2010 Holiday Special

We at Overland Journal are excited to unveil a new 3-year subscription/renewal option, along with our 2010 Holiday Special. Folks who purchase a 1- or 2-year subscription/renewal will receive a decal, in addition to one extra issue for each year purchased (so, a total of 6 issues for a 1-year, and 12 for a 2-year). The decal will be included with the next issue to be published after the purchase (so either Winter 2010 or Gear Guide 2011). Purchasers of the 3-year will receive a free pair of Mountain Khakis. We will be emailing the codes for use on their online store about 1-2 weeks after you make the purchase, so you can get whatever color and size you want. For each of these offers, be sure to enter the coupon H2010 in the shopping cart after a qualifying item has been added (1-, 2-, or 3-year subscription/renewal).

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New sign for Overland Journal headquarters

In the previous blog entry you can see the Overland Journal sign on display in our safari tent at the Overland Expo 2010. We also used it in our booth at the Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race at the end of April. That sign is now proudly hanging above the door of our office/shop in Prescott, AZ. It is lightweight so that we can take it to other events in the future.

new sign


Team Overland Journal

Overland Journal fields its mountain bike team at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo race

Nathan: Team Overland Journal
Nathan on his first lap of three, wearing the Merino wool Overland Journal jersey.

As part of the Overland Journal subscriber survey, we ask about our readers other interests beyond overland adventure travel, and not surprisingly, 74% of our readers are also MTB enthusiasts.  This fits well with our own passion for mountain biking and adventure cycling, and the idea of an Overland Journal sponsored team was born.

Our 5-person team:
Nathan Kroeker
Katrina Loperman
Mike McMaude
Micki Mckay
Steve Reynolds

Solo Rider:
Christophe Noel

The 24 Hours of Pueblo is an endurance event coordinated by Epic Rides, and the nature of the event requires everyone to have some type of camping set-up, which ranged from huge RVs to ground tents.  We were happy with the number of attendees that were either subscribers or had heard of Overland Journal. Tim Huber, a Charter Subscriber said hello.  He was riding for Team Molasses, because, if you are slower than their team, you are. . .
Tim Huber: Overland Journal

Christophe rode the event solo, and managed six laps.
Katrina, sporting one of the new Jerseys

Even an E-Camper was in attendance. These are cool little trucks

A few nice BMWs
F800 GS: Overland Journal
Overall, the team did great, and finished in 18th place for the 5-person mixed category.  Great Job!

Prime-time Television Episode Features Overland Journal

Overland Journal was selected by Pangolin Pictures and the SPEED Channel for their prime-time television series Dangerous Drives, which will be broadcast to 78 million households worldwide.

Overland Journal will be featured in episode 12, which was produced in December 2009, and documents the testing procedures Overland Journal staff use to evaluate vehicles and equipment. “Overland Journal has a reputation of conducting the most exhaustive and abusive equipment testing in the industry, which piqued SPEED Channel’s interest in following along on one of our trips” says Scott Brady. For the testing, Overland Journal’s Publisher, Scott Brady and Senior Photographer, Sinuhe Xavier traveled through 500 miles of Utah backcountry testing American Expedition Vehicle’s (AEV) Brute and new Hemi powered Jeep Unlimited in the worst snow condition recorded in 40 years. The route ascended to over 8,000 feet, where the team encountered 40 inches of snow at the summit, requiring winching and progress at times measured in feet per hour.

In addition to testing the AEV trucks, Scott and his team were evaluating tents from Nemo Equipment, clothing from Arcteryx. Exofficio and Mountain Khaki, Lightforce lighting, BFGoodrich tires, ARB suspension components and rack/awning combination, and recovery equipment from Viking Offroad and Warn. Scott’s vehicle was the popular Overland JK, built by the Jeep Skunkworks team with components from AEV, ARB, Adventure Trailers, Equipt Expedition Outfitters and Mobil1.AEV Trucks | The Overland JK | Sinuhe\'s trusty Land Rover

Overland Journal publisher sees the bacon.

Scott Brady, the publisher of Overland Journal, recently had an eye opening experience with English food. We were on our way north out of London to visit some overland companies. We had set off very early, and by the likes of 8am we were famished and ready for some relief. Stopping in a small town off the motorway provided no obvious place for refreshment. The town seemed hardly awake and, grim morning that it was, we had to stop and ask for help. The only people we could find were a group of construction workers, and a particularly portly gentleman was happy to direct us to a local establishment for an ‘English breakfast’. To be fair to the English (I am one) English breakfasts can be stellar; this was not one of those. The fried bread had that slightly rancid taste accompanied by pure grease and no discernable flavor. Sort of like eating pressed lard. The sausage was similar to the fried bread; tasteless and greasy, though it was hot. The baked beans were from a can, so they were at least edible and the bacon was passable at the time. Twenty minutes later we both felt like we needed to visit the hospital. My insides were coated like the bottom of a frying pan the day after cooking a pound of bacon; that white congealed grease requiring a scoop to get rid of. Take away lesson was not to rely on large construction workers for dining advice and the parting comment from Scott; “I need to get my stomach pumped!”

