We've seen solar panels, battery packs, and kits in all shapes, sizes, and prices.
Usually the completly contained units are not large enough to power more than your phone, or they're too cumbersome to truly be considered 'portable'.
Exploring your local ski mountain doesn't have to be a major production. Of course we all love the epic family ski vacation (See Whistler 2012 or Vail 2017), however one of the best reasons to live in a 'Snow State' is the day trip.
While we all love the availability and inventory of the big 'go-to' gear shops (REI, Dicks, etc), it's nice to support a more "Local" effort when possible.
Gear Junkie has a great list of the top independently run gear shops across the US. While most on the list are in the western half of the country, there are plenty of options across our great land.
This excellent article from the Winter 2016 issue of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine will get you ready for a little snow exploring this winter.
Major points include easy ways to get started, where to go, and tips to stay safe while on your adventure.
Read the full article on TCT Magazine's site!
Beau Johnston from Living Overland spent a little time with the Tamron 15-30mm lense. While many of us prefer to use Prime lenses from our preferred camera vendor when possible, the reality is this: wallets eventually run out of cash.
Thankfully, there are other less expensive options that still provide a suitable level of performance. Beau goes over everything from construction to performance this very detailed review.
Read the full article on Living Overland.com
Our colleagues at Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine have published a really simple sleeping bag buyers guide. The article from contributor Katie Levy goes over 5 basic questions:
From there it's simply a matter of choosing a brand that meets your criteria and placing your order.
Read the full story on TCT Magazine
We come across all kinds of survival gear & gadgets, some great, some not so much.
Outside Online has coverage of this Kickstarter project, Parawallets. While they're final conclusion is that it's a 'silly' survival product, any time you can carry a basic fire starter + 50ft of paracord on your person, it's a good start to a basic kit. We're fans of any survival item that can be a daily-carry. Here's hoping the project gets funded!
Living Overland is great at covering basic needs of the outdoor explorer: food, gear, navigation, vehicle modifications, and other related articles.
This review of the not-for-the-faint-of-heart (or wallet) dp1 Quattro camera from Sigma is a perfct example: Great detailed information about a camera many of us can't afford, but will pine after for weeks and months.
While it's not for everyone, if you're looking for a lightweight camera with impeccable image quality, it's worth a look.
TCT Magazine just published a comprehensive comparison of the best griddles for your dollars for use when car camping (or 'overlanding' if you do that). They've included a variety of options so you're sure to find the perfect camping griddle.
For just $75, the Lodge Cast Iron griddle seems to be a winner for most uses!