Overland Buyer’s Guide - Best Products for Your Next ExpeditionPosted in Product Reviews on May 23, 2016
If you plan to spend days, or even weeks, in the backcountry, you want to go prepared. The secret to long excursions away from civilization is to have the right equipment to keep you safe and comfortable. On these pages you will find the latest products designed to do just that. From lighting your way to keeping your food cold, we have rounded up all of the products necessary so that you come because you want to, not because you have to.
ARB Rooftop Tent
The ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent provides the ultimate in ease and convenience when traveling. Unfolding in minutes, a rooftop tent provides sleeping quarters off the ground, protected from the elements. Spacious and comfortable, all bedding can remain inside the tent during the journey, freeing up vital storage space in the vehicle and allowing the tent to be quickly and easily packed away.
Thunderbolt Magnum Solar Panel
This easy-to-install solar panel kit comes with three 15-watt solar panels to produce 45 total watts. The kit includes a voltage regulator, mounting hardware, and the basic connections you need to start generating clean efficient solar power. Amorphous silicon solar cells provide for maximum output in both bright and cloudy conditions. The voltage regulator has an easy-to-read LED display, a 12-volt cigarette lighter socket, a 5-volt USB port, 3-6-9–volt DC outlets, and two 12-volt outlets.
Harbor Freight Tools
AEV Raised Air Intake
Inspired by heavy-duty industrial and military applications around the world, the AEV Raised Air Intake is designed to provide your hard-working engine with the coldest and cleanest air charge possible, maximizing engine performance and increasing longevity—even in the most severe environments. The AEV Raised Air Intake is available in two air inlet configurations: a traditional air ram or a high-efficiency dust filtration system.
American Expedition Vehicles
Smittybilt Artic Fridge-Freezer
There’s nothing better than pulling an icy, cold beverage or crisp, refreshing sandwich out of your Smittybilt Arctic Fridge-Freezer during a hot day out on the trail. The 52-quart is large enough for extended forays into the backcountry yet sized to fit easily in the back of most 4x4s. State-of-the-art LED controls are recessed to protect them from damage or accidently being altered, and the three-stage automatic power cutoff ensures that your vehicle’s battery has enough reserve capacity to start the engine.
AutoHome Air Top Tent
Proven worldwide in the harshest conditions and continually refined for decades, AutoHome rooftop shelters are made to last, with outstanding performance in any weather. The aerodynamic shells of AutoHome tents are made of durable, high-quality, hand-laid fiberglass. Tough and long-lasting, this design appeals for other reasons. It is dust and waterproof, and offers minimal air resistance while traveling.
Lightforce Enforcer Flashlight
The new Lightforce Enforcer 140mm LED handheld light introduces fresnel technology to the sporting market, now with a new white and red variable power option available. The specially designed lens produces a superior tight beam for maximum light output and performance. The inbuilt battery has a runtime of over four hours. You can even attach the clip-on Enforcer battery to produce a runtime of up to 22 1/2 hours.
Basecamp Outdoor Systems Camp Stove
This angle iron camp stove is a simple, basic food cooker. It is more durable than its cast iron counterparts and delivers 15,000 BTUs of heat. The single-burner stove has a range-style top to raise the cooking vessel above the frame and is fed by a propane cylinder. The adjustable legs allow you to maintain a level cooking surface when outside. Other features include a welded frame, a thicker gas manifold system, and a corrosion-resistant brass valve.
Summit Racing Equipment
Synergy Sit, Shower, Shave Kit
This “shower in a bucket” includes brazed copper plate heat exchanger and mount to easily install on any flat surface. All necessary quick-release and barb fittings are included along with 50 feet of fiber-reinforced 1/2-inch rubber hose. The heavy-duty 12-volt diaphragm water pump can be used in fresh- or saltwater conditions and utilizes quick release fittings. It has self-priming capabilities, a serviceable filter, and built-in thermal overload protection.
James Baroud Space 360 Tent
James Baroud is known worldwide for high-quality rooftop tents at affordable prices. The company offers hard- and soft-shell rooftop tents and accessories ready for any adventure. All the tents offer window designs that provide wraparound screens as well as complete, 360-degree panoramic views. They also feature a gas strut system that allows the tents to be closed with less effort.
