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STAFF CORNER: EV’S GQ GETS A ROOM WITH A VIEW

Swags have been my preferred accommodation for over 10 years, so why did I install a roof top tent? Between working on product testing, new vehicle reviews and travel yarns for Unsealed 4X4, my dear old swag has been getting a workout of late. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. But with everything in life, one can’t …

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VAN CRUISER OUTLAW SUV REVIEW

A wise man once told me to keep an eye on the little stocky bloke at the end of the bar … ‘he was going to be the one that caused all the damage when things turned pear-shaped’. This analogy has proven itself 100% correct countless times in my life, and not always with reference to the battle-hardened …

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MASSIVE TYRE DEFLATOR COMPARISON

The verdict is out, the old key in the tyre valve and ‘count to 30’ trick when letting down your tyres simply doesn’t cut it anymore. And with the huge variety of tyre deflators on the market available for less than the price of a good case of beer, they are one item that makes pure sense to …

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SNOOPY THE TROOPY

Last issue we sorted the big modifications on the outside of the vehicle – a suspension system, bull bar, and roof rack. So I guess it makes sense to head inside the vehicle now and take care of the next modifications we’ll need! Since we plan on taking Snoopy The Troopy on a big lap of Australia, we …

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THE ULTIMATE XPLOR CAMPER TRAILER

Camper trailers are an incredibly competitive market in Australia; we obviously love the capability of touring our vast, rugged continent without leaving all of home’s creature comforts behind. Not all are made equally, however. Some are plain rubbish, others are very, very good. This camper is an Ultimate XPLOR, specced up with a few fancy options like alloy …

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UNSEALED 4X4 SNATCH STRAP COMPARISON

It’s nearly here; the biggest and most comprehensive snatch strap comparison ever conducted! We broke over 30 snatch straps in a National Accredited Testing Association (NATA) facility to determine the best and worst snatch straps on the market. We went out and bought as many straps as we could find, to undertake the most unbiased independent recovery strap …

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We Test The New Ironman 4X4 Foam Cell Pro Shock Absorber

Engines get the glory, but suspension makes or breaks a car. What’s the first specs you look at on a vehicle?  Probably the power and torque.  I’ll leave it to another article to explain just how wrong that is, but for the moment let’s get back to the old saying, “power is nothing without control”.  These days it’d …

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DRIVING ON FOAM

My Ranger had a mixed suspension setup, OME lifted springs in the front, and an extra leaf added to the rear, with four Bilstein shocks. The result was pretty good, and I’ve been a big fan of Bilstein shocks for quite a while. But I have test work to do, so Ironman replaced the entirety of my setup …

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FRONTRUNNER FLATPACK KITCHENWARE SET

The Frontrunner Flatpack kitchenware set is an all silicone set of essential camp kitchen containers and tools. The set packs down extremely small, is completely “soft” and can be used for a wide range of applications.

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GEAR GURU: YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE

Having enough light at camp was something that used to do my head in. I have tried all sorts of things, from fragile gas element lights to dolphin torches tied up a gumtree on a bit of rope, all of which suffered the same fault. They took up too much space for something that wasn’t actually very efficient. …

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COMPANION OUTDOOR MOVIE PROJECTOR

We all like our creature comforts when in the bush, but there is something special about being able to watch a movie or DVD while shacked up for the night. Forget about a portable DVD player, and you can leave the laptop at home, thanks to the Companion Outdoor Movie Projector. What could be better than watching The Man …

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PIVOTEL SPOT GEN 3

Getting out into remote areas is the name of this four-wheel drive game, but how do you stay in touch with loved ones and let them know you’re okay? The SPOT Gen 3 Satellite GPS Messenger uses 100 per cent satellite technology to send your GPS position back home. Compact in size, battery operated and ready to roll …

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RHINO RACK PIONEER PLATFORMS

Roof racks and four-wheel drives make sense, after all, camping gear is bulky and the roof offers a large surface area for storage. People have started to realise that you don’t need a big steel roof cage in most cases anymore, as they limit the places you can go (say goodbye to car parks) and also increase fuel …

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ATKA POCKET CHAINSAW

Fallen trees are an inevitable part of off-road life, especially if you live near heavily forested areas. But how do you clear a path without carrying a cumbersome petrol powered chainsaw? Well the answer, my friends, will actually fit neatly into your pocket. Introducing the Atka Pocket Chainsaw, a very clever bit of kit that replaces horsepower with …

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GME PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACON

When you do as many kilometres off-road as we do here at Unsealed 4X4 it is critical to have a reliable and safe way to seek help in the case of an emergency. This is why the GME Personal Locator Beacon is an item that lives in my own personal bag of camping gear. Being a personal location beacon it …

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HELINOX ULTRALIGHT TABLE

Camp tables have always been a bit of a catch-22. I mean, you’re going to need a table while relaxing at your favourite campsite, but stashing one in the four-wheel drive can prove to be challenging. This is where the Helinox Ultralight comes to the… erm… table, by offering a sturdy yet extremely portable folding table designed specifically …

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SHERPA 4X4 WINCHES 

So having a 9,500lb winch is pretty cool, but what if we told you Sherpa 4X4 also sell a monster twin-motored 17,000lb unit known as The Mule? Not only is The Mule capable of pulling such a large amount, but full redundancy has been built in, meaning that if one motor fails to function, the second is able …

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VITALGRILL SURVIVAL STOVE 

Why lug that dirty big greasy BBQ plate along on your next adventure, when there are far more compact and efficient ways to cook or heat food and water? The VitalGrill Survival Stove is Canadian made, so you know it’s going to work in pretty much any climate. The kicker with the VitalGrill is the fact it incorporates …

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XROX TUBE BULLBARS

If you want to stand out from the crowd, but still protect yourself and your vehicle while exploring, then the range of XROX bullbars built by Outback Accessories and distributed by Opposite Lock stores might just be for you. There are several benefits of tube-style bull bars over traditional box-section bull bars, which means this style of frontal …

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BAINTECH 12V DISTRIBUTION PANEL  

Twelve-volt wiring can be difficult to get right, and it is even harder to achieve a neat factory-quality install when you want to power multiple accessories. This is why the Baintech 12V Distribution Panel is such a smart idea, as it locates two 12V power outlet points and a handy USB charging point into a compact surface-mounted panel. …

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Gear Guru: Repco Tools

Confucius says: rich man buys his tools once; poor man buys his tools many times. The good thing about tools these days is that you don’t have to blow a bunch of money to get something high quality, that’ll give you many years of sterling service.

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WATERSHED WATERPROOF BAGS

We fit snorkels, differential breathers, and wading bras to our vehicles, all in an attempt to overcome the damaging effects of water. However, when it comes to our gear, little effort is given to protect it from getting wet. Why? Because waterproof storage is usually either heavy and bulky, or cheap and fragile, so it’s not exactly practical …

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EXOFFICIO BUGS AWAY CLOTHING

While I’m not trying to offend any of our readers who happen to be entomologists, I would like to state something clearly: insects suck – and the ones that bite you suck even more. I’ll try almost anything that’ll keep the mozzies and other insects off of me. ExOfficio’s BugsAway® line of clothing makes a bold statement, claiming …

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FOX 2.0 IFP SHOCKS

If you’ve ever seen an off-road racer barreling through rugged terrain at ferocious speeds, there’s a good chance the vehicle they’re driving is outfitted with Fox suspension. They’re one of the largest brands in off-road racing, and regarded by many around the world as the best. The problem, if you could call it one, is that their shocks …