Brand Spotlight
Nick Howell

Brand Spotlight: Sportsmobile

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.

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Gear You Deserve
Nick Howell

Gear You Deserve: Roof Racks and Accessories

A roof rack or safari rack or cargo rack or whatever you choose to call it can be a useful addition to your rig. While it’s not entirely recommended to overload the roof with a bunch of stuff, roof racks still can serve a purpose. There are plenty of companies that make roof racks and accessories to go with them.

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Nick Howell

Altama Maritime OTB Assault Shoe

While I managed to snag a pair of Red Wing Irish Setter branded boots through work for no cost, I did not have the same luck with the Altama Maritime OTB Assault shoes. I’ve had my eye on these for a while now mostly because Altama has them branded as an outdoor capable shoe. I purchased two pairs of Maritime

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Nick Howell

Red Wing Branded Irish Setter Boots

Every few years where I work, we have the option to get safety boots. The first time this happened, I made the mistake of getting some brand I wasn’t sure of. I never ended up wearing them because they were uncomfortable and rubbed against my feet in places. I also apparently didn’t get them seized correctly as I later found

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Gear You Deserve
Nick Howell

Gear You Deserve: The Coffee Edition

Coffee is one of those things that can mean the difference between a good morning and a bad morning at camp. Just because you’re out on the road doesn’t mean you should sacrifice sound quality, homemade coffee for a packet of instant coffee. There are plenty of options when it comes to selecting how to brew your favorite coffee in

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Nick Howell

GCI Slim-Fold Cook Station Review

In 2015, sometime before we kicked off Michigan Overland as more than just an idea I surveyed the gear I had. One thing that was missing was a good table to cook off of. I did my research and looked at several different variations of tables at varying prices. What I ended up with was the GCI Slim-Fold Cook Station

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DIY
RubiRyanJKU

DIY Fishing Rod Storage for $30

One cool thing about overland camping is the many other activities that can be done in conjunction with it — hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking. The list is endless. And while there isn’t anything much better than camping next to a stream or lake, there isn’t anything much worse than watching fish swim back and forth and not having your fishing pole with

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Brand Spotlight
Nick Howell

Brand Spotlight: Hi-Lift Jack Company

You’ve probably seen them around. Especially if you’ve been to an off-road park, an overlanding get together, or even on a show on YouTube. They seem to be everywhere. And despite imitators, competitors, and innovators trying to supplant them, they’re still the go-to jack. We’re talking about the workhorse jack of farmers, truckers, and off-roaders — the Hi-Lift jack. There

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DIY
RubiRyanJKU

JKU Rear Power Install

When I bought my 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, I cheaped out and bought a “sport” instead of a more lavish model. I planned on customizing it anyways, but one thing I wish I had, was a rear power source. My roof top tent has 12 volts, USB powered lights in it. We also like to charge our phones while we

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Gear You Deserve
Nick Howell

Gear You Deserve: Portable Fire Pits

Fire is important. You’re going to use it to cook or gather everyone around for some beverages. While digging out a fire pit is an option, some companies are offering transportable and versatile fire pits. In this installment of Gear You Deserve we are going to look at some fire pits that are easily transportable and can move with you.

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Nick Howell

Stanley Coffee Press and Mug Review

Sometime in the last couple of years, I ordered a new coffee press and mug from Stanley off of Amazon. Full disclosure here, I’ve never used any Stanley products before, but I needed a new travel coffee mug. A quick search brought me to the Stanley Classic One Hand 20oz Vacuum Mug. I also enjoy pressed style coffee, so I

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Lynxx chainsaw
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Tyler Windhurst

Lynxx Chainsaw Review

When it comes to gathering wood for a fire, what’s the first thing you grab? An axe? A hand saw? Maybe it’s a high-powered 2 stroke chainsaw fit for a logger. What if I told you there was an option that can process wood as fast as that 2 stroke, but that is no louder than an idling rig. In

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Triple Aught Design Brand Spotlight
Brand Spotlight
Nick Howell

Brand Spotlight: Triple Aught Design (TAD)

No good adventure should be compromised because of gear that doesn’t stand up to what it needs to. Whether it’s gear, clothing, or anything you carry with you, it needs to hold up. Triple Aught Design (TAD) checks the box when it comes to the apparel and gear you take on the road and adventure with. Early Years Founded in

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Nick Howell

GSI Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set Review

GSI is known for making outdoors cooking and mess gear. They make everything from beverage holders to cooking kits in various forms. From backpacking specific to car camping gear, they’ve probably got you covered. And at a reasonable price also. I’ve got two cook sets from them, the Haululite Dualist and the Haululite Ketalist. I’ve wanted to add a utensil

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Tyler Windhurst

Camp Chef Camp Oven Review

Imagine you’ve been on the trail for hours, searching for the perfect spot to camp. Finally, you find it, the best campsite you have ever seen! There is just one thing that could make it better, cinnamon rolls! This is something we’ve been able to do, ever since we got a Camp Chef Camp Oven two years ago. With the

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Nick Howell

Gear You Deserve: Tools and Storage

Having the right tools for the job is a saying that can be heard across all walks of life. Adventuring outdoors in a four-wheel drive vehicle means having problems. In this Gear You Deserve we offer up some suggestions for where to start with tools and storage. The Tools One of the easiest ways to make sure you have what

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Nick Howell

Brand Spotlight: Mountain Safety Research (MSR)

There aren’t many stores that carry outdoor gear you can go into and not see a piece of MSR equipment on the shelf. Mountain Safety Research (MSR) has been around for quite some time making various types of gear in some way or another. From early homemade equipment to the current mass production of stoves, mess kits, tents, and climbing

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lantern flashlight
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Nick Howell

Gear You Deserve: Lighting

There are probably thousands of different types of lighting options available for overlanding usage. Each is unique in its own way and can be utilized for different tasks when adventuring. In this Gear You Deserve we take a look at a few different types of lights, offer some suggestions on purchases, and help you decide what might be the best

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Nick Howell

InstaFire Fire Starter

Starting a fire even in the perfect conditions can be tricky for some people. Starting a fire when it’s raining or snowing or windy can be next to impossible if you haven’t done it before. Enter InstaFire’s patented blend of volcanic rock, wood pellets, and paraffin wax designed to burn in most adverse conditions. With a company founded by three

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the waterport portable shower
On and Off Rig Gear
Nick Howell

The Waterport Portable Shower

Traveling with a significant other or kids might require some comforts from home being brought along, such as a portable shower. The Waterport aims to help in the shower dilemma by adding a pressurized cylinder shaped tank to any rig. Holding 3.3 gallons of water, the tank is pressurized to 50 PSI and offers a steady stream of water through

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the java can espresso maker
Off Rig Gear
Nick Howell

The Java Can Espresso Maker

Coffee is an integral part of any morning routine. There are plenty of options for making coffee when camping or overlanding, but an espresso maker requires more than just water and coffee grinds. Designed by a Green Beret during deployments, The Java Can espresso maker kit provides the experience of making fresh espresso while on the road with everything being

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Nick Howell

The Kula Cooler, A Yeti Competitor

It’s not often a company comes around and innovates on something that hasn’t changed (or needed to change) in the last 20-30 years. As far as long term cooling capabilities are concerned, Yeti has been the king. Enter the Kula cooler ($249.99), the possible Yeti competitor. Cooler design has stayed relatively the same with the only innovations being changes in

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brite nite lantern
On and Off Rig Gear
Nick Howell

Brite-Nite Pop-Up USB Lantern

If you’re looking for an affordable lantern solution, then look no further than Wagan’s Brite-Nite Pop-Up USB Lantern ($34.95). With a 3200 mAh battery, the Brite-Nite offers two settings at 115 lumens (low) and 240 lumens (high). The device can be charged prior to heading out for camp or use solar panels while at camp to recharge. It doesn’t just

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hammock sleep system
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Nick Howell

ENO OneLink Hammock Sleep System

Founded by two brothers in 1999, Eagle Nest Outfitters (ENO for short) make some of the best and most reasonably priced hammocks on the market. Here at Michigan Overland, we’re big fans of ENO and relaxing in hammocks in general. They’re a great way to unwind at the end of a long day of hiking, kayaking, or trail running and

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hydroflask beer growler
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Nick Howell

Hydro Flask 64oz. Insulated Beer Growler

Beer may be one of the most important beverages to consider when planning an overlanding trip, right after coffee and water. Keeping a six-pack of your favorite craft beer in the cooler you have may be taking up precious space needed for food. In steps the Hydro Flask Beer Growler. Available in five different colors (yellow, white, black, light blue,

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Nick Howell

Snow Peak Pack and Carry Fireplace

When setting up camp for the night, most of us probably worry about getting a fire going right away. Whether it’s for cooking or just warmth or you just enjoy the crackle and smell of a good fire, it’s at the top of the list when establishing camp. Part of that process is to either dig out or make a

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kelty low loveseat
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Nick Howell

Kelty Low Loveseat Chair

If you travel with a significant other, close friend, or just want some room to spread out when hanging around the campfire, then Kelty’s Low Loveseat Chair ($99.95)  just might be for you. The double chair folds down easily for travel to the next campsite. It includes two insulated beverage holders for your favorite craft beer or coffee, adjustable arm rests, and

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