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The Global Run Project

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Summer 2021 Issue. My wife, Claire, and I are digital nomads traveling the Pan-American Highway in our Ram 3500 with XPCamper. We are keen runners and no strangers to endurance sports, with six Ironman World Championship qualifications between us. Claire is a family physician, and…

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Sea Eagle FastTrack Angler

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Summer 2021 Issue. If you are overlanding near water, one of the healthiest and fun things you can do is fish for dinner every morning; it’s also a great way to save money. While casting a lure from shore can be productive, there is nothing…

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7 of the Best Overland Camp Tables

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Winter 2021 Issue.   When I venture into the great outdoors in search of nature’s simplicity, there are many items that I am eager to leave at home, like my laptop, cellphone, and internet connection. But one thing that I’ve come to consider essential gear…

More Power To You: Hands-on Test of Leading Off-grid Power Solutions

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s 2021 Fall issue.   For vehicle-bound travelers, storing and utilizing power when you are away from the electrical grid can be a daunting task. Many travelers spend significant time learning the skills to design and install off-grid electrical systems in their rigs. But not everyone…

Field Tested: Melanzana Micro Grid Hoodie

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted in Overland Journal’s Spring 2021 Issue.   The Micro Grid hoodie from outdoor clothing manufacturer Melanzana has developed a cult following over the past decade and a half. Perhaps it’s because this synthetic hooded pullover achieves the perfect balance of comfort and technical performance or because its two-tone…

Field Tested: Suunto 9 Baro

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted in Overland Journal’s Spring 2021 Issue.   Finnish company Suunto has been in the game for over 80 years, making compasses, watches, and dive computers. I owned their Vector, the first outdoor, sports-focused wristwatch that incorporated an altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer in one chunky housing. For me,…

Field Tested: Nomad Grill and Smoker

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Spring 2021 Issue.   There is nothing better than a satisfying meal after a day of adventure in the backcountry, and it needn’t consist of hotdogs and Kraft singles on white bread. Enter the Nomad, the low-mess solution to smoking and grilling. As travelers, we…

One Way or Another

Midnight on 7 August 2008, Steve Burgess and Dan Richards in their Land Rover Defender 110 double-cab are just two miles away from the Alaskan coastline and a place in the record books.   Photography By Mac Mackenny Aand Steve Burgess Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Gear 2021 Issue.   The…

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Overland SUV of the Year

Above: We made every effort to test each platform thoroughly, with evaluations occurring on five continents and over thousands of miles. While technical terrain performance is the most compelling (like testing the Defender in Namibia as shown), it is but one of six categories we scored. Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland…

The Little Bread Loaf That Could

A modern Bukhanka, making easy work of a mountain pass in Georgia. Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Gear 2021 Issue.   Bold but brutal, the UAZ-452 is a true one-of-a-kind experience— a perplexing mix of oddity and simplicity that has stood in open defiance to any automotive design trend of…

Field Tested: Ovrlandr Coffee Press

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Gear 2021 Issue.   Planetary Design spent three years researching, designing, and testing the Ovrlndr, a French-style press that provides the opportunity to make a cup of coffee that can travel. Though it will not fit in a cup holder, you can drink directly from…

Field Tested: Scotts Steering Stabilizer

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Gear 2021 Issue.   The Scotts Steering Stabilizer has one purpose: keep you in control of your motorcycle by limiting wobble, weave, and unintended deflection of the front wheel. The device is a hydraulic shock absorber housed in a gold-anodized aluminum box that mounts to…

Driving Through China’s Red Tape

Giampiero’s Defender, on the desolate tracks of Xinjiang near Hami.   It was early September. After months of organizing, preparation, group calls, and visa applications, it was still an arresting moment to exit Mongolia and drive through the barriers at the Chinese border. To drive from Europe to China still seemed inconceivable, even though we…