Overland Expo: Top Gear

Overland Expo: Top Gear

by Stephan Edwards

Out of the scrum of hundreds and hundreds of overland-focused products on display at last month's Overland Expo, we choose a handful that will make your life on the road that much better.

Toyota Land Cruiser

ARB TRED Pro [$330.00]

When it comes to traction devices, the original polycarbonate traction board from Australia - MAXTRAX - rules the roost. One could say it's the Kleenex of traction boards. There are dozens of copies out there of this venerable product, but most of them are pale imitations that bend, crack, shed pins, and generally fail after a few uses. Frankly, there hasn't been much innovation in this area, and many brands have shied away from offering their own version.

Not so with ARB - Australia's other most well-known purveyor of overland gear. Their TRED Pro is an attractive option when it comes to outfitting your recovery kit, and with ARB, you know the quality goes above and beyond. EXOTRED is the TRED Pro's unique and patented composite construction. It ensures that during wheel spin in a recovery the ramp/teeth wont suffer instant catastrophic damage that is commonly experienced with other leading recovery ramp products. The special polyolefin material blend means TRED Pros can handle high levels of flex, are highly durable and wear resistant. The mix of elasticity and tough rigid design in the main body means that your TRED Pro maintains a high level of pressure on your tire, this ultimately provides traction while still allowing the flex of the TRED Pro under the vehicles weight on unstable ground.

They come in a variety of colors to complement or offset the look of your rig. If you're looking for a traction alternative, check out the TRED Pro.

ARB TRED Pro Recovery Boards

KC HiLites Rally 4000 Driving Light [$153.99]

When you think of KC HiLites, the first image that comes to mind is their classic "smiley face" lens covers that have protected KC's going way back to the 1970s. Think K5 Blazers, first generation Broncos, and, of course, Jeep CJ-5s. None of those rides are complete without a set of KCs. Clearly KC has been in the lighting game for a while, but they're still at the forefront of new technology, all while retaining the original HiLites aesthetic. 

If you're looking to add that old school KC look to your classic overland rig, check out their affordable HiLites Rally 4000 driving lights. They pack a ton of candlepower into the tightest spaces. These 4" rounds are right at home mounted in aftermarket front bumpers or on roll bars. Equipped with 55W H3 halogen bulbs inside a powder-coated steel housing, the Rally 4000 comes in single lights and pair packs. They are backed by a 23-year warranty and are a snap to install.

KC HiLites Rally 400 Driving Lights

RedArc Manager30 Battery Management System [$1379.00]

RedArc makes some of Overlander's best selling products, and it's no mystery why. Intuitive to use, beautifully built, and ultra rugged, RedArc takes the guesswork out of building your overland electrical system. 

A great example is their Manager30 Battery Management System. The Manager 30 is like six products in one. Boasting 30 amps of power output, The Manager30 is a state-of-the-art battery management system designed to charge and maintain auxiliary batteries by incorporating AC, DC and solar inputs. It is ideal for recreational vehicles, caravans and camper trailers with multiple battery banks. Whether using lead acid, gel, calcium, AGM or lithium iron phosphate batteries, The Manager30 represents a complete battery charging and maintenance solution. If charging one auxiliary battery or more, The Manager30 will ensure they're always fully charged, providing peace of mind when using the comforts of home whether traveling close by or around the globe.

Redarc Manager30 Battery Management System BMS1230S3-NA

Overland Vehicle Systems Camping Storage Bag [$99.99]

Overland Vehicle Systems quietly and without fanfare builds some of the best overland gear on the market. From roof tents to cutlery, Overland Vehicle Systems offers a wide variety of recovery gear, sleep systems, and organizational tools for your camp and your rig, all designed with quality, ease of use, and affordability in mind.

Their Canyon Wax Camping Storage Bag is handcrafted out of premium Cotton Duck infused with highly water resistant paraffin. The Camping Storage Bag has 8 storage pockets for all your toiletries, clothes, shoes and camping gear. The pockets measure 9” wide X 7” tall X 7” deep. Conveniently hang your Camping Storage Bags utilizing two hooks and D-Rings. The Overland Vehicle Systems Canyon Wax Canvas Camping Storage Bag’s construction is a tear-resistant fabric for the strength and durability of organizing your camping gear.

Overland Vehicle Systems Wax Canvas Camping Storage Bag

As always, when you shop with Overlander, you get our 60 day Trail Tested guarantee and our industry-leading 1 year price-match guarantee. Get geared up this summer for your adventures with Overlander!

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