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Quebec students aim to develop a more authentic snow bike

Over the years, various manufacturers and inventors have tried different ways of putting "two wheels" to the snow. The rise of fat-tired mountain bikes, not to mention extreme Antarctic fat trikes, has been the biggest news in this area, but we've also seen recreational equipment like the KTrak and BikeBoards. A group of mechanical engineering students at Quebec's University of Sherbrooke is developing a new solution that aims for a smoother downhill ride by combining elements of existing winter bikes.

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

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

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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On Wheelz skates lock onto your sneakers like clipless bike pedals

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

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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EarthRoamer reveals its largest off-road expedition vehicle yet

“That’s cool, but you’re never going to sell one.” It’s a sentiment that EarthRoamer, builder of some of the world's toughest off-road expedition vehicles, has heard many times over the 12 years it's been rolling product out. But it has sold them, 150 of them, in fact. The company is so confident that it will keep selling them that it is now working on an even larger, more expensive 4x4 motorhome. We previously took a look at the basic specs of the all-new XV-HD expedition vehicle, and after traveling to Overland Expo, we have a few more details about this beastly build, including its near-seven figure price tag.

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