woven pockets on the exterior, and back pockets with stretch-woven sides. Attach loops on the inside body panel are designed to work with various Mystery Ranch accessories, such as their Quick Attach Zoid Bag. The 40- and 50-liter variants are intended for day hikes and overnighters and incorporate additions like a sleeping bag compartment with a U-shaped opening for easy stow and accessibility and additional cushioned lumbar support.
The 35-liter Bridger is intended for “grueling in-and-outs or minimalist overnighters,” with a spring steel wire frame, two small interior pockets, and double-zippered entry for easy access. The 45-liter model is focused on “sunrise-to-sunset day hikes” or “weekend getaways” and integrates a Speed Zip sleeping bag compartment with divider, full-bag length double zippered access, attach loops on the body panel, and a removable lid that converts the Bridgers to a crossbody, sling-style bag.
$179 and up/Coulee, $249 and up/Bridger| mysteryranch.com
Titus Adventure Co. announces Guided Overland Trips in Colorado
Titus offers a fleet of 4×4 overland vehicles and campervans for rent that are fully equipped for your next adventure. In addition to rentals, the company has announced guided trips in Colorado between August-September that will “demonstrate best camping practices, give 4×4 driving tips, and teach about the natural environment around us.”
The excursions are suitable for all experience levels, cater for up to 10 people, and are a great way to gain skills and confidence when navigating backcountry routes in a 4WD. The tours take place in the Gunnison National Forest, span four days, and Titus takes care of the planning, packing, cooking, and cleanup. Further still, you’ll get to drive a fully equipped overland rig, enjoy gourmet camp food each night, and receive expertise from guides qualified in camping, Leave No Trace, 4×4 driving, and wilderness medicine.
$2,000 | tacrentals.com
Alchemy Bikes Offers New Purchase Program with Free Overnight Stay
Alchemy Bikes is a “boutique bike manufacturer with a direct-from-fabricator-to-rider business model.” The company has recently relocated to Golden, Colorado. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve partnered with the Origin Hotel Red Rocks and other local businesses to offer an overnight stay with every new bike sold. This unique and immersive experience is called the Dare: Golden Package and comprises a tour of the new Ride Experience Center, a ride on local trails, complete bike fit, and bike shipment if required. Customers will also enjoy a one-night’s stay at the Origin Hotel Red Rocks, complimentary breakfast at Launch Coffee Company, and a $20 gift card for Over Yonder Brewing Co. I mean, what’s not to love? Buying a new bike is always exciting, but Alchemy Bikes has taken things to the next level.
Price based on model | alchemybikes.com
Hyperlite Mountain Gear announce The Trailhead
As the name suggests, Hyperlite Mountain Gear designs and manufactures class-leading, ultra-lightweight, technical gear and apparel for exploration. I have their iconic pyramid tent, the Ultamid 2, and it’s quite simply the best shelter I’ve ever owned.
So, what’s The Trailhead? It’s Hyperlite’s new community hub—a place where like-minded outdoor enthusiasts share route and trail info, talk gear, post questions, and share inspiring stories and photos. Categories include The Gear Lab, Advocacy, Routes and Trails, Our Stories, Essentialism 101, and Expert Advice. Moreover, The Trailhead will host live Q and As, master classes, member polls, and even “for-your-eyes-only previews from the R&D team.” I’ve spent some time on the new community hub, and despite its infancy, The Trailhead is already very informative and inspiring. It’s also well organized and easy to navigate, which makes jumping between the various categories a seamless experience.
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