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The Trail Tool Buyer’s Guide

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The Trail Tool Buyer’s Guide

When heading out on any trail adventure, it is important to carry the right tools. Proper trail tools often have multiple uses and should be ruggedized to stand up to the rigors and abuse of wheeling. Whether you are broken or stuck, here are a handful of new products that are designed to lend you a helping hand and get you back out on the trail in a hurry.

Power Tank Tire Repair Kit
About: Power Tank now offers its popular Tire Repair Kit in a compact nylon roll-up bag. This kit still has all the same important parts needed to repair almost any trail flat as the hard case kit, such as 30 self-vulcanizing plugs, metal tools, lube, a four-way tool, and extra stems. It also has a knife, a pressure gauge, and 24 inches of sidewall sewing wire along with a pair of pliers and photo instructions. It’s the perfect kit for all car/truck tires, trailer tires, and UTV tires too. Have one for every vehicle.
Info: Power Tank
209/366-2163, www.powertank.com

Master Mechanic Swift Driver
About: Driving fasteners all day can be tedious work, but not with the Swift Driver. The user simply holds the tool’s collar and pivots the handle back and forth. This continuous handle-twisting action doubles the tool’s driving speed by sinking the fastener faster. The handle’s tubular shaft has a magnetic catch and accepts standard hex-shanked bits. Bit storage is inside the tool’s handle under a threaded cap. The 29-piece driver tool includes seven Phillips bits, three slotted, three square-recess, four star, six SAE nut driver bits, a flexible extension to access hard-to-reach areas, plus the driver and bit case. The Swift Driver is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Info: True Value
www.truevalue.com

Coverking Tactical Seat Covers
About: Anyone looking for an outdoor adventure can now store the tools of their trade more efficiently for transport with Coverking’s new Tactical seat covers. Coverking has added a new twist by incorporating a military-style Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (M.O.L.L.E.) attachment system on the backs of their ultra-tough Ballistic nylon custom front seat covers for maximum storage capacity and versatility. This method of storage takes advantage of previously wasted space in the vehicle’s interior, while providing organization and instant accessibility to items such as maps, binoculars, tools, first-aid kits, ammunition, tow straps, and more. Coverking’s Tactical seat covers are make and model specific for an exact fit, leaving no seating surface unprotected. The Cordura Ballistic nylon is abrasion-resistant and the Tactical seat covers are available in black, gray, or tan, and each set includes six M.O.L.L.E. pouches in varying sizes. All Coverking products are made in the USA and backed by a one-year warranty.
Info: Coverking
800/268-3754, www.coverking.com

Mac’s Trail D-Vise
About: Born on the Rubicon Trail when an off-road enthusiast needed to change a universal joint, the portable Trail D-Vise is an invaluable tool for mechanics, racers, contractors, or anyone that needs to make repairs on the go. Engineered to mount in a trailer receiver, the D-Vise weighs only 17 pounds, yet has all the features of a fullsize 8-inch vise, including high-grip cross-hatch jaws, a convex pipe holder, and a built-in CNC-cut adjustment wrench. The compact design allows it to fit easily behind the seat of a truck or in most toolboxes. Using the Trail D-Vise is simple, just slide the vise into the receiver and tighten it down with the included Mac’s billet wrench. To prevent theft, the hitch pin cannot be removed without a socket or wrench once the Trail D-Vise is slightly tightened down in the receiver. Like all Mac’s Custom Tie-Down products, the Trail D-Vise is designed and manufactured in the USA with the highest quality domestic materials.
Info: Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs
800/666-1586, www.macstiedowns.com

Ingersoll Rand W7150 Cordless Impactool
About: Ingersoll Rand’s W7150 High-Torque Cordless Impactool is the most powerful cordless impact wrench on the market. The W7150 features a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, offering an impressive 780 lb-ft of reverse torque, and 1,100 lb-ft of nut-busting torque. It offers maximum durability and power with a chemical-resistant, patent-pending metal-reinforced housing and an all-metal drivetrain and hammer mechanism. The tool is powered by the Ingersoll Rand IQV20 Series lithium-ion battery platform and is perfect when you need muscle away from the shop.
Info: Ingersoll Rand
704/655-4000, www.ingersollrandproducts.com

Shurhold Industries Fuel Filter Funnel
About: The Fuel Filter Funnel from Shurhold Industries is the perfect choice for anyone who needs to remove water, dirt, and debris from fuel. Simple, portable, and self-cleaning, the Fuel Filter Funnel works with standard gasoline, diesel, heating oil, and kerosene. It is made from industrial grade conductive polypropylene. The Fuel Filter Funnel comes in three sizes. The large Fuel Filter Funnel is two filters in one, and is able to filter up to 12 gallons per minute, which keeps up with a standard fuel pump. The medium size can filter out impurities from five gallons of fuel per minute and the small Fuel Filter Funnel removes water and debris from fuel at 3.5 gallons per minutes. Great for when you have to use questionable fuel or don’t know how long it has been sitting.
Info: Shurhold Industries
800/962-6241, www.shurhold.com/auto

