GaZell JK Camper | French Perfection


Unlike the Ursa Minor J30 which only replaces the factory Jeep top, the GaZell is a different animal altogether. GaZell has designed a complete camper around the JK platform. Much of this is achieved by adding 38 cm to the rear of the Jeep. This creates the space necessary for two bench seats, a table, and a number of high quality cabinets. The kit is completely a bolt on affair with no cutting or drilling required. 

This camper was made possible through the collaboration of BBF GaZell and AEV (no, not that AEV) Altitude Expert Vehicles. There are three interior arrangements including two, three, and four bed units. Depending on configuration, you can have a kitchen, two bench seats, a table and toilet. The pop top contains the sleeping platform and only adds nine centimeters to the Jeep's overall height. 

According to GaZell, the whole package adds a scant 90-180 kg to the curb weight of the donor vehicle -that doesn't seem realistic, but we have no way of verifying this. Whether this is true or not, the build quality appears to be top notch. Check out the photos and videos below.

Does 80kg seem realistic to you? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.



Specs from GaZell:

The GaZell for Jeep WRANGLER JK is available in 3 levels of FINISH  (Evolution, Any Road, Grand Raid).


• 100% one-piece molded hard top in reinforced polyester
• 100% monobloc molded rear extension in reinforced polyester
• Retractable ladder for on-board access
• 10 mm reinforced insulation under the tilting roof
• Lifting roof supported by gas cylinders
• Waterproof roof cover 3 windows with shutter and 2 screens
• Original Jeep JK rear door
location • Bezel location rear Jeep JK (up to 2011 model, narrow bezel) 
• Support plateregistration European format

• Interior finish with light beige covering of the roof and vertical parts
• Molded polyester kitchen worktop, very easy to clean
• Storage space at the rear end on extension
• Storage under the floor
• 1 folding bed with 120 x 200 napkin slats cm
• Molded sink with integrated drainer in kitchen worktop with drainage

In addition to the "EVOLUTION" finish

• 2 molded polyester
seats with large storage box • 4 cm BULTEX mattress with cover washable for benches and bed in nasturtium
• Removable table and swivel on tubular

stand "GRAND RAID"
In addition to the finish "ANY PATH" 

• Storage with lockable cupboard doors, in "DIBON" (very light and very resistant) type "AEV" with 2 benches and mattresses (BULTEX 4cm) with fabric covers on the 2 chests storage, fridge 40 liters and toilet. 

• Submerged electric water pump with hand shower
• Clean water tank 48L (3 jericans 16 liters) 

• Lengthening the floor: 38 cm
• Height under roof closed: 114 cm
• Height under roof open: 180 at 210 cm
• Extra height Original Jeep: + 9 cm • Overall
width: Original Jeep
• Overall length Origin Jeep: + 38 cm
• Additional weight Original Jeep empty: from 80 kg to 180 kg depending on the version

For more information on GaZell Campers visit:

VOTD | The World's Lightest Truck Camper

VOTD | The World's Lightest Truck Camper

GFC is a collaboration between Hondo Garage and Aerocontinental. We're neighbors in the same Bozeman, Montana industrial complex and once we realized we both wanted a small camper that didn't exist, it was hard to ignore the fact that we were the right folks to build it.

  • We called our new company GFC, which stands for Go-Fast Campers. For us, driving dirt roads and trails is the primary focus rather than just a means to an end. So the campers we're building are designed to maximize the driving experience first and foremost. That said, We like to get a good night's sleep too. Hence our motto: drive fast, camp well.

  • Because we have our own factory with our own CNC machines and robotic automation, we can keep manufacturing in the USA and still produce a product at competitive prices. This is important to us. We're not just designing trick campers, but the manufacturing processes to make them cost-effectively.

How to Convert a Jeep into a Popup Camper

How to Convert a Jeep into a Popup Camper

Enter Ursa Minor Vehicles.

I recently had the opportunity to help my close friend John install his new J30 Ursa Minor Camper onto his Jeep. Normally I don’t associate an opportunity with heavy lifting, but I’ve long been curious about the J30 camper. I’ve seen a few in person and as a mechanical thinker, I’ve always wanted to know how they were assembled and what makes them tick.

