Overland News of the Week

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Ötzi Adventure Gear Spark Flatpack Portable Grill

otzi adventure gear

Bringing the barbecue along on off-road adventures can present a bit of a dilemma if you have limited space. But with Otzi’s flatpack portable grill and 9- by 9-inch footprint (when packed flat), there’s no reason to leave it behind. The Spark is made of precision-cut pieces of steel that fit together like a puzzle, creating a unique cooking platform with some clever features, including an adjustable height cooking surface and a built-in kebab rack. It comes in two versions, stainless steel or carbon steel, and both are currently discounted and selling for $80 and $45,respectively.

Ötzi Adventure Gear | $130, $70

 

Hilltop Packs Custom-printed Dyneema Dry Bags

hilltop packs dyneema dry bag

Dyneema, sometimes also referred to as Cuben Fiber, is a synthetic textile made from ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene that is waterproof and up to 15 times stronger than steel (by weight). While it is fairly susceptible to abrasion, its tensile strength is unmatched. Its value as a component of outdoor equipment is immediately realized in both weight savings and its weather-proof nature. Hilltop Packs, a family-owned and made-in-the-USA backpack and outdoor gear manufacturer in Pennsylvania has combined their high-quality Dyneema dry bags with a custom printing service, letting you put whatever images you please on their bags which come in a variety of different sizes.

Hilltop Packs | $24-$43

 

Magpul Frame-lock Rigger EDC Pocket Knife

magpul rigger edc pocket knife

Magpul’s limited edition frame-lock Rigger knife sold out very quickly. Taking into account the demand for this knife, Magpul is releasing a more affordable and hopefully available version of the Rigger, the frame-lock Rigger EDC. The new blade is characterized by tan anodized aluminum scales, a frame-lock mechanism with a secondary safety lock to prevent accidental closure, and S35VN blade steel. A flipper makes opening the blade exceptionally quick, and once deployed, doubles as a finger guard. The Rigger EDC is 7.6 inches when open and made in the USA.

Magpul | $240

 

Trayvax Armored Summit Wallet

Trayvax summit armored wallet

The Summit from Trayvax is an RFID-blocking minimalist wallet, constructed from steel and Mil-Spec webbing and proudly made in the USA. In addition to its built-in security, the Summit wallet is offered with a 65-year warranty, which should pacify any doubts about the quality of its construction. The Summit’s features include an attachment point, an integrated money clip, bottle opener, ID display window, and capacity for one to seven cards plus one to five bills.

Trayvax | $35

 

Ecologist Hiking Pants

Ecologist hiking pants

These slim-fitting hiking pants are constructed from 7-ounce GOTS-certified 100-percent organic cotton twill. They featured an integrated nylon webbing belt with magnetic closure, a zippered fly with button, and large front-panel pockets. They have tapered legs with a cinched cuff and a rear right-side pocket with a flap and button closure. Multiple shining reviews from customers praise the simple yet functional design and fit.

Ecologist | $133

 

Huckberry + GoRuck GR1 Slick Backpack (21 Liter)

Huckberry and Goruck backpack

GoRuck was started by a member of the US Army Special Forces and a CIA operative in war-torn West Africa. The couple set out to design backpacks that could literally survive anything from the battlefield to the streets of NYC, and in doing so, they developed quite the cult following. The GR1 Slick backpack, created in collaboration with Huckberry, is a limited-run Cordura bag inspired by the Special Forces medical rucks. The GR1 Slick is strength tested to 400 pounds—more weight than you can possibly hope to fit in it. The ironclad lifetime guarantee means it should last you forever.

Huckberry + GORUCK | $295

 

Bolt Lock Swivel Locking Recovery Hook

bolt lock recovery hook

The new swivel locking recovery hook from Bolt Lock fits standard 7/8-inch bumper tabs, winches, and recovery ropes, and is designed to create a safe and secure recovery point that is rated to 10,000 pounds. It’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum, has a stainless-steel lock shutter, and can swivel 160 degrees.

Bolt Lock | $260

 

Patagonia Wild Idea Bison Leather Boots

Patagonia wild idea bison boots

Wild Idea Buffalo Co. is a sustainably-operated, “beyond organic” buffalo ranch located in South Dakota that produces 100-percent grass-fed buffalo meat raised in their native prairie ecosystem. While their main business model is focused on offering high-quality meat, they put every bit of their animals to use, minimizing waste. Patagonia purchases the leftover hides from Wild Idea’s operations to produce small batches of these vegetable-tanned buffalo hide boots, which feature a 30-percent-recycled Vibram sole and are made by 5th-generation Portuguese cobblers. Of course, they are also backed by Patagonia’s ironclad guarantee.

Patagonia | $399

 

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When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.