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The Best Defender Tease Video Yet!

Many of us are anxiously awaiting the launch of the new 2020 Defender, and this compilation video is the most revealing and exciting one yet. It shows some critical insights, including what are clearly 18-inch wheels over a smaller brake package, long-travel independent suspension, and significant underbody protection. The approach and departure angles are better…

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Did AEV Just Launch the Ultimate Recovery Kit?

Anyone who explores the backcountry has or will get stuck. It is just part of the unpredictable nature of venturing off the beaten path, which can include sudden storms (mud), deep sand, or that snow-filled mountain pass. Being properly prepared as an overlander includes bringing along a comprehensive self-recovery, or vehicle-to-vehicle recovery kit, and AEV…

Desert Ops Patriot Camper with Land Cruiser

The Desert Ops Patriot X1-N :: Overland News

When the best* Australian trailer gets better. . . and more affordable. Australian backcountry roads are brutal, and they manage to rip apart nearly any trailer sent down their corrugations. Because of that, Aussie designs and engineering focuses on durability- serious durability. And that was when I first encountered a Patriot Camper, watching one survive…

Dan Grec Jeep

Dan Grec and Tuffy Products :: Overland News

Editor’s Note: We are honored to work with Dan Grec of The Road Chose Me, who has been a longtime Expedition Portal forum member and friend to our organization. In the days of Instagram and tag-a-long journalists, Dan is the real deal, having planned and executed his own circumnavigation of both South America and Africa….

ARB JL Wrangler Accessories

ARB Offers It All for the New Wrangler JL

The Australians introduce their full overland product line for the newest Wrangler ARB has one of the best reputations for quality and durability in the overland industry, and consumers have trusted their products for generations. They have been the top choice for accessorizing Toyotas, Land Rovers, and other import brands. Throughout the years, they have…

Factor 55 Releases New Recovery Straps and Soft Shackles

Overland News :: Factor 55 Press Release (unedited as supplied by the manufacturer) Soft Shackles- The Factor 55 10 inch Standard Duty Soft Shackles are Made in the USA under the uncompromising Factor 55 quality standards. Like all Factor 55 rigging products, these shackles have been lab and field tested to assure consistent repeatable minimum…

Will the new 2020 AWD Ford Transit Dethrone the Sprinter?

For the last five years, the Mercedes Sprinter has quite literally revolutionized the backcountry RV market, upending longtime offerings like the Ford E350. The popularity of the Sprinter was so extreme that inventory backlogs extended into the next model year, and industry leaders like Sportsmobile were ordering 100 units at a time (the most that…

AETHER Moto Boot :: Overland News

Riding a motorcycle in distant lands is a true adventure, but there are a few difficulties that come up once we attempt to fit everything we need into two small panniers and a top bag. One of the challenges for the adventure motorcyclist is striking a balance between protection and comfort, and between minimalism and…

Video of The Week: Live Work Wander’s Pop-Top Troop Carrier

By now, you’ve probably seen Live Work Wander’s striking yellow Land Cruiser floating around Instagram. This beautiful Maltec build has quickly become one of our favorite overland rigs, boasting an ideal combination of capability and comfort without adding excessive weight through modifications. For many of us, it’s a dream rig, but it has also raised…

Overland News :: Warn Synthetic Rope and Soft Shackles

Over the past decade, significant improvements in winching component safety has become available to the overland traveler, mostly as a result of synthetic ropes and soft shackles. The primary advantage of these products is to reduce the total mass of the winching components under load, a soft shackle weighing a fraction of a steel screw…

Tackling the Rubicon in (Mostly) Stock Toyotas

Last September, Todd Rogers of Four Points Adventures contacted me about joining him on a three-day trip to the historic Rubicon Trail that he had put together for the rooftop tent company Tepui. The really exciting part was that Chris Collard, one of my favorite writers in the off-road industry, was going to be our…

Outdoor Retailer Show Adopts Overlanding

Expedition Portal and Overland Journal first attended the Outdoor Retailer show in 2006, over 13 years ago. Initially, we were met with reserved curiosity, the outdoor industry unsure about its relationship with vehicle-based adventuring. However, in the subsequent years, we have received more and more attention and adoption from the community, and the outdoor industry…

Featured Vehicle: Overlanding Brute

There are fundamental elements of a good overland vehicle: the combination of serviceability (or ultimate reliability), capacity (payload and cargo volume), capability for when the terrain gets technical, and enough comfort to keep driver fatigue at bay.  For the last 15 years, American Expedition Vehicles has been trying to pull the Jeep Wrangler into the…

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