Roadhouse Tarp | Slumberjack

Roadhouse Tarp | Slumberjack

Slumberjack (SJK) recently released the Roadhouse Tarp which, unlike the blue tarp was specifically made to adapt to our rigs, campsites and lifestyles. It can either attach directly to the rear of your truck, Jeep or SUV allowing for a large living area to wait out bad weather or escape from the sun. Where most rear facing awnings have to be permanently mounted to a vehicle, and cannot be used away from your rig, the Roadhouse Tarp can be moved from vehicle to vehicle or setup without a vehicle at all.

Get Lost Box | The Monthly Subscription Box for the Discerning Camper

With the growing popularity of monthly subscription boxes, it was only a matter of time before someone realized the gaping hole in the off road market. That's where Caleb Austin of Get Lost saw the opportunity to bring quality gear to this community. 

The Get Lost Box is geared towards the outdoor enthusiast. Boxes come in two different flavors, the Explorer and the Overlander. Subscriptions include a different package each month containing hand picked items with a focus on quality and usefulness over quantity.

 The Overlander box contained a handful of useful kit. 

The Overlander box contained a handful of useful kit. 

The Explorer box is intended for the camper and other outdoor enthusiasts. The monthly price is listed at $54.99/mo. Each month the package will exceed the sum of its parts with a value of at least $65.

Our goal is to provide a box every month that contains not only a good value, but also high quality, useful gear, not novelty items or trinkets.
— Get Lost

The Overlander box will contain the same items as the Explorer with the addition of a vehicle based product -this month, it's a pair of Extreme LED, Extreme Series 5D LED light pods (it should be noted that the light harness is not included, but is available at The monthly price for the Overlander is listed at $124.99/mo. Like the Explorer, the Overlander will also pack more value than the items enclosed with a minimum worth of $155. 

 Our Overlander came with a postcard with information about each product and a pair of decals.

Our Overlander came with a postcard with information about each product and a pair of decals.

 Packaging was adequate and contained environmentally friendly wood-fiber packing materials.

Packaging was adequate and contained environmentally friendly wood-fiber packing materials.

The July Overlander box came with:

Overall, I think that the included kit is both thoughtful and of decent quality. Either subscription would be a great consideration as a gift or to get a new camper (or backpacker) started on the road to becoming equipped for nearly anything. The items in this month's box will be put to use as soon as this weekend. I'm particularly looking forward to testing out the Luminoodle. 


For more information on Get Lost, visit


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on this website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Testing a New Tent in Flaming Gorge | SJK NightFall 2

 The SJK NightFall 2 tent looking right at home along Flaming Gorge, UT/WY.

The SJK NightFall 2 tent looking right at home along Flaming Gorge, UT/WY.

It’s currently June and in Wyoming, that means the snow has finally stopped falling and it’s time to head for the mountains. Luckily for me, it’s only a thirty minute drive to the Wind River range, but I have been meaning to visit Flaming Gorge since passing it on the way to Moab last year. I thought this would be the perfect trip to tryout Slumberjack’s new, Nightfall 2 tent. They sent it to me a few weeks prior to my trip, and I have been reeling to give it a try ever since.

Vestibule closed.
Vestibule open.
I hope this feature catches on, because it really does make a significant difference in comfort.

The SJK Nightfall 2 arrives pre assembled in a small storage bag. Setup is quick and straightforward. I confess that I didn’t read the directions, yet I was still able to erect the complete tent in under ten minutes on my first try. The only mistake I made was reversing one of the cross poles. There is a slight bend on one side which makes them directional (the silver ends go towards the rear of the tent). Despite my mistake, the Nightfall was still fully functional -which is great news if you repeat my folly while setting up in the dark.

 Despite my mistake, the Nightfall was still fully functional.

Despite my mistake, the Nightfall was still fully functional.

SJK NightFall 2 Interior.
Fast pitch interior.

There are four guy ropes, one at each corner, which are colored in high visibility yellow and are reflective for nighttime safety. The stakes consist of high quality aluminum “Y”-beams with notches near the top to capture guy ropes and tent feet. I was surprised and happy to see these tent stakes rather than the standard bent wire that seem to dominate the industry. There’s even a small loop attached to the top of the stakes to make retrieving them easier. I thought it was pretty cool that the vestibule can be converted into a shade awning by relocating two of the guy ropes and placing a pair of trekking poles into the rings located at its base -unfortunately, I don’t have trekking poles, so I couldn’t try out this feature.

