Expedition vehicles are often no-expense-spared behemoths combining powerful truck cabs, advanced expandable living modules and upscale interiors outfitted like luxury apartments. Portland's Base 4x4 takes a simpler approach. Conceived, designed and built by industrial designer Mark Schoening, Base 4x4's Mitsubishi Fuso-based pop-top finds a niche somewhere between pop-up off-road camper vans like the Sportsmobile Sprinter 4x4 and more elaborate expedition trucks like the EarthRoamer XV-HD. The aluminum-box off-road motorhome offers a more affordable, more customizable expedition option.Read More
We've seen our share of multifunctional lanterns of late, including the "Lantern" and the BioLite BaseLantern. The CampGuard lantern from Utah startup Bright Path LED packs a multifunctional feature set we haven't seen before. It works as a basic lantern, proximity sensor light and full-blown campsite alarm system.Read More
Those that spend a lot of time adventuring and sleeping outdoors can quickly amass a small pile of tents and shelters, and not necessarily just because they like to upgrade to the latest tree tent or retractable dome. Different activities, such as fast-and-light backpacking and car camping lend themselves to different types of tents, and oftentimes one tent doesn't translate over very well to other activities. Cotopaxi wants to cut down the tent overload and give you one tent for multiple activities. Its Inti 2 switches between lightweight backpacking tent for two and roomy car camping tent for four.Read More
In the great outdoors, getting more out of a single tool means a better time at camp and less gear and weight in your pack. That's a big reason why the category of multifunctional lighting has been flourishing in recent years. We've seen plenty of examples, including the Bosavi headlamp/lantern/bike light, the Light & Motion Solite headlamp/flashlight/bike light and the Candea water bottle/bike light. The all-new Lantern joins the pack, working as a 1,000-lumen LED flashlight/lantern/bike light combo that also charges portable gadgets.Read More
The Jeep Wrangler might be the most well-known adventure vehicle in the US, but the Toyota Tacoma is also a very popular choice, as our Tacoma-heavy tour of the recent Overland Expo proved. Arizona's Adventure Trailers Overland already has a neat, integrated flip-top camper for the Jeep, the JK Habitat, and now it's added a Habitat for the Tacoma. The new bed camper transforms the popular small pickup into a capable expedition vehicle.
Utah's Mobilight International knows a few things about building rugged trailers designed to roll over tough, foreboding terrain. It butters its bread by building mobile light towers for use at mines, oil fields, and other job and event sites. The company recently brought that experience over to the recreational camping and overland market with the Base Camp, a tough steel box built for exploration, adventure and a bit of backcountry comfort.
Teardrops and trailer boxes dominated the exhibitor section of Overland Expo West 2016, but there were still plenty of larger vehicles on display around the show. We've compiled a full photo gallery of everything from basic pickup trailers with pop-up tents, to hulking commercial truck-sized shelters, to the accessories supporting those rigs. If you like off-roading, camping or old-fashioned road-tripping, it'll be hard not to find something you like.
BundutecUSA already offers a solid line of slide-in pickup truck campers for trucks of all kinds. Its latest model, the Bivak, launches as its simplest and most affordable. Built for the off-road market, the compact camper shell organizes your expedition gear, gives you an optional place to sleep and makes the unpredictable backcountry just a little more manageable. The highly customizable Bivak is the camper for 4x4 pickup drivers looking for "something more than a topper but less than the conventional truck camper."
We're just back from a long, windy extended weekend at Overland Expo 2016. In the past when we've made the trip to Northern Arizona, monstrous expedition vehicles like the EarthCruiser FX and EarthRoamer XV-LTS have always made the biggest impression. This year, the big story was really small ... teardrop size, in fact. There was a veritable explosion of interesting off-road trailers, everything from single-person teardrops, to bruising boxes, to simple steel cargo beds with roof tents.Read More
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