Another year of adventure has gone by, and with it, older versions of Overland gear are being usurped by superior solutions in 2022. We’ve scoured the latest gear intel sources and expos for all things Overlanding to track down the most innovative Overland gear and equipment for 2022. Let’s get ready to gear up for a new year!
What to look for when selecting Overlanding gear
Serves multiple purposes
The smartest and most innovative Overlanding gear serves many purposes. The more items you add, the less efficient your setup becomes. Carefully consider whether or not the piece of gear will truly earn its place in your rig. The more you can do with a single piece of gear, the more justifiable the space required.
Size, weight, and portability
When the weight inside your rig rises, the vehicle’s performance is hindered. Not only does handling and acceleration suffer, but so does braking performance and fuel economy. Minimizing the weight of your gear, even when it’s multi-purpose, should be a core focus when selecting your next piece of Overlanding equipment.
Coordinate equipment with your group
If you’ll be on an expedition as part of a group, you can increase the efficiency of everyone involved by comparing gear lists and consolidating items that can be shared conveniently and safely. That new piece of gear, while cool, might not be necessary if a member of the group already has one.
With these helpful tips in mind, let’s check out this dirty dozen of innovative new Overlanding gear and equipment for 2022!
Innovative Overlanding Gear Dirty Dozen for 2022
ROAM 95L Rugged Case
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When you want to keep a bunch of gear securely organized and highly portable, look no further than the ROAM 95L Rugged Case. This heavy-duty storage case comes in 4 color options and provides ideal storage for your longer items like chairs, shovels, axles, and recovery gear. Just about anything will fit in the nearly 47” long interior. Even better, you can seamlessly mount the case to the roof rack of any vehicle. The Rugged Case features a durable LLDPE shell, Nylon rope handles, steel lockable latches, and a dust/waterproof gasket seal that ensures your gear is always protected, whatever the weather. An interlocking design enables stacking and pairing no matter how much gear you’re carrying.
iKamper Disco Series
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The iKamper Disco Series is an all-new camp cook system similar to the Tembo Tusk Skottle.
Where the Disco Series takes it up a notch is its increased versatility. Not only is it a skillet-type cooker, but it can also be used over a campfire with pots and pans, giving you more choice over cooking fuel sources. For the lovers of multi-functionality, there’s even a standard camera tripod mount. Expect lots more accessories to be available soon.
C6 Outdoor REV Tent
When you like the convenience and accessibility of a ground tent but want the option to mount on the roof for faster camp breakdowns, the C6 Outdoor REV Tent has you covered. The REV tent works as either a ground, pickup bed, or rooftop tent (RTT) for total control over placement.
The REV Tent folds into a soft case that can stay mounted to the roof rack. With four-season coverage, a built-in 4-inch foam mattress, and lofty weight of only 25 pounds, the only thing more astounding is the price, which starts at only $799.
Skinny Guy Campers slide-in truck camper
The Skinny Guy Campers slide-in truck camper is a completely self-contained camper with heat, light, water, and power. Standing only cab-high and consuming only half the depth of the truck bed, the camper delivers superior aerodynamics, a lower center of gravity, and extra storage room under the camper in the truck bed. Skinny Guy Campers come in a few different sizes to accommodate a variety of trucks. Prices start around $12,000 for a simple shell and rise to $34,000 for a fully-loaded Overlanding unit.
TailGater Tire Table
The TailGater Tire Table has been around for a while now, serving as a sturdy tire-mounted table that quickly stows away. Now the company is offering the table in two sizes as well as a lightweight aluminum version that’s even easier to pack away. Expect to pay a $35 premium for the lighter aluminum version.
Snow Peak Takibi Hexa Tarp
Snow Peak has been serving up useful, durable camping products with a clean Japanese design. Their latest Takibi Hexa Tarp was recently featured at the Overland Expo. You get everything you need to create an impromptu shelter from the elements that are big enough to cover six people around a fire, including stakes and poles, and it even has a fireproof inner liner.
Heat up a meal fast when you’re on the go in this bento box from the future. Just keep the meal cold until you’re ready to eat, then simply press the button to heat the meal in a mere 15 minutes with no power cord or water boiling required.
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Enjoy the comforting glow and warmth of a campfire without the risk of starting a wildfire. With more burn bans becoming the norm, this propane-powered steel fire pit delivers a safer campfire experience. The mesh sides circulate generous amounts of heat, and it only takes up the size of a toaster oven. Foldable legs and a weight of only 10 pounds, making this an ideal addition to any Overlanding outfit.
BioLite Basecharge 600
When you’re seeking more off-the-grid juice for larger electronics, the BioLite Basecharge provides 600-watts of portable power. You’ll have enough energy to charge a laptop, tablets, and camera gear. You can also attach it to a solar panel (sold separately) for recharging.
Omnia Stovetop Oven
The Omnia is a lightweight cooking system that works in combination with any burner or heat source so you can make bread, baked ziti, or even chocolate chip cookies in the wilderness. The stainless steel base directs your stove’s heat upward, while the lid sends it back to create oven-like heating.
Hillsound Equipment PackStack Pro
In rainy and damp Overlanding conditions, one of the biggest challenges is keeping the interior of your vehicle free of filth and stench. Enter the Hillsound Equipment PackStack Pro. These waterproof, crescent-shaped storage pouches separate the wet gear from the dry. The PackStack is designed to nest perfectly inside backpacks as well, making them super-portable.
Nite Ize HookLock Locking Bungee
A major design flaw in the traditional bungee cord is the hook at the end that can easily come undone when gear shifts around or winds blow strong. Nite Ize re-engineered the bungee cord to solve this common problem and rolled out the HookLock Locking Bungee. A steel hook locks back after the cord has been attached, keeping it safely and securely in place for the whole trip.
Smartphone Protection is Priority #1
Wherever you’re Overlanding next, one thing is sure—keeping your smartphone protected and fully functioning is a top priority. Rokform wraps your iPhone or Android in a skin of exceptional protection from shocks, drops, and dust, so nothing stands in the way between you and the Overlanding trip of a lifetime.