Gear

The Ultimate Overland Holiday Gift Guide 2021
The holidays are upon us, and it’s never too early...
The Hunt for a Red — or Orange — October with Swarovski Optik’s NL Pure
Sometimes the best-laid plans fall victim to work projects, uncooperative...
Gear Chronicles: Finding Higher Ground with KonTour Seat
With endless miles of dirt roads, expansive wilderness, and the...
Gear Collections: Overlanding Fridges & Freezers
When you’re ready to step up from a traditional cooler...
Gear Collections: Overlanding Awnings
From keeping rain off your camp kitchen to shading you...
Ford’s Bronco 4-Door Is Exciting at Every Turn — Even When It’s Not Trying to Be
I saddled up a relatively fresh (only 2,300 miles on...
Gear Essentials: Tents and Awnings
At the end of the day where you rest and...
Gear Essentials: Storage, Racks, and Trailers
Whether you’re jostling your rig down a rough trail, parked...
Gear Collections: Overlanding Jacks
Everybody has seen them: off-road jacks. Specifically, everyone has seen...
Tough Everyday Carry Solutions from Gerber Gear
The Overland Expo staff tried out a few items from...
Gear Essentials: Lighting, Energy, and Batteries
Since the invention of overlanding, auxiliary lighting and energy have...
Gear Collections: Campsite Cocktails
Of course, drinking and driving don’t mix, but drinking after...
Exploring the New Mexico Backcountry with the SniperX Trailer
There is no need to choose between a traditional camper...
Gear Essentials: Van Accessories — Presented by Storyteller Overland
4×4 trucks and SUVs may have blazed the trail for...
Best Traction Boards for Overlanding
Traction boards may seem cliched. But they’re absolutely essential recovery...
Gear Essentials: Adventure Motorcycles
If you didn’t know from our Ultimate Overland Motorcycle build,...
Survival Food So Good That You Wont Believe It’s Survival Food
Every overland vehicle and motorcycle should have a stash of...
Gear Collections: Adventure Motorcycle Tires
Choosing a set of tires that suit your riding style...
Gear Collections: Overland Lighting
Having the best lighting solutions for your overlanding adventure can...
Gear Collections: Overland Wheels
One of the first mods many vehicle owners go for...
Gear Essentials: Vehicle Running Gear
Running gear — it’s sort of a generic catchall term....
Gear Collections: Overland Trailers
When you’re dipping your toe into the proverbial overland trailer...
Does the New Defender 110 Hold Up to the Legacy of the Original?
The all-new Land Rover Defender 110 has big shoes to...
Gear Collections: Adventure Motorcycle Boots
Don’t leave home without a proper pair of adventure-worthy riding...
Tacoma with a camper and awning.

Gear Essentials: Tents and Awnings

At the end of the day where you rest and relax can make or break the rest of your journey. We appreciate tents and awnings that are durable, secure, and easy to use.

Pelican Cargo Case on a Toyota 4Runner on a desert trail.

Gear Essentials: Storage, Racks, and Trailers

Whether you’re jostling your rig down a rough trail, parked in a sketchy area of town, or just looking to stay loaded and ready for the next trip, hauling, organizing, and securing your gear is a priority.

Gear Collections: Overlanding Jacks

Everybody has seen them: off-road jacks. Specifically, everyone has seen Hi-Lift Jacks, the fire-engine red jacks that are bolted to virtually every 4×4 vehicle in America. Although they may be perceived as visual flare more than a trail-recovery tool, they do serve a purpose if used properly.

Gear Essentials: Lighting, Energy, and Batteries

Since the invention of overlanding, auxiliary lighting and energy have been paramount. After all, you can’t be truly self-sufficient in the backcountry for very long without either. And the market for these segments has changed dramatically in recent years. Heck, Just a decade ago, most of the products on this list didn’t exist. If they did exist, they weren’t half as powerful or robust as the products we enjoy today.

