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ARB 47L Fridge The What: A 47L 12 volt travel fridge, designed for four-wheel driving, but with an optional 240v power socket. Ours is one of the first fridges ARB made back in around 2009 and has been touring with us ever since. The Good: It’s reliable and so far it’s never missed a beat. The tie-downs are …

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CHRISTMAS BUYERS GUIDE

MSA Strap Dampener Bag Safe recovery procedures are paramount when in the bush, which is why the MSA Strap Dampener Bag is such a well thought out idea. This clever design means the dampener is actually the carry bag too, which remains permanently attached to the strap. Made from heavy-duty 1680D oxford nylon, the bag even incorporates a …

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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. After steadily increasing my repertoire of curses and insults whilst …

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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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THE GUIDE TO UNDERBODY PROTECTION

There you are, driving through a massive mud hole in the middle of the track—and bang—a lone rock has punctured something vital on your vehicle’s underbody. Maybe it’s the fuel tank, maybe it’s your oil pan or gearbox, all you know is that your vehicle no longer has what it needs to keep moving forward. If you’ve been …

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SCOOP! THE ALL NEW BFGOODRICH ALL-TERRAIN KO2

When a tyre company launches a new product, it’s pretty standard for them to host an official launch. Usually, this is nothing more than a highly-controlled carnival ride, where the tyre shows some of its strengths, and you never really have an opportunity to expose its weaknesses. BFGoodrich, on the other hand, dismissed the usual dog-and-pony show for …

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THE APPS YOU NEED FOR YOUR 4X4 ADVENTURE

The Apps You Need For Your 4×4 Adventures There was a time when the only way you would carry a phone on a 4X4 trip was if you ripped the rotary dial clunker from the wall to use as a paper weight for keeping maps flat on the camping table. We can now phone home from some fairly …

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How To Use A Snatch Strap

If ever one invention simplified the process of vehicle recovery, it was the snatch strap. Much quicker and easier to use than a winch, they are reasonably lightweight and compact to carry in your vehicle. As part of a dedicated recovery kit, there’s not much more you need before needing to take one step up to winching. Most …

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RIP OFF OR NOT? THE L.E.D WAR THAT ROCKED THE WORLD

Ever since I can remember, Lightforce has been the innovator and the gold-standard of 4X4 auxiliary lighting. They’ve always been some of the best-looking, brightest, and most-durable on the market. If you wanted a fair-dinkum set of spotties – you could never go wrong with a set from Lightforce. Plus they had always been Aussie-made, wearing the mark …

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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, …

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GADGETOGRAPHY

This spring, we’re taking a look at some of the latest and greatest 4X4 gear we could find. Once you get your hands on this stuff, you won’t know how to survive without it! LIFESAVER BOTTLE People seem to joke at the idea of bringing a water purifier with them, but the hard facts are that each year, …

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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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THE GEAR YOU NEED TO DO CAPE YORK

Fresh from a three-week trip to The Tip, Unsealed 4X4’s Matt Scott takes us through the gear he used For many four-wheel drive enthusiasts, Cape York is the trip of a lifetime. Whether you are heading up the Old Telegraph Track, going for a cruise on the Peninsula Development Road, or intent on exploring those little sidetracks to …

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WATCH THIS

Suunto Ambit 3 A full-function GPS computer on your wrist. The just-released Suunto Ambit 3 takes outdoor performance watches to the next-level. Capable of recording your tracks, heart rate, elevation, speed and more. It’s just as perfect for 4X4 touring as it is for trail running or mountaineering. It’ll also pair with your smartphone. $TBA suunto.com/en-AU/   TomTom …

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YOUCAMP.COM – BACKYARD BLISS

With Youcamp you can boil your billy in a private paradise, dotcom entrepreneurs Prue and James Woodford tell Unsealed 4X4 A few years back, around a campfire, during summer holidays on the south coast of NSW, Youcamp.com was conceived. We were enjoying a night under the stars with friends. We had miles of space, dogs and kids around …

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CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU:

 Sunglasses For Your Adventure – If you’ve ever left your sunglasses at home—you’ll know how important they are for your adventure. Seriously, driving without sunglasses just plain sucks. We take a look at some of the best, and most stylish options on the market. 

