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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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THE UNSEALED 4X4 REVIEW: 2014 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90

The latest incarnation of the Defender might be the best – ever. It’s powerful, comfortable, fuel efficient, and beautiful – in a Margaret Thatcher kind of way. Close your eyes and imagine a four-wheel drive cruising down an empty, barren outback track. The sun is setting behind the dust cloud as the sky erupts into a fierce orange …

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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 …

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UNSEALED 4X4 REVIEW: 2014 SUZUKI JIMNY

Most modern four-wheel drives are actually quite terrible at being a four-wheel drive. They’re big, luxurious, expensive and you most certainly wouldn’t call them economical. Which is funny, because the four-wheel drive was invented as a utility tool; the vehiclular equivalent of a Swiss army knife. These days the four-wheel drive is more like a smartphone, and a …

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THE LOTUS CARAVANS TROOPER THE MOST LUX WE’VE EVER TESTED

There’s no doubt how popular caravaning is in Australia. Tourers are seen trawling up, down through and across all of Australia’s major and minor bitumen arteries all throughout the year. They’re up in Karumba tucking into the terrific seafood, lazing about with a glass of chardonnay at Cable Beach in Broome as the camels walk past, and in …

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IS THIS THE BEST ‘BANG FOR YOUR BUCK’ DUAL-CAB IN AUSTRALIA

We don’t think that there is a more competitive or important market in the Australian automotive scene than the utility market. It has a distinct Australian heritage and flavour, and is a driving force behind the 4X4 and outdoor lifestyle scene. With competition comes innovation; new models spruik ever increasing levels of comfort, refinement and design. It’s a …

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LET’S TAKE THIS SHOW OFF-ROAD

1941 Bantam Reconnaissance Car 1948 Land Rover 1950 BJ Jeep 1950 4W60 1966 Bronco 1970 LJ10 1972 Leone 1979 G-Class 1978 LUV 1982 Pajero 1983 Korando 1991 Galloper 1993 Crossroad 1996 LX450 1998 Allroad Quattro 1998 Safe 1998 Retona 1999 X5 1998 AZ-Offroad 2002 Cayenne 2002 Touareg 2002 XC90 2010 Countryman 1941 JEEP – BANTAM RECONNAISSANCE CAR The …

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TIGER CUB

Making the transition from tent to camper trailer was a no-brainer. Twenty years camping with tents, tarps, stretchers, sleeping bags, gas cookers and of course the old Esky full of ice meant our set-up time often felt like half our holiday was gone before it started. Our penchant for extended touring drove the desire to have less time …

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MINING THE MARKET

This new Ford Ranger has been toughened up specifically for the resources sector, but will put a smile on the face of weekend warriors as well There’s no denying that the Ford Ranger has already developed a strong following. Its sales figures have powered past Nissan and Mitsubishi pick-ups and are threatening to bump the benchmark HiLux off its …

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The Unsealed 4X4 Review: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Outlander’s PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) variant, has a range of only 50km on pure electric driving, but in combination with a conventional internal combustion engine, could theoretically do a desert crossing using combined volt/fuel power. And that wouldn’t require bringing along a portable gennie (and a 15V powerpoint) if you just drove using the on-board generator …

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The Unsealed 4X4 Reivew: 2014 JEEP CHEROKEE TRAILHAWK

Hill End, the site of one of Australia’s great 19th century gold rushes, seemed so right to put this 4X4 through its paces. Jeep is an internationally famous 4X4 brand, but here its products have not always been viewed as meeting the 4X4 gold standard.  Would the US-built Trailhawk be 24-carat, or fool’s gold, or something in between?

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T IS FOR TOUGH: A TVAN ALWAYS TURNS HEADS

Camper trailers come in all shapes and sizes; it’s just a shame that the majority of them look the same (an obese box trailer with a giant muffin top ballooning out the top). Not all camper trailers fit this description, but let’s face it – many do. Melbourne-based Track makes the well-regarded Tvan, something that won’t be confused …

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GEAR GURU – COOL FATHER’S DAY IDEAS

UNSEALED 4×4 scours the entire planet for the latest and greatest gear and kit for your 4WD adventures. Take a look at what we found at the Explore Australia Expo in Melbourne. There might just be something perfect for Father’s Day!

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LOVE MACHINE: FIRST DATES IN 4X4s

Having finally plucked up the courage to call and ask Alex on our first official date, I hit dial on my mobile. We’d been friends for three months prior and I knew he enjoyed left-of-centre experiences, so I’d planned a first date that would be fun and exciting. Taking him for a drive in my 4X4 on Stockton …

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FAMILY PLANNER

Fun doesn’t even come close to describing my early years of camping and four-wheel driving!! I was born into it and I often warmly recall those distant childhood memories, fuzzy though they may now be. My Dad had an old Series 2 Land Rover tray back ute and a couple of different sized canvas tents. We’d think nothing …

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2014 Range Rover Sport Review

Range Rover … the name rolls off the tongue like an expensive red. It’s the quintessential look-at-me bling accessory for the who’s who of movie stars, sports gods and those famous for simply being famous. It embodies style, elegance and sophistication in what may be the best-looking genuine 4X4 SUV ever made.

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RAT RACE ESCAPE WAGON

Swapping the suburbs of Melbourne for the wilds of the Pilbara Words: Dan Lewis Images: Tony Knight Mark Keogh’s 2011 Series 7 GU Nissan Patrol isn’t just a great touring vehicle, it’s also doubled as a trans-continental removalist’s truck. Mark, 44, decided to bow out of the “rat race” recently and have a “life reset” by moving with his …

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LEADERS OF THE PACK

Where would the world of 4X4 be without these technological breakthroughs? BY Tim Stanners As the late Steve Jobs of Apple once put it: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Here at Unsealed 4X4 we love innovators and their cool new products. What’s more, we want to recognise and reward those innovators and their innovations. Help …

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THE NEW NISSAN NAVARA

Check it out! Nissan has revealed what the next version of its flagship ute looks like. The NP300 Navara is the 12th generation of this famous Nissan and will go on sale in Australia in early 2015. While Nissan has released plenty of photos and videos and motherhood statements about the new vehicle, there are no details yet …