It would seem illogical for any startup company to make accessories specifically for a vehicle entering its final year of production, but Portland based Tiktaalik has recently released two new products aimed at the Land Rover Defender. To be fair, the Defender is one of the most coveted vehicles in the world, their owners willing to do anything necessary to keep them on the road. To that end, those owners need to protect their trucks from the hard knocks of travel and Tiktaalik’s new grill and light guards do just that.
Constructed of Type III anodized aluminum to resist warping and distortion, the Tiktaalik grill and light guards retain the utilitarian aesthetic of the classic Defender without sacrificing durability. The anodized finish resists fading and the mounting holes pair to the vehicles original mounting points for a quick and clean installation.
For Tiktaalik’s founder Carl Jonsson, an expat Swede and long time industrial designer, these guards are a labor of love, or rather a love of his own Defender. Carl has an appreciation for the finer things within the overland world, which is why he also offers a full catalog of premium products from Alu-Box, OJOP, Benchmade and select items from Fjallraven amongst others.
An industrial designer by trade, Carl has assembled a beautiful website full of stunning images, high quality products and a blog that promises to keep overlanders informed and entertained between their own forays into the wild. It’s nice to see such dedication to quality in the overland space and we look forward to following the adventures of Carl and his crew.