Gear Showcase: April, 2022

Photo By: ACLIM8

This Gear Showcase includes items some of the best and newest gear available on the market. Amongst this showcase you’ll find items to keep you on course, comfortable, and organized. What more can you ask for? How about a speaker that has enough battery life for a weekend of adventure soundtracks?

Dakar Hybrid Bumper – CBI-Offroad

CBI Offroad Fab has been manufacturing high-quality offroading and overlanding equipment for more than ten years, focusing on superior quality and performance. Each part is designed, engineered, and built by an expert team in a state-of-the-art facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA.

The Toyota Tacoma Dakar Hybrid Bumper is an exceptional example of the reliable innovation available from CBI Offroad Fab. From conception to production, every detail has been considered to make this bumper extremely functional and high-performing in the toughest environments. Each design is tested extensively and used daily by a team of dedicated engineers and industry experts.

Specifically fitted for the third generation Toyota Tacoma (2016-2022), the Dakar Hybrid Bumper combines the strength of plate steel with the lightweight durability of DOM tubing. This creates a rugged appearance that looks tough and performs even better. By adding DOM tubing, the design retains strength and enhances protection for your lights and grill while reducing overall weight by 33% compared to full steel plate bumpers. This means better fuel efficiency and more distance with even greater confidence. With gas prices today, that makes a big difference on any adventure.

The design dramatically improves your rig’s approach angle, meaning much less skidding and scuffing with greater flexibility in taking on tough climbs. It also includes a recessed and hidden winch mounting point that is secure, along with very capable d-rings for recovery and rescue. Additionally, each bumper is equipped with mounting points for up to six light pods, along with an integrated mount for up to a 30-inch lightbar. You’ll be seeing everything in your path and driving with more capabilities, which adds to the comfort of any off-road trip.

This model gets its name from the Dakar Rally, one of the toughest rally races in the world, so you know it’s designed to take a beating instead of your truck. And you can choose from optional black powder coating to add protection or stick with bare metal to match your taste. While there is some cutting required on the factory body to install the bumper, installation is actually quick and simple with the right tools. Once installed, the bumper will not interfere with your vehicle’s factory cruise control sensor. The added strength, performance, and versatility in all terrains are well worth the time and investment in adding this awesome setup to your Tacoma.

So, what are you waiting for? Order yours today from CBI Offroad Fab. You’ll be just in time to beat the crowds as everyone tries to hit the trails this spring and summer.

MSRP: $1,377.00 – $1,547.00

Seat Jackers – Desert Does It

How comfortable are you in your rig?

Desert Does It knows what it feels like to drive uncomfortable – a road trip in a 2018 Toyota Tacoma inspired the solution for low seats that lacked thigh support. The stock seating position in most vehicles causes the weight of your legs to rest on your heels and, in many cases, causes back strain. When research into a NASA-inspired zero-gravity solution came up empty, it was obvious that they needed to come up with something themselves.

By simply adjusting the front end of the seat to provide an ideal rake of 18-22 degrees, the weight that would have rested on the heels and upper back is shifted to provide better lumbar support. This alleviates possible back stress and pressure without significantly impacting headroom. Even with power seats, Seat Jackers® provide additional adjustability to provide a more ergonomic position, and the difference is night and day – there are thousands of reviews that say the same. You have to feel the difference.

After feeling the difference in the driver’s seat, customers immediately asked for passenger and rear Seat Jackers. Our vertically-challenged customers install both front and rear Seat Jackers for a more commanding view. And, for those taller folks who struggle to feel like they fit in their vehicle rather than on it, Desert Does It designed Seat Slammers to securely lower the back end of the seat and provide a bit more headroom.

The primary reason for front and rear Seat Jackers was to provide a comfortable seating position that just wasn’t available in a stock Toyota, but with rising demand in all overland vehicles – Seat Jackers are custom designed for each vehicle. Now available for Ford, Ram, Jeep, Subaru, Nissan, and Toyota.

Seat Jackers are compatible with the Desert Does It Multi-Mount Molle Panels, so you can use that extra room to get a little more organized and maximize that under-seat storage space.

If you find yourself squirming and stretching, struggling to find that comfortable seating position during your road trip or commute, you have to try Seat Jackers.

Desert Does It products are designed, machined, and powder coated in Southern Utah with U.S. sourced 6061 aluminum and include factory grade or better hardware. All products are original designs, patented, trademarked, and made in the USA.

MSRP: from $79.99

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Tread XL Overland Edition – Garmin

Roam the unknown with Tread® XL – Overland Edition from Garmin. It’s the extra big, extra rugged all-terrain navigator with a 10-inch ultra-bright display made for every overlanding expedition. Enjoy turn-by-turn trail navigation for traversing unpaved roads and trails, plus custom street routing for the size and weight of your vehicle. The navigator includes preloaded topography, subscription-free BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, iOverlander™ points of interest, and Ultimate Public Campgrounds, so you won’t need a signal to route to the best-established, wild and dispersed campsites. With an active satellite subscription, built-in inReach® technology offers global satellite communication, two-way text messaging, location sharing, and interactive SOS3. Pair your device to the Tread® app on your compatible smartphone to track up to 20 friends using the Group Ride Mobile4 feature and plan routes with the same maps and route preferences that you have on the Tread device.

MSRP: $1499.99

SOUNDBOKS (GEN. 3)- SOUNDBOKS

Incredibly loud with rugged portability, this is the world’s first and only Bluetooth Performance Speaker. The SOUNDBOKS has just about everything you need from an overlanding speaker.

Built with durability, transportability, and connectivity in mind, there’s nothing quite like the third generation SOUNDBOKS . From a splashproof and dentproof design to concert-level volume with zero distortion, this speaker is ready for anything the backcountry can throw at it. All without any cables or power needed. What’s equally impressive is its 40-hour swappable battery, which you can fully charge within 3.5 hours.

When you connect the speaker to the SOUNDBOKS App, you gain access to many features, including performance upgrades, volume and sound control, and an overall better connectivity experience to amplify every adventure.

If you’re looking for a tough blue tooth speaker that can pump out plenty of volume, the SOUNDBOKS is a great option. It also comes with a two-year warranty, so if by chance the trials of backcountry prove to be too much you’re covered.

MSRP: $999.00

Base Camp Line – TruckVault

TruckVault designed the Base Camp Line with the goal of fitting an overlanding solution to a truck, so everything packs away securely and compact without adding bulk to the exterior of the vehicle. Built to fit within the footprint of a truck bed, the Base Camp Line features a pull-out camp kitchen, dual-duty cutting board and work surface, a sleeping platform, cubby storage, electrical outlets, and lockable drawer storage. Each Base Camp model is built-to-order with the customizations requested by TruckVault’s customers and to the specifications of the intended truck bed. Carpeted surfaces, including the interior of the drawers, allow for a quiet ride down the freeway or dirt roads, while included drawer dividers and additional foam insert options ensure gear stays organized and secure in transit. The electrical components connect to either the vehicle or an external power bank, so individuals can add light to their campsites.

Enjoyed by renowned outdoor chef Gerard Masih, the camp kitchen pull-out feature serves as a functional asset to any overlander. “The best thing about it is it’s a solid system,” said Gerard. “Everything’s convenient and in a nice place.”

Interested parties can submit a “Consult a Design Pro” form on TruckVault’s website for a quote. 

MSRP: Contact TruckVault for quotes and options.

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