Smittybilt EPS Generator
The latest technology has allowed Smittybilt to pack huge power into a small and quiet package with the new EPS Inverter Generator. The Smart Throttle feature allows motor to run at varying speeds for maximum fuel efficiency, something conventional generators cannot match. The three-phase inversion process produces clean power, allowing direct plug-in of sensitive electronics without worry.
Spyderco Assist Knife
The Assist is the ultimate pocket rescue tool. The unique blade features Spyderco’s Round Hole and Cobra Hood for swift one-handed opening. The fiberglass-reinforced-nylon handle includes a built-in survival whistle and finger grooves that enable the blade to scissor-cut rope like a cigar cutter. Squeeze the closed blade and a retractable carbide glass breaker extends from the butt end of the handle.
Olight LED Flashlight
The S30R II Baton is a compact, powerful, rechargeable LED flashlight with a retina-scorching 1,020-lumen beam that reaches out to 643 feet. With the S30R II Baton’s powerful included 3,600-mAh battery, you can now get up to 1,200 hours of useful runtime off a single charge. And with the included compact Micro-USB charging dock (Micro-Dok), you don’t have to worry about bulky chargers or special cables.
Quadratec Multi-Function Trail Shovel
Besides being a great shovel, the Quadratec Multi-Function Trail Shovel is the essential survival tool for off-road adventures, camping, and backpacking. It combines numerous tools into a compact design. Handles are CNC machined from high-strength aluminum with silicone O-rings to keep out dirt and moisture. The shovelhead is made of strong carbon steel.
ARB Fridge-Freezers are the ideal way to keep your food and beverages chilled or frozen on your 4x4 adventures, regardless of ambient conditions. Not to be confused with less effective 12-volt coolers, the ARB unit is a true refrigerator-freezer. Own one and you'll never again find your lunch waterlogged by shifting ice and there will always be a cold drink on hand during the sweltering summer. Two power cords are included, one for AC operation at home (120 volts), and one for DC operation in your vehicle (12/24 volts).
AEV JK Tire Carrier
Combining AEV’s Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier is like having a giant Swiss Army knife on the back of your JK Wrangler. They are the perfect solution for carrying all of the necessities for a successful overland or backcountry excursion. Both products are designed so that either one can be installed and used individually, or they can be used together as a complete system.
American Expedition Vehicles
All-Pro Pack Rack
This heavy-duty bed cage system for the Toyota Tacoma provides a strong, rigid structure to support a rooftop tent, basket, or heavy gear above the bed of the vehicle. Fabricated from 1 1/2-inch-diameter steel tubing, the Pack Rack is shipped in sections to keep shipping costs down and can be easily assembled. The APEX Pack Rack mounts onto CNC laser-cut, full-length bedrails, gradually tapered for the exact fit of your truck’s bedrails.
All-Pro Off Road
Four Wheel Camper
Campers for four-wheelers are a lot more developed and refined than they were in 1972, but the basic concept hasn’t changed. Four Wheel Campers continues to build the campers with a focus on light weight, durability, and simplicity. The welded aluminum frame is what sets Four Wheel Campers apart from the rest. The designs and options give customers the ability to go just about anywhere they want in style and comfort.
Four Wheel Campers
A.R.E. Topper Lift
A.R.E. Accessories offers an innovative way to create an enclosed camping setup and increase the space under fiberglass truck caps. The TopperEZLift is a functional and easy-to-operate topper lifting system that can raise and lower any A.R.E. fiberglass truck cap in just 30 seconds with the push of a button. Powered by the vehicle’s 12-volt battery, the TopperEZLift adds 17 1/2 inches of height, provides added space for comfortable camping, and allows easy cargo access without removing the cap.
Harbor Freight Tools Predator Generator
Using built-in inverter technology, the Predator generator produces a clean 2,200-watt power curve, ideal for sensitive electronics. The efficient design of this inverter generator gives you more power with lower fuel consumption from the 125cc air-cooled OHV gas engine. Lighter weight than conventional generators, the inverter-generator is ideal for backcountry use.
Harbor Freight Tools
This tough nylon pack features a rigid internal frame, removable contoured shoulder straps, and lower back supports. Available in 25- and 33-inch sizes. The larger pack can also contain an AR-15 style carbine with 16-inch barrel and stock fully collapsed. Both sizes feature hook-and-loop panels that come with removable pouches for two AR-15 magazines, two double-stack pistol mags, and a loop to secure a medium-sized handgun.