Slime 2X Inflator
About: Inflating large tires just got a lot quicker and easier with the all-new Slime 2X Inflator, which takes a tire from flat to full in 90 seconds. This product was created by Slime to fill a need for an affordable, rugged inflator. The inflator is nestled in a durable case, designed to withstand the abuses of the off-road adventure, construction site, farm, or anywhere else its power and efficiency can come in handy. The Slime 2X Inflator features twin cylinders that deliver twice the power of a regular inflator. The 12-volt inflator features bright LED lights for nighttime emergencies and includes adapters for filling up other inflatables.
Info: Slime
888/457-5463, www.slime.com

Extreme Outback Products Ultimate Shovel
About: Military folding shovels are compact and well suited for garden-variety camping duty. Full-sized landscaping shovels are more functional but are a pain to pack. Extreme Outback Products offers the best of both worlds for people who do serious digging but need stowable convenience. The Ultimate Shovel, engineered in Australia and tested in the Outback, is a three-piece shovel that features a muti-core, steel-reinforced fiberglass shaft. Unlike imitation models that aren’t reinforced, the Ultimate Shovel won’t snap while digging out vehicles buried in deep sand. When the job requires only a spade, the D-handle’s steel threads screw directly into the 7.5-inch-wide heat-treated blade assembly. All three pieces stow in an included bag.
Info: Extreme Outback Products
866/447-7711, www.extremeoutback.com

ASR Offroad Kinetic Recovery Rope
About: ASR Offroad’s Kinetic Recovery Ropes are the new best way to pull out a stuck vehicle. Made of double-braid nylon, these Kinetic Recovery Ropes feature a high-strength inner core and an outer layer for additional toughness and protection from the elements. Kinetic Recovery Ropes stretch up to 30 percent of their length during use, which translates into excellent shock absorption and a smooth transfer of kinetic energy between vehicles. This smooth energy transfer effectively reduces stress on both vehicles, and allows for more effective pulling, especially in low-traction conditions like mud, sand, and snow. ASR Offroad Kinetic Recovery Ropes are available in a variety of lengths for all sizes of ATVs, 4x4s, and heavy trucks.
Info: ASR Offroad
425/686-8644, www.asroffroad.com

Magnalight RL-12 HID Flashlight
About: The rechargeable Magnalight RL-12 high intensity discharge handheld light is waterproof to 100 meters and delivers 4,500 lumens, producing a 5,500-foot-long beam of light. This 50-watt HID lantern is designed for durability and ease of operation, with a machined aluminum housing for strength and a unique magnetic switch for reliable operation. When the batteries have run for approximately 120 minutes and can no longer power the main HID lamp, the user can toggle to the rear LED lamp and produce an additional 240 minutes of low-level illumination. Magnalight rounds out this high-powered light package by including a carrying case and a set of lenses for producing colored light in applications requiring specific beam colors.
Info: Larson Electronics
800/369-6671, www.magnalight.com

Radflo Hydra-Jac
About: Specifically designed for the off-road enthusiast, the Hydra-Jac allows you to change a tire on most vehicles with aftermarket suspension lifts. The 13-pound racing jack collapses to 37 inches, allowing you to stow the Hydra-Jac in locations where other off-road jacks would never fit. The Hydra-Jac‘s 22mm ram allows a load of up to 2,200 pounds to be hoisted up to 18 inches safely. Like the Radflo Shocks, the Hydra-Jac is completely serviceable and rebuildable for a lifetime of use. The standard-length version expands to 54 inches, while an extended-length version reaches 66 inches.
Info: Radflo
714/965-7828, www.radflo.com

Philips Rechargeable LED Inspection Lamp
About: The Philips LED Inspection Lamp with rechargeable docking station has 15 powerful LEDs and delivers a powerful, cool white, and very intense light in a compact, portable, and ergonomic design is equipped with an integrated UV light. While the Philips LED light is very brilliant, the lamps remain cool to the touch. Designed to hold up to the most demanding conditions, they are resistant to water, dust, chemicals, and solvents. Unlike traditional lamps that can break if bumped or dropped, the Philips lamps are very robust and highly impact-resistant.
Info: Philips
800/257-6054, www.philips.com/automotive

Viking Offroad Starter Recovery Kit
About: If you are just beginning to build your collection of trail tools, this Starter Recovery Kit from Viking Offroad is a great place to begin. This kit contains the most basic, but essential, recovery tools for any vehicle. The bag is fabric reinforced vinyl, with 3M highly reflective safety tape, and comes with two inside pockets. Inside the bag is a 2x30-inch Kinetic Tow Strap (17,500-pound capacity) or an optional a ¾x30-inch Kinetic Energy Recovery Rope, two ¾-inch black powdercoated or high-quality Van Beest shackles, and a pair of Tillman True-Fit gloves. The kit is lightweight, compact, and is made in the USA.
Info: Viking Offroad
818/842-0595, www.vikingoffroad.com

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