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Top Gear :: Overland Expo Pacific North West 2024

While exploring the booths at this year’s Overland Expo West PNW, I realized that the products worth highlighting should not only be ones I would personally use (and those backed by powerful PR firms) but, more importantly, those created by entrepreneurs. As someone who has been an entrepreneur, self-employed, and a freelancer for most of my life, I understand the significance of each sale for individuals who have invested their hard-earned money into their products that will not only satisfy customers and a need in the market but will also pay school fees, the mortgage, and maybe help save up for that dream overland journey. I sought out the dreamers and innovators, learning about what makes their offerings unique. Here, I present these products for your consideration, hoping you, too, will support these dedicated entrepreneurs.

Goso Cookware Carbon Steel Pans

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Goso Cookware offers the premium Everywhere carbon steel pans with removable handles designed for outdoor cooking. These pans are lightweight, durable, and feature a natural non-stick seasoning, eliminating the need for toxic coatings. Suitable for use on gas, fire, or induction, the pans are compact and easily stored, making them an excellent choice for camping and adventure trips. Made in the USA, Goso Cookware combines professional performance with portability, allowing users to enjoy high-quality cooking wherever they go. The Everywhere pan set includes two pans that stack compactly into an 11-inch footprint with the handle attached, and the entire setup weighs just under 5 pounds. The Goso pans can be bought with introductory pricing via a Kickstarter campaign.

From $90 | gosocookware.com

Taco Vinyl Custom Decals, Badges, And Grilles For Toyota

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We all love those retro Toyota decals, and Taco Vinyl specializes in providing custom decals, badges, and grilles for Toyota vehicles, including Tacoma and 4Runner models. Their products are designed to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of these vehicles, offering easy installation and durable materials. Taco Vinyl’s offerings are popular modifications among Toyota truck owners and are available in various designs to suit different model years. The company focuses on delivering stylish and practical products, catering to the needs of off-road and everyday drivers.

From $40 | tacovinyl.com

Top Gear: The Grill Game 7-in-1 G1 Grill

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As a South African who loves to braai, I know a good grill when I see it. Grill Game offers the 7-in-1 G1, which can use campfire, propane, or charcoal for grilling, cooking, and smoking. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, it provides flexibility for various cooking methods and environments. The grill is easy to transport and set up, making it optimal for camping, tailgating, and backyard use. Grill Game emphasizes durability and functionality in its design, catering to those who enjoy cooking in the great outdoors. The company also supports conservation efforts, donating a portion of profits to outdoor preservation initiatives.

From $399 | grillgame.com

The Humbra Firefly Hitch Awning


The Humbra Firefly is a hitch-mounted canopy system designed for pickups, SUVs, or stand-alone. It attaches to a standard 2-inch receiver and offers 120 square feet of sun and rain protection with its 15 x 8-foot asymmetric design. The canopy can rotate 360 degrees, is easy to set up in under 90 seconds, and can withstand winds up to 25 mph. It features commercial-grade materials, including UV and water-resistant acrylic fabric and stainless steel hardware, ensuring durability and reliability for various outdoor activities. The system is compact, lightweight, and stows away easily.

From $1,500 | humbrausa.com

Jeepcables Battery Cable Replacement Kits


JeepCables offers comprehensive battery cable replacement kits designed to enhance power and performance for various vehicles, including Jeeps, Toyotas, and Dodges. Their flagship product, the Big Seven Kit, upgrades the main power cables to ensure improved current capacity and reliability. The kits feature high-quality, durable components made in the USA, aimed at restoring and increasing the electrical efficiency of your vehicle. JeepCables also provides detailed installation guides to facilitate easy DIY upgrades. Their products cater to enthusiasts seeking enhanced vehicle performance and reliability.

From $108 | jeepcables.com

Top Gear: Hideaway Sleeping Platform


Pacific Adventure Works offers the Hideaway Sleeping Platform, a lightweight solution for vehicle-based camping. Designed for easy setup, the platform telescopes to fit various vehicle sizes and adjusts for optimal gear storage underneath. It provides a secure and weatherproof sleeping area within your vehicle without the need for permanent installation. When not in use, the platform can be collapsed and stored compactly. This innovative product allows adventurers to maximize space and comfort while freeing up the roof rack for other gear.

