Overland News of the Week

Dometic Announces Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack for Ford Bronco

Arc’teryx Gamma Collection

arcteryx gamma hoody

Kicking off this week’s overland news is Arc’teryx’s Fall collection which showcases “weather-resistant layers with stretch, exceptional breathability, and abrasion resistance.” The line-up includes the MX Hoody, which is a softshell top layer made from wind- and water-resistant Fortius 2.0 fabric. It has three zippered pockets and a helmet-compatible Stormhood. The range also comprises the MX Pant, which is similarly manufactured with Fortius 2.0 fabric and features articulated knees, gusseted crotch, three secure pockets, and an adjustable low-profile webbing waistbelt. Both are available in men’s and women’s sizes.

varies | arcteryx.com

Goal Zero Skylight

Goal Zero Skylight

The Skylight is designed to be the ultimate camp light and provides an impressive 6,000 lumens (illuminating up to 300 feet) of multi-directional, 3,250-Kelvin lighting. Highlights include six individual LED light panels that can be adjusted 180 degrees, IPX4 water resistance, and an adjustable telescopic design that can be raised from 4 to 12 feet. There are four brightness settings; the lowest output will run for 8-hours on the internal battery or can be plugged directly into a Yeti power station (it will run for 250 hours off the Yeti 1000x). It weighs 12.12 pounds, features a hard carry case, and enjoys a 2-year warranty.

$300 | goalzero.com

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Expedition 140 Duffel

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Expedition 140 Duffel

The Expedition 140 duffel is manufactured using 375-denier fully woven Dyneema, which is the world’s lightest, most durable, and water-resistant fabric. In addition, it is “festooned with full-length daisy chains, waterproof zippers, and a super-capable shoulder strap.” Despite being exceptionally durable the bag weighs just 41.6 ounces or around 2.5 pounds (1,176 grams) and provides 140 liters of internal volume. It also has external pockets with YKK Aquaguard zippers, removable padded shoulder straps and internal compression straps, and grab handles on both ends. The Expedition duffel is a great multi-purpose choice for adventurous travelers and would be well suited for overlanding.

$550 | hyperlitemountaingear.com

AEV Upfit for 2024 Jeep Wrangler

2024 Jeep Wrangler AEV

Jeep will be making AEV upgrades more accessible for the 2024 model with three exciting packages: Upcountry, Upcountry +, and Level II. The Upcountry ($7,476) will uprate the Wrangler with AEV’s 2.0-inch suspension lift kit, 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 tires on AEV Pintler wheels, a spare tire relocation kit, and Mopar fender flares. The Upcountry + ($11,599) takes things further; it encompasses all the aforementioned benefits plus a front bumper, skid plate, and an AEV front-camera relocation kit. Finally, the Level II package ($20,049) showcases AEV’s 2.5-inch DualSport suspension, bumper, skid plate, winch, AEV 7000 series lights, rear bumper, tire carrier, and more.


Benchmark Vehicles Unveils $500,000 Sprinter Ighlhaut All Rad Overland Build

Benchmark Vehicles Unveils $500,000 Sprinter Ighlhaut All Rad Overland Build

Benchmark Vehicles based in Portland, Oregon, is best known for building overland-ready Mercedes Sprinters. They recently unveiled “Awol,” which is based on a 2021 Mercedes Sprinter AWD but was transformed by German company Iglhaut All Rad into the ultimate go-anywhere van. Highlights include permanent all-wheel drive with a high/low transfer case; front, center, and rear locking differentials; 37-inch tires; a snorkel; an Agile RIP kit with rear Fox shocks and coilover front Bilsteins and much more. Inside is just as lavish with integrated Starlink, Scheel-Mann seats, Guzzle H20 2-stage water filtration, 640 amp-hours of lithium batteries with 245 watts of solar, an induction cooktop, and Dometic air-conditioning.


Phalcon Overland D30 Drawer Fridge Freezer

Phalcon Overland D30 Drawer Fridge Freezer

The D30 is designed to be the ultimate fridge for adventure when space is at a premium and every inch counts. Unlike most conventional 12-volt chest fridges, it adopts a space-serving drawer form factor (27.2 x 17.5 x 10 inches) while supplying an impressive 30-liter capacity. Additionally, it utilizes a durable metal construction and powder-coated finish, LG compressor, and integrates Bluetooth connectivity so that users can adjust settings from their smartphone. Additional highlights include a high-resolution color display, 3-stage dynamic battery protection system, and gasket technology that ensures a tight seal for optimal efficiency.

