Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Outdoors

The KLAX titanium multi-tool axe head uses a custom made clamping system for easy dismantl...

Ever been walking through the woods and had that impulse to chop up a fallen log, measure each piece, scrape off the untidy bits, fix them together with nails, nuts and bolts and then crack open a fresh beer? Okay, such an urge might be beyond even the most inspired of outdoor enthusiasts, but if you're carrying a KLAX multi-tool titanium axe head, it's hard to imagine a scenario for which you'd be unprepared.  Read More

Overland Expo 2014

According to the folks that organize the annual Overland Expo, "overlanding" is exploring and camping by way of vehicle - "whether 100 miles or 10,000 miles from home, on backroads or highly technical terrain." Gizmag had the opportunity to attend this year's show, and to get in the spirit, we did some light overlanding of our own, driving a few of America's most scenic byways and backways. We're back with the full trip report and a mega-gallery covering everything from adventure motorcycles to multi-story, all-terrain homes.  Read More

The Mealspec bag reaches 220º F in about 12 seconds

Flameless ration heaters have been used to heat US military MRE rations for decades. More recently, they've been gaining popularity in the outdoor consumer market. These heaters use chemical-based heating as a quick, simple, portable solution for cooking prepackaged meals. The new Mealspec Heater bag jolts this style of cooking system to life with enough heat to boil an egg and cook raw fish.  Read More

The 2014 EarthRoamer XV-LTS at Overland Expo

Don't call the EarthRoamer an RV – it's an XV (Xpedition Vehicle), and it's ready to take you to the most distant, rugged lands on the planet. The latest model packs the same four-season, go-anywhere build EarthRoamer has always been known for with a few added features, including a tailgater package with external kitchen and slide-out TV. Gizmag took a closer look inside and out at the recent Overland Expo.  Read More

The Poler Le Tente turns the average van or SUV into a light camper

The roof tent provides a functional cross between the natural, breezy experience of tent camping and the easy set-up of a vehicle camper. The all-new Poler Le Tente promises to bring that cross-segment function to a new generation of car campers.  Read More

The Windpax wind turbine system can be set up in less than two minutes and mounted on a nu...

Keeping mobile electronic devices powered up can be difficult for the modern camper and hiker. Generating power from Mother Nature in the form of wind and sun is the preferred option for many, with a number of portable solar and wind generators emerging to fill this need. The latest is Windpax, a collapsible, portable wind turbine system designed to not take up too much space in a backpack.  Read More

Six drive wheels give the new Outlander plenty of off-road capability

If four drive wheels are better than two for off-roading, it should follow that six are better than four. Six drive wheels provide the formula behind the new Can-Am Outlander 6x6 1000 XT work and recreation vehicle. The extra axle sits below a rear bed, creating a workhorse that can haul and speed with a full half-dozen clawing wheels.  Read More

The all-new inReach Explorer combines satellite-powered navigation and communications

The all-new DeLorme inReach Explorer combines the satellite communications functions of past inReach mobiles with a full GPS navigation feature set. A single handheld unit serves as a GPS navigator, backcountry communications device and emergency rescue beacon all rolled into one.  Read More

Picnic Cutlery comes with a lanyard to ensure it's always available

Unless you enjoy whittling twigs into chopsticks or stabbing tinned ravioli with a pen knife, forgetting the cutlery and reverting to eating with one's hands can be one step too far removed from civilization for many campers. Piltz Design's modular Picnic cutlery is something a bit more elegant for those not interested in joining the usual spork brigade.  Read More

Volksleisure T5 campervan

After more than a decade of avoiding the ever-popular Volkswagen van conversion, U.K. campervan specialist Wellhouse Leisure has released its first VW T5 camper. The camper van seamlessly transforms between living and hauling configurations thanks to an electric rear bench that slides forward to open up space in the rear.  Read More

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