How much would you pay for a welder you can easily take anywhere on the trail? If you are stranded and need to burn metal back together to get back to civilization, then any price starts looking like a deal. This isn't an underhood welder or one that runs off 12V car batteries. This is a true rechargeable welder in a box. If you can imagine a small portable suitcase that houses two sealed lead-acid rechargeable batteries and a MIG welder, then you can imagine the new Hobart Trek 180.
The Trek 180 has been in the works for at least the last three years (we've seen prototypes on previous Ultimate Adventure trips), and this premiere version is handy for getting the severely busted stuff off the trail and back home. Plus, when you do get home you can plug it into a 110V outlet and either recharge it or just start welding like a standard welder. Housed in a tough polymer case, this welder recently went across the Rubicon trail with us and helped patch together a couple wheelers in need. Then it came back to the shop for some testing.