Gear Collections: Campsite Cocktails

Of course, drinking and driving don’t mix, but drinking after driving can certainly be awesome. Take your post-adventure happy hour game to the next level with some great gear to add to your camp bar kit.

Exploring the New Mexico Backcountry with the SniperX Trailer

There is no need to choose between a traditional camper and an off-road trailer. The SniperX by Off Road RV is a lightweight, ultra-capable, hybrid trailer sporting a shower, sink and stove, and a queen size bed. We take the SniperX on an overland trip around Southern New Mexico chasing the New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route.

Gear Essentials: Van Accessories — Presented by Storyteller Overland

4×4 trucks and SUVs may have blazed the trail for overlanding, but a great deal of folks are heading off into the backcountry in overland-kitted vans. And this is the month we give them their much-overdue attention. With the help of our friends at Storyteller Overland, we have collected our favorite overlanding vans — and van accessories — to get you comfortably out on the trail and exploring.

Best Traction Boards for Overlanding

Traction boards may seem cliched. But they’re absolutely essential recovery gear that every overlander should carry. Even if you have a winch onboard your rig, sometimes the only thing that can get you unstuck is a good pair (or two) or traction boards. And these are our favorite.

Gear Essentials: Adventure Motorcycles

If you didn’t know from our Ultimate Overland Motorcycle build, it’s Moto Month here at Overland Expo. Accordingly, in addition to the awesome — and ultimate — gear we’ll be bolting to our Africa Twin, we found a few other must-have items for all you adventure motorcyclists. As usual, they’re listed in alphabetical order.

Gear Collections: Adventure Motorcycle Tires

Choosing a set of tires that suit your riding style is the key to having great days on the road, whether you’re hitting the trail or tearing up the tarmac. Here are some of our suggestions for setting up your motorcycle for whatever adventure you have in store, plus a few extra tips to get you rolling in the right direction.

Gear Collections: Overland Lighting

Having the best lighting solutions for your overlanding adventure can make or break your trip. Build quality, lumen output, and affordability are all concerns when picking out overland lighting solutions. We have compiled some of our favorite lights for your overland vehicle and around your campsite.

Gear Collections: Overland Wheels

One of the first mods many vehicle owners go for is a new, shiny set of wheels for their rig. But aside from aesthetics, there are a lot of things to think about before you click the “buy now” button.

Gear Essentials: Vehicle Running Gear

Running gear — it’s sort of a generic catchall term. But, for us at overland expo, we see it as the essentials you need to outfit your rig to both distinguish it from the crowd and also effectively outfit it for the trail. This includes wheels, tires, suspension, and even an exhaust system.

Gear Collections: Overland Trailers

When you’re dipping your toe into the proverbial overland trailer pond, you’ll notice that many of the trailers are designed and manufactured in Australia. While that means they weren’t built by our fellow American’s hands, it does mean they were designed to not just survive but also thrive in the harsh conditions and terrain in Australia. And that’s a good thing.

Gear Collections: Adventure Motorcycle Boots

Don’t leave home without a proper pair of adventure-worthy riding boots on your feet. Your boots need to be durable, comfortable, and designed to protect your feet and ankles in a variety of conditions. Here are a few of our favorites for keeping your feet happy and safe in even the gnarliest of conditions.

Gear Essentials: Mountain Bikes & E-Bikes

Whether you’re wanting to combine your overland trips with your passion for mountain biking or if you’re simply shopping for a satellite vehicle to strap to your rig for shorter, two-wheeled excursions, these are the best mountain bikes and e-bikes for overlanding.

Gear Collections: Overlanding Tires

Whether you’re looking to get started in overlanding or you’re an expert overlander, it’s important to have the best possible tires. That’s because single best investment you can make in your vehicle, for overland rig or otherwise. So, to take out some of the guesswork, we compiled a list of the best overlanding tires.

Photo by Brett Willhelm

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