GEAR TESTED: KICKASS LITHIUM HANDY POWER PACK

While the specs for this latest addition to Australian Direct’s range of KickAss Outback Proof Gear most certainly had us intrigued, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a physical unit to see how it stacked up in the real world.

The first thing that strikes you after taking delivery of a Handy Power Pack and stripping its packaging is just how compact and lightweight these things are.

The whole unit weighs less than 5kg, which is kind of surreal when you’re more accustomed to lugging about old school deep cycles that are four times heavier!

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RACKSBRAX QUICK RELEASE HD HITCH

Ever wondered if it’s really necessary to expose one of your most essential pieces of camping equipment – your roofrack mounted awning – to the elements 24/7, 365 days per year?

The Brisbane-based engineer behind one of the more ingenious innovations we’ve come across recently was pondering the very same thing. After expending more time and effort than seemed warranted to maintain his fixed awning due to rain and UV exposure, he figured there had to be a better way.

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2020 BIRDSVILLE BIG RED BASH TICKETS SELL OUT!

The outback gathering and all-ages event is officially the most remote music festival in the world. Set in front of the iconic 'Big Red' 40m sand dune, a sight familiar to 4WDers around the country, the event will run from July 7-9 in 2020.

With 10,000 tickets selling out in record time - a larger allocation up from 9,000 in previous years - it's fair to say that the outback celebration of Aussie culture is going from strength to strength.

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2019 12V FRIDGE AND ACCESSORY BUYERS' GUIDE

We’ve all got our little tricks and secrets that ensure that our fourbies are set up to perform optimally, just like the well oiled touring machines that they are.

It’s the thoughtfully appointed fittings and fixtures that trim the fat from the camping experience. Allowing you to pull into camp, spread an awning, roll out a swag and crack an ice cold tinny in record time.

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2019 DRIVING LIGHT REVIEW

Feeling like your old set of spotties could do with an update? Don’t blame you. It seems of late that the output, throw and quality of the top driving lights on the market just about doubles annually.

If you’re still running old school lights and cross paths with a rig blasting a full rack of the latest LEDs it feels a little like holding a candle up to a floodlight. Somewhat emasculating.

Take a look at a dozen of the best lighting options available now from the best manufacturers in the country.

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Kimberley Photography Tagalong 2019

Kimberley Tagalong ToursFor the very first time, 4WD Touring Australia proudly presents the Kimberley Photography Tagalong 2019 - 11 Day Gibb River Road tour Lake Argyle to Broome, WA.

Led by Carlisle Rogers, the self-drive Tagalong will take lovers of 4WDing, offroad adventures, stunning landscapes and photography on an amazing journey through the Kimberley. If you've ever wanted to hit the tracks and see places you've only ever dreamed of, now is your chance!

Learn the basics of 4WDing along with daily photography lessons from a professional with over 20 years experience touring and photographing outback Australia.

This is our only Kimberley tour for 2019 - Don't miss out! 
Click here for more information or to book your spot today!

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SUBSCRIBER SCORES NIKON GIVEAWAY!

Subscriber Andrew Paas came up trumps in our November giveaway and goes home with a Nikon Coolpix W300 camera valued at $599!

The Coolpix W300 is a slick little unit that takes a beautiful shot and shoots stunning 4K video, plus it's built ultra tough for life offroad.

Featuring 5X wide optical zoom and a crisp 4.3-21.5mm inbuilt lens, the W300 is shockproof and waterproof up to 30m. It's impervious to dust ingress and designed to operate seamlessly in hot and cold conditions.

Big congratulations to Andrew, we're looking forward to seeing some shots from your travels!

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TESTED: FOURBY FITOUTS TOURING UNIT

4WD Touring’s advertising manager Matthew Marsh installed a Fourby Fitouts Touring Unit into the back of his 150 Series Prado prior to a three-month trip sampling all of the Top End’s best bits.

We dropped him a line a month into his offroad sabbatical to check in on how life on the road was treating him and see how the Touring Unit was holding up.

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Big Lap Pack Winner announced!

The prize winner of The Big Lap Pack has been announced! Wolf Glaessner from NSW takes home over $6,000 worth of 4WD gear and adventure experiences. Building up his own rig to tour the Kimberley next year, he couldn't be happier!

Thanks to our partners, Wolf takes home a REDARC SSF150 Solar Blanket plus Solar regulator & cables, HEMA road & 4WD Atlas plus a wall map of Australia, a set of LIGHTFORCE Striker LED driving lights plus a fieldmaster pro torch, one AMK Barebones Living lantern, a HELI SPIRIT Trip for two, a premium package 1 night stay at DUBBO ZOO's Billabong Camp, an ARB Premium Recovery Kit, MAXTRAX, a BUSHRANGER portable gas hot water shower, a GME XRS 330C head unit, plus a 4WD Touring Australia Pack including 5 x DVDs, 1 x Philosophy of Travel and 1 x 6 month gift subscription!

GET READY TO PLAY HARDER WITH THE NEW COOPER DISCOVERER AT3 RANGE!

 

Keen offroaders have been anticipating the launch of Cooper’s all-new dedicated all terrain tyres, the Discoverer AT3 range, for a while now. Well, the wait is over. The new range is available in three profiles to suit just about all 4WDers.

The AT3 4S is aimed to appeal to users doing more onroad driving, while the AT3 LT and larger AT3 XLT profiles are squarely aimed at the those doing a lot of offroad work in all conditions.

The new Discoverer AT3 range has had a complete design overhaul in the three areas that truly matter – tread design, carcass construction and compound.

The AT3 range’s tread incorporates stone ledges to eject trapped rocks and dirt, scalloped shoulders for improved traction in the soft stuff, Aqua Vac channels to boost drainage plus Whisper Groove Shields to deaden driving noise.

Carcass construction has had a full rethink. Super tensile steel belts underpin the full tread area in the LT and XLT profiles, while advanced nylon overlays are employed in the 4S profile tyres to provide a smoothly balanced uniformity.

The 4S profile tyres are hewn from a specially designed compound that reduces wear when driven on bitumen, they’re guaranteed to last at least 70,000km.

The LT and XLT profiles are built from a high content coupled silica compound designed to maximise their lifespan when driven in rough and varied terrain. They’re guaranteed to last 80,000km.

What really matters are the cold, hard facts. Cooper’s crack team of engineers put the new AT3 Discoverer range through a grueling schedule of tests in the lab and out in the field and are satisfied that the new 4S profile tyres enjoy an improved tread life of at least 10%, improved wet braking performance of at least 5% and improved wet handling performance of at least 5%.

The LT and XLT profiles have worn tyre noise reduced by at least 20%, plus a tread life improvement of 10% and cut and chip improvement of at least 10% over their predecessors.

Keen to know more? Check out the full range at www.coopertires.com.au

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