Gear Showcase: July, 2023

Photo By: Chris Shontz

Comfort and cleanliness on the trail don’t have to be a chore. This month we’ve rounded up some of the best items to help you and your rig stay hygienic in the easiest ways possible. From gear to keep you clean, ways to refresh your rig, and a couple of items that help you take care of necessary business, this list has it all.

CompoCloset ⁠— Cuddy Composting Toilet

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Photo by CompoCloset

Photo by CompoCloset

Photo by CompoCloset

Cleanliness is fundamental to human well-being, but let’s get real here: camping, overlanding, and living an adventurous life tend to get messy, especially when nature calls. Thankfully, Cuddy the Composting Toilet answers. Cleverly designed to fit in small spaces like vans, truck beds, and tiny homes, Cuddy is redefining the dreaded bathroom situation while living off-grid and on the road. 

What sets Cuddy apart from all the other portable toilets out there is its small size, odorless design, and 100% water-free function. Measuring 16.3 x 15.1 x 16.8 inches and weighing only 21 lbs, Cuddy the Composting Toilet fits in the smallest of spaces and can easily be transported to any location, should you wish to have a poo with a view. Cuddy cleverly separates #1s from #2s so that no sewage smells occur and, as the name implies, uses the natural composting processes to start converting human waste into compost. Perhaps the best part is the elimination of water-intensive flushing and black tanks, as is common with most camping toilets, saving your limited water supply and lighting your load on every outdoor excursion. 

Cuddy is the king of thrones, ready to give your bathroom experience the royal treatment. Although it does not wipe for you, the most luxurious thing about Cuddy is that it does not stink. This is achieved in five ways: an independent liquids bottle, a solids bin with a patented agitator handle, an internal fan, a self-closing valve, and a reusable carbon filter. The liquids bottle holds 1.7 gallons / 6.5 liters and features a smart LED light indicator to let you know when it’s time to empty. The separate and easy-to-remove solids bin holds 3.9 gallons / 14.7 liters, which equates to about 20 – 25 uses. Cuddy’s patented agitator handle kickstarts the composting process as solids are mixed with carbon-rich material like coco coir. The internal fan and self-closing valve avert any smells that may arise, only to be whisked away into the carbon filter, which can be refilled easily and economically with aquarium carbon found in most pet stores nationwide. 

Designed by CompoCloset in 2021, Cuddy raised more than $300,000 in crowdfunding from outdoor enthusiasts searching for a smart, clean, and simple answer to when nature calls. Cuddy the Composting Toilet is more than just a toilet; it’s a comfortable, practicable, and portable solution that empowers adventurous individuals to make a positive impact on the environment—and their well-being in the bathroom, too. 

MSRP: $720

EGR USA — Premium Fender Flares

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Photo by EGR

Photo by EGR

Photo by EGR

EGR USA manufactures a wide range of premium fender flares for all major applications to provide a custom look for most make and models of trucks. Their premium line is available in four major styles – OEM+, Rugged, and two different Traditional Bolt-on styles. One with stainless accent bolts and a Blackout Series that comes with black powder-coated accent bolts. These UV-protected, lightly textured matte finish fender flares are easy to clean, fade resistant and come with a limited lifetime warranty. The EGR premium flares can be painted to most paint codes giving you OEM styling but with a premium, useful product for trucks that have oversized wheels and tires. Fender Flares keep dirt and mud off of your vehicle and protect it from mud and dirt being thrown from the tires -unless the tires are wider than the flares. 

And unlike many flare manufacturers, EGR is one of the only fender flare brands that robotically trims their flares for a perfect install edge and precise fitment and are made in the USA.  

For the more cost-conscious, EGR Baseline Fender Flares start at $299. Manufactured on the same molds as the company’s Premium flares, the Baseline flares are made from a lower-cost ABS and sold with a one-year warranty. Also robotically trimmed, they feature a medium texture and can add the style truck owners are looking for without breaking the bank.  

The EGR Group is a worldwide manufacturer of exterior accessories for trucks and SUVs and an Original Equipment Manufacturer for over fifty top brands, including Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet/GMC, Ram, Nissan, and more. They build quality products that many people have seen and experienced but never knew what company built them. EGR also sells its high-quality products directly to consumers and through retailers and truck accessory stores throughout the USA and Canada. 

EGR USA is proud to manufacture products according to the highest possible standards in America, and they take a customer-first approach to customer service. Whether it is the award-winning EGR RollTrac™ electric retractable bed cover, fender flares, sports bars, or hood guards, EGR is a manufacturer that can be trusted for quality precision-engineered products and excellent customer service. 

MSRP: $299

Geyser — Shower System

Photo by Geyser Systems

Photo by Geyser Systems

Photo by Geyser Systems

Geyser Shower for cleaning dishes in camp.

When you’re out in the backcountry, the first thing to run out (after beer, of course) is water. Whether you’re drinking it, using it to get clean, or doing your dishes, making sure you have enough is a huge deal when you’re overlanding. It’s heavy, bulky, and most importantly, when you do run out, that means going back to the grid. 

Let’s take you back to seven years ago when Geyser’s founder & CEO committed his life to making the most of every drop of water. It’s 2016. Jonathan is feeling burned out with his corporate job engineering medical devices and decides to break away and travel the Australian Outback in his ’89 Troopy. It’s a soul-searching journey for sure, but it’s also a ton of fun. Nothing beats the sense of freedom that comes along with being outdoors for weeks at a time and sharing a good cup of coffee with the sun rising on the horizon. 

But suddenly, Jonathan runs into a problem. His friend sets him up for a blind date, and he smells like a burning dumpster. He hadn’t even realized it, but Jonathan had set all of his water aside for drinking. At this point in his trip, he has been on the road for weeks. He thinks to himself, 

“Do I use what’s left of my water just to shower?”  

This time, he opts to visit a friend and shower at their place. That shower changes his life. This is about so much more than getting clean for a date. He realizes just how much we take for granted the fact that most of us have clean, fresh water on demand in our homes. He thinks about the people all over the world who don’t have access to this luxury and who struggle to access clean water for themselves and their families. There are 2.3 billion people for whom this is a reality. 

Water restores our dignity. It restores our spirit. Everyone deserves to have that relationship with it. Jonathan decides then and there to commit his life to finding ways to save every sacred drop. 

An overlanding buddy in Australia (shout-out to Rhan) hears Jonathan out and offers to let him tinker and prototype in his shop for a few months. Jonathan puts his design & medical engineering experience to work, and after six months of sleepless nights, the prototype for the Geyser System was born. To him, it’s not just a hot portable shower but a means to make the most of every drop of water – the first step towards building and designing an all-in-one water infrastructure to combat water scarcity all over the world. 

Fast-forward a couple of years, a Kickstarter campaign, and building a company in Montrose, Colorado, and suddenly we’re in the present day. “I’m extremely fortunate to be surrounded by a like-minded crew of people, and we’re on a mission to transform the planet’s relationship to water one drop at a time,” Jonathan says. “Our vision is to empower 2.3 billion people to have a powerful relationship with water. We’re in the business of generating sustainable change through meaningful, high-quality products (built right here in the U.S.) that solve real problems for people.” 

They’ve saved over 4,200,000 gallons of water so far. Thanks to the overlanding community, they’re on track to break 7,000,000 this year! 

MSRP: $279.99

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Ironman 4×4 — Powered Water Tank with Pump

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Photo by Ironman 4×4

Photo by Ironman 4×4

Photo by Ironman 4×4

Access to clean, pressurized water while overlanding can be a challenge, whether you’re camping in the backcountry or enjoying a day at the beach. This overland water tank is designed specifically for overlanders and outdoor enthusiasts for a simple, convenient on-the-go water solution. 

This water tank comes equipped with a built-in 12V pump, providing pressurized water whenever needed. With a max water flow of 1 gallon (4L) per minute, the 12V pump easily connects to your vehicle’s 12V DC cigarette lighter outlet. The tank’s pressured water supply provides the convenience and ease of a personal hose or taps, making it a must-have addition to any overland water system. 