Smittybilt Overlander Rooftop Tent
The Smittybilt Overlander Tent is designed to mount easily on your stock roof rack or on an aftermarket rack/crossbar system. Set up camp in minutes with Smittybilt’s waterproof construction, mesh windows for ventilation, and a wide aluminum ladder as standard features. The tent weighs only 118 pounds, so it can be mounted to most rack systems.
Fenix LED Flashlight
Super-high 6,000-lumen output and a 730-meter beam throw with a dual side switch that controls five output modes make the Fenix RC40 one tough flashlight. It uses a tailored rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, plus a charging and discharging port with protective circuit as well as a detachable shoulder strap.
Slee Dual Battery Tray
Toyota Land Cruisers don’t have an abundance of extra space under the hood, but Slee Off-Road has designed a way to fit dual batteries and an ARB air compressor under the hood of 100 or 200 Series Land Cruisers, 2001 and later 4Runners, and 2005-2015 Tacomas. All kits are designed and made in the USA and feature quality hardware and a powdercoat finish.
Front Runner Roof Racks
With 55 sizes, seven mounting systems, and over 50 available accessories to mount all sorts of gear and toys, the Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack reflects over 20 years of R&D on the world’s harshest trails. The all-aluminum Slimline II is versatile, modular, and strong enough for any adventure. It fits most makes and models of trucks, pickups, canopies, and trailers.
Hogue EX-F02 Knife
Created specifically with the outdoorsman in mind, the EX-F02 features a polymer/OverMolded rubber hybrid handle for unmatched “gripability” while performing strenuous cutting activities. To complement the grip, the blade features a serrated thumb-ramp and finger detent in the handle. With its hand-sharpened and cryogenically treated blade, the EX-F02 stands up to the most demanding challenges.
Samlex America Solar Charging Kits
These solar charging kits are ideal for use at a remote campsite. Available in 100- and 150-watt capacities, each kit comes with a flush-mount 30-amp charge controller, a high-efficiency solar panel, solar connecting wires, and aluminum mounting brackets. The supplied hardware secures the solar panel to any other flat surface. The Samlex America Solar Charging Kits can be expanded with addition solar panels up to 500 watts of output.
Summit Racing Equipment
Synergy Baja Basket
Manufactured from high-strength, 16-gauge material with the latest in CNC punch press equipment, the Baja Basket uses 100 percent bolt-on components to ensure an easy, trouble-free installation with the use of basic handtools. Designed to create more usable storage space with a minimal addition of weight, this rigid, lightweight, flared-hole sheetmetal design ensures maximum performance.
Easy to mount and operate, these retractable ARB awnings fit onto the side of a roof rack and are conveniently stored for immediate use on arrival. Specifically designed for harsh outback conditions, the awnings are rugged but lightweight and provide fast and convenient protection from the elements. Made from waterproof and UV-protected PVC-lined polyester, the self-standing awning takes only 30 seconds to deploy.
23Zero Rooftop Tent
The 23 Zero rooftop tent gives you the freedom and confidence to tackle the outdoors. Features include covered aluminum internal frame pivoting on a stainless steel yoke. This tent even comes with a snow pole kit as standard. The sturdy aluminum base is filled with a high-density polystyrene foam, providing extra strength and insulation.
5.11 Tactical Stryke Pant
Made of two-way Flex-Tac mechanical stretch fabric and finished with stain- and soil-resistant Teflon, the 5.11 Stryke pant is exceptionally durable. With 12 pockets, reinforcements in strategic places, and a self-adjusting waistband, this is high-performance functionality at its finest.
Xventure Off-Road Trailer
The Xventure Off-Road Trailer from Schutt Industries is a designed and engineered with military-grade aluminum and Alcoa’s patented huck-bolt construction, designed to outlast anything on the market. Standard equipment includes electric brakes as well as manual parking brakes, a large front storage box, a full cargo bed, an elevating rack system, and a multiaxis hitch. The Xventure can be equipped with a complete galley system, a 22-gallon water tank with hot and cold running water, a hard locking tonneau cover, a swing-away spare tire carrier, and more.