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The Ultimate Gear Guide for a Weekend of Overlanding

Coolers, dry bags, mountain bikes and beyond: this is how you stock the ultimate roof rack for a weekend of overlanding.

Henry Phillips

From Issue Six of Gear Patrol Magazine.
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Overlanding embodies the spirit of adventure. The old adage, “it’s about the journey, not the destination,” could be cited as the hobby’s official tagline. But what happens when you do eventually reach your destination? Do you simply sit and stare out of the windshield for five minutes, say, “Well, that was nice,” and turn around? No, you get out, set up camp, go exploring, and take it all in. Which requires… well, a ton of stuff.

Therein lies the challenge for the adventurer: pack light, but pack smart. Be prepared to live and explore your journey’s end comfortably, but avoid overburdening your vehicle with needless gear. Which is where a roof rack comes in. Mounted on our trusty diesel Defender is the Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform, paired with the all-new, lightweight, Rhino-Rack Batwing Awning, which opens up and spans three-quarters of the way around the vehicle to provide shade from the sun or shelter from the rain. The Pioneer is capable of holding 220-lbs when on the move and 660-lbs when parked, or in industry technical terms: more than enough.

Coolers, dry bags, mountain bikes and beyond: this is how you stock the ultimate roof rack for a weekend of overlanding.

Camping Gear

Primus OpenFire Pack Sack $30
Snow Peak Ti-Double 450 Mug $50
Snow Peak Ti-Double 600 Mug $60
Primus EasyLight $70
Duluth Trading Co. Less Mess Log Carrier $60
Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket $99+
Primus Kamoto OpenFire Pit $130
Therm-a-Rest Space Cowboy Sleeping Baga $140+
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir ExTherm Air Mattress
Hults Bruk American Felling Axe $214
Yeti Hondo Base Camp Chair $300
Primus Tupike Stove Kit $360
Hilleberg Saitaris 4 Person Tent $1890

Rugged Bikes


Trek Remedy 9.8 27.5 Mountain Bike $5000
Sklar Titanium All-Road Cyclocross Bike $8200


Filson Dry Backpack $175
Filson Dry Duffle (Medium) $200
Rhino Rack Hybrid Bike Carrier $249
Filson Dry Duffle (Large) $250
Orca Classic Cooler $300
Alu-Box Aluminum Storage Case $330



Overland Solar 10 Amp Charge Controller Bundle $60
Overland Solar Ranger Series Ruck Flexible Solar Panel $310
Midland PPG110 Portable Power Station $1100

The Truck

1988 Land Rover Defender by Main Line Overland
Ex-Italian government surveying vehicle
Upgraded 200 TDI diesel engine
Five-speed manual
Locking center differential

Wavian NATO Fuel Can $85
Wolf Heavy Duty Wheels $90/each
MaxTrax Rear Wheel Harness $149
Factor 55 ProLink $55
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/M KM2 Tires $256
MaxTrax MKII Vehicle Recovery Boardse $300
Rhino Rack Batwing Awning $699
Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform 107x 58 $1375
Warn 9.5 XPS Synthetic Line Winch with Hawse Fairlead $1458

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A version of this story appears in Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue Six, more than 220 pages of guides and reports that put product first. Subscribe Now: $39

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