 The aluminum "Y"-beam stakes outflank the standard bent wire stakes provided by other brands.

The aluminum "Y"-beam stakes outflank the standard bent wire stakes provided by other brands.

This is the only tent that I have ever been able to put back in the bag on the first try!

The near vertical walls are achieved by attaching the third, and final, aluminum pole to a pair of nylon tabs. The spring force provided by the slight bend in the pole keeps the walls taught, even in high winds. The extra space makes a noticeable difference when sitting upright or trying to change clothes. I hope this feature catches on, because it really does make a significant difference in comfort. It was quite cold on the Wyoming/Utah border of Flaming Gorge, so I didn’t try the Fast-Pitch feature, which eliminates the inner tent for substantial weight savings and slightly quicker setup. I did remove the inner tent just before breaking it down just to get a sense of how easily it breaks down.

Vertical wall aluminum pole.
Main aluminum poles.

To make this adjustment, you will need to unclip the four corners at the base of the tent floor, and pull a handful of pegs through the hanging loops at the top of the rainfly. The entire process took about two minutes to complete. Breakdown was simple and, even more importantly, packing the Nightfall was extremely easy. This is the only tent that I have ever been able to put back in the bag on the first try!

Tent floor quick connects.

Overall, I feel that Slumberjack did a tremendous job with the Nightfall series. They really hit the nail on the head with quality and function at an affordable price. Even if you are currently using a roof top tent, this would be a great backup for emergencies (we always carry a backup in case our larger tent is damaged or can’t be staked due to terrain). The Fast-Pitch feature could also function as a sunshade for the beach. The opportunities are limited only by the imagination. If you are in the market for a lightweight tent, give the Nightfall a close look.



Ease of setup

High quality tent stakes

Easy to pack



Tent poles are directional


Capacity: 2

Seasons: 3

Packed Weight: 5 lbs, 10 oz 

Fast Pitch Weight: 3 lbs, 9 oz

Interior Space: 31.4 sq ft

Peak Height: 39.5”

Packed Size: 6.5” x 21”

Tent Fabric: wall 40D; floor 68D; fly 66D polyester

Tent Poles: 7001 series aluminum x3

 MSRP: $150


For more information on the SJK Nightfall tent, visit

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on this website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

How to Choose the Best Sleeping Bag

 Choosing a sleeping bag isn't as difficult as it may first seem.

Choosing a sleeping bag isn't as difficult as it may first seem.

My wife and I recently recently traded the warm humid climate of the Southern United States for the dry, high elevation of Wyoming. This meant that some of our gear would have to be replaced to account for differences in climate. Of course, we tried to use our old gear, but not all of it made the transition well. Having spent a fair amount of nights in an inappropriately insulated sleeping bag, I set out to do some research before replacing it with something more comfortable. As it turns out, selecting a proper sleeping bag is much easier than it looks. It really boils down to three determining factors: temperature rating, type of insulation, and size. Here is what I learned.


Temperature Rating

My bag was old, really old, purchased from a discount store some fifteen years ago. During this time, it was exceedingly difficult to determine a realistic temperature rating based on manufacturer claims. This was due to a lack of standardization. As it turns out, ratings were dictated by each manufacturer, that is until 2005 when the *European Norm (EN 13537) was released creating a singular rating system. This means that if you are considering a bag that is rated at 35F, then that’s exactly what you will get -well, sort of.

As it turns out, women’s bag ratings differ by 12F degrees due to a lower sleeping temperature -I’m sure most men are already aware of this detail, having been thrust awake by a frozen toe or buttock on their back in the middle of the night. Due to their colder nature, women’s bags will contain additional insulation to achieve the same temperature rating as a men’s bag. Thus, if you are a woman and your male partner offers to lend you one of his sleeping bags, make sure that it has at least a 12F degree higher rating than the climate in which you intend to use it. Make sense? One note on this temperature differential, there is some information out there that points to body mass as the determining factor rather than gender. Although this is completely reasonable, I don’t have any concrete facts to back this up. Perhaps if I paid to read the EN 13537, but I’m not that motivated. Moving forward.

