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The Nissan Titan Surfcamp

I accelerated hard out of the curve, pushing tight against the apex and to the limits of adhesion from the Nitto Grapplers. The Cummins diesel pulled strong and sent me into the next bend with more momentum than an 8,000-pound truck should, and with a bigger smile on my face than I expected a full-size…

MaxTrax Extreme :: First Field Test

“Expedition Portal gets a first look at the newest, and most durable MaxTrax yet.” I remember the first time we really, really, really needed Maxtrax. The Expeditions 7 team was deep into the Canning Stock Route in Australia and encountered a half-mile long, water-logged track. We had already been stuck many times that day, but…

Remote Breakdown Strategy

The trail rating was “moderate to difficult” but the weather had taken a turn for the worse, and the track we were driving on that cold afternoon was anything but moderate. It was tough going. Tough enough that the Defender 130 needed low range and diff lock to conquer some of the steeper, muddy switchbacks…

Four Wheel Camper Rally: Anza Borrego

Something special happens when a community of overland travelers get together. A sense of adventure and camaraderie, an appreciation for one another’s pursuit of wanderlust and all the unique ways people go about it. Earlier this month, the Southern California Four Wheel Campers owners group came together at Ocotillo Wells in the Anza Borrego State…

The Motorcycle Relief Project

My favorite part of the week is the first time the veterans walk out and see the BMW motorcycles they will be riding for the next five days. The veterans come from all branches of the United States Armed Forces, all generations, from our current conflicts to as far back as Vietnam. We’ve even had…

Happy Independence Day

On this day in 1776, the nation that many of us call home adopted its Declaration of Independence. Today, we celebrate that independence, as well as honoring the sacrifices so many have made defending it through the years. Whether you choose to spend your time grilling burgers with the family, hanging by a lake, or…

Video of the Week: Finding Adventure

If you only have one minute of free time today, we’d recommend spending it watching this video. Okay, so technically it is one minute and fifteen seconds, but in that short time this clip will take you on an adventure around the world and give you a much-needed mini-vacation from whatever you’re doing. It has…

Forum Migration to Xenforo

Fellow adventurers! We are migrating our community forum from vBulletin to Xenforo on 25 March, 2018 (tonight). Back in 2005, I fumbled my way through installing vBulletin and started a labor of love with expeditionportal.com. We have since changed servers and versions (of vBulletin) many times with the goal of continuing to improve performance and security….

Tool of the Trade

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal, Spring 2018. Throughout the history of our publication, the Toyota Tacoma has remained the most popular vehicle among our readers, a reflection of the model’s reliability and accessibility. As travelers, we ask a lot from our 4WDs, expecting durability, capability, comfort, and capacity, all the while hoping…

Field Tested: KLIM Women’s Altitude Riding Suit

Wholeheartedly in agreement with the view of any well-informed rider, women don’t have a “handicap” or “special needs” astride their motorcycles. We do, however, require a suit that fits well as much as it is fit for purpose. Coupled with the freedom to be fairly well catered for, where colour or cut shouldn’t be compromised…

Sneak Peek: MSR Hubba Tour 2

When foul weather forces me within the safe haven of a tent, nothing is more precious than a cavernous vestibule. With the passing of every wet minute, each inch of dry space is called upon to stash gear and makes for the ideal place to prepare meals or just stretch out. As useful as a…

Modern-Day Fuso vs. Old-School Mog

As Expedition Portal has grown in size and coverage, we’ve seen more big expedition trucks built, reported on, and periodically sold through the Portal. But as with any overlanding vehicle, there are pros and cons, and compromises must be made.  Still, for a sizable minority of the Expo inmates, there’ll be a time when these…

Long Term Test: Therm-a-Rest Altair HD Sleeping Bag

For what seemed like decades, sleeping bag technology languished. There were a few minor innovations with regard to baffle shapes and fabrics improved slightly from year to year, but not until recently has the humble sleeping bag received the engineering advancements it deserved. This is particularly true of bags in the Therm-a-Rest line like the…

Decked Announces New Systems for Midsize Pickups

Pickup owners are drawn to their vehicles by the promise of utility and large cargo-hauling capacities, but keeping items organized and within reach has never been very straightforward. Many pickup owners, myself included, have resorted to various bags, cases, totes, and home-built wooden boxes to keep things tidy, secure, and accessible. When Decked entered the…

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