We test and review a lot of Overland Adventure Gear and every now and then something finds it’s way into our personal gear and becomes a go to. Here’s a few that made it last year.
Helinox Sunset Chair
We used the Helinox Sunset Chairs on all of our content creation trips last year. They probably traveled with us over 10k miles and saw cold, wet, warm and windy conditions. They’ve absolutely been put through their paces and have held up to everything we’ve thrown at them.
- Lightweight and packs down very small (important when space is a premium and weight limits are an issue).
- Comfortable and well made.
- Will blow around easily in windy conditions.
- Packed Length – 18.5″
- Capacity – 320 lbs
- Packed Weight – 3.04 lbs
MSRP: $174.95 BUY HERE
iKamper RTT Sleeper
iKamper are obviously known for their RTT’s and there are a lot of sleeping bag brands on the market, so I never expected to be impressed by another entry into this crowded category. Since receiving the bag in Spring of 2022, it’s been my go to on many trips. I was skeptical that a non mummy style could keep me warm in the backcountry, but it truly has. Overall, i’s a very well made warm and comfortable bag for those that like a little more wiggly room.
- Warmth and comfort
- Relaxed and roomy fit
- Padded neck warmer
- Non stick pull YKK zippers
- Weights makes this purely a car camping bag
- Fill – 1000g RDS Down
- Shell – DWR coated 30D Ripstop Nylon
- Compressed Dimensions – 10″x9″x18″
- Open Dimensions – 37″ x 82″
- Weight – 3.9lbs
- Temp rating – Comfort 25 F
MSRP: $369 BUY HERE
Pelican Air Case 1535 carry – on size
We received these Pelican Cases at the end of 2022 just in time for a week in Moab, Utah. Conditions were wet and muddy and our camera gear is very expensive, so I was stoked to be able to carry my cameras/lenses in air/water tight and very robust storage cases. We’ve obviously not used them for any length of time yet, but I was impressed with their quality and design and am certain they’ll be utilized all this coming year.
- Dust/water tight and crushproof.
- Solid and sturdy construction
- Internal adjustable padded dividers
- Wheeled and carry-on size
- Price (camera gear is expensive, now I need expensive cases to protect it all) LOL
- Highlights expensive camera equipment to potential thieves.
- Exterior Domensions – 20.39 x 11.20 x 7.21″
- Weight with foam – 9.98lbs
- Wheels and pull handle
- Min Temp – -60F
- Max Temp – 160F
- Automatic pressure equalization valve
MSRP: $274.95 BUY HERE
Truma Fridge – 44L
We started using the Truma 44l fridge at the beginning of 2022 and it has stayed in our 4Runner ever since. It’s definitely seen some heavy action and has worked flawlessly from day one. In really cold weather camping, I often turn the fridge off over night and then forget to turn it back on when I hit the trail. That’s when the Truma APP comes in, as I can turn it on/off or adjust the temp from the cab. Love this convenient feature.
- Robust construction and quality product
- Perfect size for average size overlanding rig
- Bluetooth APP control
- Bottle opener and 3A USB port and charger
- Price at $1196
- Only single zone
- Dimensions: 26″x16″x19 (L,W,H)
- Weight: 53 LBS
- Temp Range: -8F to 50F
- Average HR amp draw 0.6
- Digital display for cooler zone
- Bluetooth App compatible
- 3A Port and Charger
- LED interior light
- Stepped dual compartments
- Powered by 12/24 V DC compressor
MSRP: $1196 BUY HERE
MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Stove
The MSR Pocket Rocket Stove first came with us on a Snoverland Trip in the High Sierra back in 2021. Since then, it’s been on every trip we’ve taken. It’s our early morning coffee making stove, when we don’t want to set up our main two burner. It’s also the stove we use when it’s blowing a gale and we want to cook something quickly in the back of the rig. TAP can’t recommend this little stove enough!
- Ultralight and small.
- Easy to use push start ignition.
- Boils water extremely fast even in cold weather. In our in-field test, it easily beat out it’s competition.
- Wind blocking burner lip.
- Only suitable for limited cooking, so is an additional stove to the main camp stove.
- It’s so efficient, it can easily burn food in cooking pot.
- Weight: 2.9 oz
- Height: 3.3″
- Boil time 1 liter 3.3 mins
- Water boiled per 1 oz of fuel 2.1 litres
- Burn time per 8 oz canister 60 mins
MSRP: $69.95 BUY HERE
Planetary Design – Basecamp French Press
If you’re anything like us, you drink a lot of coffee around camp in the mornings. We’re often shooting astro shots at 2am, so a good coffee set up is essential. The Planetary Design 48oz Basecamp French Press has become our go to for outdoor brewing. Large enough to accommodate two mugs each and built to take a heavy beating on the trail.
- Robust design
- 32 and 48 fl oz sizes
- Easy to operate and retains heat well
- Great looking product
- Price at $60-70 (good coffee gear doesn’t come cheap!)
- Tight screw thread to lid
- Can be hard to align top with spout when fully closed
- 32 – 48 fl oz sizes
- Spill proof spout
- Leak proof lid
- Double walled vacuum sealed
- Rubber bottom
MSRP: $190 BUY HERE (COFFEE KIT)
MSRP: $70 BUY HERE
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