Overland Tested

Hands-on gear & build talk.

Free Spirit Recreation (FSR) M60 Adventure Series Tent Review gear

14 November 2019

The Free Spirit Reaction (FSR) M60 Adventure Series is our second roof top tent, after having previously had a James Baroud Explorer hard-shell. We got the tent second hand, with a trailer purchased this past spring. In that time we've used it on a dozen short trips, and the tent has impressed!

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inReach billing tip blog

14 November 2019

I've been using DeLorne (now Garmin) inReach for a few years, relying on it to keep me in contract when I am far from cellular reception. It's an excellent tool, and I discovered there's a way to save on the monthly service costs between trips to keep the service costs very economical.

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Autumn in the Kootenays adventures

09 November 2019

This weekend we headed east, hoping to find plenty of snow to camp in. We planned on exploring an area near the massive Arrow Lakes in the central Kootenays, and quickly found a suitable-looking forest service road to take us away from the highway and into more remote backcountry.

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Camping in Okanagan adventures

01 November 2019

We hadn't gone camping for a few months and we were itching to get out into the woods. Early November presented an opportunity to do just that, at a nearby lake just an hour from home.

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Camping in central Kootenays adventures

27 July 2019

At the end of July we (yet again) headed into the Kootenays, but this time the central area. The first night was spent at a pullout off a quiet FSR, but on day two we found a wonderful, secluded spot right on the water. Other than some day-time users of the lake, we had the spot all to ourselves.

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James Baroud Tent Review - Problems gear

24 February 2018

In 2017 I purchased a brand new James Baroud Explorer hard-shell roof top tent. It was just the right size and was incredibly quick to setup and tear down. It was supposed to be of the highest quality on the market, so despite the very high (~$4000 USD) price tag, I made the plunge. Coincidentally, a friend of mine bought an identical, new tent a month later.

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Cabin Lake Attempt adventures

23 October 2017

Not wanting to give up on fall just yet, we decided to head to Cabin Lake for the weekend. With beautiful sunshine in Vancouver, we underestimated just what we were getting into this late in the season.

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Enders Aluminium Cases gear

31 July 2017

Eight-month update: the cases have held up very well to numerous road trips, across all kinds of terrain. From Death Valley's washboard roads, to being snowed on in -24C temperatures, the cases are no worse for wear. Very happy with them, and highly recommend them as a great alternative to much more expensive options.

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