Some temperature rating terms to ponder:

Upper Limit - the max temperature that the average man can sleep in comfort.

Comfort - the lowest temperature that the average woman can sleep in comfort.

Lower Limit - the lowest temperature that the average man can sleep in comfort.


Materials: Down vs Synthetic

It should come as no surprise that the insulation dictates temperature ratings. There are two primary types of insulation currently being used in sleeping bags: synthetic (polyester) fibers, and down which is sourced from both ducks and geese alike. Synthetic is the more cost effective choice of the two, featuring greater loft (fluffiness) retention, and moisture resistance. Synthetic insulation is also hypoallergenic making it the only choice for those with allergies to animal products. However, when it comes down to staying warm, goose down is your (expensive) friend.

One quick side note regarding down products, there are some seriously messed up practices in the way in which it is collected. I don’t have the space here to give this message the attention it deserves, so I will just say this, make sure that the company in which you purchase your down products from is a Responsible Down Standard Certified source (RDS). Please Read more about RDS here.

Fill power rating determines how much loft a down bag provides per ounce, and has zero correlation with temperature rating. Thus, a 50F down bag rated at 500 fill power is equally warm as a 50F down bag with a 700 fill power rating. Loft aside, a higher fill rating will provide for a higher quality bag that will also by physically smaller when packed away. In other words, if space is a premium, and you can afford it ($$$), go with the higher fill rating. Selecting the overall size that’s right for you is fairly straight forward, but should be carried out in person.


Size and Shape

To save time, you may find it useful to read online reviews. But, not unlike buying a pair of tennis shoes, it’s always best to “try on” a sleeping bag before purchasing due to variances in length and width. Traditionally, available sizes are long, regular and women’s. In this particular criteria, it’s best to spend some extra time with your selection. Ultimately, comfort and heat retention will depend on selecting a bag that is appropriately sized to your specific body type. For example, selecting a bag that’s too large will create cold pockets and decrease warmth; select one that’s too small and you’ll not only be uncomfortable, but also slightly colder as well.

Body types, claustrophobia and intended use can drive people to pursue different styles of bags. There are four primary styles: rectangular, semi-rectangular, double-wide, and mummy.



Due to its virtual one-size-fits-all shape, the rectangular bag is by far the most common. As an added bonus, using two of the same rectangular bags will allow them to be zipped together to create a queen sized sleeping bag. The same space could be achieved with a double-wide bag, only without the ability to downsize for a single sleeper.

 Image: North Face

Image: North Face

An example of the rectangular design, here is the North Face Dolomite 40/4. This is not an endorsement or recommendation. 



These bags bridge the gap between the confined space of a mummy and spacious rectangular bags. Tapering from the head to toe provides some space and weight savings over the rectangular counterpart, but still offers decent space at the shoulders. Campers and hikers with broader shoulders would likely find more comfort in this bag than the mummy style.

An example of the semi-rectangular design, here is the Mountain Hard Wear Down Flip 35/50F (regular). This is not an endorsement or recommendation.

 Image: Mountain Hard Wear

Image: Mountain Hard Wear



As the name implies, this bag is about twice as wide as a rectangular one. Intended to sleep two campers, this big boy is only for those who don’t mind being intimately close to their camping partner. Having never used a double-wide myself, I have to wonder if the 12F degree sleeping temperatures between men and women will allow both parties to be comfortable. If you have experience with double-wide sleeping bags, I’d love to hear your thoughts or opinions in the comments below.

 Image: Nemo

Image: Nemo

An example of the double-wide design, here is the Nemo Mezzo Loft Duo Double Sleeping Bag. This is not an endorsement or recommendation.



The final sleeping bag style is intended for hikers and the weight conscious, and are likely better suited to the backpacker than the overlander. Technically, it will work equally well for both, but overlanders tend to have more space available. Thus, the cramped confines of the appropriately named mummy bag will likely be too big of a trade off. Of course, this is only my opinion and I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who absolutely love sleeping in a body contoured bag.

