Overland News of the Week

HyperJuice GaN 100W USB-C Charger

Even those of us that bring a minimal amount of tech on the road need to keep our devices charged. But not every charger is created equal. With the higher density batteries in modern smartphones, tablets, and computers comes the need for higher output charging solutions. The HyperJuice GaN charger has the same dimensions as a credit card, two 100-watt USB-C ports, and two 18-watt USB-A ports. It features built-in over-current, over-voltage, over-temperature, and short-circuit protection. It comes standard with EU/UK/AU pin adaptors and will operate safely with an input voltage of 100-240 volts.

 

HyperJuice GaN 100W USB-C Charger | $99.99 | HyperJuice


67 Designs Jeep JK Rail System

Utilizing the OEM 7-millimeter fastener located in the Jeep dash, the JK Rail system is a modular device mounting solution that accommodates a wide selection of technology for easy viewing while driving. The base of the JK Rail system consists of a 20-millimeter rail that accommodates adjustable carbon fiber arms. Users can attach various device mounts to the end of these arms, including iPhone or Android-specific phone holders, Dam adaptors, AMPS plates, MagLite mounts, camera mounts, etc.

 

Jeep JK Rail System | $89 | 67 Designs


Peak Design Travel Tripod

It might not seem like there’s a whole lot more room for innovation of the camera tripod, but San Francisco-based Peak Design has proven that there is still ample room for improvement. Their travel tripod has two stand-out elements: a refined leg shape that makes it extremely compact when closed, and an innovative ball-head design that’s compact, secure, and can support camera setups up to 20 pounds. A lifetime warranty means this gear will last, and if it doesn’t, Peak Design will repair or replace it.

 

Peak Design Travel Tripod | $349.95 – $599.95 | Peak Design


Mission Workshop Rambler Cargo Bag

 

The backpack is an essential piece of any adventurer’s kit. And whether you are taking a hike or commuting to work, a well-designed pack gives you the capacity to bring along your essentials and carry them in comfort. The Rambler Cargo bag from Mission Workshop does all of the above and with style. In its most compact configuration, the Rambler is a svelte 22-liter, highly water-resistant bag. But loosen a couple of buckles, and it doubles in capacity, gobbling up 44 liters of gear. The Rambler utilizes durable Cordura, has a dedicated laptop pocket (15-inch), and multiple internal pockets for organization. For anyone planning on using this bag’s full carrying capacity, I’d suggest getting the optional waist belt (your shoulders will thank you).

 

Mission Workshop Rambler Cargo Bag | $305 | Mission Workshop


Danner Boots Fall/Winter Line

 

Danner’s boots are legendary and for good reason. It all started back in 1932 when Charles Danner came to the Pacific Northwest and began crafting footwear for loggers. But the quality of his work got the attention of recreationists and eventually established Danner as a household name in hiking boots. Now, almost a century later, Danner does much more than boots. They offer everything from sandals to sneakers to hiking boots in a mix of retro and contemporary designs.

 

Danner Boots Fall/Winter line |  Prices vary w/ style | Danner Boots


ARB Summit Bumper for Chevy Colorado and ZR2

Chevy owners take note; Summit series bumpers from ARB are now available for the 2015-2019 Chevy Colorado and the 2019 ZR2. The Summit bumper offers many of the styling, protection, and performance characteristics you’d expect from a manufacturer like ARB. Namely, an improved angle of attack (over stock), twin Hi-Lift jack points, black powder coating, and provisions for accommodating additional ARB lights, fog lights, fog light covers, and a summit roller fairlead cover. The Summit bumper has an engineered- and airbag-compatible mounting system and will accommodate Warn low-mount-model electric winches up to 10,000 pounds. *The ZR2-specific Summit bumper is a little less richly featured, but it’s also a bit more affordable.

 

ARB Summit Bumper for Chevy Colorado and ZR2 |  $1650 – $1801 | ARB


IceMule Coolers

Hard-sided coolers do a great job of keeping perishables cold and protected, but for brief trips, or when you only need to haul cold drinks, they can be overkill. This is where soft-sided coolers like the IceMule shine. Weighing in at less than 2 pounds and incorporating an over-the-shoulder sling or backpack design, IceMule soft-sided coolers can retain solid ice for more than 24 hours. Their design also includes what they call an “IM AirValve,” which allows extra air to be added to the insulation layer, increasing the cooler’s thermal efficiency. When the adventure is over, and it’s time to put your IceMule away, simply deflate and roll it up for easy storage.

 

IceMule Coolers | $49.95+ | IceMule


Warn G2 Line of Winches

The Warn G2 series of industrial winches offer more modular configurations, improved performance levels, and Warn’s “best-ever” durability. They come in hydraulic and electric variants with capacities ranging from 9,000 to 18,000 pounds. Warn describes the G2 line as “the best Warn industrial winches we’ve ever offered,” and a quick glance at the specs inspires confidence in this claim. Upgraded weather sealing receives an IP-68/IP-69K rating, a new structural design results in increased overall durability, and redesigned drum supports also see improved strength (protecting the casting from breakage, with stainless steel fasteners working as shear bolts for easy repairs if a tie rod breaks).

 

Warn G2 Line of Winches | $2029.99+ | Warn


Luno Car Mattress 2.0

We’ve all tried it: sleeping in the back of our car with the seats folded down. It sucks. But this product is changing that experience by making car camping—specifically, sleeping in the back of your car—comfortable. Luno makes custom inflatable mattresses that fit more than 1,800 vehicles. Durable and pet-friendly, they are finished with 300-denier oxford fabric and can support up to 600 pounds, plus setup is only 5 minutes. An included 12-volt pump makes inflating this sleep system a breeze.

 

Luno Car Mattress 2.0  |  $224.99 | Luno


Front Runner Outfitters Awning Quick Release Kit

Most of the time, an awning is a luxurious addition to your kit, offering shelter from blistering sun and precipitation. But if you find yourself on a narrow track or in excessively thick brush, it can quickly become a casualty of the trail. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could easily remove said awning? Front Runner Outfitters to the rescue. Their new quick-release kit lets you mount or remove your awning in seconds without any tools. The brackets are lockable to prevent someone from walking away with it, and optional wall brackets make storage a cinch when it’s detached from your rig.

 

Front Runner Outfitters Awning Quick Release Kit | $145 | Front Runner Outfitters


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Matthew Swartz is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Denver, Colorado where he passionately pursues rock climbing, trail running, and skiing. Matt’s love of travel has inspired him to through-hike the JMT and part of the PCT, bike across the United States, and explore the West coast of South America from Ecuador to Patagonia. Matt and his partner Amanda have also travelled across much of the Western US in their 1964 Clark Cortez RV, which they lived in, on the road for the better part of three years. Matt has worked for the USFS as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and Matt's photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.