Scott & Bacon

Overland Journal – nell’italiano

Overland Journal has recently been featured in the popular Italian 4WD magazine, Quattro X Quattro.  With permission, they have reprinted our winch comparison article (from the Gear Guide 2009) in their September 2009 issue, translated into Italian.  Their publication covers a wide variety of 4WD topics, and is definitely worth checking out if you know Italian.  Expect to see more of our content there in the future!


Correction: Ortlieb Luggage Source

In the Fall issue of Overland Journal, we conducted a comprehensive soft-luggage test.  One of the products featured was the Ortlieb Motorcycle Panniers. The manufacture was correctly listed, but the sole-source for purchase was not included.

The Orlieb panniers can only be purchased at:

Aerostitch: and can be ordered at 800-222-1994 or www.aerostich.com

The retail price is $187.00

Lost World Expedition visits Overland Journal headquarters

Luis and Lacey have been on the road for about 3 months and 10,000 miles, traversing the continental United States twice in preparation for their journey to Ushuaia.  Driving a 60 series Land Cruiser with a diesel conversion, they plan on driving to the southernmost place in the Americas over the next 1-2 years.  Having no hard-set plans, they will camp as much as possible in the roof-top tent in this self-supported adventure.

Here at Overland Journal headquarters, we had the pleasure to visit with them some as they were on their way to southern California, before they head south into the Baja peninsula.  With a custom-built kitchen, Engel fridge, and a myriad of magnets, these two will have an amazing overland experience on their Expedición Mundo Perdido.


New decals from Overland Journal

After featuring Brian DeArmon’s BMW F650GS build in a few issues of the journal, we had a high volume of requests from subscribers that we offer the same decal for purchase that he used on the tank.  So we’re glad to announce that we now have these decals available on our online store.  These are transparent decals with black lettering, and would be perfect for a window or on a light-colored vehicle (such as white or silver).  The cost is $4 for one, or $7 for two (plus S&H).

In addition, we have lowered the price on our small oval decals to $4 or $7 for one or two, respectively.

Coincidence and water treatment systems

Coincidence is an over-used term, and in my opinion, is made a lot more common than we tend to believe. When something is forefront in our minds we will gravitate to finding relationships between it and other things we see around us as we go about our daily routine. I was actually thinking about coincidence last month as I strolled the streets of Dubai in the UAE on a sultry first day of Ramadan. What were the chances that I would find myself in the Middle East on Ramadan when earlier this year I had been contemplating a comment that Jonathan Hanson made regarding Ramadan in the Overland Training Cultures course? Jonathan’s measured and thoughtful comment about Ramadan is not the subject of this blog entry though, rather coincidence is.

The week previous to my stroll in Dubai I had submitted a lengthly technical article for the next issue of Overland Journal on water treatment systems. It is an article that takes a dozen systems, and measures them against each other using not just opinion, but real performance evaluations in lab tests. This is probably a first for any magazine, and certainly a large undertaking for Overland Journal.

‘I should write a blog entry on the water systems,’ I had told myself on the flight in. So this stroll in Dubai, on my last day in the Middle East, was as much for assuaging my curiosity about the town as searching for inspiration for this blog entry. I had considered the first day of Ramadan, but was short on ideas for how that relates to water treatment systems. A large poster proclaiming ‘Get a trophy life,’ didn’t seem to fit either. The heat was certainly in a more productive vein hanging in the region of 115°F with a humidity high enough to soak my coolmax t-shirt in very short order, but the link just wasn’t there. Yet.

Walking along the water-front after popping in on a luxury hotel’s beach, I came to a break in the shield wall facing the street and found a drinking fountain. Could I call that coincidence given my thirst? Well I could. I could also tag coincidence on the drinking fountain manufacturer: Helton who also makes the water heater I use in my Defender.

Helton water fountain

But as I moved towards getting a drink from the fountain, I saw a round structure on the incoming line. Normally I would have made a mental note of ‘filter’ and then taken a drink, but given my mission, I took a closer look at the filter first. Inspection removed my desire for a drink, and also gave me the perfect picture for this blog entry. Take a close look at the filter; if you have a filter in your overland vehicle that looks like that, I suggest you renew it with a new unit. Promptly. For more on water treatment systems take a look at the upcoming issue of Overland Journal. Sometimes coincidence works quite nicely.

A filter past its time