An example of the mummy design, here is the Marmot Trestles 20 Elite Sleeping Bag for women. This is not an endorsement or recommendation.

 Image: Marmot

Image: Marmot


Helpful Sleeping Bag Terminology

Shell - the exterior of the bag. It contains the insulation and blocks out the elements.

Baffles - keeps insulation evenly dispersed and prevents drifting.

Yoke - blocks drafts from entering around the neck.

Shaped Foot-box - provides room for feet for while sleeping on your back.

Tube - similar to the yoke, the tube blocks drafts with insulation at the neck opening.

Insulation/Fill - the component that provides warmth and comfort.

Insulated Draft Tube - located behind the zipper to block drafts from passing the zipper.

Foot Vents - just as it sounds, ventilation at the foot of the bag.

Hood - found on mummy bags; the area that encompasses the head.

Zipper - this one is obvious. For colder climates, look for a bag with a protective flap.


Final Thoughts

For the most part, sleeping bag selection will be dictated by where it's used most. My previous bag did a great job of keeping me comfortable in the warmer Southern US where I lived for most of my life. Having moved to the Western US, it became downright dangerous as the reality of freezing became far more likely. For those who camp in a variety of climates, it may be necessary to own more than one sleeping bag. Liners are also available that increase warmth enough to bridge between two different temperature ratings -but only just. Having a liner will not only add flexibility to the climates where the sleeping bag is used, they can also save some coin by negating the need for an additional bag. Use your best judgement here.

An additional note worth mentioning, the sleeping pad that you choose will also greatly affect comfort and warmth.Be sure to take this into consideration as while conducting research for your sleeping arrangements. If you found this article useful, please share it and subscribe to our mailing list below. 


* EN 13537 has since been updated/replaced EN 13537 extract

The RovR Campr Cooler [Tested]


The world of coolers has changed substantially in the last few years. Many advancements have been made in both ice retention and functionality. In this fast growing genre (where many companies appear to be nothing more than clones of other brands), once can see how difficult it can be to innovate and stay ahead of the curve, but it isn’t impossible. RovR has taken the benign cooler and turned it into a productive tool with many new features that we think make the ROLLR 80 a cut above the rest.


The first thing you may notice are the inflatable wheels opposite of a large aluminum pull handle. Using a pneumatic wheel rather than the typical plastic wheel not only improves durability and transport over uneven terrain, it also allows the cooler to function as a bicycle trailer. Simply remove a metal plate and replace it with the optional bike hitch, attach it to your bicycle and you’re off to the beach, community pool or mountain bike trail. There is also a collapsible Wagon Bin that adds roughly 3.3 cu ft of useful storage to the lid. This means you can lug your sleeping bag, a bag of Doritos, and a slew of other bulky items to your destination all in one trip.



We recently hauled our camper up to the Wind River in Dubois, Wyoming for four days of R&R. Not exactly an overland trip, I know, but it gave us a great opportunity to test out the ROLLR 80. Let me start out by saying that we were unable to conduct a proper ice retention test of our own due to the low ambient temperatures, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t test out the unit’s other unique features.

Before we left the house, I packed in about twenty pounds of ice and a case of beer with plenty of room to spare. The ROLLR 80 is constructed of rotomolded plastic which engulfs 2” of dense foam. All of this insulation comes at a cost, mainly, weight. Even without the payload, the RovR is much heavier than your standard IGLOO. Nevertheless, I was able to heft the giant beer cube into the back of the truck without needing medical attention. Thanks to the rubber feet opposite of the wheels, the cooler stayed put while securing it in place with ratchet straps. There are six tie down points which make tying it down a cinch..

Once we made it to camp, I removed the straps and wheeled the cooler to the edge of the tailgate -I liked not having to drag the bottom of it across the abrasive bed or the ground. The generous handles made unloading a breeze, even with the beer weight. I was a bit disappointed that the cooler wouldn’t fit through the door of our camper. To be fair, our doorway is a bit narrow by most standards. As a result, it had to be secured outside with the steel cable normally reserved for our generators. The large plastic handle made it easy to loop the cable through for a padlock. It would have probably been more secure to use the integrated steel tie-down points, but I didn’t see the need at our particular camp site.

