Camping, Exploring, Four-Wheeling, and Overlanding Outdoor Gear GuidePosted in Product Reviews on March 10, 2016
Sometimes, it’s not the destination but the journey. And when it comes to overlanding, that trek—and the related remote camping and traveling, often to parts unknown—is precisely why we’ve gathered a ton of gear that will allow you to be self-sufficient during your adventure, from trailering and lighting to pop-up tents and blades to much more.
What it is: The TrailHead from Okie Built Trailers is compact, making it handy if you’ve got a short-wheelbase rig. And it’s trail-ready: it has a Raptor liner to stay scratch and stain resistant and a Timbren axleless suspension for dealing with terrain and obstacles. There’s also LED lighting and a standard four-pin wiring harness. The base-model Lock N Roll Hitch is 80 inches long, 50 inches wide, and 20 inches deep. Tongue length is 48 inches.
How much: Starts at $4,599
Where to get: okiebuilttrailers.com
What it is: The Kukenam Ruggedized is a three-person, four-season tent from Tepui Tents. It has big screened side windows, a 2 1/2-inch foam mattress with an anticondensation mat underneath mattress, and 8-foot, 6-inch telescoping ladder, making use with lifted trucks easier. Extra-large internal pockets and gear anchor points exist for storage. With the universal mounting brackets, expect the tent to mount without hassle to most roof racks/roof bars.
How much: $1,650
Where to get: tepuitents.com
What it is: From EnerPlex is the Generatr 100, which gives you portable power in a lightweight package. The unit weighs just 2 pounds and has USB ports for phones, cameras, and tablets, a standard outlet for laptops, and a 12V port for lights.
How much: $349.99
Where to get: goenerplex.com
Vehicle Recovery Tool
What it is: The Maxtrax is a vehicle recovery board that originated in Australia. You can get your truck unstuck from mud, sand, or snow by shoving this lightweight board under the tire for traction. It’s 45 inches long and 13 inches wide, and it weighs 8 pounds. There are six built-in handles and a shovel at either end.
How much: $299, which includes two boards and leashes
Where to get: maxtrax.com.au
What it is: Bravo Company labels the Colonel Blade as the “everyday carry blade.” It’s a single-edged 2 3/4-inch blade in N690Co steel, with a 3-inch contoured handle, G10 panels, and jimping at the spine area. All of this means consistent contact and good grip.
How much: $179.95
Where to get: bravocompanyusa.com
Tenting on the Roof
What it is: ARB offers the Kakadu rooftop tent, with super simple set up and loads of ventilation, so it’s good for warm environments. In addition to big window openings (with internal canvas shutters and an extended fly sheet to block out weather), there’s a single-layer extruded foam mattress. This keeps the overall weight down.
How much: $1,499
Where to get: arbusa.com
What it is: You’ve come for the Yeti cooler, now stay for the new Yeti stainless steel insulated bottles. The Rambler line is engineered for just what we do, meaning it can deal with necessary roughness, while keeping the cold cold and the hot hot. Over-the-Nose technology makes for easier drinking and there’s a leakproof design. Be sure to check out the 64oz Growler for dealing with mass quantities of coffee or soup. How much: MSRP is $89.99
Where to get: yeticoolers.com
What it is: The Olight S10R Baton II is a rechargeable LED light with blue PVD technology that outputs 500 Lumens. There’s also a low-battery warning, a flat side button so you don’t accidentally turn it on in your pocket, and five output modes/various brightness levels. Having a flat tailcap with a magnet allows for it to attach to metal surfaces for hands-free use.
How much: $59.95
Where to get: olightworld.com
What it is: Meet the Hawk from Four Wheel Pop-up Campers. It’ll fit most fullsize shortbed trucks. It has an uber low-profile design, welded aluminum frame construction, and is designed as an off-road camper. The base model is a super simple camper, but you can also get a top-of-the-line model.
How much: That super basic one will run you $16,495, while the luxo variety is likely about $26,000 (give or take).
Where to get: fourwheelcampers.com
What it is: Brass-plated steel-cased ammo from Freedom Munitions is available chambered in 9mm, with other calibers in the works. The copper-plated lead projectile is from X-Treme Bullets. This ammo has an eye toward economical pricing.
How much: Box of 50 starts around $11
Where to get: freedommunitions.com
What it is: The RUSH72 from 5.11 Tactical is all in the name. It’s a 72-hour bag with extra room for gear and accessories, plus it’s rugged, water-repellent, and sports a 55-liter total capacity. The nylon construction keeps gear dry and the MOLLE/TacTec System web setting makes gear accessible. Many pockets, a fleece-lined sunglass pocket, internal hydration compartments, and foam shoulder straps are among the features.
How much: $179.99
Where to get: 511tactical.com
Portable Tiny Welder
What it is: Bondic is a liquid plastic welder/bonding tool. It can fix, mold, fill, and repair in just seconds—taillights, glasses, etc. Acceptable surfaces include metal, fiberglass, and plastic, and it hardens from exposure to UV light.
How much: Starts at $19.99
Where to get: notaglue.com
What it is: The Tacoma Habitat Shell from AT Overland Equipment features a 15-foot-long tent—it’s both waterproof and breathable—and has a self-supporting sleeping area for two. Expect 7 feet of headroom when you’re standing in the bed of the truck. Additionally, the platform acts as an awning at the rear of the truck, and built-in roof load bars are on an adjustable track for carrying kayaks. It’s available for Toyota Tacomas with 5 or 6-foot beds.
How much: Starts at $7,299
Where to get: atoverland.com
What it is: The Operational Light Series Holster from G-Code is available for right- or left-handed shooters, has various weapon/light options, and can handle RMRs or similar optics. You can get it in standard or rapid transition interface.
How much: Starts at $55
Where to get: tacticalholsters.com
What it is: Mastrad offers these scissors with 12 functions: serrated blade, smooth blade, notched blade, bottle opener, can opener, bottle-cap opener, fish scaler, pruning shears, nutcracker, zester, screwdriver, and scissors, of course. There’s a magnetic holder, and the blades are detachable.
How much: $11.99
Where to get: mastrad-paris.us
Portable Solar Light
What it is: This is the Nokero portable light, and Nokero stands for no kerosene, so you can see where we are going with this. No kerosene. No batteries, either. It’s solar, so it charges during the day, which then equals light at night (15 hours for the N233 model).
How much: MSRP is $19.99
Where to get: nokero.com
What it is: The electronic Impact Sport earmuffs from Howard Leight automatically shut off when harmful sound levels are detected—they block out continuous noise over 82 db. They also come in Mossy Oak pattern to keep your camo theme, and you can plug an MP3 player or smartphone into the built-in auxiliary jack.
How much: About $40
Where to get: amazon.com
What it is: The 210-lumen Lighthouse Mini Lantern from Goal Zero can give you 500 hours of light on just one charge and recharges via USB or Goal Zero panel. It will also charge phones, headlamps, and various devices. The lantern also offers both fold-down legs and a hook for hanging. All this weighs just 8 ounces.
How much: $59.99
Where to get: goalzero.com