AWOL Gear Roundup #2

2024 ford mustang mach-e rally car electric offroad vehicle

This week we’ve got a stock EV rally car from Ford, concept RAM pickup, INEOS’ overland-ready rig starts shipping, a $500 single-use marathon shoe, Leatherman’s first fixed blade, some interesting roof-top tents, colorful camp gear, a cooler that gets colder without ice, and great deals on emergency and survival/first-aid kits. Here’s the best new stuff this week:

  • Mustang MACH-e Rally
  • adidas Adizero Adios Pro Evo 1
  • RAM Revolution Concept
  • INEOS Grenadier
  • Magic Fort
  • Dometic RTT
  • Garmin vívoactive 5
  • Oyster’s ice-less cooler
  • Leatherman Harvest
  • Helinox Rainbow Bandana Collection
  • Uncharted PREPtember sale

Mustang MACH-e Rally lets you get sideways

2024 ford mustang mach-e rally car electric vehicle with offroad suspension and tires
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The Mustang MACH-e Rally will be their fastest, most aggressive electric vehicle yet, with a planned 650 lb-ft. of torque and 480 horsepower. It gets a (20mm) 0.8″ suspension lift with firmer shock tunes, more aggressive tires on 19″ rims inspired by Ford’s past rally cars, and a special drive mode that makes it easier to drift dirt corners.

Underbody panels and wraps protect against rock strikes, and it gets a front recovery point, fog lights, rear spoiler, performance seats, and racing stripes. A “lightly modified” version will race in this year’s Rebelle Rally. Available early 2024. (video here)

adidas Adizero Adios Pro Evo 1 is a $500 single-use race shoe

adidas adizero adios pro evo 1 single-use marathon race shoe is ultralight

Designed specifically for their sponsored marathon runners, adidas is making an extremely limited number of the new $500 Adizero Adios Pro Evo 1 racing shoes available to appease governing bodies. You’ll have preregister through their app before 11am EDT on Sept 26th for a chance at 1 of 521 pairs.

It uses a thin Continental forefoot traction pad under 39-33mm (heel to forefoot) of non-compression molded, super bouncy foam with carbon fiber rods inside to propel your toe-off. The barely there mesh upper gets them to 138g, and they will last you exactly one race. (via BITR; h/t to Chris R.)

RAM Revolution Concept electric truck

ram revolution concept ev electric pickup truck with extendable bed and pass thru frunk storage

Purely a concept, some of the features of the RAM Revolution electric pickup could make it to a small/mid-sized truck by 2025, like a longer body-on-frame battery sled architecture that provides more legroom inside.

This one has suicide rear doors, an oversized RamBox storage area on the outside of the bed, and a “frunk” with pass-through storage into the cab, just in case you wanna front load those 2x4s. The tailgate can fold down, or split open so you can extend the bed to add more capacity.

INEOS Grenadier starts US deliveries in November

2024 ineos grenadier overland suv shown from different angles plus interior control panel

With 7000+ pre-orders, North America is the largest market for the new INEOS Grenadier 4×4 SUV. Designed from the groundup as an extremely capable off-roader, it has front and rear solid axles, up to 3x locking differentials, pre-wiring for external lights & accessories, and a quasi-modular build that makes it easy to customize.

Initial US deliveries start in Nov 2023, Canadian deliveries in Jan 2024. These markets will only get the “Station Wagon” (SUV), but a Jeep Gladiator-like truck version is offered in other markets. Starts at $71,500, but options can bring it well over $90k. Worth noting, it gets 14/15mpg, and INEOS is big into oil & gas, so…

Thecatal Magic Fort is an inflatable tent garage

thecatal boundary series magic fort inflatable tent garage for car camping

The Thecatal Magic Fort takes car camping up a notch by inflating a pop-up tent around your car, then puts a rigid inflatable mattress on top of your car, whether you have a roof rack or not. Interior walls create separate rooms, and mesh windows allow plenty of air flow.