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GADGETOGRAPHY: SNOOZEFEST

There are some people that are able to get an incredibly refreshing night of sleep in the bush. But Unsealed 4X4’s Matt Scott is usually the crotchety, irritated person chugging coffee after getting about two hours of sleep, giving that well-rested, seemingly peppy and happy person an evil stare. It seems you either sleep well in the outdoors …

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SPRINGBOK MIGRATION: SOUTH AFRICAN 4X4 GEAR

Checking out all the latest cool gear on offer at a recent 4X4 show, we were impressed by the range of quality South African products – and struck by the number of South African accents we heard. It really shouldn’t be a surprise given the similarities between the South African and Australian landscapes. They are both big lands …

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PULL THE OTHER ONE! WINCH MAINTENANCE IS NO JOKE!

Imagine this. All you know is there’s a stuck 4X4, and you need to recover it. You have no idea what 4X4 it is, where it is, or how it’s stuck, but you must go and recover it. Now I’m going to offer you a choice of two winches; a hand winch, Tirfor-style, or I’ll magically install an …

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UNSEALED 4X4 GEAR NEWS – ISSUE 003

We take a look at the four-wheel drive industry’s latest and greatest gear! This month we’ve got a new LED light from Lightforce, a new line of rear bars from Kaymar,  a new awning from Bushmaster, and more! 

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HEY PRESTO! WE REVIEW THE INNOVAN XC CAMPER

The unfortunate reality with most camper trailers I’ve seen, used, and personally abused is that frankly, they’re quite a pain to set up. Usually, by the time my mates are finished setting up their camper trailer, I’ve already set up my tent, inflated my sleeping pad, unrolled my sleeping bag, set up my camp chair and opened a …

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GEAR GURU: ISSUE 003

Gear Guru takes a hands-on look at the latest and greatest four-wheel drive products this side of the moon. This issue we’re looking at some indestructible cases from Pelican, an LED lightbar from Rigid Industries, an awesome dash cam, and more!

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LED LENSER X21 R

If this torch were a gun, it would be Inspector Harry Callaghan’s Smith & Wesson Model 29. Like the iconic .44 Magnum, it’s huge and ridiculously powerful. If it’s not the Rolls Royce of the lighting world, it’s the Bugatti Veyron.

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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!

LIFESAVER BOTTLE AUSTRALIA INTRODUCES THE NEW CUBE

The LIFESAVER® cube™ is the perfect family accessory allowing you to have access to instant sterile water for your home and leisure time.  A simple to use portable device, requiring no installation and offering up to 5000 litres of water filtration, the LIFESAVER® cube™ is the latest product in the LIFESAVER® Family.

ARB ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION FLAGSHIP CANOPY

ARB Corporation Ltd, a world leader in aftermarket 4×4 accessories, is pleased to announce the latest addition to their comprehensive canopy line up. The ARB Ascent canopy is establishing an entirely new segment within the growing canopy market, by providing dual cab utility owners with a fully featured, ultra-premium option.

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BEST WINTER GEAR FOR 2014

Scarpa Terra GTX All-terrain tyres for your feet. Full leather construction, waterproof breathable Gore-Tex lining and cushy polyurethane midsole are designed to provide comfort and shock absorption when you venture off road. Known for their comfort right out of the box, these classic Italian-styled boots are ideal for day hikes. Made in the European Union. $259 scarpa.com Blundstone Style …

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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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GEAR NEWS: ISSUE 002

BlackWolf Turbo Air Tent  Black Wolf claim that the ‘air pole’ technology of their new range of tents saves on weight, time and sanity when it comes to setting up and packing up a decent sized tent. Setup is done by using an air pump to force air  into the poles, which in turn gives the tent its structure …

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All the cool and quirky stuff that you want to know about by Unsealed 4X4 gear editor Sam Purcell. Rok Espresso Once you start drinking good coffee, it’s really hard to take a step back. Starting my normal day with a double espresso, I quickly come to miss that ritual when I leave the comforts of home. Sure, …