Images by Brian McVickers
Nearly the entire outdoor industry converges upon Salt Lake City twice a year for Outdoor Retailer, if you're a gear junkie this is without a doubt the place to be. Our team was just at Summer Market and came back with a bunch of cool new gear for overlanders—we'll be doing a three part series on this, with the first being all about gear. Check it out.
Great news everyone, we have a limited number of Warn Snatch Blocks to give away.
Why do you need a snatch block? It can double the pulling power of your winch, or change the direction of pull without damaging your rope.
It also reduces heat build up and amp draw, so your winch—and battery, last longer.
If you're the kind of person who wants to live in a van down by the river...in Botswana, then this might just be your vehicle. The Westfalia is almost overland ready straight from the factory, it has a kitchen and a fold out out bed so you're comfortable nearly anywhere. This "Westy" as they're called has a distinct advantage over the other models on the market right now—it has a TDI engine out of a VW Jetta, so it has more power, and most importantly the engine produces significantly better fuel economy numbers. The Vanagon is incredibly easy to repair, and parts are available nearly everywhere in the world.
Gear Pockets are just that—a grid of organizational pockets for holding your gear. The system is designed with the wall of a garage or tent in mind, but it can be used just as easily on the side of a vehicle, the branch of a tree, or anywhere else with convenient space to hang it.
Landscapes: Volume Two explores the directors home state of Arizona and neighboring Utah, it's incredibly beautiful and if you've never been there, maybe this can hold you over until your next trip.
Here's some motivation to take that old broken down car and turn it into something unique. In this case, unique happens to be turning a Citroen 2CV into a motorcycle...in the middle of the Sahara. Yeah, you're reading that right, Emile Leray turned a car into a motorcycle, with limited tools to say the least. He might not be the next Jesse James, but this bike was designed to keep him alive in a life or death situation. It's a great read, and available on Huckberry's Blog.
The Pinzgauer, to say the least, is an interesting vehicle, it was designed by Steyr-Daimler-Puch in the late 60's to be a light multi-purpose military vehicle that was incredibly easy to repair in the field. Unique to the Pinzgauer is it's air-cooled, flat-four engine with two carburetors and multiple oil pumps to ensure that the engine always has oil no matter what angle it's at. Also attributing to it's off-highway prowess was the fitting as standard of cross-axle locking differentials. They're somewhat rare, although more and more are being imported to the United States as they become eligible. This 1975 model appears to be in good condition with low miles and a 12 volt converter so you can run your accessories.
As soon as I knew what it was to want, I desired nothing more than to be the commander of an intergalactic space shuttle. Later on I decided that I would make a better commercial fishing boat captain. For a short time in 5th grade, my best friend Nick and I decided that we wanted to be nefarious gang members. We even went so far as to form our own gang called The Bloody Devils; we designed a logo that we intended to get tatted on our arms (a dagger with dripping blood), and declared the Southwestern corner of the Heritage Middle School playground as "our turf". My mom, ever the supporter, bought me a red bandana so there would be no confusion as to the level of my bad-assedness.