Overland News of the Week

Jackery solar generator 1500 Pro

The sound of a gas-guzzling generator at a remote campground is enough to drive a saint insane. We camp in the wilderness to experience the peace and tranquility of nature and not the noise of an engine. Introducing the Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro. It has a sweet purr, is zero-emission, shockproof and fireproof, and weighs just 37.4 pounds. With their 200 watt ultra solar charging panels, you can expect a full charge in two hours (6 x 200 watt panels required). A 15 percent discount on your purchase ends January 31, 2023.

From $2,099 | jackery.com

Edison glow stick

We love concepts and designs that incorporate both modern and vintage, and Barebones has delivered on that with the Edison Light Stick. The steampunk glow stick can be used as an outdoor lantern or flashlight, and the lantern has a softer and warmer glow. The glass tube with brass and copper construction and leather trims add elegance to this glowstick, and with seven lighting modes, it can be used for preparing food, lighting your way to the toilet, or even charging your phone via a USB-C port.

$75 | barebones.com

Zippo Typhoon Match Kit

When camping, it’s a tradition to make a campfire when fire codes permit, almost mandatory for most. We always carry a lighter with us or in our vehicle, but sometimes our lighter gets “lost” (as do our teaspoons). We then have to resort to the old matchbox, which rarely works. Take part in Zippo’s Typhoon Match. The kit contains 15 windproof and waterproof 4-inch matches that burn up to 30 seconds and are packaged in a waterproof, buoyant, ergonomic case with a shock pad cap. These can also be a great addition to your medical aid or emergency kit.

$15 | zippo.com

Nemo Equipment releases new gear for 2023

Nemo Equipment is a well known and respected designer and manufacturer of outdoor equipment. Their new range of gear to be released for 2023 includes:

Flyer Bluesign Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad – Although the design of this self-inflating sleeping pad hasn’t changed, the materials used are now 100 percent recycled. They have received Bluesign certification, with minimal environmental impact and the highest level of consumer safety.

Starting at $140

Moonlite Reclining Camp Chair – this lightweight and adjustable camp chair is available in a new variety of colors.


The Tempo sleeping bag has been updated with synthetic Stratofiber padding, a new recycled fabric and an updated look.


The Stargaze Reclining Camp Chair’s design has been modified to offer a wider frame, more comfortable seating for people of all shapes and sizes, and faster setup.


The Hornet Osmo, Dragonfly BikePack and Osmo Tent are now made from the waterproof Osmo fabric along with additional features which can be found on their product page.



Giant Loop Cactus Canteen drinking water reservoir

The new Cactus Canteen drinking water reservoirs are designed and built to safely carry the hydration needed for outdoor adventures. After using the Giant Loop Armadillo fuel pouch For the last year on the road, we’re confident that these water reservoirs will be the perfect hydration solution when attached to motorcycles or other overland vehicles. The canteen is currently available in 1 and 2 gallon capacities, but we think a 5 gallon option would be nearly perfect for overland vehicles and would do a decent job of replacing rigid canisters. Features include double-layer construction and a durable, BPA-free, food-grade bladder in a highly abrasion-resistant outer shell, valved quick-connect hose, adjustable strap, wide-neck cap, and high-visibility reflective daisy chains.

1-gallon size/$55.2-gallon size/$69 | Giantloopmoto.com

Exped MegaMat Automatic Sleeping Mat

The Megamat Auto is a two person sleeping mat that fits snugly in the trunk of many SUVs, trucks and station wagons. Four inches of open-cell polyurethane foam provides support and warmth, and the brushed stretch tricot nylon is a comfortable surface. The mat self-inflates when the valve is opened and the firmness is adjusted with the separate one-way inflation/deflation valves; The included Exped mini pump completes the inflation. The Megamat Auto packs down to 27.6 x 11.8 inches for storage when not in use. It’s worth noting that inflatable technology has come a long way and that Exped products are guaranteed for 5 years against defects in materials and workmanship.

$400 | exped.com

Pelican Products Micro Cases

The most valuable items in your vehicle (and in life in general) tend to be smaller items like phones, camera gear, jewelry, cash, credit cards, etc. Pelican’s new waterproof, shatterproof, and dustproof micro cases are available in three sizes and four color options , M40, M50 and M60. These cases feature new improvements including dual latches and a padlock hole for added security, an O-ring seal for watertight protection, a removable non-slip bottom liner and an automatic pressure equalization valve to equalize internal pressure. These clear cases are made in the USA and backed by a lifetime quality guarantee.

$27 | pelikan.com

The Tekto F2 Bravo EDC knife

All knives have a common purpose, but not all knives are the same; Even the sharpest, most reliable everyday knife (EDC) will soon be shelved if it isn’t convenient, easy, and safe to carry and use. The lightweight F2 Bravo features machined pocket clips, custom titanium accents, state-of-the-art ceramic ball bearings and recessed liners that add rigidity to the grip for grip and comfort. With a handle length of 3.30 inches and an open length of 7.80 inches, the folding knife is large enough to be handy for most everyday tasks, yet compact enough to sit comfortably in your pocket or on your belt.

$140+ | tektogear.com

Thor Industries announces partnership with Starlink

The Starlink revolution continues unabated. Thor Industries recently announced that it has reached an agreement with SpaceX’s Starlink to bring low-profile, high-performance Starlinks across the Thor family of companies in 2023. Low-profile, high-performance Starlink units will initially be made available specifically as optional equipment for motorhomes manufactured by four Thor companies, including Airstream, Entegra Coach, Jayco and Tiffin. All factory-installed, high-performance Starlinks are eligible for a one-month service credit after the first month of activation. Thor is the first RV Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs) to work with Starlink to integrate low-profile, high-performance Starlink units.


Five-door Suzuki Jimny announced

The Suzuki Jimny has proven to be one of the most popular and best performing 4WD vehicles ever produced. The introduction of a five-door variant, the fourth-generation Jimny, is excellent news for intercity travelers. The long-wheelbase Jimny includes rear doors that have been specially modified for a five-door design with seats and interior trim that have been modified for the rear space. Suzuki has promised that the Jimny will offer the driving performance customers have come to expect, and there are rumors of a turbocharged engine and even a pickup truck version. Initially, the all-new Jimny 5-door will be launched for domestic sales in India, with exports to Europe, Oceania, Latin America and Africa expected. The Jimny probably won’t be available in the US, but the 3-door Jimny is available in Mexico for around $24,000.


Midland Radio launches MXR10 and MXR10VP repeater packs

Midland’s repeater bundles are designed to work out of the box with any compatible GMRS radio or handheld, with no manual programming required. The repeaters are a great mobile solution for travelers as the 10 watt mobile repeater allows for use in areas without an existing GMRS network. The higher the antenna, the better the coverage (also a plus for large farms and lots). The MXR10 is reportedly the only GMRS repeater on the market that is pre-programmed to standard GMRS frequencies.

From $460 | midlandusa.com

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