$475 | phalconoverland.com

Dometic Announces Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack for Ford Bronco

In this weeks overland news Dometic Announces Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack for Ford Bronco

The rack has been designed to “integrate seamlessly with the Bronco, enhancing its rugged charm and boosting functionality.” The Slimline II is engineered to safely transport bulky equipment, boxes, bicycles, kayaks, and more. It also opens up the Slimline Eco-System to Bronco owners with over 55 accessories to customize the rack to their specific requirements. Added benefits include a high-density aluminium construction, wind deflector, bolt-on installation, and exceptional versatility for load-carrying. In short, the Slimeline II is an extremely versatile rack for overlanding and the perfect accompaniment to the Bronco for backcountry adventures.


$1,980 | frontrunneroutfitters.com

Twisted Automotive Reimagines the Suzuki Jimny

Twisted Automotive Reimagines the Suzuki Jimny.

UK-based Twisted Automotive “engaged with engineers in Dubai, Japan, and the UK to bring together a completed product which still feels like a Jimny but with attitude and refinement.” The transformation comprises an ECU and turbo installation (boosting horsepower from 103 to 165), an uprated suspension with a 1-inch lift, rear anti-roll bar, and 16-inch alloy wheels with BFGoodrich A/T tires. Inside, these rugged credentials are balanced with a more refined interior, including better soundproofing; leather trim to seats, door handles, steering wheel, gear levers, handbrake, and center console; uprated audio, and more. Finally, there’s a long list of optional extras that include a winch, auxiliary lighting, armor, and roof rack.


Wondery Outdoors Relaunches with Diversity in Mind

Wondery Outdoors Relaunches with Diversity in Mind

Wondery Outdoors is “on a mission to be the most diverse and inclusive brand in the outdoor industry.” Subsequently, their clothing will be designed to be as versatile (sizes range from XXS to 6XL) and comfortable as possible while also being affordable. Co-owner and Operations Director Nina Bhatia states, “We know we can do more together, and we want women to feel empowered from the inside out. Finding comfort in apparel is important, and finding a sense of belonging outside and beyond our comfort zones matters even more.” Their range of casual yet functional apparel is a great fit for long days on the road.



5.11 Tactical Releases New Fall Footwear

5.11 Tactical Releases New Fall Footwear

5.11 Tactical has unveiled its fall range in a variety of styles with technical performance that’s well-suited to the adventurous traveler. These include the A/T Trainer 2.0, Max Grip Trainer, Foley mid and low sneakers, and the Speed 4.0 lightweight boot. The latter integrates a Force Foam heel, Ortholite footbed, ASTM slip- and oil- resistant outsole, and are crafted with suede leather and 1200D nylon. Senior Category Manager Brendan Rynne states: “Whether it’s in the gym, on duty, exploring a trail, or just day-to-day life, we want to offer reliable performance footwear that lives up to our Purpose-built Gear motto.”


Restrap Light Mount

Restrap overland news Light Mount.

Necessity is the mother of invention and this is certainly the case with Restrap’s simple yet genius light mount. If you’re a bikepacker, then you’ll undoubtedly have struggled at some point to fit everything you need on the handlebars. Once you’ve attached some sort of bar bag/harness, cockpit bags, a GPS device, bell, and light you’re often left with little space for your hands. The ability to relocate some of these items elsewhere and free up space is very helpful and this is where Restrap’s new light mount comes in. This innovative accessory can be mounted to any M5 threaded eyelets allowing you to fit your light to the fork, dropouts, rack eyelets, and more. Furthermore, it prevents the light from being obstructed by bags or accessories subsequently improving visibility and safety.


$11 | restrap.com

Ignik Heated Topside Blanket and Flipside Bed Cover

overland news Ignik

Ignik has introduced two exciting new products for the upcoming winter season, the Topside heated blanket and Flipside heated bed cover. Both can be run on the highest setting for 10 hours and showcase a Smart controller with adjustability and safety features. They also incorporate a timed shut-off that can be set from 1 to 10 hours, which conserves battery life and supplies enhanced heat control. Ignik’s Marketing and Product Development Director Peter Pontano states, “An average adult generates 75W of body heat and Topside and Flipside essentially add 50% more heat to your sleep setup.”

$150 (Flipside Bed Cover) – $200 (Topside Blanket) | ignik.com

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.