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New Alu-Cab Ineos Grenadier Roof Conversions are Available for Pre-Order

In this week’s Overland News of the Week, Alu-Cab announces the Ineos Grenadier roof conversion, available via pre-order to consumers through OK4WD with free shipping to authorized US Alu-Cab dealers. While currently in the research and design phase, Alu-Cab says this game-changing conversion will offer “seamless integration and enhanced functionality with a modern aesthetic.” The arrival of the roof conversion is anticipated for quarter three or four of 2024. Pre-order deposits of $500 secure a retail price of $10,000.


Early Look At Goal Zero’s All-New Portable Fridge And Power Stations


Goal Zero has launched its Alta line of portable fridges as part of its Yeti-Ready Gear products, designed to complement the Yeti portable power stations. The Alta 50 and Alta 80 fridges offer energy efficiency and portability, maintaining temperatures from 50°F to -4°F with minimal power usage. The Alta 50 can operate on a Yeti 700 power station for over three days, with a power draw of only 8 watts. These fridges feature multiple power options, high efficiency, flexible operation, and easy cleaning. Additionally, Goal Zero has introduced three new Compact Yeti power stations—the Yeti 300, 500, and 700—featuring durable, fast-charging, and high-output capabilities. The Yeti power stations are priced from $349 to $699 and are available through retailers and Goal Zero’s website.


Super Pacific Introduces Cloud Cap Pop-top Tent for Vans


Super Pacific has introduced the Cloud Cap, a versatile pop-top tent and gear mounting platform designed for van explorers. This new product marks the company’s first venture into the van market, incorporating the design principles of its X1 Camper. The Cloud Cap is built for extreme conditions using marine-grade materials and offers a unique pass-thru portal that connects the van’s interior to a spacious rooftop loft with 270-degree views. It features a durable, low-profile design with options for solar panels, awnings, and other accessories. The Cloud Cap fits multiple van models and is specifically available for the Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit (more to come), with easy DIY installation.

From $12,200 | superpacificusa.com

Helly Hansen’s Open Mountain Month Returns January 2024

Helly Hansen’s Open Mountain Month, launched in June 2023, encourages outdoor engagement during winter with various events across North America. The initiative begins with the Big Sky 50th Anniversary Celebration, featuring guided tours at Big Sky Resort. Unique experiences include dining with avalanche dogs in Vail and embarking on first-track adventures in Whistler. Activities like the Bergman Bowl Opening and AST Course Contest offer learning and adventure opportunities. The event continues into February with an avalanche safety course and guided backcountry experiences. Complementing these are Helly Hansen’s Women’s Snow Camps in Whistler, which promote skill enhancement and camaraderie among female skiers.


Rhino-Rack Launches Mercedes Benz Sprinter Overlanding Kit


The Rhino-Rack Mercedes Benz Sprinter Overlanding Kit offers adventurers a robust and versatile solution. This comprehensive kit includes the Rhino-Rack Backbone base, Reconn-Deck bars, and Reconn-Deck NS bars, designed to maximize load capacity and stability on the vehicle’s roof. Suitable for medium-wheelbase-high-roof, bare, or factory-track-roof Sprinters, it features a vehicle-specific wind fairing and a hardware pack for easy installation. The kit’s modularity allows customization of crossbar positions to accommodate roof services such as air vents and air-conditioning units, making it adaptable to various requirements.

From $2,398 | rhinorack.com

Greys Cruise Fly Fishing Combo


The Greys Cruise Fly Fishing Combo offers a solution for fishing enthusiasts. Suitable for varied environments, including small rivers, large lakes, and saltwater, it features a medium-fast action, a four-piece fly rod, and a large arbor fly reel with an entire disc drag system. Available in multiple sizes (9 and 10 inches) and line ratings (five, seven, and eight weight), it also offers reel sizes of 5/6 and 7/8. This combo is designed for peak performance, featuring an aluminum reel seat with a carbon spacer, a high-quality die-cast cruise reel, and a modern arbor design. The Rulon disc drag system ensures smooth operation and comes in a durable rod and reel tube, ideal for storage and transport.

From $190 | greysfishing.com

Outerknown Introduces the Utilitarian Chore Coat


The Utilitarian Chore Coat from Outerknown is a versatile and functional midweight jacket designed for everyday wear. Crafted from 100 percent organic cotton with a herringbone weave, it’s garment-dyed for a unique lived-in look and feel. The coat features four flap patch pockets for secure storage of valuables and two hand warmer pockets for added comfort in colder temperatures. Emphasizing sustainability, it uses corozo buttons made from tagua palm nuts, a natural alternative to plastic. Available in Olive Drab, the coat is designed to be worn over a T-shirt or button-up, with a size range from small to XX-large.

