The overlanding world’s most progressive firms and leaders gathered this previous weekend in Flagstaff, AZ at Overland Expo West, the second of three such occasions this yr. Attendees take a look at drove Ford Broncos and Harley-Davidsons, realized about bike packing and survival abilities, lusted after 4×4 show automobiles, and gawked on the newest gear for outfitting their rigs.
Over the weekend, we scoured the large showgrounds, which was filled with 400 exhibitors, and regarded for the very best new and noteworthy merchandise. From compact cooking programs to light-weight self-recovery gear to essentially the most outrageous truck camper you’ll ever see, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite finds beneath.
The Coolest New Gear from Overland Expo West
1. Omnia Stovetop Oven
For most individuals, one of many main downsides of extended van or automobile journey is giving up oven-baked meals like pizza, bread, pies, or cinnamon rolls. However the Swedes discovered an answer with the Omnia, which basically seems to be like a bundt pan with a lid. The round aluminum container has a gap within the heart and sits on a chrome steel base that may be positioned over a warmth supply (comparable to a propane range). Due to the bottom, hole heart, and air flow holes, warmth spreads evenly and cooks your meals because it rises. With this gadget, you possibly can whip up scones, pumpkin bread, quiche, scalloped potatoes, or any of the opposite recipes Omnia has curated, all at your campsite. You may add in silicon molds or a thermometer to your compact, moveable cooking equipment, too.
2. Step 22 Gear Storage Baggage
Toiletry and digital baggage are nothing new, however the design of those organizational pouches are among the smartest we’ve seen. Each mannequin is produced from rugged all-weather supplies, has lash factors and durable YKK zippers, and options pockets that may be faraway from or personalized throughout the bigger bag. The Hedgehog Toiletry Roll has seven compartments (two could be eliminated to tackle shorter journeys) and rolls up into the dimensions of a loaf of bread. The Tenkile Tech Pouch has separators that may be oriented in several methods relying on the variety of sections you want. Each product is called after an endangered or beloved animal, and the model offers again to a large number of conservation organizations.
[$20 to $145; step22gear.com]
3. iKamper Disco Collection
Bored with cooking meals in aluminum foil? Do this factor. The tripod design works in a number of alternative ways: You may both use chains to droop the forged iron disc over your campfire, or you possibly can set it up as a freestanding burner plate. The included plate is a whopping 15 inches in diameter—large enough to cook dinner a meal in your complete prolonged household. A birch plywood desk hooks onto the legs, and it has a steel dowel for hanging utensils or different gadgets you want inside attain whereas the steaks are scorching. As a result of each element is modular and adjustable, you possibly can create your individual cooking journey. Preorders begin in October, however you possibly can join now for unique pricing and updates.
4. Deadman Off-Highway Earth Anchor
Getting caught (and hopefully unstuck) is a given whenever you’re off-roading. Launched on Kickstarter in 2017, the Deadman has turn out to be a staple in overlanders’ kits as a result of it weighs lower than 5 kilos, can simply stow underneath a seat, and is straightforward to make use of. Ought to your four-wheeler get caught, wrap the Earth Anchor’s heart parachute-like material round a tree or rock as an anchor level to winch your self out. Even higher: Use the bottom as your anchor. Simply dig a knee-deep gap in sand or filth, bury the open material with the straps out, connect the straps to your winch system, and take a look at once more. You may be skeptical at first, but it surely actually works.
[Starting at $280; deadmanoffroad.com]
5. Snow Peak Takibi Tarp Octa
This isn’t a brand new product, but it surely’s becoming for anybody trying to overland all yr spherical. Even when it’s raining, snowing, or gusting, you possibly can nonetheless benefit from the campfire or cook dinner exterior with out getting completely uncovered. The tarp’s inside lining is produced from fire-resistant aramid, the identical materials utilized in Japanese firefighting fits, so it gained’t catch hearth when it’s hung over an open flame (or your camp range). The outside is reduce and sewn from a waterproof 210-denier polyester, so it sheds moisture. Use the strain ropes to string it up subsequent to your truck or RV for a lined house that may comfortably match eight individuals. Wing poles are bought individually for an additional $90.
6. Dometic Water System
Identified finest for energy-efficient fridges and coolers, Dometic is now turning to scrub water programs with two appropriate merchandise. The HYD-J11 Hydration Water Jug is an 11-liter container that may be refilled from any water supply and cleaned by a filter or air purifier that attaches to the standard-sized opening. The HYP-WF Hydration Water Faucet then turns the jug (or every other water container) into an out of doors kitchen sink. The spigot dispenses one liter per minute and lasts for 150 liters per battery cost. It comes with two magnetic bases with double-sided tape which you can stick wherever. Each merchandise launch in March 2022.
[$75 for the HYD-J11, $99 for the HYP-WF; dometic.com]
7. Loki Basecamp Falcon Collection
Out of all of the truck campers at Overland Expo, we requested essentially the most questions on this one. The rear hatch first caught our eye as a result of it opens up for panoramic views, but it surely additionally has a normal door you should utilize on colder days. It’s fabricated in Quebec Metropolis, Canada for the self-sufficient traveler who needs to discover the unknown for days or perhaps weeks on finish: The lithium battery financial institution is rated for 600 amp-hours and the water tank holds 30 gallons of recent water. Heating, AC, and four-season insulation assist you to management the temperature, whereas blackout curler blinds present privateness. The Falcon Collection is available in three sizes to match most traditional pickup beds.
[Starting at $95,000; lokibasecamp.com]
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