The Powered Water Tank is constructed from food-grade roto-molded UV-stabilized plastic, and this water tank is durable enough to withstand the abuse of off-road backcountry travel. This water tank is designed to mount to roof racks or platform racks, making it the perfect fit for any overland vehicle. The kit also includes a flexible coil hose with quick-connect fittings and a handheld multi-spray trigger head, providing a complete water solution that’s ready to go when you are. Whether you need to wash off after a long day of off-roading or simply want to freshen up while out in nature, the Ironman 4×4 8 Gallon (30L) Water Tank is the perfect overland shower system. 

MSRP: $499

O3 Outdoors — Dry Wash & Area Cleaning System

Photo by O3 Outdoors

Photo by O3 Outdoors

Photo by O3 Outdoors

Roughing it does not mean you have to “rough” it when it comes to the powerful odors of last night’s campfire or the morning breakfast inside your rooftop tent. The wall-mountable, 9″x7″ Overlander 750 by O3 Outdoors uses proprietary technology that eliminates simple odors like campfire smoke in under 10 min and strong, powerful odors such as gas and diesel fumes in under 30 minutes! Designed by NASA scientists and used on the international space station, don’t let the size of the Overlander 750 fool you. This unit packs a punch with hard-hitting odor and bacteria elimination. With a 12 + hour battery and a USB port for charging essential electronics, the Overlander 750 is ideal for the month-long adventure down the Baja or the weekend with the family in the camper. Wake up every morning having your gear stank-free and bacteria-clear! A set-it-and-forget-it with 30-minute, 60-minute, two-hour, or four-hour cycles to choose from so you can treat all levels of stank! 

Place the unit in any RV or trailer up to 750 sq. ft. to remove all smoke, cooking, bathroom, pet, or normal work/activity odors with a 30-minute cycle. Utilize it for everyday washing for normal clothes or bedding too hard to clean by placing the used gear or clothes in a bag or tote with the unit for a 30-minute cycle. Extend your trip or reduce your bag size with a simple, easy dry wash cycle. Quickly and easily clean all areas and gear with the touch of a button. Use the Overlander to eliminate smoke, food, pet, sweat, and other smells on used gear from clothing, helmets, sporting, climbing gear, and much more. Available in Black or Desert Sand. 

MSRP: $299

SaveAqua — CutTap

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Photo by SaveAqua

Photo by SaveAqua

SaveAqua is a family-owned business that manufactures portable self-closing water CutTaps, designed to be a versatile tool for creating hygiene stations in places without water infrastructure. Their patented water CutTap design allows you to create a gravity-fed water system in your overland vehicle and reduce the need for electrical power. 

Their CutTap contains a cutting tool, letting you install the CutTap on any plastic container without using additional devices or tools. Two adaptors are available. One to install the CutTap on Reliance canister, and a second one attaches to any half-inch hose or flexible tube. In addition, three modes of operation allow you to keep the CutTap in its neutral position for easy use, lock the CutTap in place by pulling it down, to prevent leaks during transportation, or push it in to have a constant flow of water.  

In today’s modern world, many take hygiene for granted, even in places that lack water infrastructure, such as campsites and the wilderness. But dirty hands can harm and ruin a multi-day journey to remote locations. Sanitizing wipes or gels can help with hygiene on the go. However, they cannot wash away dirt and pathogens effectively. The SaveAqua CutTap can be easily installed on plastic containers to create a hygiene station on your overland vehicle and will save you up to 50% of your water for sanitation without using any electrical pumps. 

15% discount with OVERLAND15 coupon 

MSRP: Starting at $10

Tecnu — Ivy Complete Kit

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Photo by Tecnu

Photo by Tecnu

Photo by Tecnu

The NEW Tecnu® Ivy Complete Kit™ is your ideal travel and overlanding companion to fight poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and even bug bites when outdoors. From the makers of best-selling Tecnu Extreme and Tecnu Detox Wipes, the Ivy Complete Kit offers an easy three-step solution to tackle the outdoors without dealing with a pesky rash that slows you down.  

The Ivy Complete Kit contains three key products for stopping a poison ivy or oak rash in its tracks. First is Cleanse, a poison ivy scrub that effectively removes the itch-causing oils in poisonous plants. Bonus: Cleanse can be used before or after a rash appears. Next is Treat, a pain-relieving gel that soothes itch and goes on clear. Treat is also effective on bug bites and sunburns! The final product in the Ivy Complete Kit is Detox Wipes, your trusty trail companion. These packable, waterless wipes remove poisonous plant oil from skin, boots, and pets. Grab a Detox Wipe next time you know you’ve contacted a poisonous plant before a rash starts. 

