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C.C. Weiss

C.C. Weiss

Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.

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— Automotive

Quantis builds Marq Land Rover Defender concept camper

By - June 10, 2015 15 Pictures

We've spent a lot of time covering overland expedition vehicles of late thanks to the recent Overland Expo and Abenteuer und Allrad shows. The all-new Marq concept from Quantis GmbH may be our favorite of the bunch. An interesting blend of function and fashion, the prototype design features a clean, modern shell atop a rugged, military-style Land Rover Defender 130 chassis. It also has an efficient, versatile interior. This vehicle is ready to ride anywhere and everywhere and look pretty damn cool doing it.

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— Outdoors

New Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 camper van: The most fuel-efficient Sportsmobile ever

By - June 9, 2015 13 Pictures

For 54 years, Sportsmobile has been building rugged campers on a variety of base van platforms. We recently took a look at its work in transforming a Ford E-Series Cutaway into a custom-built van, but that wasn't the only new model it had on show at this year's Overland Expo West. With the recent introduction of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to the US market, Sportsmobile now offers an efficient, all-terrain Sprinter diesel camper.

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— Outdoors

Mother Of All Bivouacs (MOAB) off-road trailers done two ways

By - June 8, 2015 23 Pictures

Since 2008, Phoenix-based Bivouac Camping Trailers has been offering stout, versatile camping trailers meant to haul recreational gear deep into the wild and set up camp for a night or more. The new MOAB Gobi breaks the mold of cargo box + pop-out tent, giving BCT buyers the option of a rugged teardrop with go-anywhere grit. Also new to the line, the MOAB Crawler is a tiny aluminum box built to go "where no MOAB has gone before."

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— Automotive

Nissan Part e-Van spins music, serves drinks and augments reality

By - June 5, 2015 6 Pictures

Automakers like to kick off the summer season by letting their hair down and creating playful one-off builds that get down and party. In 2012, Nissan broke out the Juke Box rolling sound system, and last year Volkswagen brought the noise with the Amarok Power pickup. Nissan is back at it again in 2015, plugging the party in with a specially equipped e-NV200 electric van built to make cocktails, pump bass and provide an augmented reality experience.

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— Automotive

Ultra-low, 2,600-hp SRT Tomahawk VGT concept powered by compressed air hybrid system

By - June 5, 2015 45 Pictures

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles joined the likes of Infiniti, Peugeot and a slew of other automakers this week, revealing its Vision Gran Turismo video game car. Like all those parties before it, FCA took full advantage of the opportunity, creating an outright extreme hypercar with a level of performance that can only exist in a game. The single-seat SRT Tomahawk sports car develops nearly 2,600 hp from a hybrid powertrain with V10 and air compression drive.

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— Sports

Carbon fiber head plate to protect baseball pitchers

By - June 4, 2015 3 Pictures

Last August, Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive – a 101-mph (163-km/h) line drive. The horrifying video clip made any viewer hope that such an incident would never happen again. But it already has. While the risk is statistically low, comeback line drives to the head occur virtually every season in professional baseball. The MLB is trying to find a workable solution, but so far, approved protective head gear has proven bulky, awkward and extremely unpopular. Jennings is one of the major leaguers that has worked with Safer Sports Technologies in trying a lighter, lower profile solution: a carbon fiber protector that slides inside a regular ball cap.

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— Outdoors

On Wheelz skates lock onto your sneakers like clipless bike pedals

By - June 2, 2015 6 Pictures

Roller skating and inline skating are both well past their primes, but there's a new generation of skates that offers a simpler, more casual skating experience. In place of a full-sized roller boot wrapping your entire foot and ankle, the latest skates slide onto your regular shoes. Models from companies like Cardiff use a basic strap system, but the all-new On Wheelz skates take things strapless, using a step-in system quite like clipless bike pedals.

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— Outdoors

Action Mobil introduces (still huge) entry-level Pure off-road motorhomes

By - June 1, 2015 24 Pictures

It would seem that the tiny market for giant, world-traveling expedition vehicles is growing a little less tiny. Or maybe it's just wishful thinking on the part of industry businesses. At the Overland Expo, the United States' premier show for such vehicles, manufacturers like EarthRoamer and EarthCruiser reached out to new demographics with brand-new models. At least one manufacturer will be doing the same at this week's Abenteuer und Allrad (Adventure and All-Wheel) show in Germany. Just a few months after showing the near-seven-figure Global XRS 7200, Action Mobil is now going after a different (still well-heeled) buyer with its entry-level Pure series.

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