Best new gear we’ve seen at Overland Expo West
The overlanding world’s most innovative companies and leaders gathered this past weekend in Flagstaff, Arizona, at the Overland Expo West, the second of three such events this year. Attendees tested Ford Broncos and Harley-Davidsons, learned about motorcycle packaging and survival skills, coveted 4 × 4 show vehicles, and marveled at the latest equipment to outfit their platforms. -forms.
Over the weekend, we scoured the huge exhibition grounds, which were packed with 400 exhibitors, and searched for the best new and noteworthy products. From compact cooking systems and lightweight self-recovery equipment to the most outrageous motorhome you’ve ever seen, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite finds below.
The coolest new gear from Overland Expo West
1. Oven on the Omnia stove
For most people, one of the biggest drawbacks of extended van or vehicle trips is forgoing baked goods like pizza, bread, pies, or cinnamon rolls. But the Swedes found a solution with the Omnia, which basically looks like a pot with a lid. The circular aluminum container has a hole in the center and sits on a stainless steel base that can be placed over a heat source (such as a propane stove). Due to the base, hollow center, and ventilation holes, the heat spreads evenly and cooks your food as it rises. With this gadget, you can whip up scones, pumpkin bread, quiches, au gratin potatoes or any of the other recipes prepared by Omnia, all at your campsite. You can also add silicone molds or a thermometer to your compact and portable baking kit.
2.Step 22 Equipment storage bags
Toiletry bags and e-bags are nothing new, but the design of these storage pouches is one of the smartest we’ve seen. Each model is made from all-weather resistant materials, has heavy-duty YKK attachment points and zippers, and features pockets that can be removed or customized in the larger bag. The hedgehog toilet roll has seven compartments (two can be removed to make shorter trips) and rolls up into the size of a loaf of bread. The Tenkile Tech Pouch has dividers that can be oriented in different ways depending on the number of sections you need. Each product is named after an endangered or beloved animal, and the brand gives back to a multitude of conservation organizations.
[$20 to $145; step22gear.com]
3. iKamper Disco Series
Tired of cooking meals in aluminum foil? Try this thing. The tripod design works in different ways – you can either use chains to hang the cast iron disc above your campfire, or set it up as a stand-alone burner plate. The included plate measures 15 inches in diameter, large enough to prepare a meal for your entire extended family. A birch plywood table clings to the legs and a metal dowel allows you to hang utensils or other items you need close at hand while the steaks sizzle. Because each component is modular and adjustable, you can create your own culinary adventure. Pre-orders begin in October, but you can sign up now for exclusive pricing and updates.
4. Deadman off-road land anchor
Getting stuck (and hopefully blown off) is a no-brainer when you’re off-roading. Launched on Kickstarter in 2017, the Deadman has become a staple in overlander kits because it weighs less than five pounds, can easily stow under a seat, and is easy to use. If your four-wheeler gets stuck, wrap the central parachute-shaped fabric of the land anchor around a tree or rock as an anchor point for winching. Better yet: use the ground as an anchor point. Just dig a knee-deep hole in the sand or dirt, bury the open fabric with the straps, attach the straps to your winch system and try again. You might be skeptical at first, but it really works.
[Starting at $280; deadmanoffroad.com]
5. Snow Peak Takibi Tarp Octa
It’s not a new product, but it’s suitable for anyone looking to roam the land all year round. Even when it’s raining, snowing, or gusting, you can still enjoy the campfire or cook outside without being totally exposed. The inner liner of the tarp is made from flame retardant aramid, the same material used in Japanese fire fighting suits, so it will not catch fire when hung over a open flame (or your camping stove). The exterior is cut and sewn from a water resistant 210 denier polyester, so it wicks away moisture. Use the tension ropes to tie it up next to your truck or motorhome for a covered space that can comfortably accommodate eight people. Wing masts are sold separately for an additional $ 90.
6. Dometic water supply system
Known primarily for energy efficient refrigerators and coolers, Dometic is now turning to clean water systems with two compatible products. The HYD-J11 Water of Hydration Carafe is an 11 liter container that can be filled from any water source and cleaned by a filter or purifier that attaches to the standard size opening . The HYP-WF Hydration Water Faucet then turns the jug (or other water container) into an outdoor kitchen sink. The tap dispenses one liter per minute and lasts 150 liters per battery charge. It comes with two magnetic bases with double sided tape that you can stick anywhere. Both products will be launched in March 2022.
[$75 for the HYD-J11, $99 for the HYP-WF; dometic.com]
7. Loki Base Camp Falcon Series
Of all the motorhomes at Overland Expo, we asked the most questions about this one. The rear hatch first caught our attention as it opens for panoramic views, but it also has a standard door that you can use on colder days. It’s made in Quebec, Canada, for the autonomous traveler who wants to explore the unknown for days or weeks: the lithium battery is rated for 600 amp hours and the water tank holds 30 gallons of fresh water. . All-season heating, air conditioning and insulation help you control the temperature, while blackout blinds provide privacy. The Falcon series is available in three sizes to match most standard collection beds.
[Starting at $95,000; lokibasecamp.com]
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