Oregon-based Tecnu leads the way in outdoor itch relief. The brand has protected outdoor adventures for decades and is trusted in the field. With Tecnu, you can live life and get outdoors.  

MSRP: $24.99 

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Trelino — Evo S

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Photo by Trelino

Photo by Trelino

Venturing into the wild doesn’t mean giving up comfort. Introducing the Trelino® Evo S, an innovative portable composting toilet for the audacious overlander. Weighing in at just 8.6 lbs, it’s extremely light, making it an effortless addition to any expedition gear1. 

Constructed and designed in Germany, this compact toilet fits seamlessly into any vehicle. Its dimensions of 13.0 inches in width, 15.4 inches in depth, and 11.7 inches in height mean it can be easily stowed away, ready to provide that “just like at home” feeling when nature calls. 

The Trelino® Evo S shines with its functionality. The urine and solids are separated into two different containers with capacities of 1.2 and 1.6 US gallons, respectively. In addition, the individually removable containers offer easy cleaning and separate emptying, preserving the hygiene of your vehicle. The Trelino® Evo S utilizes a separation and drying function that prevents unpleasant odors, meaning you can leave the chemical deodorizers at home. Due to the short emptying cycles, there’s no need for a fan, further simplifying your overlanding setup1. 

Crafted from durable ABS plastic and polypropylene, the toilet is resistant to chemicals and features a leak-proof exterior, ensuring no unpleasant mishaps on the road. The automatic soft close feature on the lid adds a touch of luxury to the wilderness, and you can personalize the Trelino® Evo S by choosing between white and dark grey color options. Its sustainable design, free from water and chemicals, makes it not only a friend to the environment but also provides the freedom to travel independently of disposal stations. 

In conclusion, the Trelino® Evo S is a robust, eco-friendly, and super simple solution that integrates seamlessly into the overlanding lifestyle. This portable composting toilet provides not only a lightweight and space-saving alternative but also a comfortable and hygienic solution for answering nature’s call in the great outdoors. Say goodbye to compromises and hello to convenience and comfort on your next overland adventure with the Trelino® Evo S. 

MSRP: $350 

Wrappon USA, by OK4WD — PF-1 Collapsible Toilet

Photo by Chris Shontz

Photo by OK4WD

Photo by OK4WD

Photo by Chris Shontz

Photo by Chris Shontz

The Wrappon portable toilet first came to the scene back in 2000 as a groundbreaking alternative for healthcare applications. After undergoing several iterations, the first production auto-wrapping self-sealing toilet was launched in 2005 

With its self-sealing waste bag technology, Wrappon toilets guarantee a hygienic and sanitary way to dispose of human waste into any trash bag. 

Wrappon has two options of portable toilets available, the automatic WT-4 Trekker and the collapsable, space-saving PF-1 equipped with a manual thermo-compression bonding system. Both models use an anti-odor material film that, when paired with the coagulant, provides an excellent barrier against leaking odors and spreading bacteria. 

Designed to make life simple, Wrappon toilets work by individually sealing waste each use, without the need for water. A major key in making the toilets portable and hassle-free. Eliminating the need for water opens up the distance people are willing to explore, knowing you only need to concentrate on storing water to stay hydrated and zero need for waste or dump stations along the way. Waste can be safely stored for multiple days without odor leakage or bags deteriorating until you reach a traditional trash receptacle along your journey. 

Concerned about having enough power to run the toilet when the time comes? Wrappon Toilets can be powered even in areas without access to electricity. Wrappon offers a portable battery pack that stores enough energy for up to 60 flushes, and recharge the battery pack using a standard USB cable. Both toilets come with a regular AC Adapter power supply, a 12-volt power supply, and rechargeable power packs are available. 

The team at OK4WD is dedicated to minimizing our impact on our environment, especially where we call home for the night. Digging a hole for your waste is a viable option when you follow the regulations when burying waste. But, with a rise in vehicle travel and camping, it is even more critical now to carry everything out. Wrappon toilets make it possible to do just that. 

MSRP: $595

Photo by Brett Willhelm

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