If you have yet to attended SEMA, it’s a difficult spectacle to describe. It is a veritable sea of humanity swirling around thousands of products from fuzzy dice to superchargers. It is almost too much to take in. Finding the good stuff amidst the perhaps not so good stuff is a bit of a challenge. Below are a few our notable finds, big and small.
The words Turbo Diesel Land Cruiser are enough to stop many overlanders dead in their tracks. Land Cruisers of any variety are lust-worthy things, but vehicles like this 1986 Toyota imported direct from Japan evoke romantic day dreams of voyages far into the backcountry. Newly repainted and well preserved, this is a cool truck. The 4.0 liter turbo diesel is paired to an automatic transmission with all the options available in 1986. Located in Los Angeles, all one need do is grab the keys and head east. Anywhere east will do.
I like to start off the week with a little video adrenaline. I've watched this video many Mondays. Even if you're not into rally racing, it's worth a peek.
Dual Sport helmets are a relatively new addition to the motorcycle world. Designed to marry the finer traits of road and offroad helmets, they tend to borrow heavily from the latter, often with the simple addition of a full visor. Over the last few years we have seen many of the better helmet manufacturers making honest efforts to increase the road manners of these helmets making them more “dual” than ever before. AGV’s AX-8 Dual EVO is such a helmet.
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In the years following WWII, men and women by the thousands folded up their uniforms and slipped behind picket fences and into the American Dream. These were the hay making days of domestic manufacturing with every home bristling with American-made appliances, and within each garage sat a hulking example of Detroit’s finest. Some say we have strayed far from those days, but we think the American dream lives on in the American overlander. For those of us still appreciative of homegrown goods, the overland segment is full of options. It’s even possible to build a world-beating expedition vehicle made with American-born components. So, what does the quintessential American overlander look like?
As soon as the doors open at SEMA, it has become a bit of a tradition of mine to quickly ignore the hordes of distasteful vehicles that plague the automotive show, and make a quick break for the latest from Jonathan Ward's ICON. While we didn't get another 4WD to lust over, rumors of an ICON Defender were abundant, we did get something even more special—the ICON Thriftmaster.
If you happen by the Overland International office, you might notice all of us have an affinity for high quality boots and shoes. We don’t sit still for long, so keeping our feet happy is important to us. In our never ending quest for the best, we discovered Wolverine’s beautiful series, the 1000 Mile Collection. In particular, the Whitepine caught our eye.