$198 | Outerknown

The First Annual East Mojave Trek


The inaugural East Mojave Trek, held in Goffs, California, on April 18-21, 2024, offers a blend of adventure and learning in the eastern Mojave Desert. Bob Wohlers from Off-Road Safety Academy and the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association provides educational workshops on overland planning and safety. Attendees can explore the MDHCA Outdoor Museum through docent-led tours featuring the Goffs Schoolhouse, Operating Stamp Mills, and other historical sites. The event includes motorized desert tours suitable for SUVs and 4x4s with high clearance. Registrants receive a three-night dry campsite, meals, entry to all events and trail rides, a star party, a raffle, and an event T-shirt.

From $250 | cal4wheel.org

Mystery Ranch Launches Spring 2024 Range

Mystery Ranch has launched its Spring ’24 range, introducing a variety of new practical and user-friendly outdoor packs. This collection features innovative designs tailored for activities, including backpacking, everyday carry, hiking, climbing, snow sports, and travel. The new packs, including the new Radix series and updated Scree and Gallagator series, showcase Mystery Ranch’s quality, functionality, and durability commitment. They come in several color options and sizes, catering to men’s and women’s specific needs. These packs are designed to support outdoor enthusiasts in various environments, offering comfort, versatility, and reliability.

From $90 | mysteryranch.com

Verge TS Ultra Electric Superbike Debuted At CES In Las Vegas


Verge Motorcycles has enhanced its flagship TS Ultra model with advanced hardware and software, making it the first motorcycle with the ability to “see.” The updated TS Ultra now includes six cameras and high-resolution radars at both the front and rear, utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning. This upgrade, part of the Starmatter software and intelligence platform, includes over-the-air updates, sensor technology, and a Human-Machine Interface. The Starmatter Vision addition brings unprecedented safety features to motorcycling, such as enhanced environmental awareness and improved rider interaction with the bike. The updated displays and Starmatter Dash offer an intuitive interface, providing real-time information and hazard warnings.

From $44,900 | vergemotorcycles.com

Sionyx Introduces Nightwave Digital Night Vision Camera


The Sionyx Nightwave is a highly advanced, ultra-low-light marine camera designed to significantly enhance night-time navigation. Equipped with the XQE-1350, Sionyx’s most advanced sensor, Nightwave excels in extremely low-light conditions and boasts an IP67 waterproof rating, ensuring durability against water, dust, and sand. The Nightwave can be installed on any flat surface and offers flexible connectivity options, including a standard 12-volt DC power source and NTSC analog video out. It can be wirelessly connected to mobile devices via a companion app, making it a versatile and crucial tool for those who travel at night or for use around camp while on safari.

$1,995 | Sionyx

TIPA Tech Launches New Solar Panel Technology


TIPA Tech has developed a novel three-dimensional solar pipe technology; this proprietary technology offers a threefold increase in electricity generation per square meter, achieved through internal reflection and absorption of photons. TIPA’s patented 3D solar panels use a unique method called Total Internal Photonic Absorption (TIPA) to generate three times more power per area than traditional panels. Unlike regular solar panels, TIPA doesn’t require precise angles for optimal performance; it efficiently bends light using refracting lenses, maximizing energy capture.

From $76 | tipa-tech.io

Introducing MaxTrax First Aid Kits

Although most overland equipment is optional, packing a reliable and well-stocked first aid kit is essential. The MaxTrax First Aid Kits are designed for 4WD and camping adventures, ensuring safety is always within reach. The range includes three options to cater to different needs: the Snake Bite First Aid Kit is specifically designed for treating snake or funnel web spider bites, the Adventurer First Aid Kit Comprehensive kit is intended for a range of emergencies, tailored for 4WD and camping adventures and the Vehicle First Aid Kit is a general-purpose first aid kit suitable for keeping in vehicles. Each kit is crafted to provide comprehensive support in outdoor settings, emphasizing readiness and confidence in exploring the great outdoors. With their focus on practicality and reliability, these kits are non-negotiable for overland and general travel.

$85/Snake Bite, $179/Adventurer, $129/Vehicle | maxtrax.com.au

Jeep’s Wagoneer S EV Available in Fall 2024


Jeep is set to introduce its first all-electric vehicle, the Wagoneer S, in the fall of 2024 in the United States, followed by a release in major markets worldwide. Retaining the luxurious feel of the Wagoneer sub-brand, the Wagoneer S will feature the iconic seven-slot grille, now illuminated to signify its electric nature. This vehicle combines style, speed, and sophistication, offering a powerful performance with 600 horsepower and an impressive 0-60 mph acceleration in about 3.5 seconds. With its all-terrain management capabilities and advanced 4xe system, the Wagoneer S is part of Jeep’s global electrification initiative and Stellantis’ strategic plan towards achieving zero net carbon emissions.


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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure 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 (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell