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ARB ASCENT CANOPY

THE HUMBLE CANOPY JUST GOT HIGH-TECH CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Ute canopies have always been fairly basic affairs. A fibreglass, plastic or metal shell encloses your tray and keeps the elements and unwanted attention away from your gear. Maybe they incorporated a couple of sliding windows and an extra brake light if …

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CANON POWERSHOT G5 X

A perfect little travelling companion. The G5 X is a great compact that packs some punch! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE For the past few trips we’ve done on Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures we have been playing around with this little camera; and we are impressed. In fact, it has been nearly impossible …

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THE $300 GADGET THAT WILL MAKE YOUR DIESEL FEEL LIKE A PETROL

Cast your mind back 10 or 20 years, and 4WDs were not powerful. You had your 97-kilowatt 3.5-litre V8 Range Rover, or your 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated diesel Patrol with just 85 kilowatts. But now, neither power nor torque is a major problem. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Modern engines often boast around 150 kilowatts …

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Product review: Yamaha EF2400is

Gen Why?   These new-tech Yamaha generators mean that you can now take care of all your electrical needs without being hated by everyone within 5km.   A generator is like a ute. Once your mates find out you’ve got one, it tends to go missing every second weekend. And that’s exactly what has happened with our Yamaha …

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Long-term Product Review: 55L Evakool Fridgemate

Ugly Yellow Box 9 year test – Like a fine nine-year-old scotch, my Evakool Fridgemate has gotten better with age.   Paul Simon’s Graceland has a line that goes, “My travelling companion is nine years old, he is the child of my first marriage” which sums this review up perfectly. Nine years ago, my ex (we weren’t married, …

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Product Review: Companion Aqua Cube Logic Li

The camping accessory you never knew you needed.   We’ve dragged this new portable shower unit through the Outback for a month, asked it to operate in the High Country in near-freezing temperatures and used it to keep man’s best friend looking his best. I wanted to be sure of this product before I shared my thoughts on …

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Long-term product review: ARB Twin Air Compressor

Time to take a closer look at the ARB Twin Air Compressor after the last year-and-a-bit of service… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Back in Issue 17 of Unsealed 4X4, we put together a massive 12V portable air compressor comparison and the clear winner was the ARB Twin Air Compressor. It was the …

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REVIEWED: Honda EU10i from Generator Place

Generators can be polarising among the Outback touring fraternity. But there’s a time and place for everything and the latest models available from Generator Place might just get you thinking.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   I’ve always believed that piece and quiet should go hand-in-hand once you’re away from the Big …

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Staff corner: Tucker box

The compact kitchen that’s anything but… When I looking for a 4X4, unfortunately my pocketbook didn’t cater for a massive vehicle and I am very happy with my little Jeep Cherokee Sport. It manages to go where all the bigger 4X4s can.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   But it is a …

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Round LED driving LIGHTs retested

Back in Issue #023 of Unsealed 4X4 we put together one of the biggest product comparisons of round LED driving lights ever conducted. In that test, there was a water submersion component where all lights were warmed up, then dunked into a fish tank (very scientific, right?). While this test method was a tad crude, it did alert …

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The Best Awning (that nobody is buying)

Rhino Rack’s Sunseeker Dome 1300 Awning is a new take on a familiar setup.   You know what it’s like when you’re safely sheltered under your awning in a sudden downpour – only to find that after a while bulges begin to appear, quickly followed by a hunt for the nearest stick or long pointy object to try …

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Reviewed – Achilles Desert Hawk XMT

The budget beater.   Rubber is rubber, right? Er, no; not really. When it comes to tyres there are big differences in shape, size, tread, compounds and performance. Around 500 kilometres ago we fitted a set of Achilles Desert Hawk XMTs to our 2006 Jeep Cherokee. Over this time I’ve managed to give them a good work out …

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GO THE DISTANCE

These portable power packs can make your electronics last the distance out bush   Pipe down, luddites. The future is here and technology is part of off-roading whether you like it or not. While you’re grumbling away to yourself about ‘the vibe’ of getting out there without mobile reception, technology is making it easier and safer than ever …

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Weather Apps …are they any good?

Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you…   Unless you’re one of those storm-chasing weirdos, spending more than a night or two camping in a torrential downpour is nobody’s idea of a good time. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has some terrific resources available to you to check weather patterns before you leave, but what happens …

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DOBINSON MRR SHOCK REVIEW: 8 SHOCKS, 2 PATROLS & 10,000KM OF PAIN

We ran Dobinson MRR Remote Res shocks on two very different Nissan Patrols to come up with one solid verdict.   Scott Mason, our gun photographer and serial wanderer, was having issues with the suspension in his GU Patrol. As was I… truth be told. My GQ Patrol had just clocked over 320,000km and was still on what …

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THE BEST 12V COMPRESSOR MONEY CAN BUY?

