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Long-term product review: ARB Twin Air Compressor

In 4X4 Reviews, Gear Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

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 fastest unit tested, and felt to be the best quality; but it was also the most expensive …

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REVIEWED: Honda EU10i from Generator Place

In Gear, Gear Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

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 Smoke. I’ve got solar panels for my vehicle, solar panels for my camper; and to be honest …

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Staff corner: Tucker box

In Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

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 short wheel base and has a small boot. So, while it’s all nice and good to have …

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Round LED driving LIGHTs retested

In Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

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 us to three sets of LED driving lights that let in a small amount of water. Each …

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The Best Awning (that nobody is buying)

In Gear Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

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 and direct about 20L of pooling water away from your camp chair and dinner. This is usually …

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Reviewed – Achilles Desert Hawk XMT

In Gear Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

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 over a variety of terrain. On the blacktop I found them to be like any muddies – they …

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GO THE DISTANCE

In Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

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 to actually get out there. GPS units let us plot routes through locations we’ve never driven, allowing …

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Weather Apps …are they any good?

In Gear Reviews, Guides by Dex Fulton0 Comments

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 when your smartphone drops out of range and you’re in solid ‘No Service’ territory?   The BoM’s …

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

In Gear, Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

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 looked to be stock suspension; and yes, it was woeful. Scott on the other hand had spent …

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THE BEST 12V COMPRESSOR MONEY CAN BUY?

In Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton59 Comments

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 day on the tracks. The huge marketing hype can basically be summed up into ‘you don’t have …

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REVIEW: TOYO TIRES OPEN COUNTRY ATII

In 4X4 Reviews, Gear Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

  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 miles of bitumen, dirt road corrugations, sand, and gibber plains… they’re the tyre-style of choice for countless …

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OFFROAD DECADENCE

In Features, Gear, Gear Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

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 finer things. You know the kind of thing I’m talking about: those products that make you feel …

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GATOR JAW SYNTHETIC SHACKLES

In 4X4 Reviews, Gear Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

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 images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   The problem is, …

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COOPER TIRES STT PRO

In Gear Reviews by Laura Boshammer1 Comment

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 apples’ type of test. No holds barred.   Last year Cooper Tires released this latest generation of …

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REVIEWED: DARCHE NEBULA 1550 HYBRID SWAG

In Gear Reviews by Tim Stanners0 Comments

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 seconds, they said. Well… we couldn’t quite match that; but once we got it set up, World …

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7 USELESS CAMPING PRODUCTS

In Gear, Gear Reviews, Guides, Travel by Dex Fulton0 Comments

  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 at Unsealed 4X4 simply can’t stand. From the bizarre to the straight-up dodgy; these are the bits …

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ROUND LED DRIVING LIGHT COMPARISON

In Comparisons, Features, Gear Reviews by Evan Spence0 Comments

  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 industry was: “The best product is the one you have in stock.” Consequently you as a consumer …

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AIRDEVIL AIR COMPRESSOR REVIEW

In Gear, Gear Reviews by Evan Spence0 Comments

  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 air compressor market. And by looking at it, you would have to think that, with twice the …

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REVIEWED: DOBINSON SUSPENSION

In Gear, Gear Reviews by Evan Spence1 Comment

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 Suspension. You see, I have nearly two decades of experience in the 4X4 industry so I value …

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SPOTTERS EYEWEAR: NEW FRAMES NOW AVAILABLE

In Competitions, Gear Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

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 your eyes from any peripheral glare. To keep them from falling off when you’ve got your head …

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20-INCH LED LIGHT BAR SHOOTOUT

In Comparisons, Features, Gear, Gear Reviews by Evan Spence1 Comment

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 2006, and this technology began to gain legs with off-road drivers and racers around the world in …

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REVIEWED: BRIDGESTONE DUELER MT 674

In 4X4 Reviews, Features, Gear Reviews by Evan Spence0 Comments

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 a bit of a packhorse around the office but the rest of the time is spent touring, …

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

In Features, Gear Reviews by Evan Spence0 Comments

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 help but think of ways to improve upon what we have. I don’t have kids so a …

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VAN CRUISER OUTLAW SUV REVIEW

In Gear Reviews by Evan Spence0 Comments

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 knuckle duster with the grin on his face when the skin and hair started flying amongst bar …

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MASSIVE TYRE DEFLATOR COMPARISON

In Features, Gear Reviews by Evan Spence2 Comments

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 have stashed in your glove box. After all, nothing will get you further off road for less …

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SNOOPY THE TROOPY

In Gear, Gear Reviews by Evan Spence0 Comments

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 wanted to make sure that we had a good living system that allowed us to sleep inside …