Starting with this recap, I’m taking a slightly different approach. You’ll find short bits of new things plus quick recaps of our best recent stories, in case you missed them (or you only want the highlights).
Here, we have a couple of interesting tents, a clever camper trailer, and two amazing sports cars worth a look. Plus, Michelin-soled parkour shoes, chair warmers, and a great video overview of The Loam Ranger’s MTB-inspired overland rig.
- AI-generated Camper Vans
- HitchHome Air Tent
- Honda Ridgeline TrailSport
- Audi RS6 Avant GT
- Nissan GT concept
- Firestone AirRide
- IO’s carbon fiber rooftop tent
- SylvanSport VAST
- Rocky Talkie GMRS radios
- BougeRV water heater
- Yakima’s new overland gear
- Helinox camp chair warmers
- OLLO Sapien X
Here’s what Adobe Illustrator’s AI thinks camper vans look like
Adobe Illustrator’s now lets you prompt its AI to create anything in vector art. The results aren’t always great, but these camper vans (feature image at top) turned out pretty good. I even dig the colors!
Next, I prompted it with “overland offroad truck” and it produced the above images. As a starting point for creatives, these could save hours of work, and potentially spark fresh ideas. The only downside? I used to be able to say Adobe AI and people knew I meant “Adobe Illustrator”. But now…
Hitch Home Duo+ inflatable hitch-mounted tent
Aimed at the RTT crowd, the Hitch Home Duo+ two-person tent has a generous 84″ x 64″ sleeping area and light 77lb weight. And it attaches to your hitch, letting you quickly detach it, leaving your vehicle free to roam without needing you to break down camp.
It’s also inflatable, taking just 3 minutes to set itself up, and has a thick 5.9″ air mattress. Their Kickstarter campaign opens in April with earlybird deals starting at $1,590 (eventual MSRP $3,560).
Honda Ridgeline TrailSport adds a little off-road cred
It’s not their Baja race truck, but the 2024 Honda Ridgeline gets a TrailSport edition with off-road-tuned suspension with more articulation, General Grabber™ A/T Sport (245/60R18) all-terrain tires, and steel underbody protection.
It has Honda’s torque vectoring AWD drivetrain with modes for sand, snow, mud and paved roads, but not pure 4WD modes. Ground clearance is only 7.64″, and that’s before loading it down, but they make the most of it in their promo video. Add some stiffer springs and slightly larger tires and this could be a luxe option for low-key overlanding.
Audi RS6 Avant GT super wagon
It’s no rally car, but the 2025 Audi RS6 Avant GT is the ultimate version of their RS6 Avant (avant = wagon in Audi parlance). It has a twin turbo V8 with an output of 620hp and delivers 626lb-ft torque through a reworked rear differential and 22″ wheels.
Carbon fiber wide body front fenders and hood, adjustable coil-overs, pass-through rear deck spoiler, and refined diffuser round things out. 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds, top speed 190mph. As awesome as this is, something tells me it’s a bit of a last hurrah for gas engines. MSRP €219,355, available Q2 2024, 660 units total, with heritage graphics inspired by the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. (video here)
Nissan Gran Turismo Concept… 2020
Just gonna leave this right here. It’s Nissan’s answer to video game Gran Turismo’s call for entries, asking carmakers to imagine the next generation of sports car. What’s remarkable is that this debuted in 2014…why do we not have it yet?
Firestone Airide now available for passenger trucks
The new aftermarket Firestone Airide suspension booster is designed to support your rig when towing or hauling heavy loads. It augments your existing springs, and is controlled via Bluetooth app so you can customize the setting.
It’s available for most popular truck & SUVs, even some surprising smaller ones and wagons. Front and rear kits available, and they can be installed at any Firestone tire/auto center nationwide.
SylvanSport VAST camper trailer w/ unique slide-out kitchen
This toy hauler uses inside space very well to create a roomy wet bath, queen bunk beds, plus room for bikes & gear. But the killer feature is the full kitchen that slides diagonally to the ground for true indoor/outdoor use! Read more…
BougeRV compact, self-powered portable water heater
The BourgeRV Portable Propane Camping Water Heater is tiny, self-powered, and uses small 1 lb propane tanks, just like most camp stoves. It’s rechargeable and provides about an hour of use and doesn’t require a hose hookup to create water pressure. Read more…
Yakima adds in-vehicle storage & stronger roof rack rails
Yakima’s MOD System combines stackable drawers with cubbies and totes, a fridge slide, and work stations to create modular, lockable storage for vans, SUVs & wagons. New, stronger stainless steel rails for Toyota, Jeep, and RAM better support their roof rack, and there’s a bigger e-bike hitch rack, too. Read more…
Gear, Gadgets & Tech
Helinox camp chair warmers
Helinox’s insulated camp chair covers keep your body heat from leaking straight through their lightweight fabric. Available with synthetic and down fill, with patterned and reversible designs, they fit the Chair One, Chair Two, and Sunset, Beach, Savannah, and Playa models. MSRP $60-80, some styles discounted.
OLLO SapienX Michelin parkour shoes
Focused exclusively on parkour, the upcoming OLLO SapienX uses Michelin outsoles for extreme grip and improved durability. They’re available with white or black (stealth, shown) cushioning, in unisex sizing from US 4-13 men’s (women’s 5.5-12.5).
Pre-order now for $99, delivery in March. Full MSRP will be $119. These are also popular in ninja warrior and ultimate chase tag, too. I’ve had several pairs, and they’re great for all these things.
This is a seriously cool family-style overland build in a 2012 Land Rover LR3.
- Under Canvas offers Dark Sky Glamping experiences
- Log your “dry” days with Athletic Brewing’s Track Record app
- UltraSearchOffroad.com helps you find vehicle outfitters & gear
- Here are the vehicles TCE is using to drive around the world, pole to pole
- The 11th Vandoit Owners Experience is slated for mid-April in Bentonville
- BMW’s electric i5 touring wagon is, sadly, not coming to the US
- Arcade’s POW x Joseph Toney belt supports Protect Our Winters
- Huckberry’s Annual Winter Sale has adventure gear up to 45% off
- REI’s Winter Clothing Sale has massive discounts on big brands
- Get 30% off the Jackery Explorer 1000 battery pack w/code FEB300
I’ve been busy planning a few trips and have almost constant on-again, off-again travel until July.
But that’s a good thing, I love it, and there are some great events and trips on my calendar.
Much of it is cycling related, but also a three-day overland trip with friends through Pisgah National Forest. The highlight, though, is an eight day bikepacking adventure with my son in Japan, and I can’t wait.
What I love about planning overland routes and bikepacking trips is that no matter how much advance research I do, there’s still a lot I won’t know until I get there.
That keeps it exciting.
I feel like with most trips to established tourism locations is it’s easy to see what’s there in advance, and see the things everyone sees.
Lately that’s left me feeling less satisfied despite going to some amazing places. Maybe that’s because I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a lot. But I’ve always been more excited about seeing what’s behind the scenes, off the beaten path, and going where others rarely do.
I’m guessing that’s you, too.
Here’s to the adventure!
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