From $599 | pacificadventureworks.com

Van Packers Conversion Kits

Vanpackers offers customizable conversion kits and equipment for transforming vehicles into functional living spaces for road trips and camping. Their products include modular kits for minivans, compact cargo vans, and SUVs designed for easy installation and optimal use of space. Each kit provides features like sleeping platforms and kitchen setups, enhancing comfort and convenience for travelers. Vanpackers also supplies various accessories to complement the conversions, such as coolers, stoves, and rooftop tents, ensuring a comprehensive and practical solution for vehicle-based adventures.

From $1,300 | vanpackers.com

Top Gear: Bellfab Dometic Water Jug Mount


Native to Bend, Oregon, Bell Fabrication offers a universal mount designed to fit the Dometic Go Hydration 11-liter Water Jug. This mount is CNC cut and assembled in the USA, allows for attachment on three sides and the bottom, and is compatible with standard MOLLE panels. Made from strong, rust-free aluminum, it comes in raw or black powder-coat finishes. The mount includes a lockable latch for security and an adhesive-backed foam for a snug, scratch-free fit.

From $150 | bellfabrication.com

Top Gear: Rocky Talkie 5-watt Radios


Rocky Talkie’s team is young, ambitious, and passionate about what they do. The 5-watt radio is designed for rugged backcountry use, featuring IP67 waterproofing, a five-day battery life, and a 5-watt power output for optimal range. It includes dual-channel monitoring, NOAA weather alerts, and 22 channels, plus eight repeater channels for extended communication. The radio comes with a steel gator clip, a backup leash, and two antennas for improved performance. Built for durability and reliability, it is suitable for outdoor adventures such as hiking, skiing, and mountaineering.

From $180 (per radio) | rockytalkie.com

Rollercam Spider Cargo Strap


Rollercam offers cam buckle tie-down straps with patented roller technology that reduces friction, providing higher resultant force and easier tightening. Made in the USA, these straps are durable and suitable for securing gear during various outdoor activities. They are available in multiple end types and configurations, ensuring compatibility with different load requirements. Rollercam products are known for their efficiency and reliability, making them a preferred choice for adventurers and professionals.

From $15 | rollercam.com

Kovea Cubic Heater


Yes, Kovea is a huge Korean corporation, but the man here in the US is an entrepreneur, and besides, Kovea’s products are always of paramount quality. This small, cube-shaped gas heater is designed for outdoor use and features a compact and durable construction with efficient heat conduction to maintain consistent warmth. The heater is made from stainless steel with a stylish hairline finish and includes a convenient carrying pouch for easy transport. It is ideal for camping and other outdoor activities and offers reliable performance in a portable form.

From $85 | kovea.com

Hydrapak Flexible Bottles

Founded in Northern California in 2001, Hydrapak’s success and longevity are an inspiration to many. HydraPak’s newest offering is a flexible water bottle designed for outdoor activities. These bottles are lightweight, durable, and collapsible, making them easy to pack and carry. Useful for hiking, camping, and running, they provide a convenient hydration solution without taking up much space. HydraPak’s flexible bottles are made from high-quality materials that are both BPA-free and PVC-free, ensuring safe and clean water storage. With a variety of sizes and designs, these bottles cater to different needs and preferences, promoting efficient and sustainable hydration for active lifestyles.

From $17 | hydrapak.com

Plyboo Bamboo Products


Plyboo provides sustainable bamboo products that are popular with architects but also ideal for campervans and other vehicles. Their range includes wall panels, ceilings, and flooring—all made from eco-friendly bamboo. These products are lightweight, durable, and aesthetically pleasing, making them perfect for enhancing the interior of camper vans. Plyboo’s bamboo panels offer impressive acoustic properties and come in various designs to suit different styles. Manufactured by Smith & Fong, these materials ensure a high-quality finish while promoting environmental sustainability. Plyboo products are a versatile choice for vehicle customization and interior upgrades.

Price per product | plyboo.com

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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