We’re the first to admit… we have a gear problem. So we decided to build a website to justify our addiction to all of the gadgets and gizmos that make backcountry travel fun, safe, and dare we say… luxurious.
On (or in) Our Vehicles
We’ve made a mistake or two along the way. But, two decades behind the wheel of a 4×4 traversing terrain at home and abroad has taught us a thing or two about what works and what we like. Granted, we’ll still make a dumb decision here and there, or cheap out on a part when we shouldn’t… but that’s all part of the experience.
Here are just a few of the vehicle-related products and modifications we love…and currently use.
- Goodyear Duratrac
- BFG All Terrain T/A KO2
- Battery Upgrades (Like Slee’s Group 31 Land Cruiser Trays)
- Red Arc BCDC 1225
- Ram Mount Products
- Blue Sea and Ancor Electrical System Components and Wiring
- Espar Diesel Heaters
- SPOD Source
- 12 Volt Fridge Freezers (ARB Currently)
- Roam Built Sprinter Safari Rack
- Baja Rack
- IPF Off Road Lights
- OME Suspension Products
- Maxtrax (Recovery Boards)
- Drawer Systems (DIY or Store Bought)
- Rotopax Fuel Cans
- Awnings (Rhino Rack & ARB)
- Frontrunner Wolfpack Storage Boxes
- Aluminum Storage Boxes
- Rhino Rack Rooftop Box
- Scepter Water Jugs
One of our biggest weakness is gear for the campsite. From camp cookware, to tents, folding chairs, and pretty much anything you can use to spruce up Mother Nature… we’ve probably bought one (or at least strongly considered it).
Recently we’ve really put a lot of thought into building out multiple camping sets so we can hit the trail on short notice. Whether it’s a bikepacking trip, a few days in a sea kayak, exploring the west in a 4×4, or a good ‘ol fashioned backpacking trip… we want to be outside ASAP.
The best part is that a lot of the gear carries over from one activity to the next. Here are some of our favorite things that you’ll find in our rigs, bikes, backpacks, etc.
- Partner Steel Camp Stove
- Tembo Tusk Skottle
- MSR Dragonfly Stove
- Snow Peak GigaPower Backpacking Stove
- Solo Stove Campfire
- Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace
- SiliPint Silicone Beer Glasses
- Stanley Flasks, Cookware Sets, and of course a Thermos
- Fallkniven F1 Fixed Blade Knife
- MSR Camp Cook Sets
- ENO Doublenest Hammocks
Electronics & Apps
This is where we get pretty fickle… electronics get us so excited. But, then something new comes out and the last best thing is completely obsolete. Or, something new seems promising and you want to love it… but you’re left waiting for the dev team to finish working out the bugs.
Taking that into consideration… the following list of electronics and apps is more of a “what we’re currently playing with” along with a few of our favorites. And, less of a “we love it… you should too” kind of list.
- Garmin inReach
- “Old” Garmin Map60CSX
- iPhones and iPads
- Gaia Navigation and Mapping App
- Google Earth
- Google Maps
- iOverlander App
- “Cheap” Motorola GMRS Handheld Radios
- Various LED Camp Lights
- Flexopower Atacama 79 Solar Kit
Clothing, Softgoods, Bags & Luggage
If you didn’t know better, you would probably think that we’re sponsored by Patagonia. We absolutely love their black hole line of backpacks and duffels. In fact… it’s pretty much all we use to travel. And… we frequently purchase their hats, coats, hoodies, etc. Maybe we should be sponsored… Patagonia? If you’re reading this… give us a call. 😉
Okay, so while we do love Patagonia we are also using other great products. Here are a few of the ones we stand behind.
- Ex Officio “Undies”
- Kuhl Shirts and Coats
- Sealine and Sea to Summit Dry Bags
- Pendleton Blankets, Hats, and Clothing
- Timbuk2 Messenger Bags and Bike Luggage
- Osprey Backpacking Packs
- Deuter Backpacking Packs
- Revelate Bike Bags
- Mechanix Gloves