It stands on its own, so you can pull your car in or out as needed. Got an EV? Just roll down the windows and crank the AC for an air-conditioned base camp. Planned MSRP is $4,599, back it on Kickstarter for $2,499. Estimated delivery November 2023. Just note that their Wix website still has placeholder links and image, so caveat emptor.

Dometic TRT 140 Air inflatable rooftop tent

If you prefer an existing product from a known brand the new Dometic TRT 140 Air is a two-person rooftop tent that folds open and inflates into shape with the included electric pump. The tri-fold base has a smaller footprint so it fits on more cars, and a 2″ foam mattress keeps you comfy. Weight is 103.7lbs, price is $2,500.

Garmin vívoactive 5 GPS smart fitness watch

new Garmin vivoactive 5 GPS fitness smart watch with HRV and blood oxygen monitoring plus sleep scores

The new Garmin vívoactive 5 fitness watch bumps battery life up to 11 days with normal use and adds “push” counts, which is like a step count for wheelchair users, along with training plans for them, too. A vivid new 31mm AMOLED screen shows texts, and when paired with Android phones it’ll show pics and let you reply, too.

It tracks HR, Pulse Ox, respiration, HRV, and training load to recommend exercise intensity and recovery times. A sleep coach delivers morning sleep quality reports, automatic nap logging (as if), and monitors energy levels throughout the day. It even has guided meditation and breathing activities, along with all the usual sports tracking (yes, pickleball). MSRP $299. (video here)

Oyster Tempo Cooler fits 36 cans, needs no ice

If you like fitting more drinks and food in your cooler, or hate buying ice and dealing with the melt water, or both, then the new Oyster Tempo cooler might be worth its $500 MSRP.

The ~19L cooler holds 36 cans but is 40% smaller than traditional coolers because you don’t need to add ice, yet it gets and stays 3x colder thanks to a vacuum insulated construction. Just put the two included freezer packs at the bottom and load it up. It’s 100% recyclable aluminum with a silica fill (to keep the vacuum section from crushing inward), and they’ll repair or replace it if it breaks. (video here)

Leatherman Harvest is their first fixed blade knife

leatherman harvest fixed blade field knife

Designed for heavy field use, whether that’s culling fruit & veg or cleaning game, the new Leatherman Harvest’s S35VN steel blade and G-10 handle should be up to the task. It’s the folding multi-tool brand’s first fixed-blade knife, it’s $250, and it’s already sold out (but you can get on the backorder list). Right hand leather sheath included. 5.75oz (163g), 4.25″ blade, 9.1″ total length.

Helinox Rainbow Bandana Collection

Helinox makes some of the best, most durable collapsible camp chairs, and now they’re a bit more colorful. The Rainbow Bandana Collection includes four chairs, a bench, two cots, two tables, and a duffel bag.

Uncharted’s Preptember Sale has First Aid & Survival Kits up to 50% off

Uncharted Supply’s best first aid and emergency survival kits are on sale, including the 72 Hour Pack and their Athena vehicle jump starter power pack. I keep the Triage Kit in my backpack for every trip, and it’s great in a hydration pack, too. Check out the full Preptember Sale for more.

Small Bites

Big Deals

Gearing Up

This is our second newsletter, so I feel like we’re still getting our feet wet.

We’ve been covering outdoor/travel gear and the overlanding and van life for years for others, but it’s somehow different when the goal is to curate the very coolest new stuff and present it once a week.

And there’s so much out there, so if you spot something rad, please send us the link. We’ll give you a shout out if we use it.

Thanks, and we’ll see ya next Saturday!

– The AWOL Team

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I'm a serial traveller and road trip lover who's crisscrossed the US so many times I've lost count. I've owned cars, SUVs, wagons, vans and a 37' class A toy hauler RV, and I've customized them all! I love the open road and getting off the beaten path to find new adventures, mainly traveling with Kristi and the kids to explore the world on our own two feet (and, usually, two to four wheels)!