This ain’t your grandad’s air pump, this thing seriously blows! Er… in a good way   There’s a few ways you can look at compressed air, and unfortunately 99% of accessory manufacturers look at it the boring way. The basic intro most people have to compressed air off-road is the ability to pump tyres back up after a …

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REVIEW: TOYO TIRES OPEN COUNTRY ATII

  We put the latest All-Terrains from Toyo through 5,000km of Outback hell – did they survive?   When it comes to long-distance touring it’s hard to go by a good set of All-Terrains. Sure, they’re not as sexy as a set of muddies and they tend not to grip so well in the slop, but for endless …

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OFFROAD DECADENCE

If we won the Lotto tomorrow, these are the ten off-road goodies we’d have-to-have!    Here at Unsealed 4X4 we get to take away some of the coolest camping products on the market. Everything from swags, cooking gear, tents, trailers, motorhomes – you name it. So over the years, we’ve developed a keen eye for some of the …

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GATOR JAW SYNTHETIC SHACKLES

We’ve all been doing it for as long as we can remember. Somebody gets stuck; you roll out the snatch strap, connect it to the bogged fourby and the recovery vehicle using a couple of rated shackles and complete the recovery. It’s the way it’s been done since Willys Jeeps were still available off showroom floors.   For …

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COOPER TIRES STT PRO

Can the latest generation of Cooper’s long-standing mud tyre hold its own? For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   For the last 14,000 kays I have been putting the new Cooper STT PROs through a variety of real world environments. Actually it has been more like a fair dinkum ‘how do you like these …

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REVIEWED: DARCHE NEBULA 1550 HYBRID SWAG

With a design clearly based on our very own Sydney Opera House and with 360-degree views to match through its unique window design, the Darche Nebula 1550 certainly is a new take on the standard two-person vehicle-based touring swag. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   It takes 90 …

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7 USELESS CAMPING PRODUCTS

  Have you ever bought something and started to set it up, only to get halfway through the job to think… “Why does this exist? What purpose does this product serve, and why on Earth did I buy it?” Well you wouldn’t be alone, there are several (seven to be exact) pieces of camping equipment that we here …

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ROUND LED DRIVING LIGHT COMPARISON

  Round LED driving lights or an LED light bar – which is better? This is a question that must be asked daily in four-wheel drive shops and on online forums around the world. And truthfully, I don’t feel anyone has accurately been able to answer until now. An old saying I heard while working in the tyre …

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AIRDEVIL AIR COMPRESSOR REVIEW

  Twin-head air compressors aren’t a new invention by any means, but it must be said you don’t see too many of them around these days. After our massive air compressor comparison back in Issue 17 of Unsealed 4X4, a company called AirDevil Accessories contacted us claiming its new twin-head compressor is a serious contender in the portable …

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REVIEWED: DOBINSON SUSPENSION

Ev’s Patrol gains some altitude after installing Dobinsons suspension with their latest remote reservoir shocks.   It seems people are fixated with reporting bad experiences, yet when we have a pleasant experience with a company or product nobody picks up the phone or sends a congratulatory email. I wanted to change that after my recent experience with Dobinsons …

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SPOTTERS EYEWEAR: NEW FRAMES NOW AVAILABLE

It’s hip to be square. That’s according to Spotters at least, and judging by their existing range of 28 styles of polarised performance eyewear, we’d say they know what they’re talking about. Spotters have just added another pair of frames to their range, and they’re named Joker. Joker frames have the classic square front which curve around for comfort and protect …

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20-INCH LED LIGHT BAR SHOOTOUT

This comparison has been a long time coming; join Unsealed 4X4 as we take a look at the top-performing LED light bars on the market today.   The Light Emitting Diode was first brought to market in 1963, by a 33 year-old scientist named Nick Holonyak Jnr. Fast forward forty-three years to the futuristic era better known as …

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REVIEWED: BRIDGESTONE DUELER MT 674

After 15,000km on the 130, including one of the toughest desert crossings in the country, Sam gives us the long-term report on his tyres.   For the full Unsealed experience with images, CLICK HERE.   My Land Rover Defender, known as Project 130, probably spends the majority of its time in the bush. It does get used as …

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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 …