Most hitch-mounted bike racks are built with such a focus on utility they’re often ugly and gangly things, especially when unadorned with nice looking bikes like a Salsa Fargo Ti. There’s nothing wrong with adding a little form to function, and that design ethos is evident in everything Küat produces. Their highly acclaimed NV rack is a harmonious blend of useful features combined with sharp design aesthetics. It’s easily the best hitch rack we have ever tested.
The forklift driver carefully maneuvered the arm in front of Nacho’s sliding door. The engine hung idly from a chain as the driver used the controls to square up the arm with the opening in the side of the van. Just then the skies opened up and Bangkok was engulfed in a thunderous downpour. Water immediately gushed from the middle of our rain gutter, drenching our maple floor. Things got tense quickly. With one hand I tried to divert the flow of water away from our floor, while the other held the rubber tire in place on our living room floor so that our new engine could be set down without gouging anything.
Today’s motorcycles are marvels of technology and design. It boggles the mind to think how much time and engineering went into bikes like the new BMW R1200GS-A, or the KTM 1190R. While it is obvious some of that time was allocated to creating the ideal seat, many OEM seats are hard as a buckboard and less forgiving than the Yakuza. This opens the doors for custom seats, or improved fabrications like those made by Sargent Cycle.
As the first solid axle model vehicle ARB Engineers tackled for skid plates, the Jeep Wrangler JK presented many new issues that needed to be overcome. Among those, the skid plates panel had to mount in such a way that it allowed full movement of the front axle and all of its locating components during suspension cycling. Next it had to allow for the many different suspension systems and aftermarket control arms available on the market for this popular vehicle.
Here’s your daily digit: Everyday, more than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the globe. That’s a lot of java, and I certainly contribute to that number everyday. Even when I’m in the deepest corners of the backcountry, a warm cup of Joe is really the only way to start the day. On my trips supported by a vehicle it’s not a big deal to break out the French press, but for uber-light trips I don’t always have room for such luxuries. This has lead me on a quest for the best instant coffee available. Just hearing the words instant coffee is enough to make my neck hairs bristle as most instant coffees are in a word––awful. At any rate, there are some instants to keep on your radar.
A few years ago, while on a backpacking trip in the San Juan Mountains near Durango, Colorado, I rounded a corner and stretched out before me was a massive meadow. The morning dew shimmered in the day’s early sunlight, and in the distance a faint column of smoke floated skyward from a tiny chimney poking out of a canvas tent. A pair of horses completed the scene, a vision of what camp life was like a century earlier. There’s something about a canvas tent that just looks right in the mountains. Maybe it’s because canvas tents harken to the golden age of camping when it was not just a recreational pastime, but a way of life. David Ellis of Durango knows this better than anyone. His canvas tents are a classic structures constructed of quality materials, new and old.