The next morning, I wheeled the RovR down to the river along with our camp chairs -which fit nicely in the Wagon Bin along with my camera equipment. I’ll admit, I thought the concept of the bin was a bit odd, but all doubts quickly evaporated the first time I used it. It secures to the top using four velcro straps, which makes it easy to detach and set aside once you get where you are going. With the Wagon Bin collapsed and secured to the top, I was pleasantly surprised just how comfortable it was to sit on. In fact, after day-one I just left my chair back at camp. Transporting the cooler was a real treat, especially compared to other coolers that require white-knuckling the handles from car to campsite.

Thanks to the 8" pneumatic wheels, the unit literally glides across the ground behind the aluminum handle -despite heavy grass and rocks. The low center of gravity also made it effortless to pull on uneven ground -not once did I feel like it was going to tip over. I did find the handle to be a few inches too short, which caused the cooler to hit me in the heels if I wasn’t paying attention -for reference, I’m 6’2” and wear a size 14 shoe. I think an adjustable handle would make a huge difference here. One other small gripe, or really personal preference, I think the water drain would have been better placed at the opposite side of the handle. This would allow water to be drained by lifting the handle or towing the RovR. However, the wheel mounts use up a spot of interior space leaving the handle side as the lowest point -no worries.

The interior sports a removable bin which contains three storage cubbies for dry goods. This is perfect for separating steaks from fruits and vegetables, and for keeping ice melt at bay. I found the cubbies to be cavernous, easily swallowing enough produce for a week’s worth of camping for two or three people. I was pleased that after four days of back and forth from the river to the camper, the cubbies remained dry. 

Let’s face it, lugging a cooler around is a real pain in the butt. They are awkward to carry and handling them often results in splashing freezing cold water all over the front of your shirt. The rubber seal on the lid of the ROLLR 80 keeps your shirt dry while the pneumatic tires make it a a pleasure to pull to the river for a day (or week) of fly fishing, or tow behind a bike to the community pool. RovR set out to change the game and it looks like they have done just that. If you are in the market for a new cooler, we highly recommend having a look at the RovR ROLLR 80.


  • Internal dry bin: removable, three separate cubbies, located on pull handle side (keeps water from splashing on dry goods while transporting by the handle)

  • Ice Retention:

  • Airtight gasket:

  • 80 qt Capacity: holds 96, 12 oz cans and 20 lbs of ice

  • 2” foam insulation - rotomolded in Colorado

  • Anchor points:

  • Dual lock points:

  • Fast flow drain plug:

  • Bike towbar:

  • 8” tires, mounted to nylon, ball bearing wheels: with locking nuts

  • Bear proof

  • Large rubber, tension closures


  • Easy to transport

  • Lockable lid

  • Bear proof

  • Wagon Bin makes it easy to transport loose gear

  • Excellent construction


  • Extremely heavy, even when empty

  • Fixed handle length -a slide adjustment would help RovR keep its distance from heels when being pulled by hand

  • Drain opposite end of pull handle would make it easier to expel water (wheel structure is in the way, so probably not possible)


Campsite Edition MSRP: $449 (our test mule)

Bike Edition MSRP: $489

Tailgate Edition MSRP: $599

Available colors: dark orange, bright green, medium grey

External Dimensions: 26.5”L x 23.6”W x 21.3”H (widest points)

Internal Dimensions: 19.3”L x 17.5”W x 16.1”H (internally tapered)

Wagon Bin Dimensions: 20”L  x 17”W x 17”H

All three configurations come standard with Dual Cup Holders, a Prepping Board, Dry Bin, and Wagon Bin. The Bike Edition adds a Bike Hitch, and the Tailgate Edition adds a Stash Bag and JBL Pulse 2 Bluetooth Speaker. All of these options are available separately along with a several other wares including tie downs and lighting, along with a line of RovR swag.

For more information on the RovR cooler, visit

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on this website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

New from AEV | Jeep JK Borah DualSport Wheels

New from AEV | Jeep JK Borah DualSport Wheels

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) just added a new set of wheels to their Jeep JK wheel lineup. Dubbed as the Borah DualSport, these wheels are compatible with all Jeep JK’s from 2007 and up. The classic styling are a welcomed improvement over the simplistic 5-star factory wheels, and do so without crying “look at me”! The hollow spokes of the Borah are reminiscent of the original Corvette Z06 wheels with addition of either a Protection Ring (for the street), or a fully functional Beadlock Ring for running ultra low pressure off road. Both rings are interchangeable (thus the DualSport moniker) for DOT compliance purposes.

Image: American Expedition Vehicles

The Borah is available in Onyx Black or Onyx Black/Machined finish. The removable outer ring features a silver finish that can be painted to taste. If you prefer the looks of the wheel without the outer ring, AEV supplies black nylon hardware to keep the threaded bolt holes free of debris. The outer rings also come with all necessary hardware including Grade 8.8 for the Protection Ring and Grade 10.9 for the Beadlock Ring (for increased torque specs)


Fast Facts:

  • Hub Centric

  • Accepts OE lug nuts

  • Recessed valve stem for added protection

  • TPMS compatible

  • Molded AEV cap included

  • Size: 17x8.5

  • Bolt Pattern: 5x5 (2007+ JK Wrangler)

  • Offset: +4mm

  • Approximate Backspacing: 4.59”

  • Weight Rating: 2400lbs

  • Material: A356 T6 Cast Aluminum Alloy

  • SAE J2530 Certified/DOT Compliant

  • Lifetime structural warranty

AEV also released the following disclaimer regarding DOT compliance:

“Please Note: Borah wheel with the Beadlock Ring installed is DOT compliant but that does not necessarily mean that they are 50-state legal for street use. Check state and local restrictions on beadlock installation and use BEFORE ordering. Beadlock wheels must be properly installed and require routine maintenance. As a general policy, AEV recommends that beadlock wheels are used for off-road purposes only.” -American Expedition Vehicles

For more information on the Borah DualSport wheels visit


Free Maps from National Park Maps

Free Maps from National Park Maps

Why pay for maps when you can get them for free? That's exactly what National Park Maps is offering, quality maps for free. The site currently offers over 1,486 and that number is growing all the time. 

Park ranger, Matt Holly has been working diligently since 2013 to gather all of the US National Park maps into one place. He's still working on it, but we applaud his tenacity (he added over 200 in February alone). All files are conveniently sorted alphabetically or by state. 

Canyonlands National Park, terrain                       


Terrain, geological and topo maps can be found for a myriad of locations including National Monuments, recreation areas, seashores/lakeshores, and other points of interest. 

Grand Canyon, North Rim, topo


You can help to support Matt’s efforts by shopping at his online store here.


Rigid Industries D-SS, Side Shooter LED Light

Rigid Industries D-SS, Side Shooter LED Light

No More Blind Corners; RIGID’s all new D-SS offers 120 degrees of forward projecting light.
— Mitch Kistner, Rigid Industries

Last September, Rigid Industries released an updated version of their best selling D-Series of compact LED lights: the D-SS, Dually Side Shooter LED Cube. Rated up to 3675 lumens and only 0.8" wider than the D-Series, the D-SS punches well above its weight. The Spot and Flood beams have four forward facing LED's and three side shooting LED's per side (pairs), or two per side (singles) -driving beams are the arranged similarly, only with six forward facing LED's.

D-SS Flood Beam

Image: Rigid Industries

The additional side lighting is good for 120 degrees of coverage vs the D-Series' 45 degrees. This equates to more side light coverage without losing any of the previous forward lighting capabilities. Our  long term test of the D2 flood beams have worked flawlessly.However, we have found that even with the flood beam pattern, the lights were unable to detect some animals and other hidden dangers while driving on back roads. The extra coverage will undoubtedly alleviate this shortcoming. 

It's easy to see how visibility is greatly improved with the D-SS

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D-SS Driving Beam

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D-SS Driving Beam

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Fast Facts:

  • 50,000 hour lifespan
  • 2793 raw lumens (spot/flood); 3675 (driving)
  • IP68 compliant (waterproof to 1 meter)
  • Impact resistant lens
  • Wiring harness, switch  
  • Mounting brackets included
  • Gore pressure equalizing vent 

Price: $170 as listed by the Rigid Industry website

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