A few years back, I wrote an article about why I chose a 2004 Suburban as my adventure rig. At the time, it was functional for usage as my daily driver and my adventure vehicle. It could haul my entire family to either the grocery store or out into the woods. It had its pros and cons for sure, but
When we purchased a 2016 SR5 4Runner, black wasn’t exactly the color I would have chosen. Having owned a black vehicle some years ago, I was well aware of how much it would show everything; dirt, water spots, and scratches. In order to offer some protection to the paint, my initial plan was to wrap the vehicle. However, the cost
Anyone that’s spent a good amount of time in Michigan, specifically the northern part of the Lower Peninsula, will know how sandy it is. We’ve been on the west side of the LP and worked through the sandy trails around Grayling and Kalkaska. And now we’ve had the chance to check out the east side in the Mio area. New
Carista exists in a space that is flooded by options. You can get on Amazon and look for an OBD2 reader and easily find one under $20. Pair it with certain applications and you have a way to diagnose what’s wrong with your vehicle at home. Where the Carista adapter stands out though, is in its ability to let you
I’ve been carrying the Recycled Firefighter 24 Hour Pack for over a year now as my daily EDC. I also planned on getting the 42L Battalion Duffle and was finally able to recently. Before even getting to use it on a trip, it has far exceeded my expectations. The bag itself is 11 inches tall, 11 inches wide, and 21
A little less than a year ago, I swapped my 5.11 Messenger bag for something less tactical looking and more normal looking. What I ultimately went with was a Recycled Firefighter 24 Hour Everyday Carry pack. If you aren’t familiar with Recycled Firefighter, they make packs, wallets, and other soft goods out of old water hoses from fire stations. Hence
We ended up with a 2016 SR5 4Runner to replace our Chevy Suburban this past September. Not only as my daily driver but also as our primary adventure rig. One thing I read about and was noticeable right away was the delay in the pedal. It wasn’t terrible, but there was some room for improvement. This was the reason for
Harding Expedition Company (HEXCO) is a jack of all trades company in the overland space. Their business is a bunch of puzzle pieces that come together to form a single unique entity. HEXCO is run by two adventure-seeking people who wanted to build a network of like-minded people across the country. The intent with HEXCO was to combine loves of
Gratitude is a KOAR principle “To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live.” — Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay I swear it was September yesterday. It can’t be Thanksgiving already, can it? I mean, I am still sifting through photos and memories. Thinking back to this past September and the amazingly awesome weekend I spent with some equally awesome
DISCLAIMER: This route potentially passes through an ATV only trail north of Calumet. Please ensure you are paying attention to posted signs when driving this route. Do not drive on any trails that are posted for ATV only. The Seven Hour Plane Crash trail is easily one of the best overlanding trails in the midwest. If you haven’t heard of
I left Freeland around 11 am Sunday, and after turning around two times because I forgot some essentials, I finally made my way up to Gaylord for a quick overnight. It was rainy when I left and cloudy when I got into Gaylord, but Weather Underground was telling me I was in for a good 18 hours of beautiful weather.
The #vanlife is a trendy thing to do these days. People jump into this trend headfirst with everything from custom-built homebrews to professionally built adventure-ready rigs. One company that has been at the forefront of providing custom-built, adventure-ready platforms is Sportsmobile. The company was founded in El Paso, Texas, and now has three different locations located around the United States.