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Gear Reviews

Sea to Summit Ascent sleeping bag

Review: Sea to Summit Ascent Sleeping Bag

The Ascent sleeping bag from Sea to Summit provides a great balance between a fully-performance focused sleeping bag and comfort when camping out of your rig. With the ability to provide a comfortable nights sleep across a wide temperature range it can easily be your only sleeping bag for three-season camping. 

Review: Super Pacific X1 Rack And RTT

After a tour of Super Pacific’s spacious Portland fabrication and assembly facility, my partner and I commandeered Super Pacific’s overland kitted demo Ford F-150 STX with the X1 up top and lit out for the Oregon Coast.

Review: Toyo Open Country M/T Tires

Toyo’s Open Country M/T mud terrain tires offer excellent off-road performance, impressive durability, and surprising on-road manners for a mud terrain. If you are a mud terrain devotee or are looking for more off-road tire performance than an all-terrain tire, these are worth checking out.

Review: 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison

Chevrolet has taken one of its best-selling top-tier trucks and made it even more capable off road by teaming with overlanding outfitter AEV. Is it worth $85,000? We took it for a drive into Oregon’s back country.

Get Adventure Ready With Firestone Destination XTs

It’s really unfair to describe the XTs simply as a more aggressive all-terrain tire. While they do have larger tread voids and a deeper overall tread, the Firestone team has examined every aspect of these tires to make them capable and durable additions to any rig that will venture off the pavement.

REVIEW: Midland Radio SPK100 and SPK200 Speakers

The new Midland Radio SPK100 and SPK200 speakers bring crisp, clear, and powerful audio to your existing radio setup. The SPK100 is a simple plug-and-play upgrade that installs in minutes and puts boosted sound where you want it and a very attractive price. The SPK200 has a couple additional tricks up its sleeve with its advanced active noise cancellation and powered speaker.

REVIEW: Dometic CFX3 45 Fridge

Dometic’s CFX3 45 is a 46-liter fridge. Having lived with it for many months over several overland expeditions, I can say I absolutely adore it. It won me over with its compact size compared to its large interior volume, awesome user interface and features, and its efficiency build quality.

REVIEW: Freespirit Recreation Evolution V2 Rooftop Tent

The FSR Evolution V2 is a premium rooftop tent that has earned its place in the upper echelon of hardshell RTT options. It’s thoughtful design, high quality construction, and four-season performance make it a stand out in a time when overlanders have such a wide variety of options in the market.


The UBCO 2X2 SE offers a unique riding experience that’s plenty capable for off-road exploration and urban use. The bike stakes its claim in the middle ground between electric bicycles and small displacement trail bikes of decades past.

REVIEW: CBI Prinsu Roof Rack

The Prinsu Roof Rack is an affordable alternative to more expensive, traditional roof racks with a modern aesthetic and a broad range of accessories.


MAXTRAX recovery boards might be expensive. But they are the cheapest, easiest way to get your rig unstuck. The trick to using them, though, is to mount them in an easily accessible spot.

REVIEW: Bell MX-9 Adventure Helmet

Bell’s MX-9 motocross helmet has been a rider favorite for years, so Bell gave it a bit of a street-smart massage for adventure riders with the MX-9 Adventure version.

First Drive: 2023 Chevrolet Colorado

We drove the third-gen Colorado on curving California backroads and a tight, technical dirt passage and found the new platform is both capable and comfortable.

REVIEW: Midland MXPW500 Ammo Can Base Station

The MXPW500 Ammo Can Base Station from Midland provides overlanders with a mobile home base station to maintain a connection with your party at camp while others in the group enjoy the backcountry.

Campsite amongst pine trees with a rooftop tent on a truck, a camp chair, and campfire.

REVIEW: Roofnest Condor Overland

The Condor Overland from Roofnest takes the hybrid rooftop tent design to the next level providing a compact package when closed but a roomy and comfortable space when deployed. The aluminum shell not only keeps the tent protected, but also offers mounting points for tools and other accessories. 

REVIEW: Eezi-Awn Swift Awning

The Eezi-Awn Swift is a simple, robust, lightweight, and easy to use awning that warrants strong consideration if you are looking for a rectangular awning.

REVIEW: 23Zero Bandit 1400 Swag

The 23Zero Bandit 1400 is a luxuriously large swag that’s easy to set up, has a thick, comfortable mattress with huge openings for easy egress and wonderful airflow.

Photo by Brett Willhelm


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